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Missing documents from the Central Audit
Unit (CAU) details an unchecked financial
feeding frenzy under the now defunct Life
One company, less than two months old,
earned almost a million dollars in a single con-
tract, while another was invited to supply edu-
cational training and sporting equipment at
over $2 million.
Since the CAU report into the controversial
Life Sport programme was tabled by the Prime
Minister in Parliament on July 2, it has been
riddled with criticism from at least four different
groups including former Sport minister Anil
Roberts and his permanent secretary Ashwin
Creed, Life Sport director Cornelius Price, and
now the board of directors at the Sport Com-
pany of T&T.
Chief among the controversial omissions
are the missing appendices from the tabled
Life Sport programme which was obtained by
the Sunday Guardian and shows evidence of
a feeding frenzy under the defunct multi-mil-
lion dollar programme.
The missing appendices show several com-
panies earning hefty payouts mere months
after being legally registered. Some of these
companies show no accounting documents or
evidence of experience, yet were paid over
$900,000 for work under the Life Sport pro-
These companies were first highlighted by
Independent Liberal Party (ILP) chairman Jack
Warner moments before Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar tabled the document.
According to the Ministry of Legal Affairs
company registry database, one company, All-
snorth General Contractors, was officially reg-
istered on July 31, 2013, and according to the
Life Sport appendices, earned $928,000 by
September 27, 2013, less than two months later.
• Allsnorth General Contractors invoice details
payments for a basic course in air conditioning
and refrigeration and a basic course in electrical
• Another company, Kardian Construction and
Property Management supplied three invoices
for cleaning work at the Carapo Community
Centre, the Pinto Road Community Centre
and the La Horquetta Regional Complex.
For a one-month period, from May 1-31,
Kardian Construction claimed $37,900 in the
first invoice and $37,580 for the other two,
Scope of works included "clean and polish
all stainless steel appliances such as refriger-
ators" at $3,900, spot clean all windows and
other glass panes for $4,000 and spot clean
all doors, light switches and walls at a cost of
$2,200 for the month.
• Yet another company, Reno Energy Corpo-
ration presented the identical scope of works
for maintenance of three different fields.
According to the appendices, Reno Energy
tendered for refurbishment, upkeep and main-
tenance of the Fyzabad Recreation Ground,
the Tabaquite Recreational Grounds and the
Chrissie Trace Recreational Facilities in Enter-
prise. The first two fields were maintained at
a cost of $199,582 each, while the Enterprise
field cost $199,852 a month.
• Continues on Page A6.
A new report, compiled by the dis-
banded board of directors at Sport
Company of T&T, has revealed startling
allegations against its former chief
executive officer and his role in the
signing of the "loose" $34 million con-
tract with eBeam Interact Ltd.
Just one day before being unceremo-
niously dismissed, the board of directors
found evidence that then CEO, John
Mollenthiel authorised a $2 million wire
transfer to eBeam Interact Ltd.
The money was transferred from
Sportt to eBeam on December 6, 2012,
the very day the contract was formalised.
The money was sent without board
knowledge or approval.
None of the attached documents
explain whether this money was a por-
tion of the $34 million eventually paid
to eBeam or an additional, unaccounted
$2 million payment.
The Sportt board has retained the
services of Senior Counsel Russel Mar-
tineau on the matter.
This new information was compiled
into a lengthy report by the board on
August 6, 2014, and submitted to
Finance Minister Larry Howai. It was
copied to Prime Minister Kamla Per-
sad-Bissessar, Attorney General Anand
Ramlogan, newly appointed Sport Min-
ister Rupert Griffith, Director of Public
Prosecutions Roger Gaspard and acting
Commissioner of Police Stephen
On Thursday, Cabinet took the deci-
sion to remove that board of directors.
The Sportt document shows Mollen-
thiel campaigning and defending eBeam
against red flags raised by the company
secretary and Permanent Secretary Ash-
The board states that by August 2013,
Mollenthiel reported to them that "initial
assessment tests had been conducted."
"As such, the board believed that the
works in the eBeam Interact Ltd contract
had begun," the report stated.
• Continues on Page A6
Small companies earn
big $$ under Life Sport
and his new
Hindu rites at
$2m wire transfer to eBeam...
in the dark
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