PM’s National Housing Trust Account Defrauded

The Prime Minister’s National Housing Trust (NHT) account is among several contributors’ accounts that have been defrauded in a scam discovered by the police.

Information reaching THE STAR is that millions of dollars were taken from NHT contributors’ accounts over a period of time.

THE STAR understands that five persons, including a senior employee at the Trust, were arrested yesterday.

The police are reportedly searching for two other persons involved.

The operation was reportedly carried out in the Corporate Area and St Catherine by detectives from the Fraud and Flying squads.

It is reported that the defrauded contributors were persons who didn’t apply for refund.

When contacted last night, a police source confirmed the investigation but refrained from giving further details.

However, Chairman of the NHT, Easton Douglas, said police carried out an investigation and not a raid of the NHT office.

“The fraud squad carried out an investigation into what appears to be allegations that contributors’ refunds were being interfered with. The police detained one employee of NHT and there are six outsiders who are said to be involved. I understand that out of the six persons, four have been detained, and are under investigation, and the police are searching for the others,” he said.

When asked if Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller’s account was one of the accounts interfered with the chairman said, “I believe that might be true but investigations are ongoing.”

Source: Jamaican Star

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