OCG urges probe into Hanna, St Ann Municipal Council

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Office of the Contractor General (OCG) has recommended that a criminal investigation be launched into the constituency office of South East St Ann Member of Parliament Lisa Hanna and the St Ann Municipal Council.

Contractor General Dirk Harrison, in submitting his report to Parliament to be tabled, noted that 53 contracts “bear likeness to a conspiracy to defraud the Government of Jamaica involving the office of the Member of Parliament the St Ann Parish Council and the named contractors.”

He also referred Hanna to the Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewelyn for her to determine if Hanna's actions were fraudulent in respect to laws governing the awarding of contracts in Jamaica.

The contractor general also said, “a copy of this report is also being referred to the Financial Investigations Division of the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, for due consideration and/or investigation, as may be deemed appropriate, having regard to the allegations which were made, the sworn testimonies which were provided by witnesses, as well as the findings and conclusion of this report, as it concerns monies which were paid over to operatives of the Office of the Member of parliament, South East, St Ann”.

The OCG also wants a handwriting expert to examine the signature which appears on a cheque made out to a man to verify the signature and to find out if there was a breach of any law.

A popular businessman has also been mentioned in the report which seeks to find out if he persuaded by a woman to falsify a statement intended to mislead the contractor general by making the statement.

Officials of the St Ann Parish Council were not spared the spotlight as the OCG suggested that criminal investigations be also conducted specifically into the “involvement and culpability of a man and all councillors within the St Ann Municipal council as it regards allegations of the receipt of  monies from contractors/ facilitators in respect of contracts awarded by the St Ann Municipal Corporation”.

The OCG began his probe in June 2015 where at least 30 people had been summoned.

In September last year, Harrison disclosed that the preliminary findings of the investigation revealed disturbing breaches involving fraud, forgery and conspiracy.

See Wednesday's Observer for more information.

 

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