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Criminal investigation into Walwyn's wall commences - CoP Mathews

Mr Walwyn, one of the most controversial and divisive personalities in local politics was defeated by voters in February 25, 2019 elections after two terms [2011-2019] in office. Photo: VINO/File
Police Commissioner Michael B. Mathews has dropped a bombshell to Virgin Islands News Online. Speaking to our news centre today, Friday, March 22, 2019, the Top Cop confirmed that the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) wall scoping exercise ended last week and has now turned into a ‘criminal investigation’. Photo: VINO/File
Police Commissioner Michael B. Mathews has dropped a bombshell to Virgin Islands News Online. Speaking to our news centre today, Friday, March 22, 2019, the Top Cop confirmed that the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) wall scoping exercise ended last week and has now turned into a ‘criminal investigation’. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Police Commissioner Michael B. Mathews has dropped a bombshell to Virgin Islands News Online. Speaking to our news centre today, Friday, March 22, 2019, the Top Cop confirmed that the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) wall scoping exercise ended last week and has now turned into a ‘criminal investigation’.

When pressed as to when it was started and when will it end, Mr Mathews confirmed it started “last week following the conclusion of the scoping excises conducted by the police.”

Mr Mathews noted, he was not sure when the criminal investigation will end “but it’s not going to be quick.”  It is unclear who is the target of the criminal investigation, however, the Auditor General (AG), Sonia M. Webster pointed the finger at former Legislator Myron V. Walwyn who was the one who commissioned the project that ended up with a price tag of $1.6 M.

Tale of corruption

Ms Webster detailed in her audit report a tale of corruption over the ESHS wall, with price overruns, no value for money and work paid for but not completed.

The Permanent Secretary, who is the Accounting Officer in the Ministry of Education and Culture noted the then Minister Walwyn was in charge of the ESHS wall, as it was his “Pet project” and had hired a Project Manager to sign off on payments.

Mr Walwyn, one of the most controversial and divisive personalities in local politics was defeated by voters in the February 25, 2019 elections after two terms [2011-2019] in office.

22 Responses to “Criminal investigation into Walwyn's wall commences - CoP Mathews”

  • ABC (22/03/2019, 17:12) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
    Wow
    • The Hooded Claw (23/03/2019, 07:15) Like (11) Dislike (24) Reply
      Its mighty suspicious how they going after Walwyn for putting 70 contractors to work. This appears to be more than just just the wall, they are fearful of Myron because of his intellect. They are determined to destroy Walwyn but you can't keep a good man down! Watch!
  • facts (22/03/2019, 18:24) Like (32) Dislike (5) Reply
    Not to worry politicians don’t ever go to jail
    • the rock (22/03/2019, 19:05) Like (10) Dislike (15) Reply
      I cant wait for myrin to sue his backside, plus the poloce needs to be investigated fie they disappesremce after huricane Irma, investigate thst top cop!
    • virginislander (22/03/2019, 21:06) Like (8) Dislike (10) Reply
      politicians hardly ever gets convicted but they ae smart ones funnyman is a fool sohe will be the first to go up balo
  • No Name (22/03/2019, 19:15) Like (11) Dislike (7) Reply
    @ facts

    True but his ass need to go!
  • weed (22/03/2019, 19:21) Like (24) Dislike (9) Reply
    Imagine and he wanted to be premier
  • Disinterested (22/03/2019, 19:38) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
    The RVIPF should call ball and strikes as they are pitched regardless of what inning it is. It should be non-partisan with no dog in the fight. Good strategy of staying out local politics, timing investigation until after the election. How long has the RVIPF been scoping this project? Is it the RVIPF policy to delay controversial issues just before an election? The Governor referred this item to the RVIPF so there is no doubt that an investigation was going to be conducted. It was clear as mud, was it not?

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  • wize up (22/03/2019, 20:22) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
    no wonder # 4 itching to get back in house because out of the house you are more susceptible to be investigated: there is already some fall guy who will do the jail time on behalf of the politician(we had examples if you recall that airports project)..man going to trail each and every day in the British Virgin Islands for mismanaging of cooperate spending and we have polticans financial misconduct to be that of a joke: government business is a very serious matter because each politician was placed in office by the people for the people and to do right for the people: the government treasury is not a politician’s personal purse(HMP !!!!)
  • Luvz (23/03/2019, 00:37) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    The never ending saga. All the 70 contractors need to finish the work and some more for FREE. What a disgrace! Squander my hard earn tax money and not even a finished product. Every time I drive by that institution and see the muck of a wall I get vex.

    This kind of nonsense need to stop; politicians or whomever need to be held accountable. We need justice for the wall money!
  • Hmm (23/03/2019, 07:20) Like (7) Dislike (5) Reply
    Message to all an expat is an expat . Born here or not....U will get the bias Rod of correction. When u fall . They will on u over you....Stop bigging up your chest when you think u on top .a lot of envy and jealousy all around you....Just waiting for you to make a mistake ....Look ..if no investigation was held for the Wasted money on Purcell Road Sea Cows bay wall . Green house project . Port project..could go on and on Seems like they R Picking on the born here Island man .
    • wize up (23/03/2019, 09:26) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
      @ Hmmm: the man for the wall should have kept his mouth shut: the man for the wall exposed himself; as a matter of fact the man for the wall publicly went after the governor; the auditor general report and the premier....I agree with you because I personally will go after the bigger millions and you made mention of those projects in your blog: however the paper-trail in the wall matter is much easer to follow: for example there are missing documents(paper trail) associated with the pier park project: be of good courage time longer than twine and U will soon hear: the matter have nothing to where you from because you cant be wrong and get right(HMP is filled with our people and it’s is time for some political people to be up there as well) just a point of information(it is the governor that sent the wall matter to the police department)...play the tape
      • Cudjoe (23/03/2019, 12:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Is it also one and same who is effortless in aiding the disruption of the VI Gov and it's economy? The 'pool effort immediately after election of the compliant stooge not going as expected so must go pretend tickle the brilliant legal advisor.
        Well, some if us know what time it is.
    • um (24/03/2019, 16:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Wasted money and s****n money are 2 different things. No?
  • one eye (23/03/2019, 08:23) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    This thing is more serious than I thought
  • job (23/03/2019, 11:09) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Racketeering Inc. Llc.
  • cay (23/03/2019, 15:20) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Next is the 40m then the plane keep it going ndp must be locked up
  • and (23/03/2019, 16:42) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Hope Steve got a good atourney
  • Liat 521 (23/03/2019, 18:36) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    Poor mvw they going make him commit suside


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