Education Minister Myron Walwyn is not under police investigation.
Premier Dr D Orlando Smith made that statement while answering questions from opposition legislator Melvin ‘Mitch’ Turnbull in the House of Assembly on Tuesday.
Turnbull’s questions were phrased to ask about the ‘status of the investigation’ into the Elmore Stoutt High School perimeter wall audit report that Governor Augustus Jaspert recently handed over to the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force.
Premier Smith then replied: “To my knowledge, there is no investigation initiated or ongoing on this matter.”
His response supports recent statements from Commissioner of Police Michael Matthews that police are merely conducting a “scoping exercise” to ascertain whether an actual investigation is required.
The report was handed to the police and the Office of the Deputy Governor based on the Auditor General’s findings that Walwyn’s ministry did not comply with the government’s Public Finance Regulations — laws that govern such projects.
Auditor General Sonia Webster further accused the Myron Walwyn-led ministry of producing ‘false’ information to the government’s treasury department in relation to the project.
Walwyn, on the other hand, maintains that there was no dishonesty involved in the project and accused the Auditor General of producing an unbalanced and lacking report.