New York Judge Sentences Trinidadian Family to Combined 418 Years in Prison in Nearly $2 Million Scam

A judges gavel rests on top of a desk in a courtroom. JOE RAEDLE/GETTY IMAGES
A judges gavel rests on top of a desk in a courtroom.

Accused of bilking about 19 Caribbean immigrants out of $1.8 million in their life savings to avoid deportation, a New York City judge on Wednesday sentenced a Trinidadian family to a combined 418-year prison sentence, reports the New York Daily News.

Calling them “the most despicable gang of criminal to ever sit in front of me,” Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Holder in Queens, N.Y., sentenced Shane Ramsundar, 52, to a maximum 235-year sentence. His wife, Gomatee, 48, received 153 years and the couple’s daughter, Shantal, 23, received 30 years, writes the News. They each were found guilty of grand larceny and related charges in November, charged with spending the money on cars and shopping sprees.

“You and I know that if you did this fraud and paraded and strutted around in front of your own people, in your own country, you probably would have all been hacked to death,” Holder told the family, the report says. “But not in this country. Now it’s your time to hear your return on your investment for your crime.”

Shane Ramsundar, who lived in the Richmond Hill section of Queens, reportedly posed as a federal agent who told fellow immigrants he could lift their names from “terror watch lists or stall the wheels of deportation with precious green cards,” the News says.

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