Suspect in fraud at Accountant General's Department pleads guilty
The main suspect in the multimillion-dollar fraud at the Accountant General’s Department (AGD) has pleaded guilty.
The Revenue Protection Division and the Major Organised Crime Agency says Julio Parkinson, an accounting technician in the Pensions Unit at the AGD, pleaded guilty to 44 counts of obtaining monies by means of false pretence.
He is scheduled to be sentenced on March 6.
Parkinson, along with his sister Meisha Parkinson and three other men were arrested and charged last October when the alleged fraud was first uncovered.
Prosecutors have alleged that between February and October last year Parkinson used his position to manipulate the AGD’s pension system by creating fraudulent life certificates in the names of dead pensioners.
He then prepared pension payments amounting to a little more than $19 million, breaking the figure down to be sent to the various bank accounts of his co-conspirators.
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