Friday, February 23, 2018

Top cop receives report

 ACTING Police Commissioner Stephen Williams has received the audit report into the controversial LifeSport programme.

Last Friday, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar announced the “immediate” termination of the programme, following the tabling of the “Report of the Central Audit Committee on the Comprehensive Audit of the Payment System of the LifeSport Programme” in the House of Representatives. 

Persad-Bissessar said the report would be forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Roger Gaspard and Williams for a criminal investigation to be launched.

The report would also be sent to the Integrity Commission and the head of the Public Service, 

Persad-Bissessar said.

Williams confirmed he received the report on Monday.

He said the report was passed on to acting Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of crime Ann-Marie Alleyne-Daly.

Alleyne-Daly is to appoint a senior officer to investigate the matter. 

 Among the discre­pan­cies revealed in LifeSport were several instances of frau­dulent activity by suppliers to the programme, widespread theft of equipment, and breaches of the Proceeds of Crime Act.