President of the United Workers Party Isaac Baptiste has called on Acting Police Chief Lincoln Corbette to request external assistance to investigate the recent issue of money laundering in Dominica.
Baptiste’s comments followed reports that money laundering, work permit fraud in the Labour Division and theft at the Government Treasury are among matters being investigated by the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force (CDPF).
During a press conference on March 31st Corbette reported that members of the CDPF along with officers from the Custom and Excise Division executed a search warrant for cash at an apartment located at Comfort Cottages in Terre Platte, Paix Bouche.
He disclosed that during the search, a large quantity of United States currency equivalent to Eastern Caribbean dollars, one million, three hundred twenty-two thousand, six hundred sixty-seven and twenty-seven cents (EC$1,322,667.27) was recovered.
As a result, two men, Aronnie Armstead Stedman of St. Joseph and Kendel Sylvester of Woodford Hill, were arrested on suspicion of money laundering.
“While we are talking about the question of money laundering, we are aware that the capacity to investigate money laundering in Dominica is very limited,” Baptiste said while speaking on Q-95 Radio recently. “We are aware of the numerous allegations you might say for now [of] money laundering taking place in Dominica…will you Mr. Chief of Police ask for outside assistance, technical assistance, given that you now have a serious matter to investigate re: money laundering, over US$1 million.”
Baptiste added, “Will you call for external assistance to investigate this matter as it may lead you to many other issues of money laundering in Dominica.”
He continued, “I beg you that you request such assistance just as you did in respect of the gentleman who allegedly died in the custody of the police.”
In March 2021, Corbette reported that three investigators from CARICOM’s Regional Investigative Management System (RIMS) had arrived in Dominica to begin investigating the death of Kings Hill man, Kerwin Prosper.
Prosper, aged 36, died in police custody over the carnival weekend whilst assisting the lawmen with an ongoing investigation.