Arrest Warrant Issued for Ed Ahmad the Same Day He Attempted to Leave the US
It is becoming clearer that the Feds were tracking down Guyanese US based businessman Ed Ahmad. The FBI sought and obtained an arrest warrant for Ahmad and pulled him from taking a Delta Airlines flight after midnight on July 22. Ahmad’s unnamed supporters in the United States had claimed that he was just about to check in at the counter at the JFK when he was approached by the Feds. However the court documents tell another story.
Ahmad’s story became more interesting when his attorney sought to obtain permission to leave the US to conduct a real estate deal in Guyana. In his court application Ahmad stated that he has political friends in high places in Guyana.
His attorney told Brooklyn federal Magistrate Judge Steven Gold that Ahmad is personal friends with the current president and the past president
Ahmad is a frequent visitor to Guyana has business interests here he owns and advertises a Home Improvement and Appliance Store. The store is located on the premises that once housed the ruling party, the PPP’s newspaper the Mirror. Ahmad is known in the country as a friend of President Bharrat Jagdeo.
Two years ago, according to shipping records, the Ahmad Group sent 29 tons of building supplies – including roof tiles and kitchen sinks – to Jagdeo at State house the president’s official residence.
Ahmad’s “close ties” with Guyana were among the objections raised by the prosecutor in opposing the businessman’s request during a hearing in Brooklyn federal court.
Despite posting a $2.5 million bond, Ahmad – if granted permission to travel out of the country – could choose to remain in Guyana to avoid a New York fraud trial, the court was told.
The judge agreed, and denied the 43-year-old businessman’s request to travel – citing the fact that Guyana has no extradition treaty with the US.
Last week, Ahmad was arrested by FBI agents on mortgage fraud charges for allegedly bilking a lender, Countrywide Home Loans, in connection with the purchase of properties in Queens in 2007.