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Documents show ATL boss received payouts

Published: Wednesday May 1, 2013 | 9:52 am Comments 0

Livern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

A senior manager employed to the audit firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) yesterday testified that ATL boss Gordon 'Butch' Stewart was among several senior executives who received payouts from the surplus of the group pension†scheme.

This was one of several crucial concessions by Carolyn Bell-Wisdom, a senior auditor at PWC, during cross-examination at the $1.6 billion fraud trial involving three former executives employed by†Stewart.

Bell-Wisdom, who led a review of the pension fund for the 2007 financial year, replied "yes" when defence attorney Frank Phipps asked if she found, during her assessment, that Stewart was a beneficiary of the disbursements from the†scheme.

It is reported that Stewart, who is† scheduled to give evidence at the trial, has given a statement denying knowledge of the†payout.

Lynch and former ATL Pension Fund general manager Catherine Barber, along with Dr Jeffrey Pyne, the managing director of Stewart's holding company, Gorstew Limited, are on trial for allegedly disbursing over $1 billion from the surplus of the fund without authorisation and using forged letters to justify the†payouts.

In another crucial concession, Bell-Wisdom said while her review found that the trustee/rules of the pension scheme showed how the board, with approval from Gorstew, could utilise the actuarially determined surplus, it also noted that further details were not†specified.

Bell-Wisdom also testified that she found no documented guidelines that outlined how Gorstew's approval should be obtained for surplus†distribution.
She will continue giving evidence†today.

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