As the probe into a house lot fraud at the Regional Housing Office in Region #2 widens, Housing Minister Valerie Yearwood has promised justice for those persons who have been defrauded.
“While people are saying that the government is only talking, I want to assure you that once they are found guilty and we know they are, they will go down…orange jump suits for them,” she said during a recent outreach.
The Minister wants citizens who have paid monies for house lots into the wrong hands and issued fake receipts to come forward with the evidence.
“It is no secret that we have a fraud at our regional office in Region #2 where persons went in and paid monies […] but persons knew they needed to make those payments at Regional Democratic Council office so I don’t understand why they would be cajoled to pay money at elsewhere.”
Minister Yearwood said the matter is currently in the hands of the police and it will remain there until justice is served.
Last Thursday, Patterson visited Anna Regina where she met with residents and again invited persons who made payments and have false receipts to report the matter.
Only last week, Deputy Regional Housing Officer, Safeia Razak, was taken into Police custody for questioning.
She is accused of unlawfully collecting monies from persons for house lots in the region.
Razak now joins her boss, Regional Housing Officer (RHO) Omesh Sasenarayan, who was also accused of issuing fake receipts for house lots in the region.
He has since been sent on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
The arrest, of Razak, came after officials from the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) conducted an audit into the books of the office and found irregularities.