Probable charges for seven city hall employees in $ 1 million embezzlement – newsroom Guyana
Criminal charges are expected to be laid against seven employees attached to the Department of the Treasurer to the Mayor and Georgetown City Council (M&CC).
Employees – two tax collection officers / supervisors; two cashiers and three clerks, who were sacked with immediate effect last Tuesday, are accused of embezzling nearly $ 1 million in council income and wages.
The unanimous decision was taken by the Local Authorities Commission after a statutory meeting on October 26. It was announced publicly on Tuesday, November 9 in a statement.
Although the Commission’s statement did not provide details of the allegation, its chairman Julius Faerber told the Press room that the seven agents “used money that was collected as rates and taxes for Georgetown.”
âWe have asked the city police to take the matter to the police,â Faerber said.
An investigation was launched by Georgetown Police after the discovery of financial irregularities within the city treasurer’s department and the seven employees were sent on administrative leave.
The investigation found evidence that the seven officials were directly involved in “fraudulent activity” and breached their fiduciary duties. In total, the seven officials embezzled nearly $ 600,000 in rates and taxes.
While the initial investigations focused on irregularities in revenue collection, the LGC chairman explained that officials found irregularities in the payment of wages.
“It was money that they had collected and they said that by the time they balanced their payroll it was a surplus and so they did not put it in the books as it should have. be done, âhe explained further.
These amounts amounted to nearly $ 300,000.
The LGC president also explained that such an event will not be tolerated because systems are in place to prevent it.
He said the files were supposed to be reviewed by City Treasurer John Douglas, but that did not happen for an extended period of time.
âThe system was not verified by the city treasurerâ¦ it was verified by the supervisors alone and they were part of the whole scenario,â Faerber said.
As a result, the Commission made the decision to return Douglas to his post of Chief Accountant and appointed Edwana Miller, his deputy, to serve as interim city treasurer.
According to Faerber, the Commission has called for a system to be put in place where âeach line managerâ is mandated to examine cases.