According to Abaco Police, and confirmed by North Abaco MP Renardo Curry, around $500,000 has gone missing from the Customs Office in Marsh Harbour. The matter is before police, but no suspects are in custody as print time. The Central Detective Unit has launched an investigation.
BCN reports that the large deposit –which included both cash and cheques – was taken by a customs officer from the Central Abaco Port to be deposited. However, the deposit went missing before arriving at the bank. The drive from the Port to the bank is a “two minute ride” according to a customs official.
Deposits are made several times a day by one customs officer.
According to reports from BCN, only $30,000 was cash the remainder being cheques. This would allow the government to recover close to $470,000 of the total, assuming the cash is not found.
CDU Superintendent Paul Rolle said “We’ve received a report on the matter and we are conducting our investigations into this incident, but no one is custody.”
He continued, “I do not know the full circumstances behind this disappearance but when the investigations are complete and we look at the evidence, any numbers of charges can be filed against the persons believe to be responsible.”
Regarding the ongoing investigation, MP Curry was quoted as saying, “I’m sure the government will get to the bottom of it and find out what has transpired in the accusation. Of course, in an investigation you have to find out the truth before you utter any sentiments concerning the matter. So that’s my position.”
MP Curry concluded, “You can rest assured that if there is some mishandling of funds, the government will follow the law of the land.”
Nearly $40 million in customs duty is brought in yearly at the Marsh Harbour Port.