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Dec 18, 2009

Finance director, former CEO questioned about Venezuela funds

Story PictureRosado was also questioned about the one million dollars the hospital received from Venezuela for the purchase and refurbishment of medical equipment. Rosado was provided a copy of a memo signed by former Finance Director, Cecil Knowles, for the purchases supplies and equipment with the Venezuelan funds. When they reappeared before the commission, they both seemed to be singing from different song sheets.

Justice Adolph Lucas, Chief Commissioner
“You told us that no money was spent on medical supplies regarding that Venezuela grant.”

Dr. Alvaro Rosado
“Yes sir, I so stated.”

Justice Adolph Lucas
“Having seen this document, don’t you want to reside from that position?”

Dr. Alvaro Rosado
“No sir. This was the way the one million dollars given to K.H.M.H. for the purchase of supplies and equipment, that’s how that money was spent. This says nothing about the Venezuela grant. There is a file at the K.H.M.H. for the Venezuela grant, sir. I am mildly amused, very surprised that we have not been able to get those documents. There is a file titled “Venezuelan grant” and those documents are there. These—they’re selecting things to send out here.”

Justice Adolph Lucas
So it’s a coincidence, a striking one too, that there was a million sent by Finance independent of the Venezuelan grant, another million which derived from the Venezuelan grant. Am I to understand you saying that?

Dr. Alvaro Rosado
“It could be coincidental sir.”

Carlos Perrera
“I believe I had presented a cash flow for the last five years to the Auditor General’s office. At no point in time was there any additional million dollars granted to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital by the Ministry of Finance. There was only one million dollars that was issued to the Ministry of Finance. The documents that I had submitted to the commission shows that it was a seven hundred and three hundred thousand dollar payment combined and paid in to Karl Heusner. Karl Heusner has only received one million dollars to date over the last five years in regards to any capital funds or any major grant to the institution.”

Justice Adolph Lucas
“Mr. Rosado said the documents are there. Is it hidden?”

Carlos Perrera
“There are no documents hidden.”

Cecil Knowles, Former Finance Dir., K.H.M.H.
“I can agree with Mr. Perrera that there was no other million dollars that Karl Heusner did receive or should have received during that period but, what I can also is that at any time from 2007 to the time I left our cash flow balances and the balance in the bank average, and I’m being conservative, between five and eight hundred thousand dollars. We had no need to use funds received by Venezuela to purchase anything other than the specific nature that the funds were supplied for.”

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