Port Authority Executive Director Carlton Dowe stated Friday that brand-new guidelines remain in location relating to the use of credit cards in the company after news that a trusted employee was detained and implicated of stealing more than $200,000 with her Port Authority credit card.There are some internal controls that we certainly put in place, Dowe told The Daily News. We knew that we had some internal obstacles that we had to correct.Lydia Cabret, a former buying manager for the VIPA, was apprehended Thursday and charged in connection with ratings of unauthorized charges on her Port Authority charge card, including $102,668 in cash advances taken over 14 months at one branch of Banco Popular on St. Croix.Dowe stated Friday
that the Port Authority had started carrying out an internal audit of all credit cards appointed to the St. Croix system in April 2014, which the arrest came as an outcome of the subsequent internal investigation.Cabret carried out all purchases for the Port Authority unit in St.
Croix, according to statements kept in mind in the affidavit signed by unique representative Leonardo Carrion Sr. of the Special Investigations Department of the Justice Department.Dowe stated Port Authority guidelines now require credit card statements to be more often audited by workers in both the companies administration and finance departments, rather than just by the acquiring department.Cabrets arrest came less than a month after Sen. Almando Liburd asked the VI Inspector General to examine the process by which credit cards are made use of and released by the government of the
Virgin Islands and its instrumentalities.How lots of cards are government-issued, and who are the cardholders? Liburd asked in his letter to the Workplace of the Inspector General. What kind of internal controls are now in location? Exactly what is the main use/necessity for these cards? What kinds of charges are considered appropriate? Exists a system in location for compensating the government in the occasionon the occasion that non-permissable charges are made?Liburd likewise asked Sen. Clifford Graham, in a letter dated Oct. 19, for the Post Audit Division to start evaluating the usagemaking use of credit cards by all government companies and instrumentalities. I do not recall any accounts of charge card use being released in currentover the last few years, so it would befit us as a body to obtain an idea of exactly what has actually been invested, Liburd wrote.Graham, the chairman of the Senate Financing Committee, reacted on Nov. 9 that it is much better if the Office of Management and Budget plan is asked to perform a testimonial of federal government issued-credit cards. He sent out a letter that same day to OMB Director Nellon Bowry asking him to provide a list of the variety of credit cards provided by each company and the name of the people holding the credit cards. Graham likewise asked that OMB discuss whether it is possible to enforce internal controls on the usage of federal government credit cards, whether there is a written policy on the useusing credit cards and whether there is a system in place to compensate the
government for non-permissible charges.Graham asked that Bowry react by Dec. 6. Attempts to reach Bowry for comment Friday were not successful.Liburds concentrate on credit cards came after a series of Daily News short articles in-depth how Gov. Kenneth Mapp used his office charge card for the purchase of beer, wine, groceries and more than$
5,000 worth of sheets and towels at Macys in Miami
, amongst other things. A testimonial of Government House travel records also revealed that Mapp and staff members in the executive branch utilized their government-issued charge card to spend for space service and costly dishes. Some workers charged dishes to their card when they also were gathering a daily payment intended to cover the expense of food.Recent reports highlight the most likely requirement for standard operating treatments and policies for their use, Liburd wrote in his letter to Inspector General Steven van Beverhoudt. As legislators, we are charged with holding the executive branch accountable. Regrettably, in this case, we do not have a clear concept of exactly what we are representing, in terms of credit card use.
Cabret was accuseded of embezzlement of public accounts; acquiring cash by incorrect pretense; unauthorized usage of a federal government charge card; and violating the Criminally Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. She made her very first appearance Friday early morning in St. Croix Magistrates Court.-Contact Jonathan Austin at 714-9104 or email email@example.com.