Two suspended civilian Royal Cayman Islands Police Service employees were charged Friday with corruption-related offenses connected to thousands of dollars in alleged unauthorized purchases from a local grocery store.
The employees, who worked in the RCIPS finance department, were charged with obtaining property by deception, false accounting and breach of trust. The breach of trust charge is an offense under the Cayman Islands Anti-Corruption Law.
The two women are due to appear in court Sept. 6 to answer the charges. The RCIPS did not identify the employees, stating only that they are a 37-year-old from West Bay and a 42-year-old from Bodden Town. Both remain on required leave (paid suspension) pending the outcome of their cases.
Through other sources, the Cayman Compass has identified the two employees as Siscely Solomon and Sara Connor.
The two women were arrested in late March or early April and have been free on police bail since then.
According to sources close to the investigation, the property “obtained by deception” involved more than $4,000 in unauthorized purchases from a grocery store. Police became aware of the matter when representatives of the store contacted the RCIPS.
“The allegations [in] the case concern transactions conducted on an account the RCIPS holds with a private vendor,” a statement from the RCIPS indicated.
Police said both employees were arrested “as soon as the transactions were discovered,” and that the two women were placed on required leave.
It is typical in cases where criminal wrongdoing has been alleged for civil service employees to be placed on paid leave until the investigations are completed.