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Police still compiling evidence against former Lucea mayor

Published:Friday | March 11, 2016 | 9:06 AM
Former Lucea mayor Shernette Haughton Haughton was thrown into the spotlight after an investigation by the Office Of The Contractor General found that there were instances of favouritism, and conflicts of interest involved in the award of government contracts recommended by her.

No charges have been filed against former Lucea mayor Shernette Haughton Haughton as a result of her involvement in the 2014 Hanover Parish Council contracts scandal.

Assistant Commissioner of police ACP Elan Powell says the police are still in the process of compiling evidence.

 

ACP Elan Powell

Former Lucea mayor Shernet Haughton was thrown into the spotlight after an investigation by the Office Of The Contractor General (OCG) found that there were instances of favouritism, and conflicts of interest involved in the award of government contracts recommended by her.

The OCG said that 20 contracts, with a cumulative value of $3.7 million, were awarded by the Hanover Parish Council to relatives and persons affiliated with the former mayor.

Haughton later resigned as mayor of the Hanover parish amid pressure from her councillors and the leadership of the People's National Party (PNP). 

She, however, remained councillor for the Green Island division.

If charged and convicted, Haughton faces a possible fine of $1,000 and or three months in prison.