Transfer of $8.8 million …”IS MY CLIENT A PERSON OF INTEREST?”

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Attorney Martin George has written to acting Police Commissioner, Stephen Williams, seeking information on accusations, statements and documents pertaining to allegations of misconduct against his client, Gwen Toppin.

He said his client was a management accountant with the Division of Tourism.

In his letter sent on Friday to Williams, George wanted to know if his client was really a person of interest as regards any police investigation concerning the transfer of the $8.8 million in funds from the Culture Division to an account in the United Kingdom. That money was supposed to be paid to Virgin Atlantic  Airline.

George added, “In such a case, we would be also requesting that you indicate to us in writing whether any charges are going to be laid against our client and if so, the nature and details of same and would request at least 48 hours advance notification of same on behalf of our client.

“In such case, please also indicate the current status of the investigation by the officers of the Fraud Squad as it relates to our client in this entire situation. If, however, our client is not a person of interest in respect of any TTPS investigation concerning allegations of missing monies, then we wish to have your confirmed indication of same so she may seek to begin to restore and repair the damage, hurt, harm and trauma which she and her family and friends have endured these past few weeks as a result of these baseless and unfounded allegations.

“We note the urgent nature of the situation and the alarming and damning nature of the allegations levelled against our client and we are requesting a full written response from you within 14 days of the date hereof.”

George said Toppin has not been “been approached, or contacted or even requested by any member of the TTPS Fraud Squad to come in and give any further statement or to be further interviewed by them in relation to any such matter or allegation.”

Two public officials at the Tourism Division have been suspended by the Public Service Commission (PSC) in relation to the transfer of the money.

George had written to the THA two Fridays ago seeking more time for Toppin to respond to allegations contained in a letter she received from the Assembly.

He said as of last Friday, has had received no response from the THA.

Two contract employees have been asked in the public’s interest to cease reporting for duty.

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MARTIN GEORGE

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