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JUTC has nearly 100 fraud cases under probe

BY KIMMO MATTHEWS Sunday Observer reporter matthewsk@jamaicaobserver.com

Sunday, December 29, 2013    

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THE Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) has said that it has close to 100 outstanding cases that involve the company's employees under investigation for alleged breaches or acts of corruption against the State-owned organisation.

"Over the last two years there are over 90 outstanding cases of people who have been charged but whose processes have not been completed," Garnett Roper, chairman of the JUTC, told the Jamaica Observer.

Roper said that all employees under probe were still receiving their salaries.

According to Roper, the number of cases and the length of time that they were taking to investigate the matters had placed a strain on the State-owned bus company.

The JUTC chairman said that as a result of the concern, he was moving to implement plans to speed up the investigations against employees.

According to Roper, representatives of the bus company were seeking to hold a series of discussions with union representatives to address the development.

"We have to get the heads of agreement so that unions agree with us that expedition is the order of the day," Roper said.

"Anything that is detected internally by the JUTC, we will carry the process but we are going to be creating some windows where we can expedite this," Roper stated.

The JUTC in recent months has been carrying out an aggressive campaign to crack down on a multi-million-dollar ticket scam at the organisation.

Managing director of the JUTC Colin Campbell told the Sunday Observer recently that the company was losing an average five per cent ($550,000) of its daily revenues to fraud.

Since that time, a Franchise Protection and Inspection Unit was created to address the problem. Former head of the police traffic division, Radcliffe Lewis, is in charge of the unit.

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