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DPP's office probing nepotism allegations against two Hanover councillors

Published:Tuesday | May 24, 2016 | 5:53 PM
Director of Public Prosecutions, Paula Llewellyn

Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter

Director of Public Prosecutions, Paula Llewellyn, says her office has started a probe into allegations that two councillors in the Hanover Parish Council used their position to recommended dozens of government contracts valued at millions of dollars to family members and political affiliates.

Llewellyn says a team is reviewing the case.

She says the findings of the probe will be communicated to the Office of the Contractor General.

Contractor General, Dirk Harrison, referred People’s National Party councillor for the Sandy Bay Division, Lloyd Hill, and the councillor for the Cauldwell Division, Anthony Walker, to the Office of the DPP following a special investigation into the awarding of contracts by the men.

Harrison indicated that between 2012 and 2014, Hill's family members and political affiliates received a total of 65 contracts, with a cumulative value of approximately $8.7 million, from the parish council.

He said the probe found that over the same period family members and political affiliates of Walker received 20 contracts with a cumulative value of more than $2 million from the parish council.

The contractor general said while the probe did not find that the councillors got any money from the contracts, they did not declare their family relationships or conflicts of interest.

He argued that their actions highlight issues of misconduct, nepotism, favouritism as well as breaches of government procurement laws and regulations.