By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Former People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Government Minister Jennifer Westford on Wednesday July 29, appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court slapped with four charges of attempted larceny.
Westford entered a plea of not guilty when the charges were read to her by Acting Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.
The charges allege that between July 17, 2014 and June 23, 2015 Westford attempted to transfer the vehicles to four persons namely; her husband Gary Beaton, Osbert McPherson, Wayne Walker and Delroy Lewis.
Westford was represented by Attorneys Eusi Anderson, Keisha Chase, Dexter Todd and Bibi Shaddick. Westford, who has been a Minister of Government for 14 years was released on $200,000 bail for each of the charges and is scheduled to return to the Magistrate’s Court on August 10 when the case will continue.
Her assistant, Margaret Cummings was also charged for the attempted transfer of the state vehicles. Cummings pleaded not guilty to the charges which alleged that she forged certain documents for the purchase of the eight motor vehicles.
She was released on $300,000 bail for each of the four charges. Cummings will also return to court on August 10.
Earlier this year documents surfaced which showed that a request was made to Khurshid Sattaur, the Commissioner General of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), for the transfer of registration for eight vehicles to Westford, McPherson, Walker, Lewis and Beaton.
According to the letter, two vehicle registration transfers for Walker were sought; one for Lewis; one for Westford; three for Beaton and one for McPherson.
The letter was signed by Margaret Cummings for Hydar Ally, the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary and the receipts were backdated to give the impression that monies were collected for the sale of the high end vehicles.
The letter was apparently prepared one month before the general elections but was only dispatched to the GRA on the first working day after President David Granger was sworn in.