[www.inewsguyana.com] – The police on Monday, September 07 dispatched in excess of twenty files to the chambers of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in relation to the probe into the multi – million dollar fraud at the Ministry of Public Service, according to Crime Chief, Wendell Blanhum.
iNews was reliably informed that the files implicate former Minister Jennifer Westford and her Personnel Officer, Margret Cummings as it relates to a $500M fraud at the Ministry.
The investigation was conducted by the fraud squad of the Criminal Investigation Department. All the files, according to iNews sources, have to do with the transfer of funds from the then Office of the President to the Ministry of Public Service and were done upon the request of Westford through Cummings.
Once the request reached the Office of the President, the funds were then signed off by then Permanent Secretary, Omar Sharif who still remains in the employ of the Ministry of the Presidency.
Westford was recently charged with s four counts of attempted larceny, involving a vehicle scam during her tenure as Public Service Minister. She was placed on $800,000 bail.
She was questioned by the police in the misappropriation of the funds, which was purportedly used under the guise to conduct a review of the services and programs of the Public Service.
However, employees there said there was no review conducted and the monies cannot be accounted for. The initial figure that the police were investigating in relation to Westford’s fraud matter was $120 million but that soon jumped to more than $170 million. The figure then moved to more than $400 million and now stands at in excess of $500 million.