Junior Gopaul, left, reputedly the owner of the land
at the main road Cunupia talks to Vishnu Lutchmansingh, who previously
claimed his church was the legal owner of the land.
Photo: Adrian Boodan
ROBERT CLARKE & ADRIAN BOODAN
Two law firms reported to be working on a mammoth inheritance for pastor
Vishnu Lutchmansingh, this week denied that they have been employed by
the Pentecostal cleric.
In a telephone interview with the alleged billionaire-to-be, the Pentecostal
pastor said local lawyers working on the will include JD Sellier and Co,
Krishna Narinesingh and Winston Hyatali of Hyatali & Co.
But Hyatali said he was not handling the probate of a will for Lutchmansingh.
I know Mr Lutchmansingh, he said. He was introduced by
a client. Ive had certain discussions with him, but I am not probating
any will at the moment.I dont know if he might give it to me in the
A source at JD Sellier and Co also claimed the law firm was probably
not handling Lutchmansinghs affairs. He said the companys sole
probate clerk has not received instructions on the matter.
Narinesingh could not be contacted.
My friend, Mr Krishna Narinesingh, has spent a little over $25
million of his own money on this matter, insisted Lutchmansingh.
JD Sellier has spent a lot of money.
Pastor withdraws $$ offer to national debt
T&T will have to live with its $ billion debt a bit longer.
Pentecostal Pastor Vishnu Lutchmansingh said he has withdrawn his offer
of paying off the national debt.
We withdraw from repaying the US $30 billion national debt,
said Lutchmansingh seriously in a telephone interview. He said he made
the surprisingly generous offer to the UNC administration.
Earlier in the conversation, Lutchmansingh said he would no longer talk
to the local press because it has lied on him. He said he would only speak
with members of the international press. The pastor said a New York-based
journalist recently offered him US $10 million to write his story. The
pastor said he refused.
Saying he was tired of crime and harassment, Lutchmansingh added petulantly,
I am tempted to leave and go and buy an island in the Bahamas.
Lutchmansingh said he does not request tithes from his followers. Asked
then, how he manages to live such an apparently lavish lifestyle although
alleged billionaire Buford Keatons will was still in probate, he
said his battery of foreign lawyers have made arrangements for advancements
A senior UNC politician alleged that Lutchmansingh was being less than
honest about an impending fortune. Talk is free. Anybody could talk,
said Lutchmansingh. Produce the proof.
The pastor was involved in a dispute over Caroni (1975) Ltds lands
when the state-owned sugar company moved in on the Main Road Cunupia site
on May 24 and bulldozed a paved area. Lutchmansingh said it cost $1.8 million
vishnu Lutchmansingh, 45, started preaching 19 years ago with the New
Testament Church of God, after he was converted from Hinduism.
A tradesman by profession, the Las Lomas-born pastor says he hooked
up with British-born Buford Keaton while working with a contractor.
Lutchmansingh said he and Keaton developed a bond since they were both
preachers. He claims Keaton left a £700 Billion estate to him after
he died in 1997. But the worlds richest man, computer mogul Bill
Gates, has a net worth of less than US $100 billion.
Keatons body is buried at Thompson-Nesbitt cemetery in Kentucky.
Efforts to contact his wife Arthana Keaton this week were unsuccessful.
Cuffie denies con claims