Two members of the Guyana Police Force who were charged earlier this year in connection with an alleged $19 Million fraud in the Force’s Finance Department were freed of the charges today after the Magistrate’s Court upheld their Attorneys’ no-case submission.
Special Corporal Jenneka Carmichael and Constable Tatayana Smith were charged for allegedly deleting files from a computer in the Finance Department that contained various financial transactions of the Force. The two police ranks always maintained their innocence and denied the allegations.
When the matter was called before Magistrate Annette Singh, the Attorneys representing the two ranks argued that there was no evidence presented to the Court linking the ranks to any crime.
The Magistrate agreed with the no-case submission and dismissed the case.
Carmichael and Smith were hauled before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court in April to answer a charge of illegal data interference.
The charge was filed by the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) of the Police Force.
SOCU contended that the two women intentionally and without lawful excuse or justification, deleted electronic data from the Guyana Police Force’s computer that was in the Administrative Office of the Felix Austin Police College.
A probe was launched by SOCU after it claimed that it received information that various accounts were being falsified over various payments made by the Police for a number of services.
A number of senior officers are also before the Courts in relation to those allegations.