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Jul 5, 2012

K.H.M.H. and Skilled Solutions highly unusual practices

It doesn’t appear that anyone will pay fines or get fired now that the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital audit has been completed. The K.H.M.H. administration attempted to ram the document into the media’s hands at a press conference on Wednesday and expected the media to ask questions about all ninety-five pages without reading it. After the majority of media houses boycotted the press conference, the K.H.M.H. administration has kept quiet about facing an informed press. However, we have obtained a copy of the document and will present one finding by the auditor that left them as well as us waiting for a proper explanation. The relationship with the K.H.M.H. and Skilled Solutions LLC, a Florida limited liability company based in Pembroke Pines is questionable. The company operates from a home and its principal is listed as Wilbert Williams.  The company registered with the Florida Department of State’s Division of Corporations on August twentieth, 2008. In its few years in Florida, it had managed to collect thousands of dollars from the K.H.M.H. for equipment that didn’t reach Belize. And what did the K.H.M.H. do after paying? Continue to make more orders for equipment that was not placed in the hospital’s inventory. For example, the ill fated transaction occurred as Skilled Solutions was paid with two checks for seventeen thousand dollars for medical equipment. The second check was sent and never caught by the system. The auditors were never able to determine who authorized the payment since two signatures for approval are required. Only the signature of Carlos Pererra appeared in the “Approved by” column. It was Skilled Solutions that found the double payment and reported it. Skilled Solutions issued a Letter of credit for twenty-one thousand and eighty dollars to compensate for its over payment of seventeen thousand and ninety-eight dollars. It was prepaid to offset the double payment against an outstanding purchase order that the K.H.M.H. allegedly owed the company. Skilled Solution quoted purchase order number 9693 dated March twenty-second, 2010 and a corresponding invoice which could not be found in the QuickBooks system. But when the auditors found purchase order 9693, it was actually issued to another supplier in Belize, James Brodies and Company which was verified by the QuickBooks system. The purchase order appeared to have been signed by the Manager of Purchasing who said that she was on holiday at the time of the incident and she did not authorize the transaction. Whether or not the K.H.M.H. has an ethics policy is unknown, since the administration is not answering questions. Skilled Solutions sent a legitimate purchase order number to the K.H.M.H., a legitimate order issued to James Brodies not to Skills. Is someone in the K.H.M.H. giving these used purchase order numbers to Skill Solutions to reuse and demand bogus payments? That we are unable to verify. Nonetheless, after this incident, the K.H.M.H. received another letter of credit seven months after they paid for other items totaling ten thousand, three hundred dollars and those items too were never received by the institution. The auditors could not determine if the K.H.M.H. ever used those purported letters of credit and they have questions that the media also wants answered. Why were the items not received? Why was the irregularity not detected in the follow up system in place at the K.H.M.H.? Did the K.H.M.H. purchase the same item from other creditors? Skilled Solutions was also cited in a section of the audit on inventory issues. K.H.M.H. purchased items from Skill Solutions that were untraceable and never recorded as entering into the hospital’s inventory. We’ll expose more of the K.H.M.H. audit in the coming days.

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5 Responses for “K.H.M.H. and Skilled Solutions highly unusual practices”

  1. MADDYVANDIJKDEREALISTO says:

    The hospitals in Belize operate under their own government.

    It’s not one problem in particular though it’s the stifling bureaucracy. The lack of consequence for failing to treat people with dignity in that hospital, negligence, fraud and money laundering, and they literally get away with murder.

  2. Rod says:

    No one going to jail this pm is covering up and protecting these criminals he should be put in jail also for adding and abetting these criminals in their criminal activity no wonder this country is the way it is when the leader of the country is involved in the cover up of crime and murder what a leader worse pm in the history of this nation.

  3. Die Hard UDP says:

    yu noh di lissnn, dah fu wee time fuh eeat!!

  4. Storm says:

    Let’s get the facts out in public, find out who has the hands in the cookie jar and seems to be stealing from the sick and dying.

    How do you feel about that as a Belizean whose loved one might need help at KHMH?

    Here’s a good argument for separating the criminal prosecutor’s office from the political system.

    CROOKED HOSPITALS KILL PEOPLE, pure and simple. We need to have it proved that KHMH isn’t crooked.

  5. Steeming Madd says:

    when my granny was in KHMH with a stroke, we have to pay for CAT CSAN, pay fu ultrasound, pay for medicine from private haopital because KHMH no have.still mi granny dead after three days. now I see why they have no equipment to work with. the Administrators are Husslingg..

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