Thirty-eight-year-old Ministry of Health pay clerk Michelle Gregouire 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.
Gregouire, of La Puerta, Diego Martin, was charged yesterday by PC Bernard of the Anti-Corruption Investigations Bureau (ACIB), with obtaining money by false pretences, uttering a forged document, falsification of accounts and causing the payments by false pretences.
According to police reports, 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.
Police were also informed that in February 2020, the same employee also 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 the accused 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 the arrest of the accused. GREGOUIRE was subsequently charged with the offences.