July 25, 2022 | By Colin O. Jarrett |
Suriname has been rocked by a major fraud scandal in which millions of dollars have been withdrawn from the bank account of the Ministry of Finance and Planning through forged documents and receipts.
The authorities said a total of 40.9 million SRD dollars was withdrawn from the account in April and June with the perpetrators presenting false documents to the Central Bank of Suriname for cash.
The government confirmed the withdrawal after opposition legislator Melvin Bouva of the National Democratic Party raised the issue in Parliament last week.
A criminal investigation has since been launched and the bank accounts of persons and companies to which the stolen funds had been transferred have been seized.