After roughly a year since the commencement of investigations into the controversial Elmore Stoutt High School perimeter wall project, the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force has handed their findings over to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
This is according to Commissioner of Police, Michael Matthews while responding to questions from BVI News recently.
“The matter has been investigated and our findings placed before the DPP for her consideration. The matter sits now with the DPP’s Office,” Commissioner Matthews said.
He told our news centre the Office of the DPP was handed the case early this year.
BVI News has called and sent multiple emails to the Office of the DPP but no response has been forthcoming up to publication time. Tiffany Scatliffe-Esprit has been serving as DPP since December 2019 when United Kingdom native Kim Hollis departed from that post.
The project and the report
Investigations into the wall project were launched after the release of a special report from the Office of the Auditor General. The report concluded that the former Myron Walwyn-led Education Ministry did not comply with the government’s Public Finance Regulations — the laws that govern such projects.
Auditor General Sonia Webster also accused the said ministry of producing ‘false’ information to the government’s treasury department in relation to the project.