Woman in drug case changes plea to guilty
Accused: I had no clearance to okay cheques
MILLION-DOLLAR THEFT ACCUSED Anderson Ryan Ince yesterday declared that he did not have the kind of security clearance needed to approve local purchase orders (LPOS) or cheques.
Ince, a 43-year-old clerical officer of Hannays, St Lucy, and formerly of Yearwood Road, Sugar Hill, St Joseph, is accused of stealing $1 118 500, which belonged to the Psychiatric Hospital and was maintained by the Central Bank, between August 1, 2003, and August 1, 2005. He was also charged with directly engaging in transactions, totalling $1 118 500, which were the proceeds of crime between 2003 and 2005.
He has denied the offences.
Yesterday the accused opted to remain in the dock of the No. 2 Supreme Court for an unsworn statement.
“I, as clerical officer, cannot approve cheques. I do not have the security assigned by Smart Stream Department.
“I can only enter them in the system – requisitions, invoices and local purchase orders that are passed to me by heads of management, senior accountants, accountants and the hospital director,” he testified.
Ince said the assignment of supplies to the Psychiatric Hospital, or any other Government agency was done by senior managers.
He explained that information bearing the signature of the accountant was faxed to the Smart Stream Department and that department then assigned the vendor to the Psychiatric Hospital or to any Government department. He said the Psychiatric Hospital did not assign itself vendors.
“The security needed to approve is only assigned by the Smart Stream Department at the Treasury (department). The security for a clerk or clerical officer is different from the security for an accountant and senior accountant,” he said.
“Therefore, an entry clerk cannot approve. The security is not given to him.”
The clerical officer had earlier told the court he was employed in the Government service from September 1998 and was appointed in February 2013. He added he was assigned to the Psychiatric Hospital from 2000 to 2006.
The accused explained his duties included the creation of LPOS; entering the LPOS into the system; and preparation of utility bills to enter into the system on behalf of the Psychiatric Hospital.
Ince also said that before the LPOS were created, requisitions had to be made by the storeroom keeper or by the maintenance department.
He also told the court that for someone to access the system, they would have had to create a password to access the network. To get onto Smart Stream, another password was required.
“So two passwords were needed,” he said.
“In connection with Mr Anthony Nurse, the only affiliation I have with Mr Nurse is seeing him at the Psychiatric Hospital involved in electrical work as an electrical contractor.
“My affiliation with Terry-anne Badenock (is) I know her; I’ve assisted her with small donations to assist with the purchase of goods and also the payment of utilities,” he said in conclusion. ( HLE) A WOMAN who had a change of heart will have to wait just a little bit longer to know her fate.
Nyoka Jamo Edwards, 39, of Murphy’s Pasture, Chapman Lane, The City, had originally pleaded not guilty to charges of possessing, trafficking and intending to supply cannabis when she first appeared in court on July 12.
However, when she appeared before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-sargeant in the District “A” Magistrates’ Court on Monday, she changed her plea to guilty.
The magistrate did not revoke her bail, but ordered her to return to court on October 30 for sentencing.
According to prosecutor Sergeant Theodore Mcclean, police executed a search warrant at Edwards’ home and while searching they found an orange plastic container with vegetable matter suspected to be cannabis.
A further search turned up a white plastic bag on top of the fridge.
When asked to account for the drugs, Edwards said she boiled the herb to treat her daughter’s asthma.
Police also conducted a search of the backyard, where more drugs were found.
The illegal drugs weighed 1.5 pounds, with an estimated street value of $3 000. ( RB)