Chris Ram belatedly tries to defend allegations of bias in audit
Forensic Auditor, Christopher Ram is now denying that he tried to shield his clients when reporting about the audit his accounting firm—Ram and McRae—carried out into the affairs of the National Frequency Management Unit (NFMU).
Ram, who is also known as an anti-corruption advocate, said that his firm has a reputation of trying to keep clients in check so he cannot understand why such an allegation would be leveled against him. He said, “I do not try to protect any client; if a client does wrong we let them know. We are often accused of working for the tax department.” NFMU is claiming that Ram and McRae willfully shaped the audit in a particular way and went beyond trying to protect a client—Stabroek TV Inc. NFMU said that Ram deliberately left out information about Stabroek TV. When originally contacted about the allegation leveled against him, Ram admitted that Stabroek TV is a client of his. But when asked why he did not include the issue in his report, Ram only told Kaieteur News, “Go read the audit (report).” However, Ram, the auditor, has since offered an explanation but his story is a bit confusing and contradictory. On one hand Ram is saying that he could not have pointed out Stabroek’s debt because it is client information that he did not see on NFMU’s books. But, on the other, he is saying that he is the one that pointed out the debt to NFMU. The auditor said that NFMU is to be blamed for Stabroek TV Inc’s non appearance in the audit. Ram said, “They do not have it in their records. Actually, it is I who whispered to the man how come, because if it is not in their records I cannot go and talk about it on what I know from one client to another.”