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NSWMA probe uncovers more debts, stolen funds

Published:Thursday | June 28, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Minister of Local Government and Community Development Noel Arscott yesterday disclosed that the ongoing probe into financial irregularities at the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) has revealed that both debts and money stolen from the government agency are ballooning with each passing day.

"The original figure was found to be approximately $200 million but now we are getting closer to $400 million and maybe it will be even higher," Arscott asserted yesterday as he addressed journalists during the Jamaica House briefing.

As journalists continued to seek answers to reports that in excess of $168 million was fleeced from the agency, Arscott said the "ongoing investigations" were at a delicate stage. "We have some recent developments in terms of some missing cheques … . I am told that two persons were arrested on that count."