“Paupers’ allowance” stolen in Soufriere

stolenThe police have been called in as investigations intensify into the disappearance of over EC$22,000 at the Soufriere Village Council.

Police PRO, Inspector John Carbon, said the incident occurred between November 29 and December 2.

He said the council’s office was broken into and the money stolen.

Reports reaching DNO indicate that the money was allocated for ‘paupers’ allowance’ (Government Public Assistance Programme) and was to be distributed to recipients on November 30.

“All I can say to you is that the police from the criminal investigations department were called in after a report was made by the council of the missing money,” a source said.

Efforts to reach clerk of the council, Maria Nicholas, and chairman, Oscar Etienne, on Monday were unsuccessful.

Calls to the village council’s office also went unanswered.

Inspector Carbon said investigations are ongoing.

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  1. smfh
    December 3, 2013

    where is my post dno

  2. tiffany
    December 3, 2013

    That’s called a tax refund.

  3. Pato
    December 3, 2013

    It was there to give away so someone took it. What’s the matter?

  4. "Bowdelle"
    December 3, 2013

    Ebeh look it! Bowdelle in my little village. That money didn’t go far, CID do your hwk, walk around the village and open your ears, your case will soon be closed. Voler! Ah! Doe make dem paupers tears fall on you!

  5. Dreal1
    December 3, 2013

    Why would any one leave such a large sum of cash there?? Where there is smoke there is fire!!

  6. Anonymous
    December 3, 2013

    Those lazy people who wait on my tax money will go hungry for many more days. While i do not like thieves i am glad they did these. Let them lazy bastards go find work

  7. .......
    December 3, 2013

    say sah… lemme go down dere, good times go roll lol

  8. halibot
    December 3, 2013

    hhhmmmmm soufriere ppl know who already… all u have to do, is come soufriere this weekend, buy a drink or two, hang around and talk as if u been coming around since back in the days… start a convo and voila… they won’t hesitate to tell u the voleh name… hahaha… soufriere pah febe nah… i hope is not campaign money dey voleh to push the red agenda…

  9. Madness
    December 3, 2013

    This is wonderfully great news! In such hard economic times Dominica even has a ‘pauper’s allowance’, in other words, ‘money to give away’, sitting ‘at a village council office’ for someone to even steal? Why not implement a community project where people can get some form of income as little as it may be, or for the least, issue bank cheques to the ‘paupers’?

    December 3, 2013

    IF its someone from Soufriere, then it should not take long for the police to catch them. Your business is not your own in Soufriere. Just hang around the ‘Lazy bench’ you will get all the gossip, and what they don’t know they will make up.

    Considering where the office is located, someone must have heard something. When caught, please do not make any deals, prosecute no matter who the thief is, or what surname they have.

  11. PoKeSa
    December 3, 2013

    I love my village to the bone, but! but! but!…

    This is why it remains to lease productive village in the Island. Government don’t care and those to care are ripping it off.

    Die like a miserable RAT in a black hole of no hope, no return.

  12. Safety-Tools
    December 3, 2013

    I know Auditors in particular have been asking Councils not to keep cash in Council Offices not even $100 over night. I believe that was a set up and person(s) at the council should have to account for that money. They tired warn them.

    • Markey
      December 3, 2013

      Lets do some simple maths, on the assumption that $200.00 per months is paid to paupers, then the $22,000.00 would have to be distributed to 1,100 paupers. The question to be asked, are there 1,100 paupers in the area under the control of the Village Council. Is so these there are many, many paupers in that area. I therefore must conclude that the money was placed there under some scheme to be stolen. Tax payer money.

  13. Edward Snowden
    December 3, 2013

    I have nothing on file about this, but I can assure it is not unusual. In any other country heads would roll but not here.Clearly someone was tired of climbing the steps to the PM’s office and found an easier method to enjoy the season.

  14. Rastafari
    December 3, 2013

    Is this enough evidence that Police CANNOT stop crime? Police are reactionary servants.

    And for those having trouble, the word is “voler” to steal, and “voleur” a thief, or robber.

  15. Flatfish
    December 3, 2013

    Being a Clerk you are not allowed to have so much cash overnight in a council’s office. Once the money is withdrawn from the bank it has to be distributed immediately. only petty cash should remain in the councils office…

  16. Truth be told
    December 3, 2013

    Why are Village Councils administering this money and not the Dominica Social Security or a National Welfare Agency? That is the problem which needs addressing!

  17. Awsh
    December 3, 2013

    There is no reason why that kiind of money should be kept at a village council office anyway. If there was an over-board manner in dealing with this issue then there would be no way that would happen. It’s just like the cash that is kept in the PM office for the red clinic. Politicians and village council should not be directly giving out cash.

  18. joke man
    December 3, 2013

    people learning well from the administration. stealing like crazy. but is the party cronies… show me ya friends and I will tell u who u are…

  19. NicE n NaughtY
    December 3, 2013

    Why was this amount of money left in the office??

    December 3, 2013

    This money should have been keep in the bank or the police should have been informed before, and a officer should have been posted at the office

  21. south east voice
    December 3, 2013

    i am not in support of stilling but it hurts me to see how hard i am working to make ends meet and some strong men and women i know who is able and have the ability to work gets or tax money for doing nothing..i know a few of them in my community that getting that paupers allowance just because they RED..that money should be for disable people and elderly thats in need….

  22. kimdee
    December 3, 2013

    Sounds kinda fishy that the calls to the chairperson and the village council clerk were unanswered, as she was clearly at work all day. Secondly, who leaves 22,000 at an office, isnt that what credit union are for?

  23. John
    December 2, 2013

    Sounds like an inside job.

    December 2, 2013

    Seems like those thieves are going coast to coast!

  25. Investigation
    December 2, 2013

    There was no break in and open. There was no money at the Soufriere village council. The PRO of the police department must get his facts straight.

  26. Investigation
    December 2, 2013

    Why would someone leave that much money in a council office unsecured. Does this person have no common sense! :!:

  27. Investigation
    December 2, 2013

    Police must investigate this matter very thouroughly, deeply because there is a lot of questions to be answered! Dont just give bogus news. :!:

  28. Lies
    December 2, 2013

    Someone that have access to inside there that take the money! And how is money left inside an office unsecured. Do these people have no common sense. :?: Magwasa.

  29. Tsk tsk tsk
    December 2, 2013

    No money was stolen at the council office. Money is never accustomed to stay in the council office so the PRO must get his facts straight. Money sent to council if is not distributed must be at the police station in Soufriere.

  30. fatface
    December 2, 2013

    Boy d person that do that they had d key to enter d place at. First time so how d inside door get broke and d out side was ok u got ur self in some big trouble right now

  31. BMB
    December 2, 2013

    For the life of me, I just can’t understand the rationale behind the Ministry of Community Development allowing that large sum of money to be placed at the office from the Friday, knowing full well it was to be distributed come Monday morning. If it was absolutely necessary for the funds to be in the village for early distribution on Monday December 2nd, it should have been place at the Soufriere Police Station, over the weekend, and signed for (both in and out). This by no means limits Soufriere. This speaks to all villages where this assistance is required/ necessary .

  32. dee
    December 2, 2013

    Why this amount of money was left in a village council office, don’t let no one fool you I smell a rat every body involve should be investiated. It sound like a inside job.

  33. FIRE........FIRE....
    December 2, 2013

    Strange that the two incident happen around the same time? Delices and soufriere could the two crimes be related? maybe the same group of VOLAE? guess the guilty will do their time and enjoy their fruit cake Stalk Farm…

  34. Green
    December 2, 2013

    Exactly that kind of money should not be left in on office over night much for the weekend..
    . Or someone must have spoken about it being there. now only one or two people can enjoy the christmas and not the masses.

    • Malgraysa
      December 2, 2013

      Inside information perhaps? Who knows?

  35. Ideall
    December 2, 2013

    this is an inside job, somebody had to know the money was there

    • Jay
      December 3, 2013

      This things doesnt need to be an inside job. Every body know that at monthend the council clerks go to town to receive money for paupers and for councillors……and even for workers if they had a project going on. The Local Government need to see fit a better security system for these ppl and offices. Village council clerks take ten years at bank tellers….i have always thought to myself that they should do there business in private at the bank, maybe that could be one set to better security. (at the bank tellers i cannot say they would give them all that money one time)

  36. Justice and Truth
    December 2, 2013

    Someone was aware that this exorbitant sum of money was in the office. The money should have been secured in such a manner that no unauthorized person should be able to get to it.
    In future, do not leave such an amount of money in the office. It should be kept in the bank or in the credit union until you plan to distribute it to the poor.
    Considering a thief or thieves could be lurking and observing your activity, it should be kept confidential until such time you distribute it to the poor. I hope it was not an internal theft.
    Never, ever make the mistake of stealing from the poor and whatever is meant for the poor. The eyes of Our Lord Jesus Christ is upon you and as long as you live to eternity. Cursed be you who have placed this curse upon yourself.
    Shame on the person or people who stole the money meant for the poor. You must be possessed by the devil to do something like that.
    Those who steal from the poor will be severely punished by God himself. If you are able to evade the earthly law, know that God knows who you are and He will mete out his just recompense to you, even while you are alive and later in eternity.
    Thou shalt not steal. The Lord is extremely compassionate toward the poor. We are to help the poor, not steal from them.
    Return the money. Only then God will forgive you. Do not ask his forgiveness until you do for his forgiveness will not be granted. If you do not, woe to you thief!

  37. Kokay There
    December 2, 2013

    Voleh shasssssssss

  38. BEB
    December 2, 2013

    I would like to know how the perpetrators got to know that the cash was in the office, now if the person who received the cash knew that on the 30th. was a week end, why the monies were not distributed to the paupers? I think that sounds fishy,

  39. "O" STRESS"
    December 2, 2013

    Christmas, is coming do not allow those responsible for this crime to get away with it. Investigate captain to cook, to seal from the poor is the highest form of low life one can attained. when they are caught let them walk from Delices, to Roseau.

  40. Thor
    December 2, 2013

    Desperation boy, well things really bad in Dominica.

  41. yes sa
    December 2, 2013

    jesus christ

  42. listener
    December 2, 2013

    My o my when will ppl behave themselves nuh ? and stop bringing shame on this beautiful country!

  43. soursop
    December 2, 2013

    very funny,i never no money as such stayin in council office,

  44. Anonymous
    December 2, 2013

    Why would such a large sum of cash be stored in the office “unattended” in the first place?

    • 2cents
      December 3, 2013

      Because if the clerk takes it home and it goes missing at her home she is responsible for paying back no questions asked. Every month end the clerk withdraws the paupers and councillors monies, she pays what she can on the day and the rest is left there to pay out on the next working day.

  45. Mwen Enkor
    December 2, 2013

    Why would the authorities permit the people to have so much cash in those village council offices that are not prpoerlysecured? Why not place the money at the bank and withdraw everytime something is needed.Those who are responsible fotr the village council should be held accountable.
    Si pa ni soutiwè, pa ni voler.

    • Technology
      December 2, 2013

      We have come too far in this world of technology to be still handling such large sums of money. Each pauper should have a credit union acct to which their monies should go to and from which they withdraw as needed. Come on Village Councils.. We are becoming a paperless society.. Get on board. RCCU / NBD and other banks should collaboratively expand to have an ATM in each major village… Their should be no need for even contractors to handle large sums of money to pay worker. It could all be done via the credit unions or banks!!!!

    • Dom-in-can
      December 2, 2013

      this is monthly allowance from Government, it is sent once a month to the village council and then distributed amongst those in need.

    • Anonymous
      December 3, 2013

      its called stupidity. We too stupid to know how to do anything right. Yes, its a government allowance sent once a month, but they should have common sense to have it come in on the morning of the distribution. In fact, it would make more sense to distribute cheques. Poor Dominica. We just doh have the common sense to run the country in basic basic areas. Ask the Chinese how to handle money.

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