The Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) comes in for another round of public bashing, as another senior ranked officer is pulled up on serious charges, answering to charges of Conspiracy to defraud and Money Laundering; he was the second high ranked police officer to have been charged in two weeks.
Assistant Superintendent of Police Alston Alexander, affectionately called Boxer, was officially charged last Thursday together with his girlfriend Marcia Ann Charles Watson, on some seventeen counts of criminal charges ranging from Fraud by False Pretense to Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering.
According to information reaching the Grenada Informer, the charges, which Alexander now faces, arose out of suspicion of underhand dealings through the supply of eggs and poultry products to the RGPF, resulting in the disappearance of large sums of monies from its coffers.
Sources told this newspaper that Alexander and his common-law wife were the main suppliers of poultry products to the RGPF for a number of years. However, moves by the Criminal Investigation Department to mount an investigation into the operation became apparent when, our sources said, information surfaced that the RGPF was allegedly paying for far more supplies than what it was actually receiving.
Alexander was called into the CID office last Thursday, where seventeen counts of criminal charges; namely seven counts of Fraud by False Pretense, Seven Counts of Money Laundering, one Count of Attempt to Defraud, One Count of Conspiracy to Defraud and one Count of Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering were slapped on him.
Represented by defense Counsel Peter David, Alexander and his companion made their first court appearance before Chief Magistrate Tamera Gill at the Number one Magistrate’s Court in St. George’s last Friday.
During the brief sitting of the court, the Prosecution hinted that total amount of monies involved in the investigation is in the region of $ 933,000.00. None of the charges were read to the accused persons on Friday given their indictable nature. Additionally, prosecution opted not to object to a request for bail from defense counsel; however it asks that certain conditions be put in place to ensure compliance.
After entertaining arguments from the prosecution, bail was granted in the sum $400,000.00 each with three sureties. They both were asked to surrender all travel documents, avoid contact with witnesses in the matter and report to Grenville Police Station every Monday, Wednesday and Friday between the hours of 6am and 5pm.
Recently, Superintendent Claudius Coutain was charged after he was suspected of being involved in the illegal issuing of drivers’ licenses.