Assistant Superintendent charged with multi-million fraud at Police Finance Dept.
Former Deputy Finance Officer, Woman Assistant Superintendent Roxanne Griffith- Adams was on Thursday charged jointly with Police Finance Officer, Woman Senior Superintendent (ag) Marcelene Washington; and former Deputy Commander of Division 4 ‘B’, Woman Superintendent Lorraine Saul for conspiracy to commit a felony in relation to the multi-million-dollar fraud at the Police Finance Office.
The News Room understands that Saul was also charged separately with Falsification of Account by Officer.
The charges, brought by the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), were heard at the Georgetown Magistrates Court before the Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan. Saul and Washington were, once again, not present as they are out of the jurisdiction, and their matter was deferred to May 14, 2021.
Adams, who was present, was not required to plea to the indictable charge; it alleged that the trio between November 2 and November 24, 2020, with intent to defraud, conspired with each other and other persons while being Officers, employed by the Guyana Police Force (GPF) and falsified a feeding account valued $1.1 million.
The falsified account was allegedly made for meals said to be provided to the Tactical Services Unit to Officers and Inspectors who performed fixed-point duty at the Tactical Services Unit from October 16 to October 31, 2020.
These charges stemmed from a massive investigation being conducted by SOCU in relation to over $300 million fraud allegedly committed at the Police Finance Office by several high-ranking officers of the Guyana Police Force.
A probe conducted by SOCU revealed that Saul, who was the officer-in-charge of the Felix Austin Police, falsified the feeding account on November 2, 2020; it was processed at the Police Finance Office and the $1.1 million payments were made into the account.
According to SOCU, Washington and Adams colluded with Saul to defraud as they authorised the payment when, in fact, no such duty existed and no meals were distributed to ranks.
Adams was granted $150,000 bail and all matters were deferred to May 14, 2021.