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Acts of Fraud by Civil Servants

Police have confirmed that an “active” investigation is currently taking place into an alleged act of fraud by a female government employee attached to the island’s Magistracy.

“The matter is under investigation”, a police spokesman told THE NEW TODAY when asked about the status of the matter, which had been brought to the attention of this newspaper.

According to the official, the police are waiting on information from government auditors on the exact amount of money that is missing in order to consider possible charges against the individual concerned.

“I can tell you that we are waiting on the audit people from government to give us the exact figure for us to continue with the investigation”, he said.

Speculation is rife that the sum involved could be in the vicinity of EC$30, 000.00.

A well-placed source said that the female employee has already “admitted” committing an act of wrongdoing at the Magistrate’s Court in Victoria, St. Mark.

He said the money involved state funds for the poor and vulnerable, as well as money due to some mothers in the form of child maintenance from fathers.

“People will go to the Magistrate Court (in Victoria) for their money and would be told that there is nothing there for them as yet but the young lady already take the money and use it”, said a source familiar with the case.

THE NEW TODAY was also told that some government employees are not happy with the decision taken by the Public Service Commission (PSC) to transfer the female employee under investigation from the Victoria Magistrate Court to the St. George’s No.1 Magistrate’s Court.

According to a source, the commission was “insensitive” and should have “transferred the young lady to some other place in the civil service until the police deal with her matter”.

The police have also confirmed that charges were laid on a female employee of the Supreme Court Registry whose name was given as Alisha Benjamin in connection with the fraudulent use of the credit card of another employee in the department.

The spokesman said that Benjamin allegedly got ahold of the credit card of her colleague and without her consent made a number of online purchases with it.

The accused has been put on $4000.00 bail and is due to make her first court appearance on April 4.

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