Irwin Hackshaw

UNDER PROBE: Irwin Hackshaw, Ag Deputy Commissioner of Police.

THE T& T Police Service (TTPS) has ceased its investigation into Deputy Commissioner of Police Irwin Hackshaw and instead is focusing its attention on leaked financial information.

Hackshaw, who is currently under investigation by the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) into allegations that he deposited close to $2 million in his personal bank accounts received from several businesses is scheduled to officially retire from the service in September.

There were over 180 deposits amounting to $1.8 million spread over 18 RBC Royal Bank accounts, with more money deposited into an account at Scotiabank and the Unit Trust Corporation.

The Sunday Express understands three financial institutions deemed it suspicious activity to the Financial Intelligence Unit of T& T (FIU) following deposits into the personal accounts belonging to Hackshaw during the period 2014-2019.

Since this was reported by the Sunday Express in March, the Police Service Commission (PSC), has remained mum regarding the allegations.

Hackshaw was acting Commissioner of Police for two weeks in March, in the absence of substantive head Gary Griffith.

The investigation into Hackshaw commenced last year within the Professional Standards Bureau (PSB) but was stalled following the transfer of officers from within the unit.

The Sunday Express understands that the investigation into the leak has officially begun and head of the Anti-Corruption Investigations Bureau Senior Superintendent Rodriguez is conducting an investigation...' into a report of alleged Misconduct in Public Office and 'Tipping Off'.

In letters dated May 15 sent to over 12 transferred officers, Rodriguez stated, 'This report touches and concerns the circumstances which led to the disclosure of sensitive and confidential information belonging to Deputy Commissioner of Police Irwin Hackshaw and its subsequent dissemination by Express newspaper reporter Denyse Renne, in a newspaper article published on Tuesday 10th March 2020...'

He noted that pursuant to, '...this enquiry, it has now become imperative for me to obtain a report from you outlining the following': i) Whether you were investigating or part of an investigative team involving Deputy Commissioner Irwin Hackshaw ii) If you were investigating or part of any such investigative team, please name the other members of said team and under whose authority you were operating iii) Whether the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) bearing reference number FIB/TTPS 232/2017/02A or any correspondence from the FIU concerning Irwin Hackshaw formed part of the said investigation.

iv) The circumstances under which you came into possession of the said SAR bearing reference number FIB/TTPS//232/2017/02A or any such correspondence from the FIU concerning Irwin Hackshaw v) The conditions under which said SAR bearing reference number FIB/TTPS/232/2017/02A or any such correspondence from the FIU concerning Irwin Hackshaw was stored or secured.

Rodriguez further asked for the names of persons or staff who had access to the SAR report, or any such correspondence from the FIU concerning Hackshaw.

Additionally, the senior officer questioned whether the SAR into Hackshaw was copied and if so, ' by whom and where were the copies stored or how distributed'.

'Whether any copies were disseminated from the FIU concerning Irwin Hackshaw to anyone. If yes, please provide the names and designation of said person(s)'.

The Sunday Express understands that officers were told to submit their responses in writing during the week of May 18 (last week).

Cashed cheques

An eightqmonth Sunday Express investigation unearthed that cheques were made out to Hackshaw by several construction firms, businesses owners, a security compa ny and a former Ambassador to Canada.

The Sunday Express met personally with some of the established businessmen who provided copies of cashed cheques. This took place during the months of August and September last year. At least three of the businessmen interviewed said they were approached by Hackshaw for funds to assist with sporting events and other matters relating to the TTPS.

Following the Sunday Express report, of -

ficers of the Financial investigative Bureau (FiB) of the ttPS led by Supt Wendell Lucas raided the independence Square, Port of Spain office to find the source of the infor mation.

the officers indicated they were in pos -

session of a warrant and searched the office of editor-in-Chief omatie Lyder on march 11, leaving with several flashdrives.

Subsequent to the search, the Express filed an injunction.

the courts granted the injunction barring the officers from further searches to acquire information from the company's servers, pending the outcome of the court matter

scheduled for July 13.

An intelligence report was submitted to

the Financial investigations Bureau of the ttPS by the FiU for investigation, since the

latter does not have investigative powers.

the report remained within the confines of the FiB for months and was subsequently passed to the Professional Standards Bureau (PSB) sometime last year, where an investiga tion commenced.

this investigation, as well as another high profile one were near completion when sev - eral officers were transferred from within the unit. the file containing the status of the in vestigation was submitted to the executive

of the ttPS sometime last year, thereby halt ing the investigation into Hackshaw.

on march 4, the Sunday Express contacted Hackshaw seeking a comment before publication of the story headlined ' Cop in $ 2m Cheque Query'.

he stated, "Well if you want to print what -

ever you want dearie, you can. But just be

mindful there are repercussions to those...'

Hackshaw has since issued a pre-action protocol letter to the Express.

THE T&T Police Service (TTPS) has ceased its investigation into Deputy Commissioner of Police Irwin Hackshaw and instead is focusing its attention on leaked financial information.

Hackshaw, who is currently under investigation by the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) into allegations that he deposited close to $2 million in his personal bank accounts received from several businesses is scheduled to officially retire from the service in September.

There were over 180 deposits amounting to $1.8 million spread over 18 RBC Royal Bank accounts, with more money deposited into an account at Scotiabank and the Unit Trust Corporation.

The Sunday Express understands three financial institutions deemed it suspicious activity to the Financial Intelligence Unit of T& T (FIU) following deposits into the personal accounts belonging to Hackshaw during the period 2014-2019.

Since this was reported by the Sunday Express in March, the Police Service Commission (PSC), has remained mum regarding the allegations.

Hackshaw was acting Commissioner of Police for two weeks in March, in the absence of substantive head Gary Griffith.

The investigation into Hackshaw commenced last year within the Professional Standards Bureau (PSB) but was stalled following the transfer of officers from within the unit.

The Sunday Express understands that the investigation into the leak has officially begun and head of the Anti-Corruption Investigations Bureau Senior Superintendent Rodriguez is conducting an investigation...' into a report of alleged Misconduct in Public Office and 'Tipping Off'.

In letters dated May 15 sent to over 12 transferred officers, Rodriguez stated, 'This report touches and concerns the circumstances which led to the disclosure of sensitive and confidential information belonging to Deputy Commissioner of Police Irwin Hackshaw and its subsequent dissemination by Express newspaper reporter Denyse Renne, in a newspaper article published on Tuesday 10th March 2020...'

He noted that pursuant to, '...this enquiry, it has now become imperative for me to obtain a report from you outlining the following':

i) Whether you were investigating or part of an investigative team involving Deputy Commissioner Irwin Hackshaw

ii) If you were investigating or part of any such investigative team, please name the other members of said team and under whose authority you were operating

iii) Whether the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) bearing reference number FIB/TTPS 232/2017/02A or any correspondence from the FIU concerning Irwin Hackshaw formed part of the said investigation.

iv) The circumstances under which you came into possession of the said SAR bearing reference number FIB/TTPS//232/2017/02A or any such correspondence from the FIU concerning Irwin Hackshaw v) The conditions under which said SAR bearing reference number FIB/TTPS/232/2017/02A or any such correspondence from the FIU concerning Irwin Hackshaw was stored or secured.

Rodriguez further asked for the names of persons or staff who had access to the SAR report, or any such correspondence from the FIU concerning Hackshaw.

Additionally, the senior officer questioned whether the SAR into Hackshaw was copied and if so, ' by whom and where were the copies stored or how distributed'.

'Whether any copies were disseminated from the FIU concerning Irwin Hackshaw to anyone. If yes, please provide the names and designation of said person(s)'.

The Sunday Express understands that officers were told to submit their responses in writing during the week of May 18 (last week).

Cashed cheques

An eight month Sunday Express investigation unearthed that cheques were made out to Hackshaw by several construction firms, businesses owners, a security company and a former Ambassador to Canada.

The Sunday Express met personally with some of the established businessmen who provided copies of cashed cheques. This took place during the months of August and September last year. At least three of the businessmen interviewed said they were approached by Hackshaw for funds to assist with sporting events and other matters relating to the TTPS.

Following the Sunday Express report, officers of the Financial investigative Bureau (FiB) of the TTPS led by Supt Wendell Lucas raided the independence Square, Port of Spain office to find the source of the information.

The officers indicated they were in possession of a warrant and searched the office of editor-in-Chief Omatie Lyder on march 11, leaving with several flash drives.

Subsequent to the search, the Express filed an injunction.

The courts granted the injunction barring the officers from further searches to acquire information from the company's servers, pending the outcome of the court matter

scheduled for July 13.

An intelligence report was submitted to the Financial investigations Bureau of the TTPS by the FIU for investigation, since the latter does not have investigative powers.

The report remained within the confines of the FIB for months and was subsequently passed to the Professional Standards Bureau (PSB) sometime last year, where an investigation commenced.

This investigation, as well as another high profile one were near completion when

several officers were transferred from within the unit. The file containing the status of the investigation was submitted to the executive of the TTPS sometime last year, thereby halting the investigation into Hackshaw.

On march 4, the Sunday Express contacted Hackshaw seeking a comment before publication of the story headlined ' Cop in $ 2m Cheque Query'.

He stated, "Well if you want to print whatever you want dearie, you can. But just be mindful there are repercussions to those...'

Hackshaw has since issued a pre-action protocol letter to the Express.

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