By Alexis R. Milan, Staff Reporter
One employee of the Treasury Department was arraigned in the Magistrates Court on Friday for the misappropriation of more than $500,000.
David Enriquez, a clerk at the Treasury Department, was read three separate counts of theft before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith. The charges against him allege that he embezzled the money in two $225,000 transactions plus a $47,000 transfer.
Enriquez was denied bail and was remanded to the Hattieville prison until his next court appearance. His attorney will appeal to the Supreme Court for him to be granted bail next week.
According to Oscar Selgado, Enriquez’ attorney, maintains his client’s innocence. He said Enriquez wasn’t provided with any disclosure or proof against him to detail the nature of his implication in the matter.
Selgado said Enriquez is a second class clerk with immediate supervisors above him and even though his duties included money transfers every transaction he completes goes back to a supervisor for certification. Selgado also said his client could never have moved that sum of money without the banks noticing immediately.
Selgado said Enriquez’ account has also been frozen as a result of the allegations against him. He added that Enriquez is being used as a scapegoat and said that if the government, the police and the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) is serious about investigating the matter they should start at the banks where the check and balances failed.
The attorney said he believes his client will be exonerated and it will just be another waste of tax payers money as those who are really culpable won’t be brought to justice.