A Surinamese National who claimed that someone broke into his apartment and forged a National Insurance Scheme (NIS) disablement voucher, was today slapped with a $60,000 fine jailed for four months, after being found guilty of committing the crime.
Magistrate Annette Singh handed down her judgment today even in the absence of the accused, 45-year-old, David Ali.
The man was expected to lead his own defence but refused to attend Court.
He was charged back in May and granted bail in the sum of $50,000.
It was alleged that between the 13th February and the 7th May, with the intent to defraud, he forged one disablement voucher dated May 7th valued in favor of himself, purporting to show the sum of $90,695.
It was also alleged that on May 7th at the NIS Building, with the intent to defraud, he uttered the forged document to an NIS cashier.
Ali said that he came to Guyana and worked as a welder, but claimed that he was injured and so he turned to a pension for survival.
He later stated that someone broke into his apartment and forged the document.
With the sentence being handed down in the man’s absence, he will now have to be apprehended so that he could begin his jail sentence. It is unclear whether he is still in Guyana.