The audit of former government consultant, Claude Skelton Cline's contracts with the Virgin Islands Party government between 2019-2021 revealed that he received over $365,000 of taxpayer funds without delivering on the requirements of his contracts.
The audit also found that Skelton Cline's remuneration of $16,330 per month was above that of Cabinet ministers or even the Premier.
The audit concluded that the primary purpose of the consultancy services provided by Skelton Cline "was not to add value to the government but rather to provide employment for the consultant" and that there was no indication of any demonstrated effort by the consultant to satisfy the deliverables stipulated in the contracts.
Governor John Rankin
noted that the audit also covered two additional contracts issued by way of tender waivers and a third contract issued whilst the consultant did not have a valid trade licence.
Skelton Cline has not been charged in relation to his government contracts and has refused to answer critics over the damaging audit report.