Seven employees of the Ministry of Public Security, including a senior Accounting staff, were sent on administrative leave following the unearthing of financial discrepancies which point to millions of dollars in fraudulent transactions.
Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan, yesterday confirmed reports that the Auditor General’s office uncovered the alleged fraud during an audit of the Ministry some time last week.
Ramjattan said that he has ordered that the police are called in to investigate.
“The Auditor General is indicating that there are some discrepancies and I instructed that an investigation be carried out,” the Minister told this newspaper.
He said that he is not to clear what was unearthed, but he was advised by the Acting Permanent Secretary of the ministry that some invoices are missing.
The alleged frauds, which date back to January last year, involve the falsification of invoices amounting to more than $25M.
There are reports that at least two similar discrepancies occurred last October, too.
Kaieteur News understands that the staff of the Finance department were questioned and have reportedly given statements to investigators from the police fraud squad.
“I was briefed by the Permanent Secretary and I said, ‘Fine’. I made it clear that if the police have to be brought in let them be.
“I advised, also, that the staff be sent home so as not to interfere with any investigation,” the Minister declared.