The Children’s Life Fund (CLF) was created by the People’s Partnership Government in 2010 to provide financial assistance to parents or guardians with children in need of life-saving surgeries.
The Fraud Squad had cause to investigate 13 cases of embezzlement or misappropriation.
CLF CEO Genevieve Madoo wrote to then Government leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar on May 7, 2014 in which she alleged that a former employee had obtained close to US$7,700 equivalent to TT$50,000.
The employee reportedly conned parents into signing receipts for money they were supposed to receive for day-to-day expenses when they travelled with their children for operations in Colombia, Argentina and the United States.
In December 2018, a former CLF employee was charged with 13 counts of larceny of the property of the fund amounting to US$15,640.
The accused is 43-year-old Krisas Sookraj of School Street, Carenage who worked as an executive assistant at the Fund.
The sums of money were approved by the board of the Children’s Life Fund to be issued as payment to 13 children between the ages of three to six years, who were suffering from life-threatening illnesses.
Author: Dareece Polo
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