BoG head, au­dit of­fice staffers among lat­est of­fi­cials cited for fail­ing to de­clare as­sets

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Weeks after warn­ing that le­gal ac­tion will be taken against pub­lic of­fi­cials who have failed to de­clare their as­sets and li­a­bil­i­ties, the In­tegrity Com­mis­sion yes­ter­day pub­lished a fourth list of per­sons it has found to be non­com­pli­ant with the law.

The list of 160 names, which was pub­lished yes­ter­day in the Of­fi­cial Gazette, in­cludes that of Bank of Guyana (BoG) Gover­nor Gen­eral Dr, Gobind Ganga, Au­dit Di­rec­tor (ag) Au­drey Badley and coun­cil­lors from nine of the ten Re­gional Demo­cratic Coun­cils (RDCs).

Ac­cord­ing to the In­tegrity Com­mis­sion Act, ev­ery per­son who is a per­son in pub­lic life, not be­ing a mem­ber of the Com­mis­sion, is re­quired to file a dec­la­ra­tion ev­ery year on or be­fore June 30th and in cases where such per­sons cease to be a per­son in pub­lic life, within 30 days from the date on which the per­son ceases to be a per­son in pub­lic life.

The law re­quires that the names of the de­fault­ers be pub­lished in the Of­fi­cial Gazette and a daily news­pa­per.

Aside from Ganga, four other BoG staff are listed. They are Joseph Lall, Bank­ing Man­ager; Tracy Gib­son, Di­rec­tor, In­sur­ance Su­per­vi­sion Depart­ment; Mau­rice Munro, Chief Ac­coun­tant, Ac­counts and Bud­get Depart­ment; and Les­lyn King-Grenville, Di­rec­tor (ag).

From the Au­dit Of­fice of Guyana, the Com­mis­sion has listed Badley; Claire­ann James, Au­dit Man­ager; Rosamund Hall Nee Stoll, Au­dit Man­ager; Dawn Pear­son, Au­dit Man­ager; To­nia Rod­ney, Au­dit Man­ager (ag); Wazir Sha­keer, Au­dit Man­ager (ag); Ro­hit Kalichar­ran, In­for­ma­tion Sys­tems Man­ager; Vic­tor Lall, Works and Struc­tures Man­ager (ag); Joan Dil­lon, for­mer Au­dit Man­ager; and Ter­rie Ann Pyle, for­mer Au­dit Man­ager.

Also listed are sev­eral Guyana Forestry Com­mis­sion staffers. They are: Sonya Reece, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Man­ager; Gavin Agard, As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner of Forests (on sec­ond­ment); God­frey Mar­shall, Tech­ni­cal Ad­vi­sor; Jacy Archibald, Cor­po­rate Sec­re­tary/Le­gal Of­fi­cer; Chetram Ram­gob­ind, As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner of For­est - For­est Mon­i­tor­ing; Si­mone Benn, As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner of For­est- Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Of­fi­cer; Keith Austin- As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner of For­est -For­est Mon­i­tor­ing; Lashanna Lil­lie-Perkins, As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner of For­est-For­est Re­source In­for­ma­tion Unit; Gan­ram Manoo, As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner of ForestFor­est Mon­i­tor­ing; and Jonelle Nedd, As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner of For­est-For­est Re­source Man­age­ment.

Listed from the Re­gion One RDC are Re­gional Coun­cil­lors Donna Ann Bowen, Delon Wil­liams, Pamela Ann Forde, Lucy Wil­son, Shem Cuffy, Wil­bert De San­tos, Elini La Rose, Cherie Pear­son, Le­an­dra Singh and Michael Wil­liams.

Those named from the Re­gion Three RDC for fail­ing to sub­mit dec­la­ra­tions are Naseer Ah­mad, Sheik S. A. Ah­mad, Amelia Au, Besh­patty, Lin­don Sam­son Fowler, Nir­mala Ganesh, Leotha A. Greene- Wat­son, Ma­hen­dra Nauth Hardyal, Mo­hamed Li­aquat Hus­sain, Ran­jina San­d­rina Ma­hadeo, Paul Narine, Steven An­thony Singh, Derek Win­ston Bharat Thakur, Perry Or­lando Bir­bal, Deon Cher­ryl Gould, Ka­mal Roy Narine, Al­s­hazie B. Ram­lakhan, Anand Per­saud Sookhoo and Kath­lene El­iz­abeth Arm­strong.

Listed from the Re­gion 4 RDC are Aseef Bal­ma­coon, Ryan Bel­grave, Amar­nauth Chinkan, Adrian Stanis­laus Cole, Dave Dil­bar Danny, Ter­rence Michael Esse­boom, Yon­nette For­tune-Vyphius, Troy Gor­don Gar­raway, An­thony Haynes, Floyd Patrick Hendy, Shon­del Hope, Teon Hunte, Ram­rat­tie Jagdeo, Maza­rool Ek­baal Ma­jeed, Neil­son Mc Ken­zie, Anil Singh Mo­han­lall, Hazel Pin­der, Tabitha Joy Sarabo-Hal­ley, Sheba She­bekki Thomas, David Stoby, Tasleem Drepaul, Des­mond Edray Mo­rian, Narindra Per­saud, Chandrow­tee Ram­narain, Dhan­pall Sukhdeo, Joan Ann Da Silva, Sale­sha Gafoor, Khara­mat­talee In­ter­cab, Carl An­thony Philadel­phia, Sarah Geral­dine Tor­res and Arthur Ever­ton Pole.

Listed from the Re­gion Five RDC are coun­cil­lors Gopaul Singh, Thakoor Singh, Dol­son Hut­son, Delon Craw­ford, Abel See­taram and San­dra Baldeo.

The list from the Re­gion Six RDC are Teerb­hawan­dat Ar­june, Sa­muel Fraser, Glo­ria Pa­tri­cia Be­harry, She­ri­ann Be­harry, Lloyd Cle­ment Dou­glas, Za­mal Hus­sain, Vi­nashri Khi­rod­har, Gobin Harb­ha­jan, Sharon Har­vey, Bi­julee Moti, Thakoor Per­saud, Lal­ba­hadoor Singh, Hazrat Hu­sain, Donna Mathoo, Haseef Yusuf, Melle­sia Punch, Car­l­lus Cause­way, Laddy Peneux, Janet Sa­muel, Devin­dra Sookraj, Shurla Scott and De­bra Natalie Hurst.

Those listed from the Re­gion Seven RDC are Keran Hast­ings, Norma Thomas, Cur­tis Isaacs, Richard Peters, Cal­meth Younge, Elvis Seeram, Shane Cor­nelius and Hil­ert Knights.

Listed from the Re­gion Eight RDC are James Marco, Mo­hamed N. Gafoor, Prince Wilkie, Vovmie Al­fred, Win­ston Lewis, Des­mond Pa­tri­cio, Ca­je­tan Joseph, Wil­liam Peters, Abe­dias Lewis, Tar­cel­lia John, and By­ron Austin.

The coun­cil­lors from the Re­gion Nine RDC who have been iden­ti­fied as hav­ing failed to sub­mit their dec­la­ra­tions are Helita Ed­wards, Muacir Baretto, Brian Ro­drigues, San­dra Mau­reen Ruffino, Genevieve Mur­ray, Dou­glas Casimero, El­lis Brasche, Her­man Manus Ritchie, An­drew Demetro, Rodger Michael King, Petronella Michael, and Ber­tie Xavier.

Those listed from the Re­gion Ten RDC are Denise Yvonne Bel­grave, Melanie Sa­muels, Gor­don Callender, Stan­ley Collins, Owen De Souza, Dou­glas Git­tens, Lawrence An­to­nio Hack­ett, Tracey Oliver John­son, Franklyn Carew, Dex­ter Hard­ing, Ely­muwell Emanuel Barkoye, Sero­jine Narine, Mavis Ely­dia Lewis, Charles Samp­son and Vladimir Lorick Glas­gow.

The other two lists were pub­lished last Novem­ber. The first con­tained 87 names, in­clu­sive of 15 min­is­ters, the Speaker and op­po­si­tion Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment, while the sec­ond con­tained the names of 80 de­fault­ing Guyana Rev­enue Au­thor­ity (GRA) of­fi­cials. The third list was pub­lished on De­cem­ber 8th last and in­cluded the names of er­rant re­gional of­fi­cials in all ten ad­min­is­tra­tive

re­gions.The In­tegrity Com­mis­sion Act states that the Com­mis­sion or the Pres­i­dent, as the case may be, shall re­ceive, ex­am­ine and re­tain all dec­la­ra­tions and doc­u­ments filed with it or him un­der the Act; and make such en­quiries as it or he con­sid­ers nec­es­sary in or­der to ver­ify or de­ter­mine the ac­cu­racy of the fi­nan­cial af­fairs, as stated in the dec­la­ra­tions of per­sons who are re­quired to file dec­la­ra­tions un­der the Act.

It states that those of­fi­cials who fail to sub­mit their dec­la­ra­tions or sub­mit dec­la­ra­tions that are false or in­com­plete shall be li­able, on sum­mary con­vic­tion, to “a fine of twenty-five thou­sand dol­lars and to im­pris­on­ment for a term of not less than six months nor more than one year, and where the of­fence in­volves the non-dis­clo­sure, by the declarant, of prop­erty, which should have been dis­closed in the dec­la­ra­tion, the mag­is­trate con­vict­ing the per­son shall or­der the per­son to make full dis­clo­sure of the prop­erty within a given time and on fail­ure to com­ply with the or­der of the mag­is­trate within the given time, the said of­fence shall be deemed to be a con­tin­u­ing of­fence and the per­son shall be li­able to a fur­ther fine of ten thou­sand dol­lars for each day on which the of­fence con­tin­ues.”

Dur­ing a visit by Prime Min­is­ter Moses Nag­amootoo to the Com­mis­sion’s Subryanville of­fice last month, Chair­man Ku­mar Do­raisami re­vealed that ap­prox­i­mately 430 out of 1400 dec­la­ra­tion forms sent out had been re­turned up to that point and he warned that er­rant pub­lic of­fi­cials will be given two months more to de­clare their as­sets be­fore le­gal ac­tion is taken.

“…We had to take the step of pub­li­ca­tion and if they don’t fully com­ply within the next two months, we will have to take steps to pros­e­cute. They must com­ply with the law,” Do­raisami said.

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