From the Daily News:
A Queens man who posed as a federal agent and boasted that he could get friends off the terror watch list has been convicted of conspiring with his wife and daughter to dupe hardworking immigrants out of nearly $2 million.
Shane Ramsundar, his wife, Gomatee, and their daughter, Shantal, each face hundreds of years in prison for conning members of Queens’ West Indian community into believing they could get them federally seized property at dirt-cheap prices.
“The jury has rightfully branded the defendants as con artists who preyed upon and unscrupulously exploited members of their own immigrant community who were in need of assistance,” said Queens District Attorney Richard Brown after the conviction late Tuesday. “The victims were betrayed by the defendants who turned their American Dream into the American nightmare.”
Ramsundar, 52, met many of the 19 victims at Hindu temples near his South Richmond Hill home, and passed himself off as a holy man, prosecutors say.
Over six years, the Ramsundars duped victims into thinking they could sell them properties in Queens and Florida seized from tax evaders and drug dealers before they went up for public auction.
Shantal Ramsundar, 23, laundered cash through her bank accounts and held her father out as a federal agent, and Gomatee Ramsundar, 47, conned victims into thinking her husband could get them green cards , prosecutors say.