Duncan about disappeared Crime Fund money

POSTED: 06/27/11 2:07 PM

“They lied to me in Curacao”

St. Maarten –  Justice Minister Roland Duncan labeled the irregularities with the Antillean Crime find “a typical form of abuse” yesterday, saying that former Justice Minister Magali Jacoba went on a rampage on October 8 of last year when she signed checks for payments out of the fund to the tune of 1.9 million guilders.

Duncan made his statements in Radio Soualiga’s Sunday morning broadcast for the Record. I met her on October 8 at five o’clock in the afternoon. She gave me documents, turning over the authority for the Justice department to me. But she did not tell me that she had issued checks for almost 2 million guilders. It’s almost criminal.”

Duncan confirmed that the money in the crime Fund stemmed mainly from the Slipachenko bank fraud case in St. Maarten. After the arrest of the Slipachenkos, St. Maarten deposited 7.1 million guilders in the fund. The Minister corrected an earlier report in this newspaper, saying that the amounts were not in dollars but in Antillean guilders.

“The Crime Fund contains confiscated money that is to be used for combating crime,” Duncan said. “Jacoba took 42,000 guilders out of it for cleaning the police station. I have an agreement with the Minister of Justice in Curacao that he will give me those 2 million guilders. I have it in writing, but it has not been happening. Now they want to take it along in the division of assets.”

Duncan said that he does not accept that Curacao picks up 78 percent of the money St. Maarten deposited in the fund. “The Minister of Justice (Magali Jacoba – ed.) managed the fund and she spent it on all kinds of foundations that have nothing to do with combating crime. I have asked for an audit and my position is that those 7.1 million guilders belong to St. Maarten. Curacao does not agree with that. We are being short-changed again; they lied to me in Curacao, and St. Maarten is left struggling on its own. Now I ask myself if I can still trust my partners over there.”

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ESF-4 Fire Departments says that everything is in place with respect to personnel and emergency disaster materials; emergency pump is ready for use; all public sirens are operational with the exception of the one at the Police Station which is undergoing repairs.

ESF-5 Police says that they are ready for the season; two-Police Post will be established one in Dutch Quarter and the other one at the St. Peter’s Community Center. Additional four-wheeled vehicles will be hired; the Police will work closely with the Voluntary Korps, Marechaussee and the Military.

ESF-6 Ministry of Public Health has increased its operational teams to a second group.

ESF-7 Department of Social Services has its action plan in place and plans to contact the Red Cross and Military. Community Help Desk will also be available to activate hurricane emergency shelters.

ESF-8 Department of Communications (DCOMM) is ready and activated its pre-hurricane season awareness campaign since mid-May.

ESF-9 Ministry of General Affairs Legal Affairs Department is working on a review of all documents pertaining to disasters along with decision-making authority. An update is to be provided at the next meeting.

ESF-10 Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunications, is currently reviewing its action plan with respect to the ports of entry, price control, updating of hotels and the Meteorological Office.

During the June 1 meeting, officials from the various ESFs present were given a tour of the Fire & Ambulance facility including a review of disaster relief equipment.

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