NSWMA calls in fraud squad
The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) has called in the fraud squad to probe a foul-up in the Hurricane Dean clean up programme.
The Executive Director of the NSWMA, Mrs. Gordon Webley said several irregularities have been uncovered involving the payments to contractors who were employed to carry out the clean up exercise.
She claims several vehicles which were purportedly used in the clean-up were not commercial vehicles.
According to Mrs. Gordon Webley some of them were Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs).
Mrs. Gordon Webly says there were also vehicles, with their plate numbers indicating that they are passenger cars belonging to private companies.
To date the NSWMA has examined 50 of the 200 vehicles that were used in the Hurricane Dean clean up programme mainly in the corporate area.
The contractors were earning up to $200,000 for the work done.
Mrs. Gordon Webly also said an internal investigation has implicated some staff at the NSWMA. So far two staff members have been suspended and 36 persons fired for non-performance.
Mrs. Gordon Webley stated the NSWMA has suspended the payments to contractors for Hurricane Dean Clean up work.