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Jul 6, 2012

90 undocumented K.H.M.H. credit card purchases including jewelry store

The Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital audit shows thousands of dollars paid to a business called Skilled Solutions LLC, which is a house in a residential area of Pembroke Pines. The preferred business was paid for items never received by the K.H.M.H. But tonight we look at the auditors findings about the corporate credit card which is used by the C.E.O. Dr. Francis Gary Longsworth, and the Director of Finance Carlos Pererra. The first observation was that the records were kept by the administration for a period of nine months without being reconciled, which demonstrates a quote “weakness in their internal control system.” unquote.  The first irregularity is that there is no policy for the K.H.M.H. credit card. The only procedure that the accountant was aware of is that the cardholders should furnish the receipts and invoices related to charges made on the card; a rule we found to have been broken at least ninety times during the audit period. The Director of Finance explained that the uses of the card ranged from international purchases to entertainment of foreigners, but provided no documented proof to substantiate the claim. The C.E.O. claimed he had a monthly allowance of two thousand dollars to use as his personal entertainment allowance. The auditors could not determine whether the expenses were used for official purpose, if the fuel paid from the card was used for official runs; why the items purchased were not through the purchasing and accounts payable process. Why was this a difficult task? That is because the information was simply not provided as stipulated by the Accountant. But some of the purchases included a seven hundred U.S. dollar tuxedo; the DFS purchased a nine hundred and sixty-three US dollar Pico pocket projector and an eight hundred and thirty-four US dollar Samsung kit, cell case and a charger. As we said, no documentation was provided to support the purchase and if you do a Google search of Pico pocket projector, it retails on amazon.com for three hundred and ten U.S. dollars, less than half the amount paid on the K.H.M.H. card. Pererra also carried out an unusual practice of paying himself per diem using the K.H.M.H. credit card. During a trip to Taiwan, he was given a cheque of four thousand, four hundred dollars to cover his visit. He still cashed one thousand dollars from the credit card for travel expenses.  He was then given six hundred and fifty dollars by cheque for a visit to Chicago. That was also followed up with a one thousand, five hundred dollar per diem credit card withdrawal for himself. The auditors suggested that a written Corporate Credit Card Policy should be approved by the K.H.M.H. board of governors; that credit card transactions should all be supported by proper documentation and the credit card account should be reconciled on a monthly basis. There were ninety transactions made on the corporate credit card where no receipts were tendered. Those charges came from gas stations and businesses including: The Riverside Tavern, Traveller’s Liquor, Coppel at the Plaza De Las Americas, Sam’s Club in Chetumal, the Belize Medical Associates, Becky’s Gift Shop and Modern Time Jewelers in Houston, Texas.

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18 Responses for “90 undocumented K.H.M.H. credit card purchases including jewelry store”

  1. Storm says:

    Let’s get to the bottom of this and start putting folks behind bars. That’s the people’s money, and it was stolen when it was intended to save lives.

    DID ANYONE DIE BECAUSE THESE THEFTS DEPRIVED KHMH OF NECESSARY MEDICINE OR EQUIPMENT?

    That would be a criminal homicide, no question about it.

    THIS IS A DEADLY SERIOUS CRIME.

  2. Rod says:

    The corruption is endless in this gov. And no one going to court this is what happens when the gov is corrupt from the top down

  3. Al says:

    Wow, while people are dying for lack of care at K.H.M.H., others are living high on the hog. How low can those entrusred with the welfare of the people get. There is no one incharage of those who are incharge. There are no policies in place anywhere in any part of the government. What happens to basic accounting practices, where are the auditors who should be auditing these accounts and getting receipts for expenditiures. Until these people who are in power are held accountable and made to serve jail terms for their actions, the people of Belize will continue to be robbed blind and screwed over. The job of Prime MInister is too big for Barrow, he is incapable of managing a country, then on the other hand these people at K.H.M.H. are his friends forever so he will do nothing about this gross theft. This is such a sad state of affair.

  4. surgery14E says:

    Looks like the CEO and Director of finance are fleecing the hospital and by extension the Belizean people but what else is new?

  5. Concerned Belizean says:

    Shame, shame on the culprits!!!!! But what will come of all this???? Will anyone go to jail or have to pay back the money???? If not, whats the point of the investigation????

  6. Dr. House says:

    So our national hospital makes most of its international purchases from the US. But not from a reputable hospital or firm. IT BUYS from a House in Pembroke PInes!!!!! LOL. I AM NOT SURPRISED TO SEE THAT EVEN THE ADMIN PREFERS TO USE THE CREDIT CARD AT MEDICAL ASSOCIATES RATHER THAN KHMH.

  7. doctor doolittle says:

    Permit me to post a link to moderntime jewelers. This place sells Fendi and Breitling watches. Anyone who knows Breitling is even more expensive than Rolex. those watches range from ten thousand US!. why is the nation’s admin using the credit card there? for a ten thousand dollar stetoscope?

    http://www.moderntimejewelers.com/

  8. protest says:

    I can see why the media protested and the KHMH preferred only hte guardian newspaper and Lovefm to carry the press conference. Channel5and7 and krem would have never allwed the KHMH to shove sily informaiton to the public. they need to make some serious changes at the KHMH. Imagine that this is actually better than the way it was before the last scandal!!!!!!! are we to say thank you? for being less corrupt or for sipphoning off less funds?

  9. belizean says:

    where is minster Godwin now? Why isnt he saying anything now since he is cabinet. this is similar to what he investigated on dfc ans ssb couple years ago

  10. Concerned Citizen says:

    Everything going on in unacceptable! These people have no regard for integrity, ethics and professionalism. People like them make our county the poorest and most corrupt in the region!
    I hope justice (if there is any left in this worthless government) is served!

  11. Solcal says:

    WHAT A !@#$%^& SHAME!!
    SHAME ON THE PEOPLE OF BELIZE TO JUST SIT THERE QUIETLY AND SAY NOTHING ABOUT THE OBVIOUS CRIMINALLY ACTIVITY THAT TOOK PLACE AT THE KHMH. GARY LONGSWORTH AND THE GUY PERERRA SHOULD BE IN JAIL.
    NO $#!%!!
    WHERE IS THE BIG MOUTH JULETT AND HER SIDE KICK JOE BRADLEY? PM BARROW THIS IS THE TIME TO PROVE YOURSELF THAT YOU ARE NO A WUSSE. FILE CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST THESE TWO CROOKS NOW!!!

  12. Maria Marshall says:

    Shame on those in authority looking after the purse strings of the KHMH which is the only hospital ready to treat people regardless of status.
    At the KHMH you are not turned away for not having enough money to see a doctor (as others do)
    so the poor can always get the medical and emergency attention they need. How can these people who are on already high salaries be so greedy to steal from the sick.

    This is a disgusting thing and the law should make those responsible repay the money.
    WITH INTEREST.

  13. Lola says:

    I live in Houston and the Modern Time Jewelers is an expensive high end store…Shame on him.

  14. Ixora says:

    why be worried? we belizeans have to pay for it.

  15. Die Hard UDP says:

    you haadaze, ah say dah time fuh mek wee eeeat!!!

  16. Justice says:

    one man went 5 years to jail for one pair of slippers, nest man 7 years for 2 deodorant, how much you think Mr Perera should get? where is the justice..

  17. Bzeman says:

    The CEO’s monthly entertainment allowance ($2,000.00) is more than the average monthly salary for most working class Belizeans. This is wasteful at a time we are talking about Fiscal discipline.

  18. Reggi says:

    Am so happy that the police dept finally got thes criminals !! (:-)

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