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Jul 13, 2009

Traffic Department gets overhaul

Story PictureIn June we reported that the Financial Intelligence Unit was investigating a case of identity theft in which the personal data of hundreds of persons had been stolen. It involved the accessing of private data from the City’s Traffic Department’s driver’s license database and the forging of signatures to send and receive funds. The scam was one that had been in existence for quite some time and some of Belize’s most prominent people, including Prime Minister Dean Barrow, were targeted. While this may be connected to a huge case of money laundering, this evening, Councillor responsible for Traffic, Wayne Usher, assured that the Traffic Department has undergone a total overhaul to prevent a recurrence.

Wayne Usher, Councillor Responsible for Traffic, Belize City
“We met with the Director of the Financial Intelligence Unit shortly after those regulations were made and she gave me certain guidelines on how to proceed in terms of the council’s database. Those guidelines were to make sure it doesn’t happen again for on, and try to put in the necessary safeguards for that not to take place and to cooperate with the F.I.U. in their investigation. We have done all of this already. We are saying that we have honoured her recommendation and we have changed completely the database of the Traffic Department. The system that we had was formally from Fultec but there was no contract; that contract had already ended s we had no problem in changing that system for another system that is still currently being put in. Everything is not yet altogether put in. There’s a little bit here and there but it has changed from Fultec to another system; that’s one. Secondly, we have been cooperating with the FIU and the end result of all their investigation has shown that it was not the fault of anyone at the City Council’s Traffic Department. We have been cleared that we were not really involved ourselves in any kind of wrongdoing in terms of the database. The findings would lead to the understanding that it was done from outside another entity but not from inside the Traffic Department of the City Council. We have restricted right now who have access to it now. Right now we have only the backup data is now with the City Administrator. She has the backup data. Only the persons who are setting up the database; the new contractor who is doing that has access and only the person who will repair the database if it needs to be done. So there’s only three persons right now who have access to it. Before, almost everyone had access to it so we’ve restricted it as well.”

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