The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Shalimar Ali – Hack has returned some over 20 files to the police in connection with the alleged $600 Million fraud which was uncovered at the former Ministry of Public Service under the PPP Civic administration.
In a telephone interview with News Source on Thursday, Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum confirmed that he has received the files.
He said no criminal or other charges were recommended by the DPP. However, investigators have been asked to “clear up some points.”
Blanhum could not say how soon these clarifications would be completed and the files sent back to the DPP.
The Crime Chief assured that investigators will make the changes and have the files returned soon.
The alleged fraud was discovered after the new government took office and started to go through the Ministry’s accounts.
It was found that $127 Million which was transferred from the Office of the President earlier this year to the Ministry could not be accounted for after it was withdrawn from the Ministry’s accounts.
The money was reportedly withdrawn in the run up to the May 11, 2015 elections and based on documents provided, it was withdrawn in three tranches over a three-month period.
Investigators decided to start checking all of the accounts of a similar nature and it was then that it was found that over $600 Million was missing.
The money had been transferred to the Public Service Ministry for Regional projects. However, the projects were never carried out although the money was withdrawn.
Former Minister of Public Service under the PPP, Jennifer Westford and her former Personnel Officer, Margaret Cummings have both been questioned in connection with the alleged fraud.
News Source understands that Cummings may have been the person whose signature is attached to all of the withdrawal documents for the accounts.
The two women are already before the court in connection with the alleged attempt to transfer eight government vehicles to private individuals including the former Minister.