More Details on San Pedro Traffic Scam; Several Persons Detained

Several former and current employees of the traffic department in San Pedro have been detained by the police as an investigation continues into a traffic sticker scam in the island town.  Today, Mayor Wally Nunez spoke with News Five about how some residents were conned out of their money in exchange for fake traffic stickers; even worse is that some persons knew that the stickers were fake, but nevertheless engaged in the crime.  News Five confirmed with the mayor that several raids have yielded incriminating evidence and there seems to be insurance fraud too.

Wally Nunez, Mayor, San Pedro Town

“Based on information, San Pedro police did some search and they went ahead and searched these persons who had in their possession some of these stickers. In their computer, they found more evidence and so they had to detain both of them. Based on that information, we had to take the decision to close down the traffic department so that we could have a further investigation and to backup the system on the computers. At the moment we have had two persons that were employees and two persons that are civilians who actually had stickers with them.”

Duane Moody

“Now is there anything to suggest that there was collusion with persons still employed at the traffic department?”

Wally Nunez

“Yes some of the information that has been given to us states that there are some people still involved so that’s why we are doing this investigation and we are not going to let them come to work. We want to do a full investigation.  We don’t have an exact figure; we just know that it is not only licenses, but insurance as well. So both the insurance companies and the town council will have to look into this matter very seriously because it is revenue loss and we need to look into it so that we can get to the bottom of it because this is something that seems to have been ongoing for quite a while.”

What Happens to Those Caught in Scam?

So as you heard, there were also fake insurance documents being issued. Mayor Nunez says that the investigation continues to determine the extent of the scam as well as the total amount of money that was fraudulently acquired in the obvious breech of process. But what happens to those who unknowingly purchased these fake stickers and insurance? Will they get their money back and be a legitimate sticker re-issued?

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