SOCU launches probe into Guyana Energy Agency

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A search was conducted earlier today (Thursday) at the Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) by representatives of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) and boxes of files and records were seen being confiscated and taken away from the company premises at around 10:30hrs.

Inews has been informed that a probe was launched into the operations of the company following a forensic audit conducted at GEA by the Ministry of Presidency previously, which reportedly revealed evidence of malpractices and mismanagement with regards to the purchase of fuel.

According to the Head of SOCU, Sydney James, a search warrant was applied for and obtained from a city Magistrate on Thursday last.

He further told media operatives that the GEA CEO, Dr Mahender Sharma is assisting with investigations.

On January 24 2017, Finance Minister, Winston Jordan presented to Cabinet the reports of the audits carried out into the operations of the Guyana Power and Light (GPL), the Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) and the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) after it was discovered that there had been some financial irregularities.

The findings of the reports also indicated that there was need for further investigation into these agencies, and while Public Infrastructure Minister, David Patterson had been instructed to handle the report of the power company, Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan was told to have the reports of the GRDB and the GEA submitted to the Police Commissioner.

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