Conflict of interest cited as SOCU Advisor establishes local investigate firm

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Advisor to Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), Dr. Sam Sittlington.

United Kingdom white collar crime expert Dr Sam Sittlington who is currently working with the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) as an advisor has been placed under the spotlight after it was determined that the Briton is establishing his own investigating company in Guyana named “The Fraud Company (Guyana) Inc”.

According to documents seen by this publication, Sittlington who outlined his occupation as a consultant will be the Director of the company.

The company was incorporated under the Companies Act of Guyana in September of 2018.

Experts, who this publication reached out to over this development, contend that such a move is unethical and a glaring conflict of interest on the part of the SOCU advisor.

It was outlined, among other concerns that “It is highly unethical for a consultant who is being paid by a foreign government to advise and train a sensitive department such as the SOCU to establish a company which will undertake similar work.”

Moreover, in reinforcing the point, the observers posited that the said consultant has access to highly confidential information on numerous persons at SOCU and has embarked on fishing expeditions on most of the cases under investigation.

As such, a major concern was that information gleamed from SOCU could be used inappropriately.

Questions have also been raised about whether or not Sittlington, who is operating under the auspices of the British High Commission, has informed them of his endeavours and whether the British High Commissioner and by extension his Government are supportive of same.

Concerns were also raised about the qualifications and work history of the said consultant.

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