By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Guyana Power and Light Company (GPL), Aeshwar Deonarine is yet to repay the government close to $28M that was illegally transferred to his personal account.
In early August, Deonarine had requested time from the government to repay the $27.8M which he transferred to his personal bank account in the United States.
On that occasion, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson had stated “I am aware that a letter was sent in by the DCEO. He wrote the letter saying he does not believe his actions were wrong. However, he will refund the money, but is requesting some time, because the cash was transferred to his United States (US) account.”
However, four weeks later, the government is yet to receive the funds from Deonarine. When questioned by iNews on Monday, September 07, Patterson stated that as far as he is aware, the funds have not yet been returned.
An audit revealed that $28.748M was transferred from the PetroCaribe Fund into the personal accounts of FITUG President and GPL Director, Carvil Duncan and Deonarine.
A total of $27.8M went into Deonarine’s account and $948,000 to Duncan’s account, under the pretext that the monies were retroactive payments for salary increases.
However, the Board of Directors for GPL did not approve the salary increase for Deonarine, who would have approached the Board several times for his salary to be increased to the same as another Deputy CEO of GPL.