Ex-mayor of Petion-Ville, P.M. Maurice Prosper arrested for embezzlement.
“I would appreciate if your column could assist Maurice by publishing what could be construed as my version of the story so that Maurice, who is an honest man, from an honorable family can be clean and resume his simple life.” Reginald Martin-
Pierre Michel Maurice Prosper was nominated to be the mayor of Petion-Ville in June 2004 under the government of Alexandre/Latortue in replacement of Rodrigue Sully Guerrier who was an elected mayor of Petion-Ville up to February 2004.
Mr. Prosper accepted the position of president of the municipal council along with two other members: Mr. Figaro Gaston and Ms. Marie-Joseph René, MD….
The members of the Petion-ville municipal council entered Petion-Ville City hall to find it completely destroyed by previous popular manifestations of anger against the fallen Aristide regime in February 2004.
Mr. Figaro Gaston was denied some financial assistance and went on some radio station claiming that the mayor of Petion-Ville along with his fellow assessor were involved in some shady deals. These allegations brought in the inspectors of U.L.C.C. and of the CSC/CA.
The U.L.C.C. report did not divulge anything extraordinary, however the CSC/CA audit which was more extensive was submitted with a gross error: the reported revenues of the council were shown to be in the amount of 74MM Gourdes for the audited period while the figures shown on the report only added to 68MM Gourdes, thus allowing for a difference of 5.7MM Gourdes in disfavor of the council.
The addition error was promptly reported by letter to the president of the CSC/CA, Me. Arold Elie, who seemingly took notice of the fact and supposedly advised the auditors of the error.
However, when Maurice Prosper was summoned to a hearing without assistance of legal counsel at the CSC/CA he was advised that the municipal council’s books had a 5.7MM Gourdes deficiency: the exact amount of the previously reported error.
At that point, Maurice Prosper had to secure legal counsel and the case was taken to the Cour de Cassation for further examination in 2006.
Let me know what you can do about the aforementioned, it would seem to me that some people are trying to slander those who are close to Michel Martelly.
Maurice Prosper is a graduate civil engineer from a university in Mayaguez, P.R. and has worked in that capacity in Haiti and has devoted most of his adult life to the service of his country.