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Court today for former Lucea Mayor Shernet Haughton

Published:Friday | June 10, 2016 | 6:56 AM
Mayor of Lucea, Shernet Haughton

The embattled former Mayor of Lucea, Shernet Haughton, has been summoned to appear in court today for breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act.

Haughton is expected to face the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on two counts of failing to file statutory declarations for 2012 and 2013 in the time stipulated by law.

The former mayor and her successor, Wynter McIntosh, were charged last May after the Corruption Prevention Commission reported them to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for failing to make their statutory declarations on time.

McIntosh was fined a total of 25 thousand dollars for failing to file declarations over a five-year period between 2007 and 2011.

However, law enforcement sources have revealed that for months Haughton could not be located.

One source says the former mayor’s declarations have been filed.

However, the source explains that this does not absolve her of her obligations under the law.

Haughton, who stepped down as mayor amid allegations of nepotism, has already been charged with breaching the government's procurement regulations and misconduct in public office.

The charges follow a probe by Office of the Contractor General into the award of 22 government contracts valued at $3.7 million to several relatives by the Hanover Parish Council.

She is also facing a fresh probe over the purchase of the motor vehicle that was assigned to her.