Tuesday, November 02 2010 @ 08:27 AM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
The director of the ATTT, Jorge Ricardo Fabrega said that within the entity there are people who are "dedicated to hiding papers" and in response his administration has worked to put an end to this practice. "Boxes full of old traffic tickets from all over the interior of the country have been arriving in the past four months. This is a very serious situation, involving money owed to the State, and therefore we are passing all of the information to the Comptroller," he said. According to Fabrega, "no justification exists within the offices of the ATTT for there to be boxes full of traffic tickets that should have been recorded at the time."
Investigation - In response to the negligence on the part of various ATTT officials, an investigation is being conducted in conjunction with auditors from the Comptroller General of the Republic. The treasurer of the Transit Authority, Jose Sue, although he did not specify the precise number of ATTT officials involved in this practice, said several have been removed from office in the past two months, and others have been transferred to different offices while the investigations are ongoing. In his view, these public servants committed apparent administrative offenses, therefore legal proceedings will be opened once their internal investigation is completed. He said the problem, mostly, was focused on the ATTT headquarters in Panama City. However, he said none of the provinces in the interior were above the practice of simply not recording traffic violations, which are of all kinds. Sue said the investigations are well advanced. (Panama America)
Editor's Comment: Slick. Instead of paying that $50 dollar fine, you just slip $5 bucks to a corrupt ATTT official who throws your ticket into the "box." It never gets entered into the computer system, so it's like it never happened. And you mean to tell me the ATTT doesn't have internal auditing and control mechanisms in place to track the flow of each and every traffic ticket, from printing, through the hands of the police officers who hand them out, and then to their eventual final disposition as an infraction that must be paid? (Rhetorical question) Of course previous directors of the ATTT knew about the lack of controls in their internal systems, however they were getting paid to look the other way. Systematic, institutional corruption. This is EXACTLY the kind of thing the Martinelli administration has hired to root out. Unfortunately, it will take generations to make it all go away.