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monetary value of $81,668,979.
At least 55 per cent of the 609
STRs/SARs submitted involved cash
For the period 2010 to 2015, the
FIU has received 2,552 STRs/SARs
from all reporting entities.
In giving a breakdown of the 609
STRs/SARs reports that were sub-
mitted, the report revealed:
• 216- tax evasion
• 81-fraud matters
• 67-money laundering
• 78-drug trafficking
• 16-financing of terrorism
• 134-suspicious activity.
Majority of reports came from San
The majority of the STRs/SARs
were reported from San Juan,
Barataria and Port-of-Spain followed
by San Fernando.
Categorizing the STRs/SARs by
occupation/profession, it showed
that 126 people who worked as
bankers, teachers, senior company
officials and consultants were report-
ed for suspicious transactions.
The next largest were business
traders who accounted for 82 people,
followed by 63 skilled workers, while
there were five people in politics or
as they referred to it, politically
Over the period, 2011 to 2015, the
total monetary value of transactions
reported as suspicious was approx-
imately $3.7 billion.
Susan Francois, in her statement
as director of the FIU's report, also
expressed worry over the "possible
under-reporting of the actual dollar
amount of the suspected transaction
She explained that the FIU had
initiated steps to verify the actual
monetary value involved in the sus-
picious transaction or activity record-
ed in the STRs/SARs, and if required
would give instructions on the cor-
rective action to be taken.
"In this reporting period, the FIU
prioritised compliance monitoring
and enforcement. More resources
were deployed to increase the num-
ber of compliance examinations, to
test supervised entities' implemen-
tation of their AML (Anti Money
Laundering/ Counter Financing of
Terrorism (CFT) obligations. Direc-
tives were issued to several entities
for failure to rectify AML/CFT defi-
ciencies identified at the compliance
examination," Francois said.
Francois stated that analysis also
revealed that the number of reports
of financial transactions suspected
of being linked to terrorism had
tripled over the past year.
During this reporting period, the
number of terrorism-related
STRs/SARs jumped from five in 2014
to 16 in 2015.
The FIU in response to one ques-
tion by the Sunday Guardian admit-
ted that there was need to strengthen
their analytical resources, due to an
increase in complex money laun-
dering and financing of terrorism
cases, while they pleaded with Gov-
ernment to re-examine the FIU's
In the FIU's six years in operation,
eight people were charged for money
laundering and fraud by the Financial
Investigations Branch of the T&T
Police Service under the Proceeds
of Crime Act and the Anti-Terrorism
These matters are still before the
The fact that no one has been
prosecuted in T&T, West said, could
"weigh heavily on us" and have a
negative effect on the country.
"That is one of the key areas that
the Financial Action Task Force looks
West said what the FIU needed
was an accountant in the FIB (Finan-
cial Investigation Branch) and "for-
eign experts to properly train police
He said while members of the
T&T Police Service have been
attending courses to investigate white
collar crime, financing of terrorism
and corruption, they needed to work
alongside skilled and trained indi-
He said nobody in T&T has the
"wherewithal" to unearth fraudulent
West believes that the FIU's model
"The FIU has an administrative
type model when they should have
a hybrid type model."
On Friday, Attorney General Faris
Al-Rawi did not respond to a text
message by the Sunday Guardian.
'Trouble for T&T if it fails
to prosecute dirty money'
FIU director Susan Francois
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CHARLES KONG SOO
Blood donors should be
screened for the Zika virus as it
can be transmitted via blood
This was the opinion of obste-
trician Dr Sherene Kalloo.
She was speaking to the Sun-
day Guardian yesterday on the
latest developments regarding the
Kalloo said, "Blood donors who
give blood to patients who need
blood transfusions for their sur-
gical procedures and pregnant
and anaemic women should be
screened for the possibility of the
existence of the Zika virus.
"The World Health Organiza-
tion (WHO) have advised that if
people have travelled to Zika
virus-positive countries that they
do not donate blood for at least
patients are also at risk for all
infections and not specifically for
Zika, dengue or H1N1.
"Pregnant women, the elderly,
people with medical conditions
have to be wary of exposure.
"At the end of the day, it's all
about avoiding mosquito bites
and also sexual contact."
She said the latest news was
that there were more cases of the
Zika virus in the US that were
sexually transmitted. France this
weekend reported its first sexually
transmitted Zika case. Martinique
has reported 7,600 Zika cases.
Kalloo said they were also still
waiting on results as to whether
a larvicide used in the water in
Brazil may have been responsible
for the birth defects.
She said an interesting finding
was that, of the over 5,000 preg-
nant women tested for the Zika
virus in Colombia so far, none of
them have shown signs of micro-
cephaly in their unborn infants.
Kalloo said the authorities had
to take the war to the source, the
Aedes aegypti mosquito.
Health Minister Terrence
Deyalsingh said there remained
only one confirmed case of the
Zika virus in T&T to date.
This is after the two samples
submitted to the Caribbean Public
Health Agency (CARPHA) last
week tested negative.
He made the announcement
at the Ministry of Health's weekly
media briefing on Friday.
Deyalsingh reassured the
nation that all available resources
were being used to assist in the
fight against the mosquito-borne
donors for Zika
MP for POS North/St Ann's West Stuart Young hands over a wheelchair donated by Hannah Janoura to 11-year-old Shem
White, from Belmont, at a town meeting for constituents, at St Francois Girls' College, St Francois Valley Road, Belmont,
yesterday. PHOTO: CHARLES KONG SOO
CHARLES KONG SOO
Gonzales has a major crime prob-
lem to be addressed. This was
expressed to the Sunday Guardian by
a resident during a town meeting
hosted by MP for Port-of-Spain
North/St Ann's West, Stuart Young,
to enable the constituents to have a
direct exchange and discussion with
their elected representative on solu-
tions to problems in their commu-
nities. The meeting was held at St
Francois Girls' College, St Francois
Valley Road, Belmont, yesterday.
The resident said, "We have a crime
problem in Gonzales, it has a history
of unsolved murders.
"Some of our residents have had
some very unsavoury dealings with
"Some police are not doing their
jobs properly or do not care to do it.
"Because of this some of our young
people who may be in illegal activities
to earn an income are not going to just
willingly enter programmes set up by
police officers charged with cleaning
up a community."
She said Gonzales has a problem
with unsolved crimes, and a 12-year-
old child was killed last year. The res-
ident said relatives told her that the
police didn't even come to their home
because of the stigma of the area.
She said many times the residents'
children, especially their sons in these
communities, were like sitting ducks.
The resident said that in some parts
of Gonzales, some children are forced
to join gangs. She said one resident
had to send her son to live by relatives
out of the area because gang members
twice tried to assassinate him.
MP for the area Stuart Young said
one of the areas of Local Government
reform was to give every corporation
a mandate to bring their community
police complement up to 100 officers
and the idea behind that was to have
them trained in community policing.
Some children forced to join gangs in area
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