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Posted: Thursday 3 February, 2022 at 11:43 AM

Police/DPP deny dropping charges in Credit Union fraud case

By: Staff Reporter,

    BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - POLICE COMMISSIONER and the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) have both rubbished the rumour that charges in the fraud cases involving the Police Credit Union have been dropped.


    The rumour took social media by storm over the past two days and it raised concerns, with some individuals alleging that one or more of the parties charged would have connections with several government officials.


    Freedom Radio reported that Commissioner Hilroy Brandy brushed off those claims that the matter was dropped, instead he highlighted that the case is still before the Courts and the individuals could soon be back there again.


    The radio station also reported that DPP Valston Graham confirmed that the matter has not been discontinued.


    “I can confirm that the prosecution against the six persons charged in respect of the Police Co-operative Credit Union are still ongoing before the Courts. These are indictable matters, which can only be discontinued by or with the directive of the DPP,” Freedom reported.


    He noted that “no decision to discontinue these matters” were made and  he is not aware of the origin of the reports that the matters have been discontinued.


    Back in 2020, police had slapped 37 charges against five individuals, including the Deputy Labour Commissioner, in connection with suspected fraudulent payments made from the Severance Payment Fund to four employees of the said agencyduring May and June of that year.


    According to a police statement, Mario Wigley of Cayon, Hyacinth Phipps of Garden’s Housing, Chanita Richards of Parray’s Extension, Tisharie Fyfield of Gillard’s Meadows and Deon Webb of New Road  were charged in connection with the payments.


    The charges range from Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering by Possession, Money Laundering by Possession, Money Laundering by Transactions, Obtaining Money by False Pretence, Uttering of Forged Documents, Forgery, and Demanding Money on Forged Documents.


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