Customs Investigators Under Police Protection

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According to a well-placed source at the division, the Customs officers that are currently investigating the alleged fraud have been given every assurance by the police that they will be better protected.

This was in reaction to recent shooting of a Customs Officer who is attached to the Enforcement unit which was investigating the allegations of false invoicing and smuggling within.

Investigations into the alleged more than $3 million fraud at the Customs and Excise Division will continue despite rising fears by Customs officers after the  one of their own.

One week ago, Customs Officer Cornell Benjamin was shot three days after the Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda alleged that a scam masterminded by brokers and officers had caused a revenue shortfall to the tune of over $3 million in unpaid port taxes.

It is confirmed that many of the matters addressed by the Cabinet are now before the courts.

Earlier yesterday, United Progressive Party (UPP) Leader, Harold Lovell, called out the Acting Police Commissioner, Atlee Rodney, and the Minister with responsibility for the Police Force, Steadroy Benjamin, for their seemingly lack of due care given to the safety of the investigating Customs officers.

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15 COMMENTS

  1. So let me get this str8…..Lemme see if i have my reading comprehension skills intact…

    The CUSTOMS OFFICERS THAT ARE BEEN INVESTIGATED FOR FRAUD WILL BE GIVEN POLICE PROTECTION……..okkkkkk

    Who was given protection when they were stealing ?….forging INVOICES SIGNATURES…..DNT 4get the Credit Card Fraud ….P.O.BOSES FRAUD …

    Anywhoooo ….SAID OFFICERS ARE THEIR TRAVELLING DOCUMENTS ALSO SURRENDERED….they faces should be plastered ALL OVER …

    ANTIGUA DNT HAVE NO CRIMESTOPPERS WEBSITE

  2. Lmao vodka sober now
    It’s alleged that the broker under investigation and Mr Benjamin are real close. So the officers under protection should be extremely careful case the snakes could be pretending to protect you. I’m not a investigator but officer got shot in the legs, it takes someone with enough practice/training to hit the small body parts. Corrupt government system and police force. Just research past ten years and see how many scandals involved police and government officials.

    • EVERYTHING YOU SAID EVERYTHING ….seriously…. gunmen attack which implies it was more than one person and ONLY in his leg he received bullets ….that was precision shooting.

      The ADMINISTRATION wants ppl to think they stamping out corruption when they are the LEADERS and beneficaries of said corruption but they also want to know how much he knows .its years CID DEFENSE FORCE POLICE HAVE “special relationships” with the PM’s past n present .

  3. So instead of hauling the broker and the client in for questioning the police are protecting the investigators.
    I have one question, if this is an internal investigation how will the broker or his client know which custom officers are investigating??? Shouldn’t the police be questioning the suspects and customs providing the relevant documents?
    And to the customs officers – THE POLICE OFFICERS ARE NOT THERE TO PROTECT YOU, THEY ARE THERE TO SPY ON YOU AND CARRY BACK NEWS SO THEY CAN PREPARE TO THROW THE CASE.

    This is supposed to be a police matter but the chief of staff done decide not to pursue criminal charges which is the purview of the DPP. Who give him that authority? The PM , The AG? Why the media not asking the AG what is his relationship with this Teflon broker who can never

  4. The go after persons who they dnt like …who knows too much …who aint a “team player/players” i think he wants his bite but the treasury and taxes he putting up as the front …..the WHOLE CARIBBEAN IS CORRUPT ANTIGUA IS SO SMALL BUT VERY SCANDALOUS THE PM IS VERY STRATEGIC IN HE WHO HE PURSUE….

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