Police Sergeant slapped with 12 fraud charges

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A Sergeant attached to the Guyana Police Force (GPF) was on Monday released on $1.3M bail when he appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts slapped with 12 fraud charges.

Accused: Alfred Park

Alfred Park, 50, of Diamond Housing Scheme East Bank Demerara (EBD) denied all of the charges when it was read to him by Senior Magistrate Judy Latchman.

The court heard that on April 12, 2018, while he was the sergeant in charge at the Felix Austin Police College, Georgetown, with intent to defraud the public, he conspired with others to forge 13 questionnaires for persons who did not write the drivers’ examinations.

Park was represented by Attorney-at-law Patrice Henry.

Police prosecutor made no objections to bail being granted.

The matter will continue of August 27.

Only recently two members of the GPF were slapped with a total of 38 counts of fraud.

Police Corporal Shanice Fraser, 31, and Police Corporal Ryan Grey, 25, were accused of working together to commit the offence by forging a total of 38 examination papers for persons who allegedly paid to acquire drivers’ licences.

According to the prosecution’s case, Grey is responsible for 20 of the examination papers while Fraser, the Traffic Chief’s Confidential Secretary, was suspected of forging 18 of the papers.

Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield made no objection to bail being granted, but requested that conditions be applied. The two were ordered to report to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Headquarters every Friday to the officer in charge until the conclusion of the matter.

Fraser was granted bail in the sum of $150,000 while Grey was released on $160,000 bail.

On April 18 last, major irregularities surfaced in regard to the drivers’ licences theoretical examination. Some 174 persons were registered to write the examination, but only 106 persons presented themselves to write it; yet, 207 scripts were submitted at the conclusion of the examination, with 155 completed.

The GPF had said that since members of the Cops and Faith Community Network became involved in the invigilation of the learner driver’s theoretical examination, there have been reports of a significant reduction in the opportunities for corruption, complaints, and allegations; thus, this voluntary involvement will continue.

Meanwhile, the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) recently discovered that some unscrupulous members of its staff were working in collusion with outsiders and members of the public to issue forged drivers’ licences, certificates of compliance, and registrations.

While announcing that details surrounding this development would not yet be divulged, the GRA had announced that an investigation has been launched.

The GRA has also revealed that those individuals who were part of the illegal operations have been sent on leave.

Several other Police ranks were questioned in relation to the matter.

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