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Questions raised about operations at NESOL

Managing Director at NESOL Carolyn Warren responding to questions from PAAC member Phillip Paulwell
 
Serious questions are being raised about operations at another entity in the Energy Ministry.
 
On the heels of its interrogation into scandal-hit Petrojam last week, Parliament's Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) on Wednesday scrutinised the operations of National Energy Solutions Limited (NESOL).
 
Members wanted answers about NESOL's, Acting Chief Engineer Lawrence Pommells, who was arrested on money laundering charges last month, and projects he signed off on while in the post.
 
It was revealed during the sitting that Mr. Pommells was among the signing officers on NESOL's financial account and continued signing cheques after Chief Engineer Anthony Brown returned to his position.
 
PAAC member and Opposition Spokesman on Energy Phillip Paulwell expressed confusion about the matter, questioning why Mr. Pommells, who was the additional signatory, was not taken off the account after the return of the Chief Engineer. 
 
Managing Director at NESOL Carolyn Warren in her response, said the the matter was brought to the board, which did not act to remove him. 
 
The PAAC has requested an audit on the projects that Mr. Pomells signed off on up until his arrest. 
 
Lawrence Pommells and his co-accused, Ricardo Harris, are to return to court on October 16 to answer to money laundering charges.
 
Mr. Pommells and Mr. Harris, who is a sub-contractor at NeSoL, were charged by the Financial Investigation Division following the seizure of $35 million at Mr. Pommells' home.
 


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