The money senior police officers, including Commissioner of Police, Keith Miller, was fooled into sending to crooks in Senegal last year did not belong to the Government.
Internet scammers fooled the police into sending money via Western Union to the African nation, having tricked the local lawmen into believing they were registering for a conference there.
Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said that when Miller told him the money will be repaid, he initially thought it had come from the Government.
“I understand that the money did not actually come from the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines,” Gonsalves, who is also Minister of Finance, told a press conference Wednesday.
“… while I was tracking down this thing, I inquired from which fund was this paid and apparently it wasn’t involving monies of the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines or anything controlled by the Consolidated Fund,” Gonsalves further said.
“It might have been resources residing in the Police Force,” Gonsalves, who is also Minister of National Security, further said.
“I am not getting into how they deal with their internal monies,” he further said of the police.
Miller appeared on a radio programme last month, and in response to callers’ inquiries about whether the money had been repaid, asked if callers had proof that he had sent state funds to the crooks.
Miller is slated to go on pre-retirement leave on Monday.