Time to address white-collar crime
As a concerned citizen, I applaud the efforts of the Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago to take action against its former deputy general manager for submitting a false certificate in order to land a job, for which he was paid $61,500 per month. Were he a police recruit, he would have been charged because uttering a false document is a criminal offence.
Moreso, it was only recently a daily newspaper published a misleading report against Dr Suruj Rambachan that he had a fake doctorate from a Hawaii university, and he was so pursued until he proved himself.
It is high time matters such as these be treated sternly and decisively and in accordance with the law. Moreso, they should also be politically addressed, since these “unqualified” charlatans are giving the Government a bad name, especially when it is the Opposition that makes the revelation.
Indeed, it is madness, if not scandalous and unbecoming stupidity, to say because he has been embarrassed he should not be prosecuted.
I see it the other way: he should be embarrassed into owning up and taking responsibility for his gross misfeasance. Was he thinking of his family when he uttered the fake document to get the job? What is the difference between him and a bare-backed thief?
Also, what are components of a job that merits a monthly compensation package of $61,500?
Just as the Integrity Commission is investigating matters involving corruption among high office holders, so too individual entities must do their own investigations. This is the true way to address white-collar crime.
In this regard, I sit with clasped hands, waiting for someone to raise the matter of unaccounted funds intended for Haiti, as well as a scandal of a fire truck removal for $6.5 million, when a similar exercise was done only recently for $25,000.
God bless this nation.