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Former Deputy Director of Haiti's Pension Fund Arrested in Corruption Case

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Shivani Chauhan
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Former Deputy Director of Haiti's Pension Fund Arrested in Corruption Case

Stephanie Mondesir, the former deputy director of Haiti's Pension Fund (ONA), was apprehended at Toussaint Louverture International Airport while attempting to fly to Santo Domingo. Her arrest was reported by Edwin Paraison, the ex-consul of Haiti to the Dominican Republic, through his social media account.

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Caught in the Act

A video released by Paraison captured the scene of Mondesir being handcuffed by police and escorted to a vehicle in the airport's parking area. She is a key figure in a judicial case related to corruption, backed by 11 reports from the Anti-Corruption Unit (ULCC).

Corruption: A Deep-Rooted Issue

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The corruption allegations also extend to the ministries of Foreign Affairs, Education, and the Municipality of Juana Méndez, among others. As stated by Hans Ludwig Joseph, the director of the ULCC, corruption has led to the state losing roughly 2% of the national budget, amounting to about 4 billion gourdes.

Haiti's Social Security Landscape

Social security in Haiti is governed by two institutions: the ONA, responsible for pensions for private sector workers, and the Office of Insurance for Occupational Accidents, Illness, and Maternity (OFATMA), which has been providing health insurance and workplace accident services since 1967, and maternity insurance and services since the mid-2000s. The contributory pillar is under the general purview of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor (MAST). This is supplemented by the Civil Pension Directorate of the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF), which oversees pensions for civil servants and retired military personnel.

Since 2000, MEF has engaged a private company, Groupe Santé Plus, to provide health insurance for public servants, temporary staffers, and state retirees, rather than using OFATMA. This program operates under the watchful eye of an inter-ministerial Management Board and the MEF, with Groupe Santé Plus in charge of the technical and administrative management, and another private company monitoring the financial management.

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