Thursday 2 July, 2020

International hunt for Indian CEO in university fraud ends in Barbados

[Update: 3:00 p.m]

Police Public Relations Officer, Sargeant Michael Blackman has confirmed to Loop News that the wife of the CEO is not in police custody. 

[Original story]

Students in Barbados at the Washington University of Barbados saw the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of their university carted off campus in the custody on members of the Royal Barbados Police Force.

Acting Public Relations Officer for the Police, Sargeant Michael Blackman confirmed to the media that "a Venkata Rao Gopi, an Indian national, CEO of  Washington University of Barbados located at Casa Grande Hotel in Oldbury Road, Rock Hall, St. Philip, is currently in custody of Police at the Criminal Investigation Department assisting in investigations."

This news comes almost a week after a raid was conducted in India for Venkata Rao and his accomplices. According to the Deccan Herald, an English daily newspaper published from the Indian state of Karnataka by The Printers Private Limited:

"The police on Friday [September 28, 2018] raided an educational firm that duped 200 students in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, promising medical admission in foreign universities...

"The owners, identified as Gopi Venkata Rao and his wife Nikhila, managed to escape. The police arrested six staff members of the firm — Shaistha Suman (25) from Bapuji Nagar; Dilip (28) and his father Edukondalu (51) from Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh; Ayesha Banu (25) from Mysuru Road; and Ranganayakalu (30) and Ishaq Basha (30), both from Suddaguntepalya. They were booked for cheating and forgery. The police said the accused started the consultancy firm under the banner of American Service Centre in 2011 that has its branches in Chennai, Hyderabad, Tirupati and Coimbatore."

Barbadian police have not stated his charges, nor have they shared if his wife is in custody as well.


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