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PS @ Premier’s Office sent on leave as criminal probe launched

- Premier Dr Wheatley revealed that decision was communicated to him by Deputy Governor David D. Archer Jr
The Permanent secretary at the Premier’s office, Dr Carolyn O’Neal-Morton has been sent on leave as criminal investigations in office under former Premier Andrew A. Fahie (R1) begins. Photo; GIS/File
The decision to send the PS on leave was revealed by Current Premier, Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) today, May 13, 2022, during a press conference on current matters in the territory alongside Deputy Premier, Kye M. Rymer (R5). Photo: GIS/Facebook
The decision to send the PS on leave was revealed by Current Premier, Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) today, May 13, 2022, during a press conference on current matters in the territory alongside Deputy Premier, Kye M. Rymer (R5). Photo: GIS/Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI– The Permanent Secretary (PS) in the Premier’s Office, Dr Carolyn O’Neal-Morton has been sent on leave, as criminal investigations into that office under former Premier Andrew A. Fahie (R1) begins.

This was revealed by Premier, Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) today, May 13, 2022, during a press conference on current matters in the territory. Deputy Premier Hon Kye M. Rymer (R5) accompanied the Premier at the press conference.

Dr Wheatley said the decision to send Dr O’Neal-Morton on leave was communicated to him by the Deputy Governor David D. Archer Jr. 

Governor John J. Rankin, CMG announced yesterday, May 12, 2022, that a criminal investigation into the conduct of the Premier’s Office has been launched.

He said the investigation was launched over the alleged obstruction of the Director of the Internal Audit Department in respect of her audit of the COVID-19 Assistance Programmes, as stated in the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) Report.

Deputy Gov will speak on issue - Premier Wheatley 

Premier Wheatley, when questioned about persons being sent home as investigations are ongoing, said: “It is not my area of responsibility, that’s under the Deputy Governor and I prefer for him to answer.”

When pressed further, he added, “The Deputy Governor told me that she [Dr O'Neal-Morton] would be on leave while those investigations are taking place,” he added.

Premier Wheatley did not reveal any more details about the situation; however, during the press conference, he affirmed his Government’s commitment to good governance, transparency, accountability, and respect for the rule of law in the territory.

Dr O’Neal-Morton was appointed as the Permanent Secretary in the Premier's Office on March 12, 2020.

42 Responses to “PS @ Premier’s Office sent on leave as criminal probe launched”

  • Spectators (13/05/2022, 17:34) Like (28) Dislike (2) Reply
    Let the games begin. Enquiring minds want to know so we will be waiting for the outcome.
  • jack (13/05/2022, 17:48) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
    Worries in the dance
  • for real (13/05/2022, 17:53) Like (23) Dislike (2) Reply
    One by one they going down
    • @For Real (13/05/2022, 21:24) Like (22) Dislike (0) Reply
      Yep, one by one they are all going down. Some of them is quietly trying to distance themselves from each other. No reason to distance yourself, everyone of you deck of cards were peeped.
  • Village (13/05/2022, 17:59) Like (28) Dislike (3) Reply
    I can't wait to see all those criminals go jail what sinking ship
  • Lily Ann (13/05/2022, 18:14) Like (20) Dislike (2) Reply
    Woiiiiiiii Jericho walllls come crumbling down !!!!!
  • Investigate them (13/05/2022, 18:26) Like (36) Dislike (0) Reply
    The survey department and the Land Registry need investigating too.
  • yessssss (13/05/2022, 18:36) Like (18) Dislike (11) Reply
    Now that the greedy tyrant is gone, Wheatley is standing like a true leader. It doesn’t matter if you know these people or their families, if you had hands in the mess, you gotta go. Nothing personal, it’s business. All those stifling FOGIES THAT WAS SITTING AROUND HOLDING BACK THE TERRITORY FROM PROGRESSING FORWARD MUST BE DISMISSED ASAP. ALL YOU OVER 50 CROWD WITH THE SAME FOGEY MENTALITY AND WAYS OF THINKING, YOU ARE NOW PLACED ON THE BACK BURNER.
    • Well Sah (15/05/2022, 03:41) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      ..Remember you TOO will be over 50 someday - perhaps sooner than you think. So stop talking TUDD.
  • gg (13/05/2022, 19:19) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
    Well tell me something then bike man under investigated to thay off the road what a thing
  • Papa Dom (13/05/2022, 19:29) Like (15) Dislike (18) Reply
    Look how Bvi belongers rejoice over the downfall of their own while others stand up for theirs.

    The outcome of all this is going to be interesting because the last premier did not act on his own. He had a full slate who sat and let him do as he pleased . My grandmother always say the harbourer is worse than the thief. It is obvious that they did not like some decisions THEY made because as soon as Fahie is absent they changed the ministries back. It’s obvious they are followers and not leaders.
    • Sad ending (14/05/2022, 22:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Papa Dom you don't understand they were afraid of the *Head Coach*? It look like he had a rope tied around their neck and tape on their mouths. I can imagine reading their minds because they must be shouting, FREEDOM!! I'm glad the Head coach is gone because he sure has this country in a mess. And what makes me so mad is that he continued to hide behind Jehovah. What a shame. I wonder if he in the detention centre singing from good to great!
    • Wait … (15/05/2022, 09:21) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      “My grandmother always say the harbourer is worse than the thief.”

      Your grandmother just gave the best description of why most of the world hates the BVI financial services - just one aspect of our famously low morals and high corruption.
      That’s what we do - we create companies that harbor money the thieves steal.
      And inside the BVI everyone is so righteous!! ????
  • 123 (13/05/2022, 19:37) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
    Finally David Archer Jr showed his head.
    • LCS (14/05/2022, 02:20) Like (2) Dislike (7) Reply
      He should inform the reason why he sent her on leave at this moment. How can the Premiers Office be throughly investigated w/o the PS Secretary there? This does not look good.
  • indigenous (13/05/2022, 20:39) Like (27) Dislike (0) Reply
    Drain the swamp!! Now I'm seeing TRANSPARENCY & people will be held ACCOUNTABLE for all the CORRUPTION over the years!! Yes Governor, love the approach of putting these theives under scrutiny. A COI should be done every 2-4 years!!
  • NezRez (13/05/2022, 21:01) Like (29) Dislike (2) Reply
    WOW! How many will be found guilty when all of this is over? How many will get their jobs back if found innocent? This is one BIG MESS I am happy to say I m not part of. This is very very serious and embarrassing. The top people in charge are rolling down that steep hill they built so wickedly.
    • @NezRez (14/05/2022, 10:16) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      LOL, the top dogs that were walking around like peacocks with their chests poke out and fanning out their tails, LOL are sliding down the steep hills in the sewer that is running off from the steep hills. Be gone all of you. Slide right into the hands of the law that awaits you at the bottom of the hill, see ya, wouldn’t want to be ya.
  • Sad (13/05/2022, 22:10) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is with deep sympathy, for those souls to be lost by covetousness in these times when they are so young.
  • Rubber Duck (13/05/2022, 22:43) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    When the Dictator falls ( as they all do Wheatley ) the sycophants and ass kissers always do too.

    The whole rat pack needs to know this.
  • Native Senior Citizen of the British Virgin Islands (13/05/2022, 22:55) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    There are leaders that were members of the VIP Cabinet, eventhough they have not as yet told our current Governor that there are under investigation, they are, but they don't as yet recognized to what extent that they are..
    Whether one by one or more, they will soon be told. The former Premier Andrew Fahie isn't going dow alone. He will named some names, and even if he doesn't, the truth of former corrupted VIP illegal government activities will come to lifgt during these CoI probed.
  • Mufeng (14/05/2022, 00:05) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    I dou our local prison will be able to accommodate all these new tenants. The governor along with the UK need to implement a contingency plan immediately. Maybe some could do their sentences in the UK.
  • Best statement made by this lady during the COI (14/05/2022, 07:09) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    “The request was sent to the premiere’s office instead of the Office Of The Premiere”
  • The Blessing of the COI. (14/05/2022, 07:09) Like (16) Dislike (2) Reply
    If it wasn't for This COI the criminal corrupt machine would still be in place and running like everything is ok. No wonder they were giving it a fight. What we need now is England and Scot land yard to come in...
  • Windy (14/05/2022, 08:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    She will be ok
  • Question: (14/05/2022, 08:38) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Wasn’t this PS also involved in giving approval for reclaiming land at the bottom of Havers?? On top of juvenile mangroves that were trying to be established? It really didn’t make sense to do that. Who else was involved in those approvals to reclaim/make land??
  • ShaSha (14/05/2022, 10:30) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    My mother always said when you dig a hole for someone. You must dig 2...... the other one is for you
  • BVIslanders Come Home (14/05/2022, 10:41) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is a great time for our qualified and experienced BVIslanders abroad to come home and take their rightful places. Let us involve them now in the development of our new constitution, systems, processes, policies and procedures.

    The people that CREATED the problem, CANNOT FIX fix the problem.
    • BVIslanders (14/05/2022, 22:38) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      @BVIslanders come home who told you they want to come home? Some of them want to remain where they are. However, they better come home because things are heating up all over the world.
  • See (14/05/2022, 12:31) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Most of the crooks will do no time . Sad but true
  • More Need To Go (14/05/2022, 12:41) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    They need to send home PS Stoutt as well. She is a vindictive waste of time.
  • @ BVIslanders come Home. (14/05/2022, 17:06) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Let the UK clean up this mess first and maybe some of us will think about returning. Also, the locals need to understand that this does not have to do with the VI vs. UK; it has to do with good governance. It does not make sense to have such expensive homes and we do not have a functioning public high school, we have to grocery shop in St. Thomas and to travel to Florida for medical care.
  • Aju (14/05/2022, 18:02) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    All of them need to go on leave as well as the Deputy Governor and Director of HR. They are useless and the reason why we are before the COI
  • time (15/05/2022, 22:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Seems like exciting times in the BVI. We can't wait to see a lot of people locked up.mistakes or bad decisions are not crimes.
    maybe one day we will get to investigate ENGLAND for all the wrongs they have done around the world.
    But no only Black countries need someone to look over their shoulders.Even the COI say we don't need the to
    look at the Police force cause we have an English man over it, but customs and Immigration have to vetted
    Lets stop destroy our country and it's people because some people got caught doing wrong.
  • EX CO. (16/05/2022, 11:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    AND SHE STILL GETTING PAID. Full... while rest on Half pay. she Goin to stay home for the rest of the Year then them goin to tell her to go retirement. Then when she get her Pension The case well get so old, nothing well come out

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