Auditor General Report on Central Regional Reveals $90,000 Misappropriated

vlcsnap-2014-05-23-18h45m29s61The Public Services Commission is gearing up to hear cases of misappropriation of funds which allegedly occurred at two regional hospitals. This is after the Auditor General reports were released, revealing hundreds of thousands of dollars either allegedly embezzled or misappropriated.

The two hospitals in question are the Southern Regional Hospital and the Central Health Region in Belize City.

As we have reported, in the case of the Southern Regional Hospital, Nasley Sommerville is on suspension as investigations continue into $350,000 which have gone missing.

That story has received substantial air time, even as Sommerville maintains her innocence and threatens a lawsuit against the Government.

vlcsnap-2014-05-23-18h45m18s189But just coming to light now is the case of alleged misappropriation at the Central Health Region. Central Regional Manager, Melinda Guerra, has since been relieved of any role in processing financial transactions.

That is because, according to the Auditor General report,  for the period January 2012 to September 2013, Guerra appeared to have knowingly submitted, approved and received the proceeds of four reimbursement claims which totalled $3,407.50 for costs she claimed to have incurred in an official capacity.

The auditors say they didn’t find enough evidence, that such claims were genuine or appropriate and said that they were, “particularly concerned about the apparent intentional disguising and misrepresentation of key information on official payment documents.”  

That is just one of the points of concern highlighted by the report.  In all, the report calls into question nearly $90,000 in vlcsnap-2014-05-23-18h45m32s95transactions, and names four officers at the Central Regional.

CEO Peter Allen, in statements made to the media, said that the audit reports were reviewed and passed on to the Ministry of the Public Service and the Public Service Commission.

All persons named in the reports have declared their innocence and will get an opportunity to present their cases to the Commission which will determine the matter from the administrative standpoint.

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