Police Inspector James Sutton, a lead officer in the White Collar Crime Unit of the Royal St. Christopher-Nevis Police Force, has been transferred to Division B, as Sub Commander and Supervisor of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).
This move comes in the middle of an investigation that is being led by Inspector Sutton, into the alleged money laundering by two top government officials.
Sources disclosed that the call for Sutton’s move came directly from the Minister of National Security, Prime Minister Timothy Harris, as an attempt to sabotage, and possibly stop the investigation surrounding his colleagues.
Accordingly, the transfer is effective from January 31 and was part of a Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force (Special Force) Order issued by Acting Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hilroy Brandy, who has been identified as one of the Prime Minister’s henchmen.
The move has raised the eyebrows of many in the Federation, as it has been interpreted as a blatant strategy by Prime Minister Timothy Harris to disrupt the ongoing investigations.
White-collar crime (or corporate crime, more correctly) refers to financially motivated, non-violent crime committed by business and government professionals. Typical white-collar crimes could include fraud, bribery, Ponzi schemes, insider trading, labor racketeering, embezzlement, cybercrime, copyright infringement, money laundering, identity theft, and forgery.
The Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force has been under increased pressure to activate effective crime-fighting strategies and faces regular calls from the community for the top ranks of the force to isolate themselves from the political interference.