BRA employee accused of theft

Police have been called in at this island’s central revenue collection authority following reports that thousands of dollars have gone missing.

Barbados TODAY was unable to confirm the precise amount. However, late Friday evening lawmen confirmed that they had  arrested and formally charged a female employee of the Barbados Revenue Authority (BRA) with two theft-related offences.

Karla Cherese Morris, 33, of Mount Friendship, St Michael is accused of stealing money belonging to the Crown on May 15 this year.

She has been formally charged with theft of money and falsifying an account, and is expected to appear in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court Saturday in connection with the offences.

Barbados TODAY understands that the administrative assistant, who was recently on sick leave, was reportedly nabbed from a plane and taken in by police for questioning over the missing funds.

In a brief statement Friday evening on the matter, BRA said that in the execution of its internal audit function it discovered a number of “anomalous transactions which appeared to indicate fraudulent activity.

“As is required by the governing legislation of the Financial Management Audit Act Cap 5., the Authority reported the incident to the Financial Investigations Unit of the Royal Barbados Police Force.

“The incident has now become a matter under investigation by the police, therefore the Authority is unable to comment any further,” the brief statement added.

However, the development comes at the height of concerns about the slack way in which the BRA currently operates.

In his latest report for 2016 which was released earlier this week, Auditor General Leigh Trotman reported on the findings of a detailed audit of the operations of BRA.

Based on that investigation, Trotman said there was worrying evidence of several infelicities, including a shortage of vital financial accounting information, understated tax revenues and unverifiable refunds balances.

And even though no shares have been issued by the central revenue collection agency, it was laughable that a figure for share capital was reported in BRA’s statement of changes of equity for the 2015/2016 financial year.

“This is misleading and should be corrected to reflect a more accurate assessment of the activities of the Fund,” the Auditor General has warned.

In his 152-page report for last year, Trotman also reported that even though BRA reported assets of $3.7 million and liabilities of $392,000, there were no schedules or other forms of documentation presented to support these balances.

At the same time, grant income from the Ministry of Finance in the amount of $28 million was understated by $4.3 million, while the Authority’s expenditure was said to be overstated by $309,000.

As for the figure of $37 million which was given for income tax refunds and $105 million for corporate tax refunds, these could not be verified; neither could the Authority’s Statement of Administered Revenue, which was recorded at $2.1 million.

The Auditor General’s review of BRA’s accounting records also revealed an unexplained difference of $749,000 between unreconciled cash and unpresented cheques as at March, 31, 2016. There was a further difference of $1.2 million between what was presented in the schedules and the statement of administered revenues.

More alarmingly, property taxes came up short by $57 million after a comparison was made by the Auditor General of the expected revenue and actual taxes collected.

31 Responses to BRA employee accused of theft

  1. Alejuandro Tezu
    Alejuandro Tezu June 2, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    COME OUT THINGS!!!! The Airport was lit lool. People can’t get their blasted income tax and this goat bout hay stealing our money. Hope u get lock the frig up.

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    • Tiye Ituri
      Tiye Ituri June 2, 2017 at 10:12 pm

      Clean house to find de bigger fish behind her, hmmmmmm.

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  2. Alex Reece
    Alex Reece June 2, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    So we got to worry about both the government and the people stealing our money too??!?!?!?

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    • Lilian Lloyd
      Lilian Lloyd June 2, 2017 at 9:52 pm

      THE FRIENDS THEY HIRE HOPE SHE TALK

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    • Biscuits June 3, 2017 at 2:03 pm

      They’re one of the same. We the people staff the various Governmental agencies. Hence when the phones are left unanswered…long slow moving lines allowed to form…a potpourri of paperwork sits unaddressed on several desks.
      ..money (funds) disappear…we the people are to be blamed whether at the top, inbetween or at the bottom.

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  3. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall June 2, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    So naked exposed first

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  4. Bonnie Marton
    Bonnie Marton June 2, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    Damien Trotman

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  5. Bonnie Marton
    Bonnie Marton June 2, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    Dwight Chapman

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  6. Jamar Webster
    Jamar Webster June 2, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    I want my rasshole income tax money please tired of wanna gov slackness

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  7. Lauraine Clarke
    Lauraine Clarke June 2, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    This time it ain’t even she,but it is just that she name easy to called.

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    • Kimber Lee
      Kimber Lee June 2, 2017 at 9:40 pm

      Really????? The ‘it wasn’t me’ excuse was the only one you could dig out the box??? Stupes….you dont even know…

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    • Lilian Lloyd
      Lilian Lloyd June 2, 2017 at 9:53 pm

      IT IS HER GOT CAUGHT LEAVING FOR MIAMI

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    • harry turnover June 3, 2017 at 6:42 am

      With the mindset of idiots like you people will ALWAYS get away with crime…..your name easy to call too ,so why the Police din arrest you too for being an accessory after the fact ?…no proof right ?
      The Police don’t go and drag someone off a plane if they didn’t have PROOF .

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  8. Afrikan-Alchemist Elcock
    Afrikan-Alchemist Elcock June 2, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    Everyone concentrating on the fact that she stole but yall see the amount of millions unaccounted for? Multi millions just missing ???

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  9. Ayo-Ololara Ifeoma Nomande
    Ayo-Ololara Ifeoma Nomande June 2, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    I never thought I’d set eyes on you again in this lifetime. Inbox!

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  10. Nicole Best
    Nicole Best June 2, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    What money. I thought Dem ain’t had none to give so where she find some to carry way. Smh.

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  11. Cordelia Lynch
    Cordelia Lynch June 2, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    ORT den stupess

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  12. Yap Bait June 2, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    Back in the 70’s she would have only gotten fired on “suspicion”. By Monday morning she would have been transferred to another department after making some calls.

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  13. Diva N June 2, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    A pity. Her face is plastered all over the news. Where is the face of the policeman that stole money from the evidence locker

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  14. Rodney June 3, 2017 at 5:59 am

    3 years I ain’t get my tax returns and my money at the airport

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  15. Bajancanuck June 3, 2017 at 6:39 am

    I am sure people in positions of power are involved in the theft. However, this a woman, she is young and vulnerable. Clico management has not been made accountable but this woman is tried and found guilty in the court of public opinion. There is way more to this issue.

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  16. harry turnover June 3, 2017 at 6:57 am

    She was on sick leave ? wonder if she was going to Miami to seek treatment ? or probably she got wind of the Police investigations and was probably tipped off by someone in the SAME department or someone else could have told the Police that she was going to Miami to shop unaware of what was going on.
    Hope when all is said and done she gets no less than 15 years if found guilty.
    The NEW GOVERNMENT next year should call in Scotland Yard and the FBI to INVESTIGATE all the ” goings on ” from 2008 to 2018 IN THE CIVIL SERVICE

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  17. Buun June 3, 2017 at 8:13 am

    Time to fire the management at BRA and the government.

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  18. Jea Alleyne June 3, 2017 at 8:42 am

    This is the tax system in Barbados.????….what is the point of paying tax when there is no accountability of the funds being acrrued….Bajans stop wasting your money and time…..let the BRA refund ALL losses for the last 10 years…..And we being overtaxed to compensate for the loss. Everytime, the citizens do something with their money, they got to complete this form, prove this and prove that….BUT those in authority can allow this type of situation to occur, there should be tighter controls in Government and the Police, these people should be leading by example and showing us they are running a tight ship……Its all done deliberately, she is not the only one who is taking. The money appears to be available for anyone !!

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  19. Amoore June 3, 2017 at 9:05 am

    Cannot get my income tax’s.

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  20. islandgal June 3, 2017 at 9:06 am

    Serious tieffing going on. Remember when they did not accept debit and credit cards? Dem had dis thing planned ! Only a matter of time.

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  21. Jenny June 3, 2017 at 10:47 am

    What she stole is peanuts compared to what the authorities steal from all of us daily.
    Just look at the audit reports (if they file any) from the big governmental agencies.
    They go after the small fries whilst the $1m scammers get away.
    I am not saying that the young lady was right to steal. She is completely wrong but let us also go after the ones that are suppose to represent us.

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  22. Mary June 3, 2017 at 11:59 am

    Travelling while on sick leave? If she was indeed on sick leave that alone is a red flag…think about for those of you who are employed by the Government. I think they were trailing her for a while. My two cents worth

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  23. rose June 3, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    Young lady plead guilty..I’m sorry you had to be drafted into this ugly scheme…Lesson here don’t be fooled by higher management or political entity…write a letter to self and call names cause sitting in prison alone is not a path you would have chosen…my heart hurts for a sheep targeted by a Lion shame on you….1 thing is always eminent in life Death…make peace and apologize for your actions.

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  24. Steve June 4, 2017 at 1:15 am

    What is needed is full disclosures and integrity legislation, and government officials / ministers to have to declare all assets prior to entering government positions.
    When a “small fish” gets caught, is it them alone ? Or are they acting for bigger fish ? Are there any connections that nobody dares to talk about ? Bajans get taxed to the hilt yet no fiscal accountability from the government, no visible infrastructural improvement, can’t drive two metres without dropping into a “quarry” hole…
    It’s high time politicians start spending time at Her Majesty’s pleasure if that’s where investigations lead.
    We’re too damn easy !

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  25. SEAN BARKER June 5, 2017 at 12:04 am

    SMH AND THIS REASON WHY CHRIS WANT WE TO PAY MORE TAXES FOR THERE NONSENSE

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