Some residents in the British Virgin Islands dishonestly obtained food and vouchers during the three-day stock-up period that government had commissioned ahead of the territory-wide 14-day lockdown.
Premier Andrew Fahie said government had allowed the Family Support Network (FSN) to shop at supermarkets such as OneMart to be able to assist needy families with food and other essential supplies during the lockdown period.
However, some individuals opted to take advantage of the situation.
“We have seen persons who have already got food from the FSN, left and came back in other clothes [and] with wigs to get more food,” Premier Fahie told the House of Assembly on Thursday.
Fahie, who is also Minister of Finance, said the FSN ended up exceeding its account limit with OneMart. He, however, said the government still intends to honour the bill and continue to feed families in need.
Premier Fahie, in the meantime, said the deceitful residents did not stop at fooling the FSN. He said they went a step further by attempting to defraud vouchers from various district representatives.
He said: “We have seen persons who we gave the voucher try to play other representatives to get another voucher.”
Premier Fahie said these persons were leveraging their votes to attempt to get their own way.
“They say ‘you have to help me because I voted for you’. And, while all of us as politicians may want to banter to it, this is not one you could put a life over an ‘X’. Rather, we should call it a dash versus an X,” he stated.