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A Police investigation into how around $500,000 allegedly went missing from the Customs Office in Marsh Harbour sometime in May of this year has come to a close with no suspects brought in. The investigating officers in Nassau were contacted but up until press time no answers were given.

$500,000 Customs Theft Case Closes with No Suspects

 

Above: the Marsh Harbour International Port which brings in $40 million yearly to the National Treasury. In May this year roughly $500,000 was given to an unnamed Customs officer to deposit at Royal Bank. During the two minute drive to the bank the money “disappeared.” No suspects are in custody.
Above: the Marsh Harbour International Port which brings in $40 million yearly to the National Treasury. In May this year roughly $500,000 was given to an unnamed Customs officer to deposit at Royal Bank. During the two minute drive to the bank the money “disappeared.” No suspects are in custody.

A Police investigation into how around $500,000 allegedly went missing from the Customs Office in Marsh Harbour sometime in May of this year has come to a close with no suspects brought in. The investigating officers in Nassau were contacted but up until press time no answers were given.

Sometime in May, deposits – which comprised cash and cheques – left the port in Central Abaco with a customs officer and went missing during the short drive to the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC).

Based upon procedure, when money is brought into account, it then goes to the customs cash book and then they take the money and cheques combined to the bank. In this case the bank is RBC, which is a mere two-minute ride from the port.

On the way to the bank on that short journey five deposits never made it to the bank with a cumulative value around $500,000, according to reports.

Because most of the importers and customs brokers pay by certified check the majority of the money (about $470,000) is recoverable leaving about $30,000 in cash to recover.

The office in Marsh Harbour alone brings in around $40m in customs duty every year.  When the Deputy Prime Minister, Philip Brave Davis, was questioned about the alleged missing funds, he said he only heard of it through the media and that it is under investigation.

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About Timothy Roberts

Timothy Roberts

Timothy had his first venture into Journalism just months after graduating from Queen’s College in Nassau taking his first job with The Tribune in 1991 leaving in 1992 for other pursuits.

During his time in Nassau he diversified his experiences working as a warehouse manager, locksmith and computer technician before returning to Abaco, a place he has always considered home, in 1999.

He joined the staff of The Abaconian in 2001 doing graphic design and writing an opinion article called Generally Speaking and after a brief time away, returned to The Abaconian in 2010 as a reporter, graphic designer and computer technician.

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  1. What do I think? You really want to know? I believe truly in my heart that the government officials stole the money and divided amongst themselves. Not for a second do I believe this wasn’t done intentional. And I also believe every time a drug bust is made in the Bahamas, government officials lock up the drug dealers but still divide the drugs and money amongst themselves. And you want to know what the sad part about this is, 99% of the population will agree with me.

  2. This is the real trash, the litter of the Bahamas, this is what we put into office……(http://wn.com/miller_leslie)

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