The Central Authority Unit in the Ministry of the Attorney General has succeeded in extraditing yet another criminal wanted by the US law enforcement agencies.
RAVINDRANAUTH ROOPNARINE a fugitive on the run from U.S. authorities for financial and fraud related crimes, was arrested by on Tuesday 6th January, 2015.
The fugitive who is 55 years old and is a Guyanese born Canadian citizen, had various addresses in south Trinidad.
In December 2010, the Federal Grand Jury of Florida issued an indictment charging Roopnarine and three other individuals with the following crimes:
Ø 6 counts of mail and wire fraud
Ø 4 counts of money laundering and
Ø 1 count of conspiring to commit bank fraud
On 12th November 2014, Attorney General Anand Ramlogan SC signed the Authority to Proceed to commence the extradition proceedings and a warrant of arrest was obtained and handed over to the INTERPOL Bureau.
Around 6:45 pm on Tuesday 6th January, 2015, the fugitive was observed on the premises of a restaurant and bar along Manahambre Road, St. Madeline. Assistance was sought from the Senior Superintendent and police officers of the Southern Division and Roopnarine was apprehended.
He appeared at the Port of Spain 8th Magistrates Court before Magistrate Marcia Caesar-Ayres who upheld submissions made by the Head of the Central Authority to deny the Roopnarine bail. He was remanded into custody and the matter was adjourned to February 4th 2015.
This case represents another noteworthy accomplishment, in light of the recent appointment of Attorney General Anand Ramlogan SC as Vice Chair of Caribbean Financial Action Task Force
It exhibits our ongoing commitment to international judicial cooperation and our promise of swift action on cross-border money-laundering and financing of terrorism.
MINISTRY OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
REPUBLIC OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
7th January 2015