By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – 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.