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Dec 6, 2017

Police and D.P.P. ‘Obligated’ to Investigate Charges in Report

The Auditor General also addressed the question of whether Police and the Director of Public Prosecutions were informed of the Immigration Audit Report and the obligation to inform of any issues regarding improprieties reported. Aware that her office doesn’t often get responses with regard to their investigations, the Auditor General forwarded copies, but the obligation, she said, is not on her to investigate, but the case is on the desk of the responsible department, including Police for criminal matters.

 

Mark Lizarraga, Senator, Business Community

“Did you send a copy of your final report to the Police?”

 

Dorothy Bradley

Dorothy Bradley, Auditor General

“That would have been yes, but it was way after, when the reports were public.”

 

Mark Lizarraga

“But you did in fact send a copy to the police?”

 

Dorothy Bradley

“Yes.”

 

Mark Lizarraga

“Of the finished reports…”

 

Dorothy Bradley

“To the Police and the D.P.P.’s office.”

 

Mark Lizarraga

“After the reports were tabled, did you have an obligation, or is it the norm for you to have made a call to the police and said, ‘Look, I am finding so and so in an investigation I’m doing;’ Is it your obligation to warn the police or the D.P.P. of what you are seeing while you are coming across this material and say people are obviously breaking the law, we’re losing revenue, whatever. Is it your obligation to make that call then? What is your obligation in terms of reporting to the police?”

 

Dorothy Bradley

“I would not say I have an obligation to go to the police. But what I found over time is that when the various reports are done and they are sent to the various ministries, we don’t normally get a response and when we do it is long after. So in our discussions and management meetings, I said that I would be brave enough to start sending these reports to the police if I felt that it [was] warranted. Out of courtesy, one was sent to the D.P.P., but I know that they are prosecutors and the investigation would happen at the Police, so it was important for me to send a copy there but out of courtesy I sent to the D.P.P.’s office also. But I don’t feel obligated, because the process should be for any Ministry or Department that if an audit is done and any wrongdoing is uncovered and a report is done, then it is that Ministry or Department’s obligation to seek immediate remedy. Yes, if you want support, then you can come back to me and we can work together and get it, but it is that Ministry or Department’s obligation to do so.”

 

We’ll have more from the hearings on Thursday. 

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