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Jan 31, 2018

P.U.C. Defends Itself from Picture of Audit

The Public Utilities Commission, or more specifically its members past and present, say they feel hard done by in recent media coverage of a set of documents which purport to show rampant spending since the beginning of John Avery’s tenure as chairman in 2008. Avery today presented what he says is the final independent audit report for 2016-2017, done by CPA Cedric Flowers. At a press conference this afternoon, Avery said the documentation received by most media houses was improperly lifted and in some cases manipulated by a former employee who did not have specific access to proper records of the Commission.

 

John Avery

John Avery, Chair, Public Utilities Commission

“I’m saying if you have any file and you click on that file and you go to Properties, it will tell you on whose computer it was done; if that person has his name on his computer. And you can check that for yourself; I won’t say anything. Definitely the person that authored those is not the auditor and does not work for the auditor.”

 

Reporter

“So you think that was done specifically to try and smear the reputation of…”

 

John Avery

“Basically; I’ll show you a simple thing because we got copies of those files. The P.U.C. doesn’t keep any records on Excel. That person took – had access to our computerized records and took the information off and put it in an Excel file and manipulated that to tell the story he wanted to tell.”

 

Reporter

“So it’s a pure fabrication?”

 

John Avery

“I’m not saying that some of the figures and that sort of thing in the details aren’t accurate. But I am saying I can’t verify them; we don’t know. But clearly that person manipulated those to tell a particular story.”

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2 Responses for “P.U.C. Defends Itself from Picture of Audit”

  1. Timber says:

    John, my friend, you should have kept your mouth shut. You know exactly why I’m saying that. You’re spinning a story now and you’re way too intelligent to know better. However, the theory always holds true; once you start lying, you have to continue telling lies to cover the previous ones. In another segment of this interview, you stated about forgetting a letter that was written by the CPA, Cedric Flowers. Hmmmm. If this would have exonerated you and proven your claims, how could you forget such an important piece of evidence? Channel 5, I have chided your reporter before on having sufficient journalistic experience and fortitude to ask the proper questions. Your response should have been, “let someone send us a copy of that letter, or email us a copy, or better yet, get one from the CPA.” You guys aren’t sharp enough. John, as younger boys, you know we were sharper than that and we’ve had many deep conversations, so, those who know you, know you’re babbling. Channel 5, do your homework. My friend, you may have to retract all your statements because if the media did its homework properly, they’d be able to trace some of those meetings and trips by itinerary. You, and a couple others, will be caught with your hands in the “cookie jar.” Belize is small, and there are pictures, even I have a few. Then, “John Public” will see exactly who accompanied you on a few of those trips, and who went to meet you at times. Also, you talked about PUC being audited internally, yes, that was the case for all these years, and ,from inside sources, the auditors accepted whatever information was given to them. Now, pleased do tell us who manipulated the data and have a gripe against you and PUC. You stirred up a hornet’s nest when the responsibility of the audit was given to Cedric. You want to prove the media wrong, let Cedric finish his detailed audit and also do a subsequent one.I digress.

  2. Timber says:

    Speaking of which John, is this some of the money that bought the Michael Kors purse for the former SJC Junior college student? Be careful how you blame other people for this my friend.

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