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Delinquent public servants warned by corruption commission to make statutory declarations

Published:Monday | May 1, 2017 | 11:42 AM
A motorcyclist rides by the Ministry of Finance in downtown Kingston.

The Commission for the Prevention of Corruption is warning public servants who fail to file statutory declarations of their assets, liabilities and income that they will be targeted this year.

The deadline was March 31.

However, Secretary Manager of the corruption prevention commission, David Grey, says public servants should still make every effort to file their declarations as soon as possible.

Declarations are to be made each year within three months of December 31, but only about 50 per cent of public servants comply.

The Corruption Prevention Act (2001) and The Corruption Prevention Regulations (2003) require that public servants whose total emoluments exceed $2 million annually should file declarations.

Public servants whose posts are listed in parts one and two of the regulations issued must also file statutory declarations, as well as any other groups of public officers that the commission may request to file from time to time.

Grey said over the past year, more than 200 persons were charged for failing to file statutory declarations.

The maximum penalty is $200,000 or two years' imprisonment.