Former PI testifies to discovering Hylton's 'secret'
A FORMER investigator for the Integrity Commission, yesterday, outlined how his probe of the 2010 statutory declaration filed by Member of Parliament (MP) Anthony Hylton revealed that the lawmaker had failed to disclose that he was a director and sole shareholder in a development company at the time.
The retired investigator was giving evidence in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Thursday during Hylton's trial for breaches of the Parliament (Integrity of Members) Act.
Hylton, who is now the minister of industry, investment and commerce, is accused of failing to file the 2010 declaration in the time allowed by law. The declaration was to have been filed by March 31, 2011, but was instead filed on April 15, 2011.
Further, the West St Andrew MP is accused of failing to provide the commission with financial statements for the company and failing to furnish the commission with statements for an overseas bank account held by his wife.
The former Integrity Commission investigator, in his evidence, said after receiving Hylton's 2010 declaration he perused computer database and other records at the Companies Office of Jamaica and discovered an entity named 'Calarium Developments Limited' that listed the lawmaker as its director and sole shareholder.
"Having looked at the computer records and the company records, I concluded that Mr Hylton owned the company," the witness testified, noting that the records also indicated that Calarium was active at the time.
"Was Calarium Developments declared in the statutory declarations," the prosecutor asked.
"That name was not declared in it," the witness replied.
REQUESTED AN EXPLANATION
The retired investigator said he subsequently wrote to Hylton requesting financial statements for the company and an explanation as to why it was not declared and gave the lawmaker until July 8, 2011 to respond.
"Was the information forthcoming on or before that date," the prosecutor asked.
"No," the witness responded.
"To this date, can you say if Mr Hylton provided that information," the prosecutor pressed.
"I can't speak to that, because I am no longer in the system, but up to the time of my retirement [in 2013], there was no response from Mr Hylton," he continued.
The witness also testified that Hylton provided no explanation why the 2010 declaration was not filed on time or why Calarium was not included.
The former investigator is the sole prosecution witness and was being cross-examined by Hylton's attorney Jacqueline Samuels-Brown when the trial was adjourned. It is scheduled to resume on January 5 next year.