A scrap metal dealer has denied ever purchasing 491 acres of land for $4 million yet a deed was prepared and registered in her name.
As a result, Justice Ronnie Boodoosingh has ordered that the deed of conveyance be expunged from the records and requested a police investigation into the fraudulent transaction.
Errol Nathai, the owner of the lands situated on a Cocoa Plantation in Mayaro, handed down to him by his family, initiated legal action against Beverly King after he initiated a title search of his three parcels of land in 2018 and discovered a deed of conveyance for the lands in King’s name.
The deed, dated July 12, 2013, stated that Nathai had sold the lands to King, of Phoenix Park Road, Savonetta, Couva, for $4 million.
The deed bore the alleged signatures of King, Nathai and attorney Shivanand Dubay.
In his witness statement, Nathai said the signatures and writings on the execution of the deed did not belong to him.
“I further say that I am wholly unaware of the transaction,” stated Nathai.
He said he neither agreed to nor did he sell the lands.
Following the title search, he said on October 18, 2018, his attorneys Mungalsingh & Company contacted attorney Dubay whose name and address appeared on the preparation certificate to inquire whether he prepared the deed.
He said Dubay indicated that he did not prepare and sign the deed. The attorney, Nathai, also indicated that the signatures appearing on the deed were not his and he never authorised anyone to prepare the deed or sign his name.
“I further say that the defendant is a stranger to me and is no way related to me or my predecessors of title.
The defendant does not have permission to occupy the disputed lands nor does she had any interest in the said disputed lands,” Nathai contended.
In response to Nathai’s claim, King, in her affidavit, said she is a stranger to the allegations and have no knowledge of this transaction.
“I never went to any attorney-at-law to purchase the lands mentioned therein or any lands at all. I never paid any stamp duty on the said lands.
“The affidavit of execution annexed to the deed is totally false. The first time I became aware of the presence of the deed was today when I was served with the documents.”
King, who resides in Chaguanas, said she left the Phoenix Park address on the deed 14 years ago. She could not explain how her name ended up on the deed.
King, who was represented by attorney Subhas Panday, further stated: “I am a scrap metal dealer and have to produce my identification card to the various purchasers in order to obtain payments.” She had no objection to the deed being set aside and expunged from the records.
Lamenting the number of fraud land transaction claims before the court, the judge set aside the deed and directed the Registrar General to expunge the deed. The judge also ordered the registrar to send a copy of the proceedings and the order to the Commissioner of Police for further consideration and action.
King and Nathai were ordered to bear their own costs.
Reporter: Sascha Wilson