“Bahamas hosts INTERPOL programme to enhance fight against organized crime in the Americas”

May 10, 2013

INTERPOL on May 10, 2013 released the following:

“NASSAU, Bahamas – The latest session in a three-year programme coordinated by INTERPOL to boost national law enforcement’s ability to fight drugs trafficking and organized crime across the Americas has opened in Nassau, Bahamas.

Some 21 law enforcement officials involved in investigations into illicit drugs and transnational organized crime from across Central America and the Caribbean (Anguilla, The Bahamas, Belize, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Jamaica, Montserrat and Nicaragua) are taking part in the two-week (6 – 17 May) programme, organized by INTERPOL’s Capacity Building and Training Directorate.

“The launch of this training initiative here in the Bahamas, is another clear indication of INTERPOL’s commitment to capacity building in police forces worldwide,” said Commissioner of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, Mr Ellison Greenslade.

“It fulfills an urgent need to further sensitize and train police officers and law enforcement partners to effectively deal with emerging global threats such as trafficking in persons, human smuggling, trafficking in illicit goods, weapons and drug trafficking, counterfeiting, money laundering, and a long list of other crimes,” added the Commissioner.

Welcoming the participants, Minster of National Security Dr Bernard J. Nottage said, “You have come here to receive hands on training in practical ways to harness and develop your skills for taking action against the insidious threat to our way of life from drugs and organized crime and from the evils they bring in their wake: violence, crime, corruption, the breakdown of family life and the destruction of young people.”

INTERPOL’ s Director of Training and Capacity Building, Dale Sheehan highlighted that the over-reaching goal of the three-year programme, launched in 2011, was sustainability and that successes had already been achieved.

“Through strong training and capacity building standards developed by our programmes, we have already seen an impact on the ground, with those who have benefitted having already gone out and trained some 1,600 other law enforcement officers in the past year alone. This is sustainability,” said Mr Sheehan.

Agencies taking part in this training include the US Drug Enforcement Administration, the Caribbean Customs Law Enforcement Council, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the Regional School for Anti-drug Intelligence of the American Community, in addition to specialists from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the National Police of Colombia.

As part of a combined approach the programme is running bilingually in Spanish and English, with all participants contributing their professional knowledge in core subjects. Participants include drugs and organized crime investigators from specialized law enforcement agencies, customs officials, prosecutors and INTERPOL National Central Bureau officials involved in police communications.”

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Interpol Red Notice issued for F-Tech fraud case suspect

June 18, 2012

minivannews.com on June 18, 2012 released the following:

“By Hawwa Lubna

Interpol has issued a red notice for Mohamed Abdullah, wanted by Maldives Police in connection to the charges of defrauding the health ministry out of Rf 11.8 million (US$761, 290).

The 41 year-old was identified as the Managing Director of F-Tech Solutions, the company which allegedly doctored invoices and delivery notes and forged signatures to collect payment on medical supplies that have not been received by the health ministry to this day.

According to the Interpol website, Abullah is wanted for “Fraud, Counterfeiting/forgery”.

Auditor General Ibrahim Niyaz requested police investigate the fraud charges on April 12, following a special audit into the medical supply procurement agreement signed with F-Tech solutions in 2010.

Under the agreement, F-Tech Solutions was supposed to supply medical consumables and laboratory equipment worth Rf 12.8 million (US$831,169) but the audit revealed that the company had only supplied Rf 930, 512 (US$60,033) worth of goods.

Meanwhile, auditors found that the company forged signatures on delivery notes and invoices claiming goods had been supplied to the health ministry. Even on the instances goods were delivered, the prices listed for goods were much higher than those pledged in the contract.

“This office notes that F- Tech Solutions forged signatures on some delivery notes and invoices. Furthermore, the health ministry, hospitals and health centres have not received any of the goods said to have been delivered on the delivery notes. While the health ministry’s supply department has received goods noted on one invoice, the prices noted on the invoice are extraordinarily higher than prices pledged in the contract document,” the report said.

According to the Auditor General, tender evaluation board awarded the contract to F- Tech Solutions even though the company had no prior experience in supplying medical equipment, had lied about previously supplying medical equipment to the health ministry in bidding documents, and had no import licenses or permits from the Maldives Food and Drug Authority to distribute medical supplies.

The contract was also signed against the advice of Anti Corruption Commission’s (ACC), which at the time had raised concerns over F-Tech’s lack of necessary licenses and permits.

The tender evaluation board awarded the contract to F- Tech Solutions even though the company had no prior experience in supplying medical equipment, had lied about previously supplying medical equipment to the health ministry in bidding documents, and had no import licenses or permits from the Maldives Food and Drug Authority to distribute medical supplies, the report noted.

According to the report, the State Minister of Finance at the time opened a Local Letter of Credit facility (LC) worth the total contract amount for F-Tech Solutions at the State Bank of India (SBI). The Auditor General said the move contravened the Maldives Finance Act which states only 15 percent of total contract value can be paid out in advance.

Further, although the contract was made between F-Tech and the health ministry, the state minister for finance authorised finance ministry staff instead of health ministry staff to sign delivery notes, the report said.

Niyaz said the state minister’s decision to establish a LC facility “opened up the opportunity” for payments to be made for unsupplied goods and “weakened the state’s internal control mechanisms.”

A Deputy Director General at the Ministry of Finance and Treasury authorised payment to F-Tech without confirming receipt of goods with the health ministry, even though SBI had noted discrepancies between the invoices and delivery notes. Nine of the 21 invoices were issued a month before the date printed on delivery notes, the report said.

Moreover, the Health Ministry did not annul the contract with F- Tech Solutions as per the agreement even though the company had failed to supply medical equipment for the period October – December 2011.

Instead, the ministry had procured the consumables itself and told F- Tech the amount would be deducted from the total payment to the company. However, no such deduction took place.

Niyaz recommends filing fraud charges against F- Tech Solutions, and filing negligence charges against the Tender Evaluation Board, and relevant Health Ministry and Finance Ministry officials. The report does not name the accused.

However, according to local media, F–Tech has six directors: MD Mohamed Abdulla, Director of Operations Abdulla Rashid; Director of Administrations Abdulla Shafeeg; Director of Sales and Marketing Ahuyad Hisaan; Director of Logistics Rilwan Shareef and Director of Human Resources Fathimath Shiuna.

Of the six, Shareef and Shiuna are prominent activists of the former ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) activists.

Police Sub-Inpector Hassan Haneef today confirmed that an Interpol notice was issued for Abdullah after attempts made by local police to find him were unsuccessful.

When asked if any one has been arrested in relation to the case Haneef responded: ”We have questioned some people regarding this case. But no arrests have been made so far.””

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Developing Inter-agency Cooperation Across Western Africa to Combat Counterfeiting Focus of INTERPOL Training

June 23, 2011

INTERPOL on June 23, 2011 released the following:

“LAGOS, Nigeria – Identifying methods to improve regional cooperation between law enforcement agencies and the private sector was the focus of training seminar delivered by INTERPOL’s Intellectual Property Rights programme in Nigeria.

The three-day event (20-22 June) supported by the Nigerian Police with participants from Benin and Burkina Faso brought together more than 50 officials from police, customs, the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and the Nigeria Copyright Commission. The training included methodology in identifying, targeting and dismantling transnational organized crime groups involved in the manufacture and distribution of counterfeit goods.

In addition to Intellectual property crime experts from Nigeria and abroad (US Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement), representatives from the private sector also shared their experience and specialist knowledge as part of the seminar.

Organized with the support of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the three-day event is one of a series coordinated by INTERPOL throughout the word and is aimed at providing a stepping stone in developing inter-agency and cross-border cooperation to combat counterfeiting and all types of Intellectual Property crime.”

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INTERPOL Leadership on Coordinating Action in South America Against Fake Goods Recognized by World Industry Associations

June 8, 2011

INTERPOL on June 8, 2011 released the following press release:

“World Anti-Counterfeiting Day sees INTERPOL official receive special award

PARIS, France – The role of INTERPOL’s Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) programme as a catalyst for cross-industry law enforcement action against transnational organized intellectual property crime throughout South America was recognized today in Paris by the member organizations of the Global Anti-Counterfeiting Group (GACG) Network when it presented an individual achievement award to Roberto Manriquez Carrasco, a crime intelligence officer based at the INTERPOL General Secretariat in Lyon, France for his coordination of Operation Jupiter V.

Carried out under the auspices of Operation Jupiter in partnership with the World Customs Organization (WCO), Mr Manriquez was the project manager of the fifth version of this year-long operation throughout 2010 which focused on the trade in fake goods in South America. It led to a series of interventions across 13 countries in the region and to the seizure of nearly eight million counterfeit products worth USD 207 million.

“This award recognizes the success of Operation Jupiter V which would not have been possible without the commitment and support INTERPOL received from hundreds of police, customs officers and other Intellectual Property crime investigators in member countries who made a determined and sustained effort to work together to disrupt the activities of the criminals at the centre of these illicit activities,” said Mr Manriquez.

INTERPOL has worked closely with the authorities in South America since 2005. Since its inception, Operation Jupiter has resulted in almost 1700 arrests and in seizures of fake products valued at more than USD 507 million.

“Counterfeiting and piracy are transnational organized crimes which endanger the health and safety of often unknowing consumers. INTERPOL is committed to working closely with its 188 member countries as well as partner organizations worldwide to fight such crimes whenever and wherever they occur, and as always, working together with a common purpose is what makes a difference when combating organized crime,” said INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble.

John Anderson, Chairman of the GACG network of national and regional anti-counterfeiting organizations said: “This award highlights the wide range of cooperation that is required and provided by different individuals and organizations collaboratively working across the public and private sectors against the international trade in fakes. It also reflects the importance of raising public awareness of this crime.”

The role of partnerships was also a feature of the GACG company award made to Underwriters Laboratories (UL) for its outstanding achievement in combating counterfeiting and piracy.

Another key outcome from close working relationships against fake goods and piracy has been the establishment of the International IP Crime Investigators College (IIPCIC), a fully interactive online IP crime training facility for all law enforcement officers. Jointly developed by UL University and INTERPOL, the online college has the capacity to train thousands of law enforcement officers in INTERPOL’s member countries.”

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