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OP, it would be helpful to your ched's cause to quote the contents of the link in the ched along with the URL. Also it wouldn't hurt to change the title to make it more relevant to the ched. GL


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http://legacy.guardian.co.tt/archives/2003-05-06/gsr.html

"Things done by halves, are never done right". Take note OP
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The ‘Johnny O’ Scandal

Gene Miles

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Johnny O’Halloran

By Kim Johnson

Perhaps it’s because he was the first spectacular example of bold-faced dishonesty, but Johnny O’Halloran has retained the mantle of corruption, notwithstanding United National Congress challenges to his pre-eminence.

He publicly boasted of his illegal gambling, and only slightly less openly of the women he’d raped.

Caught having taken bribes in a Tesoro deal, O’Halloran fled the country and died a millionaire in Canada.

Of his many crimes, however, the most infamous was one of the earliest, when he was People’s National Movement Minister of Petroleum and Mines.

It took place in the early 1960s, when the newly-independent T&T was moving away from rail transport and placing more emphasis on a car-driven economy.

Senior Factory Inspector Kenneth Tam was using his veto over the location of gas stations to encourage and profit from the fierce competition between gasoline retailers.

Whereas gas stations were supposed to be evenly dispersed throughout the country, Tam’s property speculation and bribery, with O’Halloran’s connivance, created the irrational situation we still live with today.

Three gas stations almost next to one another on Saddle Road, for instance, and two almost opposite each other on Richmond Street. None between Cumana and Matelot.

It became such a scandal that a Commission of Inquiry was set up in 1966.

Enter the Commission’s star witness, 36-year-old Gene Miles, a tall, glamorous, well-known beauty.

Miles came from a decent middle-class family.

Her brother was a minor Hollywood actor, her sister an economist, and her father an accountant with the Ministry of Works.

“She was very intelligent, flamboyant and attractive,” says one former civil servant who, disgusted by the bribery and insider trading, secretly passed detailed information in the dead of night to Miles about what was going on.

And thus, armed with irrefutable facts and statistics, Miles let the cat out of the bag.

Perhaps she was partly motivated, as her attackers claimed, by having been seduced and summarily dismissed by O’Halloran.

But it’s more likely that her probity was inherited from her civic-minded father, Ranny Miles.

In the late 1940s, when Miles was still a teen, Ranny Miles busted the biggest scam of those colonial days — the Caura Dam racket.

The Director of Hydraulics and several engineers in the Works Department, who, according to a Commission of Inquiry, had “systematically defrauded the Government”, were jailed.

That was during colonial times.

Now in the PNM reign, when Miles provided information about a similar bobol, the response was different.

That is the true scandal.

While she was still giving evidence, the “independent” Public Services Commission gave her a bad report and removed her annual increment. She was also transferred from her post in the Factory Inspectorate.

“It could not be seriously contended… that Mr Tam was not responsible for the action that was taken against Miss Miles,” observed Commissioner Karl de la Bastide.

The rot wasn’t so much the original bribery, but the brazen cover-up and victimisation of Miles.

The slander campaign against her intensified.

Her irrefutable documentation was dismissed as rantings of a mad whore.

While she was being hounded out of the public service, PNM leaders argued that one corrupt public servant did not make an entire government or its Ministers dishonest.

As journalist Trevor Millett’s BA thesis on Miles points out, however, Miles’ detractors “avoided making the necessary connections between the Factory Inspectorate… and the Ministry of Petroleum and Mines”.

This was the PNM that had come to power 10 years earlier, vowing to root out corruption.

Its Major Party Documents, reprinted in 1966, the same year the Gas Station Inquiry was held, promised: “Rigid maintenance of proper standards of honesty, integrity and incorruptibility in the Public Service, with the corollaries of:

(i) Denunciation, without fear or favour, of any deviation from these standards;

(ii) Elimination of nepotism, favouritism and discrimination in the appointments of the Public Service.”

Even Justice de la Bastide, in his report, had to “express surprise that Mr Tam’s mode of operation… has escaped the notice of the Ministry concerned for such a long time”.

Tam eventually lost his job.

But the gas station bought in his father-in-law’s name is still there on La Puerta Avenue in Diego Martin, a few hundred yards from the Four Roads gas station.

The businessmen who colluded with Tam are all multi-millionaires today.

Miles, on the other hand, found it impossible get another job.

Devastated by the outcome of the inquiry, she succumbed to chronic depression, and took heavily to drink.

This was no jilted lover whose revenge was foiled, it was a girl betrayed by her father’s ideals, a nationalist betrayed by her nation.

She neglected her appearance and fell out of, or was shunned by, society. She still had her father’s home in Glencoe, so she never became a vagrant, but was often seen wandering the city, bedraggled and drunk.

On December 9, 1972, Miles died of a heart attack. She was 42 years old.

Nearly two decades after, the axe-grinding National Alliance for Reconstruction government, as ever doing the right thing at the wrong time and for questionable reasons, thought to erect a statue to her with the paltry sums returned from Tesoro.

The public rejected the plan, Yasin Abu Bakr stormed Parliament shortly after, and Miles was forgotten by the subsequent PNM government.


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O’Halloran’s ghost haunts PNM

Sat, 2010-03-13 21:21 — Anonymous
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Anika Gumbs-Sandiford
Article Date:
Monday, March 15, 2010
‘Johnny was a good man’
From Johnny to John…

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Former PNM party chairman and Finance Minister Francis Prevatt, left, and former PNM minister John O’Halloran together at a funeral service.

The ghost of former People’s National Movement (PNM) Industry Minister John “cockfighting” “Johnny” O’Halloran has come back to haunt the party almost 25 years after he has died.

The ghost of former People’s National Movement (PNM) Industry Minister John “cockfighting” “Johnny” O’Halloran has come back to haunt the party almost 25 years after he has died.

Just when the population thought the PNM got their house in order after what could be described as one of the biggest “money” scandals in the 70s to rock the party under Dr Eric Williams—financial impropriety involving O’Halloran, now deceased—the party has found itself in the centre of controversy surrounding another “John,” this time John Calder Hart. Though not carrying a ministerial portfolio, the former executive chairman of the Urban Development Company of Trinidad and Tobago (Udecott), Hart was said to be wielding more power than a Cabinet minister in the Patrick Manning-led government. Ironically, both men shared the same first name and were both closely affiliated with the PNM administration before grabbing the attention of the public and all media headlines following allegations of corruption. Additionally, both men were also immortalised in song by two calypsonians.

In his popular Panama rendition, David Rudder sang O’Halloran’s tune:
“I, I, I, I going to Panama. I got to go Panama mama. What it is they got over there making Trinis just don’t care. Some say that gone with a thousand, some say that it’s tens of thousands, I hear they mention one million, I hear they mention one billion.” The popular Dr Hollis “Chalkdust” Liverpool won his eighth Calypso Monarch title with his My Hart And I, as he wade into Hart’s indiscretions and the authorities staunch support for him.
“Don’t touch my heart baby, Don’t touch my heart.” However, separating them is the bribery charges that was levelled against O’Halloran in 1983, a mere two years before he fled to Canada and died. High priest of bobol
O’Halloran was the owner of extensive citrus estates and manager of the Trinidad Lime Factory. It was under the National Alliance for Reconstruction that a quantity of money was recovered and a large building was seized in Canada following his death.

Hart, to date, has had no criminal charges brought against him, but has appeared before a Commission of Enquiry set up to investigate the operations into Udecott and the construction sector. Director of Public Prosecutions Roger Gaspard has since instructed Acting Commissioner of Police James Philbert to start investigations into allegations against Hart. Contrary to Hart’s testimony under oath, documents obtained by the Congress of the People alleged he had family links to Sunway Construction, which was hired to construct the Ministry of Legal Affairs Tower in Port-of-Spain. Even politicians referring to Udecott cannot seem to utter their contributions without mentioning O’Halloran’s name. It was during the debate on the Validation and Immunity from Proceedings Bill 2009, St Augustine MP Vasant Baharath referred to O’Halloran as the “the high priest of bobol in the PNM.” O’Halloran’s ghost seems to be stalking the land with the recent allegations of corruption surrounding Udecott and Hart.

‘He never hesitated to help anybody’
Sunday Guardian visited the home town of O’Halloran on Flamboyant Avenue West, Diego Martin last week and spoke to some of his close friends. While many smiled when his name was mentioned and requested anonymity, others spoke of man who was open handed with money. The house he used to live in is now renovated and owned by retired nurse, Bernadette Horne. Referring to O’Halloran as “a good chap,” Elder Francis Gonzales said, “Despite of everything that was said about him he was a good man. He loved his cockfighting and never hesitate to help anybody. Why he went Canada and built buildings similar to One Woodbrook Place, I do not know. Why he got caught up, I really cannot say...” Another resident, who requested anonymity, said, “All I know he went Panama with our money; I do not know the amount, but he went Panama.”

Another neighbour, who also requested his name not be used, said O’Halloran always assisted people. “I do not know much of his secret life. All I know, before noon every day people used to line up at the front of his house looking for help from Johnny and he never use to turn away anyone. “Johnny was a nice man and he use to help everybody who was deserving of help,” the neigbour added. Residents in the Heights of Aripo, where O’Halloran owned his farm, also echoed similar sentiments. His longtime cockfighting friend, Sebastien Thompson said he was not surprised by the similarity between both men. “Trinidad is a stockpile for bobol. Johnny was a good man but he had a second life I did not know about. To me, he was a very good chap. Loved cockfighting and loved to hunt. “If I was to compare him to the present situation, what he fled with was a drop in the ice bucket. He dead and gone but this type of corruption has to stop. Government coming and government going and nobody doing anything to stop the corruption.”

Gas station racket
Another major corruption scandal under the PNM was the infamous “Gas Station racket,” which involved civil servant Jean Miles. Miles, who worked in the civil servant in the 1960s, implicated the Ministry of Petroleum, Mines, Industry and Commerce in wrongdoing in regard to the allocation of gasoline stations to businessmen who were leasing them from the Government. She caused a sensation by alleging corrupt practices by several high-ranking figures. And then another shake up for the PNM came when former PNM party chairman and Finance Minister Francis Prevatt was named as the person who directed Robert Baird, the MC Donnell-Douglas Corporation Official responsible for the sale of three DC-9 aircraft to now defunct British West Indies International Airways, to meet with O’Halloran who later requested ‘a commission’ of US$250,000 from an aircraft company. Several years later, PNM councillor Dhansam Dhansook raised allegations of bribery allegations against former Works and Transport Minister Franklin Khan who is before the court charged with six counts of corruption. Energy Minister Eric Williams, who was also charged with bribery, was later freed.

Piarco scandal under UNC
The United National Congress also saw themselves being voted out of office by the population with the Piarco Airport scandal, involving millions, hanging over their heads. This scandal saw former Prime minister Basdeo Panday, his wife Oma, ministers and businessmen being charged with alleged corruption. They are all still before the court.

Corruption charges

Brian Kuei Tung
1. Former Government Minister Brian Kuei Tung is before the Port-of-Spain Magistrates’ Court charged with 16 counts of corruption totalling to $1.6 billion.
2. The charged allegedly stemmed from the second phase of police investigations into the Piarco Airport development project.
3. He is jointly charged with his girlfriend and businesswoman Renee Pierre, former Airports Authority chairmen Tyrone Gopee and Ameer Edoo and former Nipdec chairman Edward Bayley.

Ishwar Galbaransingh
1. Fraudulently received US$318,000.
2. Fraudulently received US$2.1 million.
3. Galbaransingh is also jointly charged with businessmen Steve Ferguson and Amrith Maharaj for the alleged receipt of US$2.1 million by fraudulent means and conspiracy to obtain contracts valued $1.6 b

Carlos John
1. Dismisses allegations of a $52million bank account.
2. John is defeated by Tunapuna MP Eddie Hart in the October 2002 general elections.

Basdeo Panday
Panday and his wife Oma are charged with corruptly receiving 25,000 pounds Sterling. Galbaransingh and John were charged with corruptly giving the money to the Panday’s as an inducement or reward.



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The more things change the more they remain the same under the PNM.

Corruption has been institutionalised in and under the PNM.


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Corruption has been institutionalised in and under the PNM.
and why does it continue even under other administrations?


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Corruption has been institutionalised in and under the PNM.
and why does it continue even under other administrations?


Because apparently two wrongs do make a right!!

Its a form of equity and distribution. When new administrations come into power e.g. UNC/PP they will always feel as if they entitled to also be corrupt so as to balance out the past and when caught they can always point out that ''PNM did do it too!!"


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Dizzy28 wrote:
Duane 3NE 2NR wrote:
UML wrote:
Corruption has been institutionalised in and under the PNM.
and why does it continue even under other administrations?


Because apparently two wrongs do make a right!!

Its a form of equity and distribution. When new administrations come into power e.g. UNC/PP they will always feel as if they entitled to also be corrupt so as to balance out the past and when caught they can always point out that ''PNM did do it too!!"


eh, steupssssss.....wah sense u talking bai?

move from here with that eh


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Yunno whats interesting......
We can remember off the top of we heads numerous scandals/corrupt projects for PNM and UNC
Lockjoint, Tesoro, Caroni Racetrack, Calder Hart for PNM
Airport, Desalcott, Inncogen, Panday UK account for UNC

What corrupt projects/scandals can you all remember for NAR 1986-1991??


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rfari wrote:
SR wrote:
http://legacy.guardian.co.tt/archives/2003-05-06/gsr.html

"Things done by halves, are never done right". Take note OP
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The ‘Johnny O’ Scandal

Gene Miles

Nationalist betrayed



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Gene Miles


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Johnny O’Halloran

By Kim Johnson

Perhaps it’s because he was the first spectacular example of bold-faced dishonesty, but Johnny O’Halloran has retained the mantle of corruption, notwithstanding United National Congress challenges to his pre-eminence.
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:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:


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Duane 3NE 2NR wrote:
UML wrote:
Corruption has been institutionalised in and under the PNM.
and why does it continue even under other administrations?



citizens have to pay bribe to get anything done in the public service, this didnt start from May 24th 2010.


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UML wrote:
Duane 3NE 2NR wrote:
UML wrote:
Corruption has been institutionalised in and under the PNM.
and why does it continue even under other administrations?



citizens have to pay bribe to get anything done in the public service, this didnt start from May 24th 2010.

As usual UML is party before country..and goes on the offensive totally ignoring the question. It's not always about PP


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Duane 3NE 2NR wrote:
UML wrote:
Corruption has been institutionalised in and under the PNM.
and why does it continue even under other administrations?



citizens have to pay bribe to get anything done in the public service, this didnt start from May 24th 2010.



confession is good for the soul


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There have been issues of corruption under the PNM and rightly so the population voted them out of office.

How is it that the average PNMite can admit that corruption is wrong and that if the PNM pays for past instances of corruption(which they have) by being voted out of office then rightly so.

But UNC-PP supporters cannot be TRUTHFUL to themselves and admit that this government is corrupt and is possible the most corrupt in the history of Trinidad and Tobago.

Allyuh have no conscience?


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UML wrote:
Duane 3NE 2NR wrote:
UML wrote:
Corruption has been institutionalised in and under the PNM.
and why does it continue even under other administrations?



citizens have to pay bribe to get anything done in the public service, this didnt start from May 24th 2010.



so yuh loving PM, party et al can't put a stop eh.... it was so before we, so continue like the sheep and lead by example eh


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