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Jun 19, 2023

Rado on Extortion Case: “Innocent until Proven Guilty”

Andrea Peters

As we reported last week, transport officer Andrea Peters was charged with extortion following an investigation by Independence Police on an allegation made by a woman who claims that she was being extorted by three transport officers.  The three officers who had set up a routine checkpoint on the highway were taken into custody and after an investigation; police say that Peters allegedly extorted money from Diaris Tepaz, who was driving an uninsured vehicle. Reports are that the bills were marked and that’s how Peters was caught. So today, we asked Transport Minister Rodwell Ferguson about Peters’ future with the department.

 

Rodwell Ferguson

Rodwell Ferguson, Minister of Transport

“Once something is before a court of law then I will refrain because then the person is innocent until proven guilty. But yes, there has been an extortion charge in the south of the country. I’ll be very factual and frank with you, it is happening maybe across the public countr`y from the top to the bottom. But at the end of the day, I always tell my employees, you have a responsibility, you have a job, you are getting a pay – it might not be the pay that you want but at least every month something is coming in. And if you get caught up in any other extra activities when it comes to extortion, then at the end of the day yo lose yo job, yo lose everything. But I say, the young lady is innocent until proven guilty. Nobody has been caught with any cash. So until you can prove that the money was marked and you have the evidence that here is where the person has the cash that is fine. But to my knowledge, they cannot find the fifty dollars that they set up the sting operation for. So that’s another issue that the court will have to prove.”

 

Duane Moody

“But is this concerning for you just the fact that one of your officers and – I believe she is from your division as well and recently hired – that she would go and do something like this? It’s almost like a slap in the face.”

 

Rodwell Ferguson

“I will not comment further to that extent because I said you are innocent until you are proven guilty. In every department, especially the police and traffic, these thigns do occur. But let the court prove it and say the woman is guilty and then we deal with them at the particular level.”


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