Wednesday 21 August, 2019

Fraud probe at Arima Corporation praised as two charged

The Arima Borough Council has assured that no stone would be left unturned in the investigation into allegations of fraud at the regional corporation.

The Council on Tuesday held its Statutory Meeting for the month of August where the Corporation’s Deputy Mayor, CEO, Municipal Police and others came in for high praise for their efforts in the course of the probe into the accusations thus far.

Lauding CEO Cheryl Sirju Chong for her “impeccable integrity”, Mayor Lisa Morris-Julian expressed her satisfaction with the pace with which the allegations were brought to the attention of the authorities.

“As soon as a red flag was raised she immediately made sure to set in additional checks and balances.

It seems as if the Arima Borough Corporation is in the news but no one is mentioning the fact of how quickly our CEO made sure that the perpetrators and the allegations were quickly dealt with.”

“I thank you for looking out for the interests of the people of the Borough of Arima. I thank you for safeguarding our funds.

I think that the fact of the matter is that it happened a certain level that we cannot get into because the matter is still being investigated and the fault was not at our end,” she added.

Morris-Julian also expressed thanks for the work of the Arima Municipal Police, praising them for the manner in which they treated with the issue.

The Fraud Squad was also commended for a job well done in their investigations, which has since seen the arrests of two individuals in relation to the allegations.

“The CEO kept myself informed at every step of the way, and while we did not discuss publicly, the information went to the right spaces and places and that is why the Fraud Squad was able to facilitate two arrests,” she said.

Acknowledging that further investigations have been requested at the Council level, the Mayor said it would support the Corporation in stamping out corruption.  

“The Arima Borough Corporation will not stand for corruption of any form, whether it is ten bags of cement, $100,000 or $1.5 million,” the Mayor declared.

Deputy Mayor Cagney Casimire is currently drafting a policy that would aid in preventing any future occurrence of this kind.

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