Staff of the Deeds Registry of the Deeds and Commercial Registries Authority has called upon the Ministry of Legal Affairs to investigate their complaints of alleged financial improprieties committed by acting Registrar of Deeds Ms. Azeena Baksh.
The Ministry of Legal Affairs has referred the complaints to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) through Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum.
Both the Human Resource and Accounting Departments have complained that as Head of the Budget Agency and sole person in authority to approve and sign off the payroll of the Deeds and Commercial Registries Authority and one of the main signatories on the Authority’s Bank Account, the Registrar unlawfully paid herself gratuity well knowing she was a pensionable employee having been appointed by the Judicial Services Commission (JSC).
Registrar Baksh further unlawfully paid herself a higher salary than was approved by the JSC.
The Deeds Registry officers have disclosed that these payments started since 2014 and continued up to the present and amount to nearly four and half million dollars ($4.5M).
Moreover the Deeds Registry has also laid over with the Ministry of Legal Affairs documents revealing that Registrar Baksh out of revenue due, owing and payable to the Authority in or around the sum of eight million five hundred and forty four thousand dollars ($8,544,000.00), unlawfully waived the sum of seven million and forty four thousand dollars ($7,044,000.00) upon the request of an Attorney-at-Law, who paid only the sum of one million five hundred thousand dollars ($1,500.000.00).
Attorney General Chambers and Ministry of Legal Affairs.