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Sep 16, 2020

Audrey Wallace Won’t Head B.T.L. Inquiry

The appointment of an interim chair by Thursday was announced in a statement by the B.T.L. Board of Directors on Tuesday.  It was initially reported that the investigation into ex-chairman Net Vasquez’s financial affairs involving the company’s credit card would be led by C.E.O. Audrey Wallace.  The head of that investigation, says PM Barrow, will not be Wallace.  In fact, the incoming chairman will be at the helm of the inquiry.

 

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“It’s a matter for the board.  I know that we’ve discussed the appointment of an interim chair so that in fact we can legally be on the front foot with respect to then the investigation that has to happen, taking place subject to that overall direction from a person invested with the authority of the chair.  That person is not going to be Audrey Wallace.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“Now I know these are all only allegations at this point that are being investigated, but what happens with Mr. Vasquez’s seat on the Integrity Commission, the S.S.B. board and any other placements or appointments that he has?”

 

Dean Barrow

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“Those are all matters that I will have to discuss with him.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“Where do you stand personally, I know that Mr. Vasquez is a close friend of yours, you’ve had utmost confidence in his ability to steward B.T.L.?  I know this must be a disappointment at the least, even though it is being investigated as an allegation made against him.”

 

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“Well absolutely, it’s upsetting.  It hurts me terribly.  I repeat that Net Vasquez has been one of the persons I have most admired in my political life.  He’s become, as you say, a very good friend of mine.  I regret greatly that these allegations have been made and that there is some possible involvement in the supposed abuse of the company’s credit card.”


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