Guyanese pilot busted in Puerto Rico with US$600,000 on private jet

Guyanese pilot busted in Puerto Rico with US$600,000 on private jet

Guyanese businessman and pilot Khamraj Lall is in custody in Puerto Rico facing serious money smuggling charges after over US$600,000 was discovered in a private jet that he was traveling on. The flight was heading to Guyana and was on a fuel stop in Puerto Rico when the bust was made.

Lall is the Chief Executive Officer of the Exec Jet company which was launched recently in Guyana.

According to information out of Puerto Rico, Lall was arrested and taken in to custody after the large sum of cash was found hidden on the plane in plastic bags.

The money was not reported to federal authorities, but a dog that was being handled by agents at the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport detected the stash.

Puerto Rican media reports that the detainee, Khamraj Lall, was the passenger of a private plane that landed in Isla Verde last Saturday, November 22, according to an affidavit by a federal agent.

It was reported that Customs officers asked the detainee to report the cash he was carrying but the man who was traveling with his father and the pilot of the aircraft, initially reported only $ 5,000 between him and his father, but in a second report said the two had $ 12,000.

However,agents found more cash on the plane as they carried out their search. US authorities require that large sums of cash $10,000 and over is reported.

According to the reports, the officers found US$150,000 first “wrapped in plastic bags and a blanket near an exit”.

Subsequently, in a compartment near a motor, several black garbage bags with  another US$470,000 were found. Lall said that all the money was his. He said his father and the pilot knew nothing about the high amount of cash carried in the aircraft.

Judge Marcos Lopez issued the arrest warrant Lall, as stated in the federal electronic file. He is now facing several charges of falsely filing federal reports and smuggling more than US$600,000.

The investigation is ongoing.

SEE HIS BIO below taken from his website’s page.

“Guyanese businessman and aircraft pilot, Mr. Kem Lall migrated to the United States of America 30 years ago in pursuit of his dreams in aviation.  He graduated from the College of Aeronautics with a Bachelors Degree in Technology and Engineering, and later obtained his pilot license.

He has been flying since 1994 and holds a PIC ( Pilot-In-Command) type rating approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). He has worked for Pan American airlines as an engineer for five (5) year until they closed their operation in 1991 and for the past 15 years he has been freelancing with Ringwood Airport in New Jersey as a flight instructor.

In 1992, Mr. Lall started his own business “K.L.X Logistics Inc” located at 13 Edward Hart Drive, Jersey City which offered trucking and warehouse services, and was operational from 1995 to 2010.

In 2007, he purchased a gas station now known as the Kaylee’ Service Station located at Coverden, East Bank Demerara as part of his investment plans in Guyana and later expanded his venture when he introduced Quin’s Special Events & Services compose of two limousines.

In pursuit of his dreams, Mr. Lall acquired a Westwind 1 Aircraft, which is a light executive jet that will be operating an international private service from Guyana to the North America, South America and the Caribbean.   This service is the first of its kind in Guyana and Mr. Lall has many more plans that will surely boost the aviation and tourism sector in our economy.”

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FILED: 26th November, 2014

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