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St. Ann Municipal Corporation

Office of the Contractor General

November 2017

OFFICE OF THE CONTRACTOR GENERAL OF JAMAICA

Special Report of Investigation

Conducted into Allegations of Acts of Impropriety, Irregularity and Corruption at the Office of the

Member of Parliament, South East, St. Ann and in the Award of Certain Government of Jamaica

Contracts by the St. Ann Municipal Corporation

Ministry of Local Government and Community Development

St. Ann Municipal Corporation

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION ................................................................................................................................................................. 3 TERMS OF REFERENCE ................................................................................................................................................ 10 JURISDICTION ................................................................................................................................................................. 12 METHODOLOGY ............................................................................................................................................................. 14 FINDINGS OF FACT ......................................................................................................................................................... 18 The Concept of the Constituency Development Fund ................................................................................................. 30 The Contract Award Process(es) Employed by the St. Ann Municipal Corporation ............................................... 34 The Extent of the Involvement of the Office of the Member of Parliament - South East, St. Ann ......................... 37 Contracts Awarded by the St. Ann Municipal Corporation ....................................................................................... 47 The Practice of ‘Group Payments/Contracts’ in the Award of GOJ Contracts ....................................................... 54 The Inability to identify the ‘true’ Beneficiaries of Group Payments and/or Contracts ................................................... 76 The Process Utilized in the Implementation of the Contracts ........................................................................................ 85 The Process Utilized for the Selection of Contractors ............................................................................................... 105 Representations Made by the Contractors in Respect of the Manner in which the Contracts were Awarded .... 107 The Case of Mrs. Joan McDonald................................................................................................................................................. 275