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Several civil servants not filing statutory declarations

Published:Monday | February 13, 2017 | 2:58 PM

Members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), tax employees and civil servants in public education are among the main delinquents who ignored the law and failed to file statutory declarations with the Corruption Prevention Commission.

Government workers who earn over $2 million are required to file declarations outlining their incomes, assets and liabilities each year. 

In its annual report to Parliament, the Commission indicated that 19,442 declarations were filed for the 2015-16 period from a total of 35,447.

It notes that this is a compliance rate of 55 per cent.

A breakdown of the figures shows that 4,324 JCF members did not file a return with the Commission and that in the Ministry of Education only 210 workers made declarations from 3,150.

The report also shows that the Commission expected 1,413 declarations from the University of the Technology but only received 75 filings.

There was also poor compliance by workers at Tax Administration Jamaica where 300 out of 1,239 employees filed declarations.

Rounding out the top five are public sector workers in small agencies 3,817 of whom did not file a return.

The Commission said it expected to receive 7400 declarations from these workers.

Meanwhile, the report shows that during the period 93 delinquent public sector workers, all JCF members, were referred to the Director of Prosecutions for breaching the Corruption Prevention Act.

Forty-six were fined by the court paying out a total of $790,000.

Meanwhile, the Commission pointed out that during the reporting year it referred an employee at the Financial Investigation Division in the Ministry of Finance to the DPP for serious breaches of the Act.

The agency says it’s awaiting a ruling from the DPP.