CLAD report mentions possible fraudulent purchases
The Ministry of Justice and Police (Juspol) has given several of its employees the opportunity to defend their actions during the period when Edward Belfort ran the ministry. A report from the Central Audit Office (CLAD) mentioned several possible fraudulent purchases that were made in the period 2014-2015. Acting Director Humphrey Tjin Liep Shie pointed out that the report indicates that the ministry made several purchases but that the goods were 100% more expensive than the prices in the local stores. The people at the ministry who signed off on the purchases have been told that they must account for their actions. They must explain why they chose to purchase goods at certain companies at high prices. The state employees who can’t give a clear explanation will face disciplinary action.
Tjin Liep Shie explained that the fraudsters managed to avoid having to ask the Council of Ministers for permission by making purchases that were below SRD 4,000. Sources told Times of Suriname that ministers are authorized to sanction purchases that are below SRD 4,000. But in order to bend this rule, some fraudsters divide the purchase in several portions by pretending that they made several purchases while they in fact purchased the same product.