first_imgForensic AuditsThe plethora of forensic audits that had been ordered by Head of State, President David Granger, has claimed its first victim, Nizam Hassan, former General Manager of the Guyana Marketing Corporation (GMC) who was on Monday slapped with fraud-related charges, He appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Former General Manager of the Guyana Marketing Corporation (GMC), Nizam Hassan and co-accused Felicia De’Souza-Madramootoo were on Monday slapped with fraud related charges when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan in the Georgetown Magistrates’ CourtsHassan, who currently holds the portfolio of General Manager of the Guyana Rice Development Board, and a female co-accused, Felicia De’Souza-Madramootoo, 34, were on Monday charged in what has been described as a multimillion-dollar fraud.The woman’s husband Hanniel Madramootoo, a project engineer within the Agriculture Ministry, his brother Philip and friend Nizam Ramkisson both Directors of Constantine Engineering and Construction Limited of Trinidad and Tobago were also jointly charged.Only Hassan and the female co-conspirator appeared in court and arrest warrants have since been issued for the others who are said to currently be in Trinidad and TobagoHassan and De’Souza-Madramootoo were charged with intent to defraud together with three others by continuously approving payments for substandard and faulty works during the rehabilitation of the Guyana Marketing Corporation building at Robb and Alexander Streets, Georgetown.Hassan and his co-accused were not required to plead to the indictable charge but were released on $250,000 bail each, and have been ordered to report at the headquarters of the Special Organised Crime Unit every Friday.The matter has been adjourned until December 7.During the course of the audit into the operations of New GMC it was found that based on the selection of three vouchers related to the construction of the GMC’s office building for testing, it was observed that incorrect building materials were used.Additional auditing procedures were deemed necessary and a request was made to have all payment vouchers made available for further testing.The Auditors said it was communicated by Owen Nestor, GMC’s accountant, that none of the other payment vouchers related to the construction of the GMC’s office building could be found.It was also communicated by Nestor that Hassan may have been the last person who had requested all of the payment vouchers of the construction. The Auditors had recommended that a determination needs to be made as to what level of disciplinary actions should be taken and that the board of directors should instruct GMC’s management to make every effort to locate the missing vouchers.The auditor in reporting on his findings to the Ministry of Finance had complained that the process was “deliberately frustrated by the non-response and non-commitment extended by Mr Nizam Hassan, GMC’s General Manager and the lack of commitment by GMC’s Accounting department’s staff.”It was found that many vouchers and back-ups were not provided, either on a timely basis or not at all: “My conclusion is that the accounting practice at GMC shows that the General Manager and the Accountant did not provide any meaningful fiduciary responsibility when any payment originated from the Minister of Agriculture or the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture.”“In other words, GMC’s General Manager and the Accountant acted more like rubber stamps when payments dealt with transactions originating from the Ministry of Agriculture,” the Auditor declared.last_img read more

Make sure you dog has a great time this Halloween by following a few simple steps.Dogs Trust, Ireland’s leading dog welfare charity, has reminded dog owners across Donegal to take caution and to look after their pets in the run up to Halloween this coming Saturday.The charity has warned that the celebrations and fun for children and adults this weekend can sadly have serious consequences for your pet dog.By following their top tips for dog safety over Halloween, you can ensure your dog is comfortable and safe throughout the event. Catriona Birt, Operations Manager with Dogs Trust says the most important safety tip we can give dog owners across the country this Halloween is to simply keep your dog indoors from early evening on the 31st and throughout the night.“This will ensure you are preventing a whole other range of challenging issues on the night like the risk of them munching on the wrong treats on the night, the loud noise outdoors and strange faces and costumes, which may cause your dog to react in a way they wouldn’t normally react.’In the wake of National Chipping Month and in the run up to the deadline for compulsory microchipping, Dogs Trust places huge emphasis on ensuring your dog is microchipped on dark and busy nights like Halloween, where the risk of your dog wandering away into new crowds is higher than ever. A microchip will give you and your dog the very best chance of reunification.Dogs Trust has issued some simple tips to help make the firework season less stressful for your four-legged friends; * Walk your dogs before it gets dark.* Keep the treats and sweets away. Give your dog a Kong, jam packed with tasty goodies, which will help keep them distracted. Chewing helps release endorphins for your dog, which in turn leaves them feeling much happier.* Turn up the volume on your TV or radio to drown out scary noises.* Be extra careful when opening the door as you dog may escape* Provide a safe hiding place indoors for your dog to rest. A nice cosy bed to cuddle up in or a crate where they can tuck themselves away in and relax. Make sure your dog has access to this place throughout the week so that they don’t feel too overwhelmed. * Don’t force your dog to wear fancy dress costumes. Dressing up can be frightening for your dog and remember that he/she might not be used to seeing you dressed up with a funny hat, or silly beard – so take caution not to frighten your dog with your attire.* Feed your furry friend before the fireworks begin, that way they can settle down for the evening without all the strange noises putting them off their food.* Distract your dog with their favourite toy. If you’re dog is acting a little anxious or appears stressed, try distract them with their favourite toy! Maybe it’s a rubber chicken, or a fluffy teddy – a fun experience will leave your dog with fond memories of Halloween, rather than memories of fear!DONEGAL DOG OWNERS WARNED ABOUT PREVENTING A ‘RUFF’ HALLOWEEN FOR PETS was last modified: October 27th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:dogsdonegalHalloween read more