Vanessa Roberts Avery, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JHANANNIE SINGH, also known as “Jasmine” and “Sharmala Persaud”, 52, a Guyanese citizen last residing in Queens, New York, pleaded guilty today before the US District. Judge Kari A. Dooley in Bridgeport for a conspiracy offense involving the theft of hundreds of thousands of dollars in U.S. savings bonds from an elderly woman who purchased the bonds for her grandchildren and other family members .
According to court documents and statements made in court, Singh stole hundreds of thousands of dollars in US savings bonds from an elderly woman to whom she was providing home health services. The victim had purchased the bonds for his grandchildren and other relatives. After the victim’s death, Singh contacted Glen Campbell, also known as “Nick”, who requested the assistance of another person to redeem the stolen bonds at a financial institution and provide Singh and Campbell with a part of the product. Between October 2020 and January 2021, as part of an undercover investigation, law enforcement coordinated the purchase of more than 100 savings bonds, ranging in face value from $50 to $1,000 $, from Singh and Campbell. Campbell traveled to Connecticut to complete the transactions.
Singh and Campbell were arrested on January 29, 2021. In June and July 2021, Singh attempted to obstruct the investigation and prosecution of this case by offering to pay Campbell if he agreed to lie and provide false testimony. Singh has been detained since August 4, 2021.
Judge Dooley set his sentence for November 28, when Singh faces a maximum jail term of five years.
Campbell pleaded guilty to the same charge on June 15, 2022 and is awaiting sentencing.
This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Tara E. Levens, Michael S. McGarry and Robert S. Ruff.
The Department of Justice has established a National Senior Fraud Hotline to provide services to seniors at risk of financial fraud. The helpline is staffed by experienced case managers who can provide personalized support to callers. Case managers assist callers in reporting suspected fraud to the appropriate agencies and providing resources and referrals to other appropriate services as needed. If applicable, case managers will complete a complaint form with the Federal Bureau of Investigation Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) for Internet-facilitated crimes and submit a consumer complaint to the Federal Trade Commission on behalf of the caller. The toll-free number for the hotline is 833-FRAUD-11 (833-372-8311).