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Parents scammed; claim ‘they paid’ for placement at TCI Public Schools

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Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, September 29, 2023 – A case of fraud is being alleged by some Turks and Caicos parents after they were reportedly bought into a payment scheme to get their children into public high schools.

Parents turned up at the Education Department in a state of distress, to complain about what they described as the loss of hundreds of dollars in some cases, to unscrupulous alleged employees at the Department. We are told the complainants are from the Haitian community.

Significant cash was allegedly paid over to individuals who promised their children’s names would be included on the list for public high schools. But parents say that after shopping for uniforms and other school items and turning up at said institutions on September morning, their children were turned away as they were not officially registered. 

The individuals who reportedly collected these sums were not named by the parents.

The Turks and Caicos has a recurring issue regarding space for high school students. Year after year parents struggle to get their children into school; some have to be shunted off to costly private schools on government subsidies to bridge the gap. The issue has birthed additional schools and expansions but even those measures have not completely erased the problem.

The breakdown in the placement system also facilitates desperate underhanded schemes, like the one allegedly taking place this year.

It raises the question of how the country plans to handle the anticipated ‘boom’ in the population, to come from new laws inviting third generation islanders into the country.

At the beginning of the school year, at least 26 students were waiting to hear where they would spend their high school tenure, according to Edgar Howel, Director of Education.

Upon receipt of the information Magnetic Media reached out to Rachel Taylor, Minister of Education, to find out if the ministry was aware of the issue and how many students were still without proper placements.  We also wanted to know what the ministry planned to do to make the placement process more seamless, so residents would not feel pressure to resort to scams.

There has been no response.

The Royal TCI Police has also not replied to our queries on what appears to be a matter of corruption.

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Stolen Vessel Recovered

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July 20th, 2024.

 

#TurksandCaicos, July 20, 2024 – Shortly after 10 am yesterday (July 19th), the Police Control Room received a report of a stolen boat in the Turtle Cove district.

The description of the vessel given to officers was a black, 26-foot Hurricane boat with two Yamaha engines. Officers were told that the owner had secured the vessel on Thursday evening and had discovered it missing the following day.

Inquiries were conducted, and based on information received, Marine Branch Officers and Response and Operation Unit Officers searched a mangrove just off Five Cays today (July 20th) and recovered the vessel.

Two suspects were seen, one of whom was a 23-year-old from the Bight, Providenciales, who was caught and arrested for suspicion of stealing the vessel. The other suspect managed to escape.

The RTCIPF is asking anyone with information on illegal activities that may assist the police with enquiries to contact 911, the closest police station, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477 and anonymously give any information.

Additionally, persons are being asked to download the CrimeStoppers P3 app.

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Firearm and Drug Charges

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July 15th, 2024.

 

SHAIWANZO MISSICK of South Back Salina, Grand Turk, has been charged with six counts of firearm-related offences.

Missick, 30, was charged on July 13 after police officers consulted with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The offences against Missick are:

  • One Count – Discharging Firearm
  • One Count- Discharging Ammunition
  • One Count-Possession of Firearm with intent to commit a serious offence
  • Two Counts-Possession of Ammunition
  • One Count –Possession of Firearm
  • One Count-Possession of Controlled Drugs
  • One Count- Possession of Controlled Drugs with intent to supply.

The charges against Missick came following a report made on Saturday, 29 June 2024,  following a shooting incident in Breezy Brae.

Officers obtained a warrant and searched the accused’s residence based on the information received.

The RT&CIPF is asking the public to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477, and anonymously give any information on illegal activity.

Additionally, persons are encouraged to download the Crime Stoppers P3 app from the Google Play Store or Apple Apps and share information anonymously.

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Five Cays Shooting Update

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#TurksandCaicos, July 19, 2024 – Shortly after noon on July 12th, the Control Room of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force received reports of a shooting in Five Cays, Providenciales. A team of offices was dispatched to Granny Hill.

Upon arrival, several interviews were conducted, and evidential items were retrieved.  Thankfully, no one was injured.

Given the investigation’s sensitivity and lines of inquiry, the RT&CIPF cannot comment further.

We are aware of audio videos and photographs purporting to be the location of where the incident allegedly occurred and ask that persons circulating such be mindful of exposing victims.

The RT&CIPF is again reaching out to the public, emphasising their crucial role in this investigation.

We urge you to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231- 1842, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477, and anonymously provide any information on this shooting or any illegal activity.

Your cooperation is vital in ensuring justice is served. Additionally, persons are encouraged to download the Crime Stoppers P3 app from the Google Play Store or Apple Apps and share information anonymously.

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