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Woman, 24, charged for stealing gov’t money

Stacia Aberdeen (Photo: Searchlight.vc)

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent –A Green Hill woman was remanded in custody on Monday when she appeared before a magistrate to answer four charges relating to stealing monies from the government

On Saturday, police charged Stacia Aberdeen, a 24-year-old clerk, on two counts of theft of EC$100, the property of the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and two counts of dishonest falsification of receipts with intent to cause loss to the Government.

The offences reportedly occurred at Kingstown on Feb. 24, 2010 and Aberdeen was remanded in custody until Sept. 5.

Police also said they were investigating “several other similar reports” even as non-police reports say as much as EC$100,000 is unaccounted for at the department.

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Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said at an unrelated press conference on Monday that “those who are functioning in any administrative position who are inclined to want to do anything with taxpayers’ money outside of the law… are going to be caught”.

“That’s the reality. You are going to be caught,” he reiterated.

He, however, said that his government has to try to ensure that systems are in place for proper accountability and control and for these systems to be strengthened, if weakened.

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“I have been given a report as to what transpired and it does appear as though there were insufficient efforts at supervision and clearly that is an important management issue which they have to address,” Gonsalves said.

He said he had met with the Controller of Inland Revenue and Director General of Director of Finance and Planning separately and was to meet with them together on Monday to discuss several matters.

“The Director of Audit was quite right in pointing out that there needs to be greater openness for them to be able to do all the procedural issues in an auditing exercise,” Gonsalves said regarding a 2008 report.

He, however, was not sure if addressing these issues would have dealt with the current situation at the Inland Revenue Department.

 

Discussion

10 thoughts on “Woman, 24, charged for stealing gov’t money

  1. When Yo boy get caught with the extra thirty five thousand in the Skinny video saga what did u do? Nothing. So shut up.

    Posted by Killer | August 29, 2011, 23:09
  2. What did you all do with the 35 million you all took from NCB to repair roads during the elections of 2005? Big thief, little thief, all is THIEF.

    Posted by ragealways | August 30, 2011, 05:56
  3. COOP,COOP,COOP LIKE SOME AH DEM COMING HOME 2 ROOST MAN

    Posted by F.U.D.Z | August 30, 2011, 09:09
  4. SVG is being run by Ali Baba and the forty thieves. Three big pusses going by the title of permanent secretaries defrauded the Government of thousands of dollars of taxpayers money. What did Ali Baba do? He transferred them to more cushy jobs. Ali himself refused to tell Vincentians where he got the one million dollars which he deposited in NCB or where his family members got the ton load of US dollars which they exchanged at the NCB. So what is he talking about now. Just shut up you big puss! They are all pirates and buccaneers.

    Posted by David | August 30, 2011, 14:43
  5. look it will be ok, she will be moved to a different department

    Posted by Peter | August 30, 2011, 21:54
  6. she was told to own the jobs , own the government, so why she could not own the government monies too, she was just doing what she was told, you all forget the pm said in tnt , that when they know they going to loose power they steal and steal fast and plenty too, she know that the government was about to loose so she steal fast and plenty.

    Posted by old dog | August 30, 2011, 22:35
  7. How about the National Stadium money, where is that, and it was not just US$1.5 mill, take a look at this

    September 5th, Wednesday, 2001: Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves told a news conference St. Vincent and the Grenadines was benefiting from an immediate grant of US$1.5 million, as well as a soft loan of US$3 million (US$4.5million = EC$12,096 million) from Libya after his meeting with Col. Gadaffi. The money is to go towards construction of a national stadium, Gonsalves reported.

    It was over EC$12 million, where is that?????

    Posted by Peter | September 1, 2011, 20:10
  8. For those of you in the diaspora, the stadium was never built, and in fact Gonsalves visit to Libya was to celebrate Gadaffi’s annual revolution party, celebrating his coming to power by armed conflict.

    Posted by Peter | September 1, 2011, 20:13
  9. OH goodness me ! why is it Vincentians has to bring politics into everything? for crying out loud , this article is about someone stealing money from the government , please stick to the subject at hand. LOOK AT THE SUBTITLE PEOPLE

    Posted by Vincy girl | September 4, 2011, 22:26
  10. Vincy Girl, what is being equated here is that she is accused of small a amount in comparison, we just ask the question what happened to the EC$12 that Libya humped up for the new stadium, US$1.5 million grant and US$3 million soft loan. The stadium was never built, where is the money, has it been stolen, did SVG ever receive the money, just responsible questions for responsible people. Its all linked. If you don’t understand that this blog is a political news situation,get your head back in the trough and stop reading it.

    Posted by Peter | September 10, 2011, 19:30

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