Whenever Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham’s term in office is ended, he would be known as ‘the cleanup man’ following his overhaul in the public service. He’s assured the Bahamian people the overhaul will come and those found wanting, will be put on the outside.
Bahamas Press is reporting several government probes in departments will result in terminations within the public service, and this is good.
A source in the ministry of works has confirmed to BP a senior officer in that ministry was placed on leave following preliminary investigations into the rip–off of public funds at the ministry.
The employee, whose identity Bahamas Press has withheld, is accused of ‘THIEFIN’ public money! ‘VICKEDLY’ ripping and skimming off the top money from the budget allocations assigned in the ministry.
The employee who we will only say has a funny name, was caught RED HANDED submitting bogus invoices into the accounts department. Bahamas Press has learned the senior officer also pressured contractors and colluded with vendors to submit these invoices to output bogus government cheques, which were eventually kicked back to her.
One of the contractors now cooperating with the government in their investigations told Bahamas Press, “This woman needs to have the book thrown at her. She would have come to our company and pressure us to submit fraud documents and submit them into the accounts department for payments when she knew we did not work. She would come to us and say, ‘I need money…I need money and so send me the invoice and I’ll deal with the particulars.’
“She did the same shakedown with several contractors working for the ministry but the Prime Minister got wind of this and now she’s on leave.”
The employee of the government – in some cases – bypassed Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Works and Transport, Colin Higgs, and took her bogus invoices straight into the Ministry of Finance where the Prime Minister sits. HOW BOLD!
A senior officer undertaking the investigations in the ministry told us, “The fraudster in the Government we believe did not work alone in committing these acts. We know some others who issued these payments were also involved, and we will get to the bottom of this.”
BP wonders how long has this COOKIE MONSTER BEEN TAKING COOKIES OUT OF THE COOKIE JAR? And when was the ministry going to inform the public?
WE NEED CHANGE!