The former Head of the Special Organised Crime Unit of the Guyana Police Force turned himself into the Police for questioning today after a wanted bulletin was issued for his arrest last week.
The former SOCU Head, Sydney James was questioned and granted station bail in the sum of $300,000. He is expected to return to SOCU for further questioning.
James was questioned in relation to allegations of fraud allegedly committed at SOCU while he headed the agency. There have been reports that a large sum of money that was with the unit for payment to informants could not properly be accounted for.
James who was a Lieutenant Colonel in the Guyana Defence Force was appointed an Assistant Police Commissioner in 2014 under the former PPP Civic Government and transferred to head the new Special Organised Crime Unit.
He remained as Head of the Unit up until 2019 when his contract was not renewed under the APNU+AFC administration.
Just before the decision was made not to renew his contract, he was sent on administrative leave after a special audit unearthed a number of instances of mismanagement of funds and falsification of documents at the Special Organised Crime Unit.