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The Corruption Prevention Commission has referred some 338 public servants to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) since January 2003, having received 7,306 declarations as of December 2005.
This is according to a report, which was tabled in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (Nov. 28).
Additionally, the report says that two public servants have pled guilty to failing to file their declarations under the provisions of the Corruption Prevention Act ( 2000) and have each been ordered to pay $50,000 or serve a six month jail term with hard labour.
The DPP withdrew 18 of 23 cases brought before the courts after the persons filed outstanding declarations. “Warning letters have been issued to all public servants who have declarations outstanding and action will shortly follow,” it states. Furthermore, two cases were referred to the Commissioner of Police as the allegations suggested criminal action requiring expertise outside of the Commission.
Statutory declarations were demanded from public servants whose total emoluments were in excess of $2 million. There was however, an exception in the case of the Jamaica Defence Force, based on a review of the Force’s functions and commendable filing up to the time of the tabling of the report.
The detail of declarations, by law, includes bank statements and or letters from banks confirming the balance reported.
“The Commission has begun accepting photocopies of bank pass books and in recent times Automated Transaction Machine (ATM) slips and e-banking statements in order to relieve public servants of the high cost of acquiring the bank’s confirmation.