December 9, 2021

Ministry of Health worker arrested after allegedly paying herself $14,000

By Shirvan Williams

A 38-year-old Ministry of Health (MoH) pay clerk who allegedly paid herself $14,000 is expected to appear virtually before the Port-of-Spain Magistrates’ Court tomorrow, charged with a series of offences.

According to the TTPS, the woman, MICHELLE GREGOUIRE, of La Puerta, Diego Martin, was charged yesterday by PC Bernard of the Anti-Corruption Investigations Bureau (ACIB). Her charges are as follows: obtaining money by false pretences, uttering a forged document, falsification of accounts and causing the payments by false pretences.

The arrest was made after the MoH provided information to the ACIB in December 2019, concerning an employee of the payroll section, who allegedly falsified the Integrated Human Resource Information System payroll system and pay record cards, to facilitate the unlawful payment of $14,000 to herself.

Following that police were once again informed about the same employee who in February 2020, is believed to have uttered a forged MoH job letter to a credit union to support her application for a vacation loan of $28,000.

The credit union alerted the Ministry of several irregularities on the said job letter and subsequently denied her the loan.

A team of officers from the ACIB conducted extensive enquiries supervised by Senior Superintendent Walker, Superintendent Singh and W/Inspector McMillan – Mohammed which led to her arrest.