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Jan 11, 2021

Embezzlement at Corozal Polyclinic, Adan Orozco is in the Hot Seat

A criminal investigation is underway at the Corozal Polyclinic where an employee is accused of embezzling almost sixty-five thousand dollars over a seventeen-month period.  Adan Orozco, an assistant administrator at the healthcare facility, was reportedly double-dipping when he paid himself twice the sum of his monthly salary.  If he thought that no one would discover the scheme, he may have gotten a little too comfortable.  Last Wednesday, Minister of Health and Wellness Michel Chebat sent Commissioner of Police Chester Williams a formal complaint in which an investigation into the misappropriation of funds was being requested.  Orozco was subsequently taken into police custody and the Financial Intelligence Unit was also brought in to commence its own investigation into the swindle.

 

Chester Williams

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“I had also received on Wednesday of this week, a complaint from the Minister of Health, the honorable Michel Chebat, in respect to some misappropriation of funds at the Corozal Polyclinic.  Along with the letter of complaint, there were a number of accounting documents which show that an employee who happened to have been the assistant administrator of the Corozal Polyclinic, one Adan Orozco, was practically paying himself two salaries from May of 2019, up to October 2020.  And I have since assigned that investigation to a senior investigator who is in Corozal Town at this time following up on that investigation.  The amount of money paid to himself over the period of time amounted to just over sixty-five thousand dollars.  Mr. Orozco is presently in police custody and we are expecting to file charges against him hopefully by the end of day today or tomorrow morning.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“Sir, the charge is going to be what exactly?”

 

Chester Williams

“It is going to be theft and we also have F.I.U. in the picture and F.I.U. will be looking at whether or not we can proceed with money laundering charges.  And again, if it is that, money laundering is basically obtaining money through some criminal means.  And so if he obtained the money by theft or tried to wash the money in other ways then that would also fall within the scope of money laundering.”


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