15 Apr 2018 06:07am IST
Consulate General in Dubai requested cops in Goa to verify whether Valany Lemos was in Goa; Cops had told Herald there was no correspondence regarding the case
PANJIM: On September 3, 2017 the Consulate General of India in Dubai intimated Goa Police of a multi-million dollar fraud and that it was learnt that Mrs Valany Lemos was absconding from the UAE and was residing in Goa.
The letter, signed by Lima Mathew, Vice Consul (Consular) of Consulate General of India in Dubai, was sent to Superintendent of Police, North Goa District with a copy to Director General of Goa Police, FRRO-Police Headquarters in Panjim, the Under Secretary, Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs.
The Indian Consulate in Dubai requested the authorities to verify whether Valany was in Goa and to reply on the outcome of the enquiries and action taken.
The Consulate acted following a letter from Swapan Kumar Majumdar, Amarshi Chaturbhai representing 19 other NRIs who were residing in UAE. In the letter they have alleged that they have invested in the Dubai based Foreign Exchange (Forex) Trading Company called Extial Tadawul ME through Sydney Marshal Agnelo Lemos and his wife Valany.
The letter from the Consulate General states, “But (they) did not get the returns for their investment nor the capital amount invested due to alleged misappropriation of funds. They have also alleged that Mrs Valany has absconded from the UAE and is reported to be staying in Goa. They have requested to investigate the matter and take appropriate action against company/owner to get back their money.”
It added, “Facts mentioned by the applicant may kindly be verified at your end. We shall be grateful for a feedback on the outcome of the enquiries conducted and action taken thereon.”
North Goa Superintendent of Police Chandana Chowdhary, when contacted by Herald on April 12, had said they had not received any official communiqué seeking assistance into the probe.
“The offence did not happen in Goa. Moreover, we have not been informed by the Ministry of Home Affairs (India) regarding any communication from the Dubai authorities seeking our assistance. If there is any such move, we will take suitable action,” she said.
Sydney Lemos, his wife Valany and Ryan D’Souza were sentenced on April 8 to 517 years of jail by the Dubai Misdemeanours Court for duping investors to the tune of $200 million in his forex company.
A separate case was also registered against Valany for illegally entering the sealed office last year and taking out documents. As per reports in the Gulf media, while Sydney and Ryan were arrested in January and February 2017, respectively, Valany managed to escape to Goa. It is reported that hundreds of Goan investors have invested with Sydney.