Martelly Appointee Absconds with $3 Million in Cash

Claude Raymond Jr., a Martelly appointee, was recently installed as Director General of the Office of Immigration and Emigration (OIE), along with eight other Director Generals in September. Martelly, speaking at the induction ceremony, issued a challenge to the new officials, saying they could only ". . . deserve his confidence . . . " by living up to what the Haitian people asked of them as public servants.


Claude Raymond Jr., succeeded in losing Martelly's confidence almost immediately. Not long after his installation, he was detained by Dominican Republic police with a $3 million dollar stash, concealed in an envelope. Someone in the OIE had secret information about the embezzlement, and reported it to the Senate. Senator François Anick ordered an inspection of all briefcases conducted, passing between the borders of Caribbean countries.

Martelly, wanting to clean house of government officials, who had been appointed during the Préval administration, replaced former Director General of OIE, Colonel Roland Chavannes, with Claude Raymond Jr. The irony is Chavannes had a pristine reputation as a man of dignity and worth. Political observers have said Martelly has wanted more neo-Duvalierists in his government, because they helped him win the presidency. He certainly made an indiscriminate choice with Raymond Jr.

Claude Raymond Jr. fleeing with government money has renewed Senator Anick's attacks on the Martelly government he claims has permitted sale of diplomatic passports to corrupt individuals. They typically use the passports for diplomatic perks, such as access to VIP lounges at airports.

Reply to this article

Read more: immigration, corruption, Francois Anick Joseph, embezzlement, Theft, Claude Raymond Jr., Security Crime Law and Order

« Service of immigration and emigration, Haitian passport valid for 10 years ready, but not available | Main | The Immigrant Lottery Program Biased against Haiti »

Return to Articles List

Leave a Reply

Name (required)

E-mail (required, will not be published)

Subject: Martelly Appointee Absconds with $3 Million in Cash edit

» »

Our objective is to share with you news and information about Haiti and the people of Haiti. Traditions, habits and the way we were  or  grew are alive in this site. We highly recommend that you Subscribe to our Newsletter and also share with us some of the things that are memorable and made us unique people.