Nassau, Bahamas — Bahamas Press is once again deep inside the walls of the National Insurance Board and is this time wondering how long will it take Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham to clean up the mess and allegations of corrupt practices of his director.
Information supplied to Bahamas Press alleges corruption at the highest levels, continue to rock the building at NIB and our latest revelations prove more evidence of ‘sticky hands’ marinated with questions continue to soil the Board; a portfolio under the Prime Minister.
We have learnt, someone out of the Director’s office granted approval to a family member of Algernon Cargill, to be paid some One Thousand Six Hundred Dollars [$1,600] while the relative was still employed at an establishment in Lyford Cay back in 2010.
Documents shown to us by a source confirms, the family member of the director applied for NIB unemployment benefit back in fall of 2010, claiming to been deemed “Unemployed”.
According to information and records produced by the Board, the applicant could not provide any letter of termination, nor could the applicant satisfy NIB as to whether they were unemployed at the time, which was a requirement to be a receiver of the funds.
According to records at NIB, while contributions was being received from the Lyford Cay employer of the applicant, the Cargill family member decided to reapply under a similar name.
We are told, the family member though initially “rejected” by the Board after failing to meet the requirements at NIB, was later approved by a “high up” out of the Director’s Office with the first payment being made to the applicant in October 2010.
Simultaneously, while unemployment benefit payments were being paid to the Cargill family member, NIB records reflected contributions from the Lyford Cay employer was being paid into the Board.
Bahamas Press wonders therefore the following:
- • Who in the upper floors at NIB authorized the ILLEGAL/ CRIMINAL payments to the Cargill family member?
- • Why were the payments approved, knowing full well the funds cannot be dispersed to persons employed?
- • What actions have the Board taken to punish the person approving the payments?
- • We ask the Director were any other family members of his paid by the unemployment fund while still gainfully employed?
- • Has NIB to date recovered the full amount paid to the Cargill Family Member?
- • Why was the family member not prosecuted for defrauding the Board?
Bahamas Press reminds the public that this is not the first time we have raised such SCANDALOUS concerns emanating from NIB. Many would remember back in October of 2009, when the unemployment benefit was first introduced, Algernon Cargill hauled before the courts Nassau Village resident Trarearus Barrow, 35; Adelaide Drive resident, Christoff Hanna, 46, Lamarion Rolle, 24, of Davis Street; 27-year-old Frank Moxey of Isles Way and 51-year-old Bloneva Mackey of Adderley and Dorsett Streets.
We waited with baited breath for Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham to report to Parliament on the findings of NIB following the revelations of SCANDALS. Surprisingly, the PM had nothing to say on NIB during the budget debate. NO ONE NOTICED THAT! MUMS THE WORD! NOT EVEN THE Investment of $15 Million in NIB funds into a liquor company. THEY HAVE NO DAMN SHAME!
We demand a public commission to investigate the SCANDALOUS OPERATIONS at NIB. INCLUDING THE CONTRACTS TO KENUTH KNOWLES, PORKY DORSETT, IRAM LEWIS, CHARLTON MORLEY AND DEACON JEFFERY LLOYD, just to name a few. We call for a Commission of Inquiry to be appointed, and send for people and papers to sit from place to place and stop the hemorrhage of funds at the nation’s social security institution.
Bahamas Press’ probe into NIB will continue.