$22 million fraud at Corporation …”10 ARRESTED IN SALARY SCAM”

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Ten persons have been arrested in a salary scam at the PNM-controlled San Juan/Laventille Regional Corporation.

The arrests of the suspects on Thursday, were a major breakthrough for Police Service’s Anti-Corruption Investigations Bureau (ACIB) in their investigations into the $22.5 million scam.

The suspects are assisting the police into the alleged fraudulent payment of $22.5 million in salaries at the corporation between 2011 to 2017.

The arrests were made during anti-crime exercises in the Petit Valley, Valsayn and St Augustine districts between 3.30 am and noon on Thursday.

The suspects are between the ages 25 to 40 years. Police said charges are imminent. Some of the suspects worked at the Corporation.

The Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government said the issue was detected earlier this year by the Corporation’s former CEO Kofi Chapman.

The Ministry said Chapman recognized discrepancies in the Accounting Unit and it was immediately reported to the Anti-Corruption Bureau. It added that the corporation cooperated fully with the investigation and police interviewed relevant personnel in the corporation before they made their arrests.

Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Kazim Hosein,  said he had requested a full report from the chairman Anthony Roberts.

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