(CMR) The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has now charged three people after multiple arrests in an immigration corruption operation. CMR understand two more will be charged today.
Diane Dey-Rankin (57) from George Town, Phaedra McDonald (43) from Spotts and Santo Castro Castillo (45) also from Spotts were charged yesterday and are scheduled to appear in court on 10 April. The two women, who are believed to be Department of Immigration employees, both face a charge of failing to report the solicitation of an advantage, contrary to s.20(4) of the Anti-Corruption Law (2014 Revision).
Dey-Rankin faces three counts of conspiracy to commit fraud on the government, contrary to s.11(1)(a) and s.52 of the ACC law, while McDonald also faces four counts for the same charge. Castillo faces eleven counts of conspiracy to commit fraud on the government, and three counts of conspiracy to commit breach of trust, contrary to s.13 and s.52 of the ACC law.
The three year long investigation has seen some 13 people arrested thus far but these are the first set of charges to be laid. CMR sources indicated that the alleged ringleader is Castillo and he had a personal relationship with McDonald.
Officials said that as the investigation continues but that no further details will be released at this time. CMR understands the investigation relates to the rest required for permanent residency.