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July 02, 2012

Survey of BOI: Avinash Roy in Custody at Alcatraz

The Administrative Officer Avinash Roy, is the first employee of the Board of Investment (BOI) to be charged in court since the start of the investigation into a possible network of fraud operating within this organization.

The police had objected to his release on parole in District Court of Port Louis Friday, the suspect was temporarily detained at the detention center Alcatraz. It is the subject of provisional charges of conspiracy and forgery.

Central CID investigators argued that it was he who handles requests from foreigners to obtain residency permits and investment in Mauritius. At the end, he has the task to affix his signature on the file that is then sent to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO). Avinash Roy denies these accusations and maintains that it only receives requests and it was his superiors who decide to accept or reject a case.

This is his off the plane from India that he was arrested by police for questioning central to the Barracks. According to our information, investigators suspect him of being the 'jockey' Max, who was tasked with finding potential customers at the airport by offering them residence permits against payment of a bribe. This is one of the arrested foreigners who swung his identity. The latter said he did nothing wrong and that it is the'' Administrative Officer, who handled his case. But as his file contains three false bank guarantees abroad is also charged in court.

According to our information, the police also questioned other 'Administrative Officers' working at the BOI during the week. Investigators are confident to go back to alleged mastermind, who would be zero but a senior member of this institution. Further developments are expected in the coming days.

The Indian Goondeeah charged with forgery and conspiracy

The investigation into a possible network of fraud operating within the Board of Investment (BOI) has resulted in a third indictment. After completing his testimony Thursday, the Indian Dhanjay Goondeeah has been an interim charge of forgery in District Court of Port Louis. He was released on bail.

The stranger proclaims his innocence advance and that he never set foot inside the building and that the BOI is a third person who took care of his efforts to obtain an 'occupational allowed'.

Dhanjay Goondeeah three had submitted false bank guarantees including two of Rs 100,000 each and one more Rs 1 million. These funds were supposed to be deposited on three different accounts in one bank. By verifying this information from the institution in question, the Passport & Immigration Office (PIO) realized that the suspect was not a customer of the bank. The case then was referred to the police.

For now, investigators from the Central CID focus on foreigners who made requests for the granting of residence permits and investment. The brain of this scam so far remained unknown, as well as intermediaries who have offered their "services" to customers. They only use code names and never reveal their true identity.

They contact applicants for licenses and files are turned away from the office of the Board of Investment. Police estimate that this process would not have been successful without an internal collusion. In return, the customer must pay a sum of at least Rs 100,000 for the service.

The next step is the examination of French couple Tokuard, who must provide details on how its transactions for the licensing occurred. Other arrests are expected in this case.

Resigned

Avinash Roy was dismissed with immediate effect after his arrest in connection with the investigation into the licensing of foreign investors and retirees. The BOI said fully cooperate with the police in this investigation. He adds that its advisory services and facilitation for obtaining permits are free. The BOI provides the general public and the investment community, in particular, double checking measurements have been taken to strengthen procedures for licensing.

Text by Le Matinal
 

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