Statement On Theft At The Passport Office

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At a press conference in Freeport Minister for Grand Bahama Michael Darville and Minister for Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell 6th November.  Photo by Vandyke Hepburn.

5th November 2015

The missing funds at the Passport Office
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

(via the Bahamas Information Services)
Here are the facts as we know it in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and as I have been advised about the reported missing funds at the Passport Office:

The missing funds were discovered some months ago by the management of the Passport Office and investigated by them immediately. The Auditor General was called in immediately to confirm what had already been discovered. The employee concerned with taking the funds confessed to taking the funds and gave the reasons why. The matter was immediately turned over to the police, the Department of the Public Service responsible for disciplinary action, and the Ministry of Finance who is the employer as the employee was on loan to the Passport Office.

Disciplinary actions against the employee in question are continuing including a criminal investigation.

Additionally, steps have been taken to further strengthen the internal controls and managements systems at the Passport Office.