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August 3, 2014 www.guardian.co.tt Sunday Guardian
DC Tent Rentals
boss goes into hiding
Life Sport controversy...
Mom: He told me if they jail him he would talk the plain truth
Queries were raised about a $50,000 payment
paid to Cummings for the rental of eight 25-seater
maxi-taxis and 200 meals for a one-day trip from
Malabar to Guayaguayare for participants of the
Cummings was reimbursed $98,000 for items he
claimed were destroyed during a police raid last
February. However, the audit stated that the
transparency of the entire reimbursement
transaction was questionable as no police report was
presented to central audit.
The audit also discovered that the $98,000 cheque
was prepared by Life Sport for payment prior to the
invoice being prepared and submitted to Cummings.
Further inquiry revealed that the assistant
accountant (at Life Sport) Ms Beckles stated that
the cheque was printed on April 24, 2014, in error, and
when picked up was voided and re-issued with the
The items purchased by DC Rentals from the
funds reimbursed were subsequently rented from
Life Sport---as noted in invoices dated June 30,
2014---for Evergreen, Carapo and Valencia in the sum
of $39,000 and $12,000 respectively.
Cummings had no formal contract with Life Sport,
as value for money was not being achieved and
exorbitant amounts were paid monthly to him for the
rental of items, the audit stated.
The audit also stated that transparency seemed to
be lacking as verification of the services being paid
for was difficult and that weaknesses in the approval
and payment processes were also evident.
Items Cummings claimed were
destroyed in the police raid:
2 portable toilets---$15,000
2 20x20 tents---$30,000
6 20 ft sidewalls---$11,000
2 Port-A-Cool unit---$36,000
1 Port-A-Cool hand sink---$6,000
THE AUDIT REVEALED
Davoughn Cummings, who earned $5.5
million in less than two years renting tents,
tables, chairs and portable toilets to the
controversial Life Sport programme, has
gone into hiding.
Even Cummings mother Bernadine Cum-
mings said she had no idea where her son
Bernadine, a mother of 11, who was
abroad, said she returned home a few days
ago only to hear that her son, who she affec-
tionately calls "Boyo," had moved out of the
family s home and could not be found.
Invoices submitted by Cummings to Life
Sport listed his business---DC Tent Rentals
as being a supplier of tent, tables, chairs
and portable toilets, located at 8 Poui Lane,
Cummings, age 25, also lived at the same
address with his mother.
The audit showed that DC Tent Rentals,
which had no formal contract with Life
Sport, collected $5,590,225 for the periods
2012 to 2013 and 2013 to 2014, which
appeared to be very excessive.
It also showed several questionable trans-
actions between Life Sport and the com-
On Thursday, the Sunday Guardian also
discovered that the company operated in a
cloud of secrecy as neighbours in the com-
munity said they were unaware of its exis-
tence as there were no commercial signs
advertising the business. There was no
signs of any type of business activity when
the Sunday Guardian visited. On the portion
of land, which seemed like close to a lot,
stood a single storey green house. There
was no shed or tents up.
"We don t know about any tent rental
and portable toilet business around here.
You sure you have the right address?" one
Another woman said she has been living
on the street for over 20 years and never
heard about the company.
Bernadine said the last time said she spoke
to her son was on Tuesday.
"He tell me if they jail him he would talk
the plain truth. I told him when I come
home we would talk. I am really anxious to
see him. Since I come home I ain t see him.
Every minute I looking out for him. This
morning I sat by the window hoping to see
him, but he did not show up. I want to hug
him. That is my baby...my last child. He is
very loving to his mother," she said.
Speaking behind her closed gate, Berna-
dine claimed the recent articles about her
son, which she read upon her arrival, came
as a shock to her.
"I was not pleased at all, at all, at all. As
a mother you would not feel good."
She said the audit which highlighted cor-
ruption and criminal activity in Life Sport
was news citizens wanted to hear.
Asked if she thinks her son s life may be
in danger, Bernadine said "all of that I am
studying. I am worried."
Was her son involved in criminal activity?
Bernadine said no. She admitted that he
was arrested by the police, but was not
"Boyo is a born coward," she said. "He
loves children, especially his nieces and
Before getting into the rental business,
Bernadine said her son was unemployed.
Bernadine said when her son started
working as a supplier she warned him to
"be careful" not because her child was doing
anything wrong, but out of caution.
How long has Cummings been operating
his business, Bernadine replied, "I don t
know his business. My children is big man
and woman. I don t ask them what they
Messages left on Cummings cellphone
were not returned.
This reporter also gave Bernadine a contact
number to pass on to her son should he
But up to late yesterday, Cummings did
not call. See Page A9
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