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Haiti: Lawmakers used state money to attend Copa America

Samuel Maxime


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Ouest, HT ( – More than a dozen Haitian lawmakers arranged for state monies to be placed at their disposal to travel and attend Haiti’s Copa America Centenario matches. It was discovered that many did not really attend.

On Monday, Senator Steven Benoit demanded they return and/or reimburse the costs to the state or he would make their identities public and sanction them.

These members of the 50th Legislature, coincidentally not elected, unlawfully and illegitimately installed, arranged for plane tickets, hotel stays and per diems to be placed at their disposal.

Haiti played three matches, January 5 in Seattle, Washington, January 8 in Orlando, Florida and January 12 in East Rutherford, New Jersey, all in the United States.

Senator Benoit said the tickets to Seattle were $2,000 for coach but he suspects some booked first class flights. Considering some of the deputies traveled but were not at the events, or didn’t travel at all, they defrauded the state, he declared.

“This is a scandal in the poorest country of Latin America,” the 2nd Secretary of the Senate said. “They have until Wednesday at midnight or I will put names out.”

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About The Author

Samuel Maxime is a Haitian-born citizen living in the United States. He founded The Haiti Sentinel to bring Haitian issues to an English language audience.