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Problems with my NHT refund

Published:Saturday | November 1, 2014 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I worked at the National Water Commission (NWC) in Westmoreland from January 1991 until December 2000 when I migrated to the United States. I applied for my National Housing Trust (NHT) refund in February this year and was given payment for only the year 2000.

Upon contact with the NHT, I was told that I had already applied for, and received, payment for the other years. I have never applied for a refund before February this year, and so I disputed it with the customer service representative.

After a number of discussions with the customer service department, I was finally given the contact information for the audit manager. I was provided with a copy of a cheque for $86,000 in my name which was cashed by someone in October 2007 and was told to provide proof that I was not in Jamaica at that time.

I got a letter signed by a notary public at my job here in the US, along with copies of pages of my passport, and sent them in.

After waiting a number of weeks, I was finally told by the audit manager in an email that there is nothing they could do and that I had to contact the police Fraud Squad in Jamaica and report it.

I really don't think it is fair for me to lose $86,000 through no fault of my own, and now being told that I have to take up the matter with the Fraud Squad. I believe this should all be done by the NHT.

I want to bring this to the public's attention, as I cannot believe this is an isolated incident.

PAUL SAMUELS

pbsamuels@yahoo.com

Coconut Creek, Florida