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Auditor General identifies breaches in Ja Customs

Published:Thursday | January 17, 2008 | 4:39 PM

The Auditor General has identified breaches in the operations at Jamaica Customs.

In his 2007 report tabled in parliament on Tuesday, the Auditor General found that furniture and equipment costing $25.7 million, acquired by the department during the financial year were not recorded in the relevant inventory record.

The report also revealed that items purchased from 2002 were also not on the inventory.

The report noted that two companies, whose contracts had expired, continued to perform services under the old contracts.

The document also noted that an officer who resigned with effect from May 31, 2006, remained indebted to the Government in the sum of $585,000 in overpayment of emoluments.

The officer who was also granted a 20 percent duty concession of $571,000 did not complete her stipulated three year period of employment.

The department has been advised to pursue all available measures to recover the amounts owing.