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The defendant, Mitra-Ann Prescott outside the Kingstown Magistrate's Court on Jan. 4, 2023.
The defendant, Mitra-Ann Prescott outside the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court on Jan. 4, 2023.

The prosecution has withdrawn the three official corruption charges against the woman accused of stealing EC$154,000 from the government.

Mitra-Ann Prescott, of Harmony Hall, is alleged to have stolen the money through a tyre purchase scam, reportedly operated from Police Headquarters.

The charges stem from the alleged processing of fraudulent claims related to the alleged supply of tyres for police vehicles.

On Friday, after the prosecutor, Crown Counsel Rose-Ann Richardson closed her case, defence counsel Israel Bruce told the court that he intends to make a no-case submission on the theft charges.

Senior Magistrate Rickie Burnett gave Bruce up to Jan. 23 to make his no case submission in writing.

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The Crown has a week to respond and the magistrate will inform both parties of a date to return to the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court for his ruling.

The Crown has alleged that between Aug. 11 and Dec. 29, 2017 at Kingstown, Prescott, a junior clerk attached to Police Headquarter, stole EC$6,500, the property of the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines (GoSVG).

Prescott is also alleged to have stolen EC$60,400, the property of GoSVG, between Jan. 2 and Aug. 14, 2019, at Kingstown.

A third count of theft was in the sum of EC$87,400, allegedly stolen at Kingstown between Jan. 17 and Dec. 21, 2018.

At her arraignment in 2019, Prescott was released on EC$150,000 with one surety and was ordered to report to the Calliaqua Police Station on Mondays between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.

The accused woman was further ordered to surrender her travel documents and to seek the permission of the court to leave the state.

The court also ordered that notices be placed at ports of exit and entry, preventing Prescott from leaving the jurisdiction.

5 replies on “Corruption charges withdrawn in police tyre scam case”

  1. What a waste of tax paying money seriously, we must be the laughing stock of the rest of the world with some of the stupid criminal cases….

  2. I see something really wrong here…so where the money disappeared to?
    All 3 year before you have a case 3 year after there no case I see weakness is svg prosecution only when guns an drugs involved u have a strong case????
    I’m wondering if Richardson an the rest of the prosecution go law shcool…
    Because clearly even the blind can see something wrong here…
    Svg government workers it ok to take some cash an carry home you wouldn’t be prosecuted
    I’m a lawyer an see weakness is prosecution cases each time in court

  3. Did we expect a different outcome. Apart from Lawyer Marks who else has been successfully prosecuted. This is a small fish, can you fathon what goes on with the bigger fish? Look at Buccament ‘auction’ . Patio sets that never came up for auction were removed from Buccament and are now in public servants houses. There were 20+ sofas as announced by the auctioneer, when they reach 11 attendees were told no more are available. They were in such demand attendees were bidding above asking. Yet one telephone call and they were sold. If this was aprivate sale among colleagues and friends why have average Vincentian waste tgeir time and energy to attend daily? Organizers can’t give account.

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