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Thursday, November 2, 2017
Canadian forensic investigators Kroll Con-
sulting is expected to hand in an investi-
gative report to Petrotrin by the end of
this week in connection with the so-called
“fake oil” scandal in which the state oil
company allegedly overpaid contractor A
and V Oil and Gas almost US$12 million for
oil which an internal audit committee al-
leged was never delivered to the company.
Petrotrin chairman Wilfred Espinet con-
firmed to the T&T Guardian that the con-
sultant is expected to submit the report by
Although the investigation had been on
going, Espinet said A and V as a contractor
“is linked to the system, it is a joint venture
partner and their production is linked to
the system,” and is still supplying oil to the
The company has a contract with the
state oil company to drill, test and work-
over oil wells in the Catshill Block for the
production of oil which is sold to Petrotrin.
An internal audit was triggered when it
was allegedly found that in June and July
the company paid for oil which it did not
receive. The internal audit committee re-
port identified an employee who was in-
volved in the process. That employee was
subsequently sent on leave.
The audit committee report, dated Au-
gust 17, found that crude oil supplies from
the Catshill Field spiked by over 150 per
cent in a ten-month period and that the
state oil company paid for oil which was
Opposition leader Kamla Persad-Bisses-
sar was sued by A and V Oil and Gas owner
Nazim Baksh for making the contents of
the interim report public.
On Tuesday, as she addressed the Na-
tional Congress of the United
National Congress, Political
Leader Kamla Persad-Bisses-
sar raised concerns that “the
lease holder in question is to
be paid for fake oil while there
is an on-going investigation.”
She alleged that both Prime Minister Dr
Keith Rowley, who has admitted to know-
ing Baksh, and Energy Minister Franklyn
Khan made phone calls in the last two
weeks to Baksh, and that they are “going
to pay him for the fake oil.”
Persad-Bissessar sought answers from
the Prime Minister on the issue: Is it true
that you made phone calls to the gentle-
men in the last two weeks?” She alleged
that she had “phone records eh so be care-
ful how you answer the question.”
“Did you make phone calls to the lease
holder AV drilling in the last two weeks
Prime Minister and Minister Franklyn
Khan? Because the talk is now they are
going to pay him and were those calls to
ensure to tell him don’t worry bestie don’t
worry you are my friend you know.”
Espinet refused to comment on the
claims made by Persad-Bissessar on the
platform about the payment.
But source said that Petrotrin retained
part of the payment owed to A and V pend-
ing the investigation by Kroll and while the
two parties had been in discussion there
had been no decision for payment.
Suspect held in
JENSEN LA VENDE
One man is in custody assisting police with their inves-
tigations into the murder of Dominican national Chriss
Brewster and her landlord Peter Ferdinand Felix.
According to police, the man was held on Tuesday
and taken to the St Joseph Police Station to be trans-
ferred to the Homicide Bureau.
An autopsy said Brewster’s throat was slit before her
apartment was set ablaze. Felix died from smoke inha-
lation, police said.
Speaking with the media yesterday at the campus of
the University of Southern Caribbean, Onesi La Fleur
vice-president of Student Services and Enrolment Man-
agement, said Brewster graduated from the school in
Brewster earned her Bachelor’s of Business Admin-
istration degree in Finance. He said he was alerted to
the tragedy via a text message which simply read: “Stu-
dent dies in fire, after making checks he learnt it was
Brewster. His most memorable recollection of her was
her waiting seven hours to see him get approval for a
fashion show she was having.
Brewster, he said, wanted to showcase
her sewing skills, all of which was self-
taught. He was surprised to hear she had
died since he assumed she returned home
One of her friends told the media that
Brewster was a quiet person, always pleas-
ant, had a “bubbly personality” and always had some-
thing positive to say. She recalled Brewster having
some issues last year with finding a job.
The friend said when she heard of the fire she began
making calls to house of the mother of two, thinking
Brewster was homeless as a result of the fire.
The friend said as far as she knew, Brewster had no
boyfriend or was threatened in any way. Brewster was
not a limer she said.
A release from the school said Brewster was an ac-
tive member in the Dominican Club and was known for
her bubbly personality and sense of style.
“She designed and sewed most of her outfits and
outfitted several of her friends. She was naturally
gifted and had a penchant for fashion. Words cannot
express our deep sorrow over this horrific tragedy” the
release stated adding that counselling was available for
those who need additional support.
An elderly woman, who claimed to be Felix’s distant
cousin, said the wheelchair bound man lived with his
brother who was partially deaf. It was his brother who
lived in a back room in the upstairs of the two-storey
house that heard an explosion and realised the house
was on fire. He along with neighbours tried to free the
man but a latched window prevented it.
“By the time he try to reach back the whole upstairs
was on fire already.
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