A Jamaican government watchdog agency reported this week that one of its staffers was targeted in “an alleged failed execution attempt” at a government contractor’s worksite.
Contractor General Greg Christie said a report to his office stated that one of his staff members was identified at the worksite by the contractor.
“It is further alleged that, unknown to the [contractor general’s] staff member, the contractor immediately left the area and returned with gunmen with the intention of killing the staff member,” Mr. Christie’s news release on the matter stated. “However, by the time the contractor and the gunmen returned, the staff member had left the location.”
Mr. Christie’s office indicated that its staff member had been assigned to interviewing government contractors whose applications for re-registration as government workers have been withdrawn from the government’s application process because of “fraudulent representations” that the contractor general has uncovered in those applications.
Some irregularities uncovered in that area, according to the contractor general, include:
Forgeries of contractor re-registration applications and supporting documents;
Falsified information about the human resource, financial and technical resources of the contractors;
Falsified information about previous work by the contractors;
Forged voluntary declarations that falsely attest to the veracity of contractor application forms.
“The [contractor general] has also received allegations that government works contractor applications are paying as much as $250,000 to young [university] graduates to have them falsely attest to the [contractor general] that they are working with the contractor applicant when, in fact, they are not,” Mr. Christie’s release stated.
The threat report was passed on to the Jamaican police high command.
Mr. Christie said the staff member had received threats of violence previously at the July meeting of the Jamaica Association of Consultants and Contractors.
Investigators with the contractor general’s office examine public sector contracts to see if they are free of corruption. Mr. Christie has been a strident fighter of corruption in Jamaica, and his agency is unpopular with some contractors and politicians.