Female Customs Officer, 2 Customs Brokers charged with fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud

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REAL NEWS-realnewsantigua.com- Three people are now in police custody following allegations of fraud at the Antigua and Barbuda Customs Department.

A reliable source tells REAL News that the trio – a female Customs officer who cashiers at the Department and two brokers – were arrested and charged today, Friday, July 29, with fraud and conspiracy. CLICK HERE TO JOIN OUR WHATS APP GROUP FOR MORE UPDATES

The amount in question is some $26,000 and is based on investigations into the Department that began over three years ago.

Reportedly, millions of dollars were misappropriated from the Department, and Finance Minister Gaston Browne has claimed, publicly, that his signature had been forged on certain documents.

A source tells our News Department that the Police had planned to take the three accused before a magistrate this (Friday) afternoon. However, no presiding officer was available to deal with the bail hearing, since the Chief Magistrate had already left for home.

The source says she was informed of the matter only after 2 p.m. today.

Accordingly, the trio will have to spend the long holiday weekend in the lock-up, since due to the nature of the charges they cannot be granted station bail.

The next available court date is Wednesday, August 3, after the Carnival festivities.

It was noted that one of the accused had been asked to turn up at the police station in the morning, but did so later, preventing the matter from being taken before the court at an earlier time.

A source also alleges that the Police executed a search warrant earlier today at the home of one broker. – realnewsantigua.com

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10 COMMENTS

  1. $26000.00? Really? The top dawg and Comptroller mentioned a figure of over three million dollar $3000.000.00. I don’t want to hear anything about 26000.00….Chupse. please don’t waste my data

  2. $26,000 is a like a grain of sand on the Customs Corrupted Beach.In my opinion,that place is one of the main cesspools for Corruption in the Government Services,in Antigua and Barbuda.The other Government Agency we need to look at is Immigration.

  3. …#Hand_to_Mouth living breeds CORRUPTION!

    Now, use the #small_fish as bait, to reel in the Sharks abs other #Big_Fish!

  4. Treasury is also another. They will not go there because it is going to expose who getting all the big money and kick backs. Remember the time when they just mentioned about investigation and a worker killed himself and it was not even him they were investigating.

  5. Me naw lie politics just have u ppl blind nf…..ras smood have the only comment on here that make sense can matters be brought b4 the courts b4 u politics start to make comments??? Yes I know justice don’t always take its course….especially in small countries….. but wait for the facts b4 u start to judge everything for u ppl is just… GASTON GASTON EVERYTHING IS GASTON….like a the new series of beauty n the beast

  6. What has become of that matter of the Customs Broker and the alleged Forgery of Gaston Browne’s signature. He did say someone forged his signature for millions of dollars at Customs. His sidekick,Max Hurst said they did not want to name and shame. As long as that person repaid the monies. If anyone,regardless of Political Party affiliation did forge the signature of the Nation’s Leader. That should be a matter for the Police,not a damn joke. No Citizen should usurp the authority of Law Enforcement,in Antigua and Barbuda.I also remembered that monies walk out of a car.However,it was said that person pay back those funds. Really? That was also a matter of Customs.

  7. Poor JOHN ASHE. Spencer said “ASHE LIED”. The man dead and can’t speak for himself.

    • ODEBRETCH WILL SOON SPEAK WHEN GASTON IS BOOTED OUT.

      NIGEL CHRISTIAN IS DEAD AND CANNOT SPEAK FOR HIMSELF TO COUNTERACT THE PM AND THE CUSTOMS BROKER WHO STOLE $3,000,000 FROM THE GOVERNMENT COFFERS.

      WHERE IS JUSTICE FOR HIM?

      YOU MINION

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