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Trinidad and Tobago woman sentenced for role in kidnapping scheme
Published on December 20, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

WASHINGTON, USA -- A woman from Trinidad and Tobago was sentenced on Thursday to serve 20 years in prison for her role in the 2005 kidnapping of naturalized US citizen Balram “Balo” Maharaj.

Doreen Alexander, 47, of Arima, Trinidad, was sentenced by US District Judge Emmet Sullivan in the District of Columbia. Alexander pleaded guilty on October 3, 2013, to conspiracy to commit hostage taking, a lesser included offence under count one of the indictment, which charged conspiracy to commit hostage taking that resulted in death. Judge Sullivan also sentenced Alexander to serve five years of supervised release to follow her prison term.

Alexander was the last charged co-conspirator involved in the kidnapping of Maharaj, Alexander’s former boyfriend and the father of one of her sons. The other 12 co-conspirators were previously extradited and prosecuted by the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.

According to court documents, Alexander initiated the April 2005 kidnapping of Maharaj and provided information that allowed the kidnappers to identify, locate and track Maharaj. Alexander alerted the kidnappers to Maharaj’s visits to Trinidad and Tobago; gave them information on his wealth, which was used to calculate the ransom; and reassured the kidnappers that they had the right man after the ransom negotiations went awry. Maharaj died as a result of the kidnapping.
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