Police issue wanted bulletin for former Head of SOCU

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The Guyana Police Force has issued a wanted bulletin for former head of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), Sydney James in connection with obtaining money by false pretence and fraud in Georgetown.

The last known address for James, also a former Assistant Police Commissioner, is Lot 28 George Avenue, Lamaha Springs, North Ruimveldt, Georgetown.

“Anyone with information about that may lead to the arrest of Sydney James is asked to contact the Special Organised Crime Unit (S.O.C.U) on 225-3079, 225-3084 or the nearest police station,” the police release noted.

James was sent on administrative leave in July 2019 after an audit of SOCU– the body set up to investigate financial crimes -found backdated cheques, lack of receipts for various sums, forgery of signatures, irregular transactions, duplicated invoices and other fraudulent activities between 2016-2019.

The audit was ordered in February 2019 by then Police Commissioner Leslie James following claims of mismanagement of over $52M collected from the Public Security Ministry for operational costs.

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