Gov’t to take action against GPL’s Deputy CEO to retrieve $27M

Aerswar Deonarine

By Fareeza Haniff

Aerswar Deonarine
Aerswar Deonarine

[] – The government is expected to take action through the chambers of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) against former Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Guyana Power and Light Inc, Aerswar Deonarine, who is yet to return the $27 Million to GPL, which he transferred to his personal account in the United States.

Following the discovery of the transfer, Deonarine had requested time from Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson, for addition time to repay the money; however government says that to date, no steps have been taken by the former DCEO in that direction.

When questioned on the issue, Minister of Governance, Raphael Trotman revealed that the matter will be handed over to the DPP for advice and further action, even though Deonarine is no longer residing in Guyana.

“The absence of the presence of a person does not prevent an investigation from continuing. Government will of course seek the advice of the DPP’s Chambers and leave the matter there to be dealt with; we’re not in the business of going after people. It’s an allegation. If the man says it was not intended to commit an act of theft and he intends to return it, we’ll have to see how that goes and call on him to make good on his undertaking to repay,” Trotman told reporters on September 09.

According to Trotman, as far as he is aware, the police are dealing with the matter at this time. Deonarine was sent on leave after it was discovered that he had paid himself a retroactive salary increase which amounted to $27 Million, without the approval of the Board of GPL.

The transfer was discovered during the forensic audit of the PetroCaribe fund.



  1. The action or rather the inaction by the Gov;t is cause for concern. This man, who , admitted to this illegal infraction by a public officer , should have been before the court . What else should an alleged criminal do to cause the Police and the DPP / Gov;t to take the right action…… Is this a Ramotar situation in the making ! The Gov’t has very large pool of lawyers who are not been proactive . What is happenng ?

  2. I have to say this, there is a person who blogs as anni she always says how disgraceful the Granger and his administration is. And how she regrets voting for APNU…she never says what a dishonest bunch the PPP were. All the terrible things they have done. And she has the nerve to all Granger disgraceful.

  3. There are times when I get the impression that the coalition is not serious about addressing PPP corruption. It even appears to me that the coalition is more concerned about hooking up with the corrupt PPP while pretending to investigate corruption, and this is not something that makes any sense.
    Why can’t the coalition seek the US’ help in extraditing Deonarine or freezing his bank accounts and assets in the US? After all, the US does not take lightly the transference of over US$10,000 from overseas to America or America to any country overseas, so how did Deonarine transfer over US $135,000 from Guyana to the US without attracting the Feds’ attention? Was that not laundering stolen money?

  4. This is a load of crap. Deo should not have been allowed to leave the country before returning the “stolen ” the $27,000,000.00.



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