$1.5m bail for senior public servant

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    A supervisor attached to the Inland Revenue Division was granted $1.5m bail when she appeared before a Justice of the Peace charged with the misappropriation of TT$1.49 million in cash belonging to the State.

    42-year-old Lystra Irving was also charged with misbehavior in public office, involving the falsification of Government records and multiple counts of money laundering.

    She appeared before JP Abrahim Ali on Thursday and ordered to appear at the Port of Spain Magistrates’ Court on January 11th 2022.

    In January 2021, senior auditors at the IRD detected several discrepancies with accounting entries made by a senior public officer.

    They realised that a certain amount of tax revenue received from the public could not be accounted for and filed a report with the Fraud Squad in February 2021.

    The suspect was subsequently arrested on December 1st.