Police Finance Officer granted bail on charges she falsified $5.1M in food bills
Police Finance Officer, Woman Senior Superintendent (ag) Marcelene Washington, of Lamaha Springs, Georgetown, Friday appeared at Georgetown Magistrates’ Court where three charges of conspiracy to commit a felony was read to her.
It was alleged that Washington, along with Lorraine Saul and Roxanne Griffith-Adams, conspired with each and other persons to draw up an account for $1.5 million, falsely claiming that it was for meals provided by the Tactical Service Unit Mess to Officers and Inspectors who performed fixed-point duty at TSU between the period October 16-31, 2020.
Further, prosecutors claimed that Washington, along with Lorraine Saul and Frank Jackman-Wilburg, drew up an account for $1.4 million, falsely claiming that it was for meals purportedly provided by the Felix Austin Police College Mess to ranks who performed fixed-point duty at Suicide Helpline between October 16-31, 2021.
In addition, prosecutors levelled the same charge against Washington, Lorraine Saul and Frank Jackman-Wilburg, saying that they intended to defraud the Force by falsely claiming $2.2 million to cover meals they said were provided by the Felix Austin Police College Mess to ranks who performed fixed-point duty at Mounted Branch between October 16-31, 2020.
Washington was not required to plea since the charges were indictable. She was granted bail in the sum of $250,000 on the charges and was represented by attorney at law, Dexter Todd.
All three matters were adjourned to June 16, 2021, for report as to whether the charges will proceed as summary or indictable. These charges were initially filed on April 21, 2021, but the accused was out of the jurisdiction.
The charges stemmed from a massive investigation being conducted by SOCU in relation to over $300 million committed at the Police Finance Office by several high-ranking officers of the Guyana Police Force.