An anonymous employee at the SVG Customs Authority explained that based on the intel, monies collected at the AIA cargo terminal were not deposited at the bank for a period of time equaling about 10 days of collection.
According to the anonymous report, Police and Customs Officials met on Wednesday with the Comptroller of the Customs and the assistant supervisor, driver and junior cashiers have been removed from the AIA Cargo Terminal and reassigned according to customs circular 101/23 dated 18th October, 2023 , as a result of the incident.
Several issues since have been identified from the incident including: security issues since there was no police present to assist with the transportation of the cash collected daily from AIA even though it is done for cash collected at Campden Park and Kingstown; the junior officer assigned to deposit the cash gave the cash to the driver to deposit; no bank statements were produced for money that was to be deposited; the bank received nothing; the officer responsible for verifying that deposits were made via bank statements neglected the job; the supervisor was the one who eventually reported the missing money; the assistant comptroller of Accounts was not able to discover that the collections on the customs system for the period did not match the corresponding bank statements for the days in question.
Additionally, according to police reports the driver has since been found with an unlicensed firearm. Police are investigating whether the firearm is part of the Customs cache of weapons.