On Monday 29th, March 2021, Jacqueline Garnier of Monier, Gros Islet was arrested and charged by Financial Investigators attached to the Financial Intelligence Authority, for the offence of money laundering in relation to the sum of EC $99,055.

Ms. Garnier a former employee of the Ministry of Health and Welness was charged with 5 counts of money laundering which included possession of proceeds of criminal conduct and procuring the engagement of a transaction with the proceeds of criminal conduct. Ms. Garnier made an appearance before the First District Court on 29 March, 2021 and was bailed in the sum of EC $30,000.

Arrested and charged along with Ms. Garnier was George Paulius of Assou Canal, Gros Islet who was also charged with (5) counts of money laundering for engaging in transactions involving the proceeds of criminal conduct. Mr Paulius was granted bail in the sum of EC $15,000.00 in the Magistrate Court on April, 2021. At the time of their arrest, both Ms. Garnier and Mr. Paulius were on bail for the offences of stealing by reason of employment and aiding and abetting stealing by reason of employment, respectively.

It is alleged that both individuals engaged in stealing the sum of $99,055.00 from the Ministry of Health and Wellness between 1st December, 2016 and 1st December 2017.

The offence of money laundering carries a minimum penalty of five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000.00) and/or 5 years imprisonment upon summary conviction by indictment in the High Court.

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