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Everald Warmington at the centre of scandal

Published: Monday August 16, 2010 | 5:00 pm Comments 0

South West St Catherine Member of Parliament (MP) Everald Warmington has been implicated in a major probe now being undertaken by the Office of the Contractor General (OCG) into the award of certain contracts at the St Catherine Parish Council.

The probe is being conducted the by Contractor General into allegations of impropriety and irregularity in the award of multi-million dollars contracts to Strathairn Construction Company.

The construction firm is allegedly owned by Warmington.

The Contractor General says a preliminary probe has unearthed information suggesting that the bulk of Government contracts issued by the St Catherine Parish Council were awarded to Strathairn Construction Company.

Christie made reference to the probe in a letter copied to Prime Minister Bruce Golding and the Minister with responsibility for the Local Government Robert Montaque.

According to Christie, Warmington and a senior public official have been implicated in allegations of impropriety.

He says the issue has raised several questions regarding possible breaches of the Government's Procurement Procedures, the Contractor General Act, the Financial Administration and Audit Act, and the Corruption Prevention Act.

According to the Contractor General, the award of certain contracts which were issued by the St. Catherine Parish Council to Strathairn might have been influenced by Warmington.

The OCG says up to September 1, 2007 Warmington was a director in the company.

Christie says his office is in receipt of a sworn statement alleging that although Warmington had resigned from Strathairn this was not true.

Accordingly, Christie contends that Strathairn Construction Company Limited is "Warmington's company."

The OCG stated that the formal Statement, which was given to his office, also alleged that Warmington was, at the time, in possession and control of the cheque book for Strathairn Construction Company Limited.

He says the sworn Statement, which was provided to the OCG, also alleged that after purportedly resigning from the post as a Director in Strathairn, Warmington added the names of his sister and brother to the particulars of the company's documents.

The Contractor General further says the sworn statement implicates at least one senior Public Officer of the St. Catherine Parish Council as having received 'kickbacks' for his role in the improper and/or irregular award of contracts to Strathairn.

Further, Christie said it was alleged that Strathairn Construction Company Limited was operating from the same address as that of Warmington's Constituency Office at 40 East Street, Old Harbour, St. Catherine.

According to Christie in February 2009, these pieces of information were not enough to trigger, an ongoing OCG Preliminary Enquiry.

However, he says the Preliminary probe conducted by the OCG, into the allegations either corroborated some of the allegations or raised serious questions.

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