Friday, May 13, 2011

HOLLYWOOD HARPER??? BDO Alto .1




Accounting Officer Steve Austin Vautier



Home Affairs Minister ILM




Mr Michael Kellet - Worked alongside BDO Alto



The Met Interim Report = Debacle

Wiltshire = Debacle

Napier TOR = Debacle 

The Suspension of Graham Power = Debacle

The Cover-UP of Child Abuse =  Outrageous 




Now I give you the "BDO Alto Debacle"



"BDO ALTO"

Operation Rectangle (Historical Child Abuse Enquiry) - review of the efficient and effective use of resources

Department
Home Affairs (Home Affairs)
Author
BDO Alto
Issue date
13 Jul 2010
Status
Complete
Cost
£64,000.00




Report to the Home Affairs Minister and Accounting Officer, Home Affairs Department.  Operation Rectangle (Historical Child Abuse Enquiry) review of the efficient and effective use of resources.

The BDO Alto report contains a review of the following:
• costs of the investigation
• financial governance and control
• personnel costs
• hired services costs
• forensic services costs
• other costs

Review of the efficient and effective use of resources without asking;

A. DCO/SIO Lenny Harper
B. CPO Graham Power QPM

This Report cost the Jersey Taxpayer £64,000 and was released in May 2010 alongside the Wiltshire Report.  This is the Report the local media were quoting when referring to Lenny Harpers Lavish Lifestyle. Now, I must admit, at the time of it's release I was under the impression that it was of part of Wiltshire Investigation and that  "BDO ALTO" had interviewed Lenny Harper & Graham Power..

"HOW WRONG WAS I"

I contacted Lenny Harper after I watched the VFC interview. The part that grabbed my attention was when LH claimed that he hadn't been asked about the financial control of Operation Rectangle. I remembered the BDO ALTO report. I was flabbergasted that this could have been done without interviewing or even contacting LH or GP. It was  then released into the public domain without  anyone saying  it was a  one sided report.

So, what is the BDO ALTO REPORT??????

Step forward

Senator Ian Le Marquand and Accounting Officer Steve Austin Vautier (SAV).

It is very important that we go through this. It will take a number of blogs. We will also be getting Lenny Harpers side of the story (for the first time). 

Discredit the Abuse Survivors, LH/GP, Operation Rectangle. This  has been the number one goal of the ruling elite from day one.

Let us start with a letter from BDO to ILM and SAV

Dear Sirs
In accordance with your instructions, confirmed in our engagement letter dated 29th September 2009, we have prepared a Report considering the efficient and effective use of resources during the Operation Rectangle Investigation. 
This report was prepared in connection with your wider review of the management of the Historical Child Abuse Enquiry, specifically to provide some assurance that resources have been used efficiently and effectively.
Whilst previously commissioned Internal Audit reports have endorsed the financial controls over the authorisation , completeness, validity, accuracy and timelines of recording expenditure, the issues of the use of resources has not been addressed and that is the purpose of this review.
We do not, in preparing this report and giving any opinions stated herein, accept or assume responsibility for any other purpose or to any other person to whom it is shown or into whose hands it may come save as expressly agreed by our prior written consent. I f others choose to rely on the contents of this report, they do so entirely at their own risk.
The scope of our work is set out in our engagement letter and summarised  within the Terms of Reference on page 4.
We emphasise that our enquires would not necessarily disclose all matters of significance to you relating to financial management of the Operation Rectangle investigation . We have not carried out any audit work on the financial information included in our report and express no opinion thereon .
We present and comment on the projected financial expenditure expected to be incurred in this investigation which are solely the responsibility of SOJP and Home Affairs . Since projected results relate to the future , actual circumstances frequently do not occur as expected . The difference may be material.
The accounting officer and Finance Director of Home Affairs reviewed a draft copy of this report.Their comments have been reflected , where we deem relevant , in this report
Yours faithfully
BDO Alto ltd

Well, that looks pretty snug.

Then we have an introduction and Background to this review

"The objective of this Review is to provide an independent and objective opinion on the financial and governance controls in place in respect of the HCAE investigation in order to provide assurance to the Accounting Officer and Minister that resources have been used efficiently and effectively"

It will cost £64,00 grand and we wont bother with Lenny Harper or Graham Power.

Now this is a little strange. 
" BDO has worked alongside Mr Michael Kellett in performing this Review. Mr Kellett is a former senior Investigating Officer serving in the UK, who also set up the North West Regional Asset Recovery Team. He has been separately engaged by the Acting Chief Officer , SOJP; however this report represents the joint findings of Mr Kellett and BDO"

Hang on a minute what's that again!!!!!

 "He has been separately engaged by the Acting Chief Officer , SOJP; however this report represents the joint findings of Mr Kellett and BDO" 
David Warcup was engaging Mr Kellett - How Cozy

One point I would like to  make right now is this; Wasn't Senator Ian Le Marquand meant to be Neutral back in September 2009? Graham Power was still suspended and Wiltshire were still investigating, just a thought. Bit conflicting to be commissioning a report and sorting out your own TOR in the middle of the Chief being suspended, just a thought.

Lenny Harper will be having his say over the coming blogs. I will share this email exchange with you. It's between Mr Harper and ILM. It concerns his Wiltshire Statement and the release  into the public domain. We will be coming back to his Wiltshire Statement in due course as this story takes some even more serious twists....

Lets not forget the Home Affairs Accounting Officer - Steve Austin Vautier
On the 20th April 2010 Deputy Bob Hill asked ILM this question concerning expenditure for the Historic Child Abuse Investigation. 
c. how the expenditure is monitored and who is the Accounting Officer legally responsible for expenditure.


c. financial management of the enquiry is overseen by a multi-agency Gold strategic c0-ordinating group. The Chief Officer of the Home Affairs Department is the Accounting Officer,and member of the Gold Strategic co-ordinating group. 

The reason for posting the above comment is very simple. One of the reasons Wiltshire and BDO say that the financial control was so bad was that there was no Gold Group.  Where was the Gold Group when Wiltshire were treating Jersey as "Club Tropicana?" Just look at their expenses between January 2009 and October 2009; They are simply staggering. 

How many questions have the JEP asked about these?

How many rasping editorials?

How many award winning CTV features?

Just look at the Expenses again

"YET NOT ONE QUESTION FROM THE MEDIA"

Staff costs.............£200,700

Travel.................£92,000

Hotel Accommodation ..£82,000

Legal Fees...........£77,100

Subsistence.........£39,100

Equipment Purchase..£15,200

Rent..............£14,000

Other costs......£11,400

Total...........£531,500


Rico Sorda
----- Forwarded Message ----
From: Lenny Harper 
To: i.lemarquand@gov.je
Sent: Tuesday, 3 May, 2011 19:18:59
Subject: My Wiltshire Statement


Dear (Jersey) Minister,

During the Wiltshire enquiry I was interviewed over five days.  A full tape recording of that interview was made and a subsequent statement constructed from it.  I was refused a copy of that statement.  As it was not part of the small segment of the Wiltshire report which you made public, please take this now as a formal request for my statement, signed by me and recorded on tape, to be made public in its entirety.

Thank you,

Leonard Harper


From: Lenny Harper 
To: i.lemarquand@gov.je
Sent: Tuesday, 10 May, 2011 22:35:09
Subject: Fw: My Wiltshire Statement - SECOND REQUEST


Dear (Jersey) Minister,

I would imagine that it is not incompetence, fear, dishonesty, or plain bad manners that has prevented you from even acknowledging my e mail of 3rd May, (perhaps an incompetent maverick among your staff failing to pass it on?) so please find below the same request repeated.  As you have recently admitted some difficulty in understanding the written word I have highlighted the request in red for you.

Yours faithfully,

Lenny Harper

----- Reply message -----
From: "Ian Le Marquand"
Date: Wed, May 11, 2011 10:31
Subject: My Wiltshire Statement - SECOND REQUEST
To: "'Lenny Harper'" 




Dear Mr. Harper, the answer to your request is a simple no. I originally took the view that it was quite sufficient for the Wiltshire reports and the BDO Alto reports to go into the public domain because they were independant reports. However, a number of States Members have urged me to also put a redacted version of Mr. Power's statements into the public domain and I have agreed, in principle, to do this although it will create some difficulties because it contains criticisms of third parties. There are issues which may arise not only in relation to Data Protection but also in relation to the law of libel.

I felt able to agree to this because of the special status of Mr. Power as the officer who was being investigated. Your status in relation to the Wiltshire reports is that of a witness and that is quite different. If I were to agree to your request then I would have to agree to similar requests from other witnesses. That is simply not an aceptable way to proceed.

Finally, it may be of some comfort to you to know that Mr. Power's statement is generally supportive of the approach which you took in relation to the Historical Abuse Enquiry withn regard to Haut de la Garenne. When his redacted statement goes into the public domain it will probably cover most of the issues which are contained in your statement.

In the meanwhile you are of course free to seek to put forward publicly your view of the matter.

Yours sincerely,
Ian Le Marquand

----- Forwarded message -----


From: "lennyharper
Date: Wed, May 11, 2011 10:53
Subject: Re: My Wiltshire Statement - SECOND REQUEST
To: "Ian Le Marquand"

Mr Le M, thank you for your eventual reply. My five days of recorded interview bore little resemblance to Mr Power's, coming as it did from a totally different perspective. However, I do understand given the misinformation that you have continually peddled to the public, that you would not want my five days of recorded interview to be allowed to straighten the record with actual facts. In the past two days I have actually heard the name "BDO Alto" for the very first time. It is extremely interesting that you refer to them as "independent". They were so independent that they never bothered to contact me to ask even one question. This would be rather bizarre if it had taken place anywhere other than Jersey in its current circumstances. In truth, I expected nothing different.  Yours sincerely,  Leonard Harper.

43 comments:

GeeGee said...

Speechless, absolutely speechless!

This is downright criminal - Le Marquand has to go AND explain himself fully.

Anonymous said...

Wow, when reading Ian Le Marquands filth I could actually hear him squeeking it out like a bit of excrement from a spider crabs backside, so thin is his argument.

voiceforchildren said...

Rico.

Senator Ian Le Marquand's opening line "Dear Mr. Harper, the answer to your request is a simple no."

You just couldn't make this stuff up! Ian Le Marquand publishes the prosecution case against Graham Power and not a single word of Mr. Power's defence.

He then publishes a supposedly "independent" report from BDO that criticises Lenny Harper and refuses to publish any of Mr. Harper's defence. And these BDO people didn't even interview Lenny Harper or Graham Power? And David Warcup was involved in this "independent" report?

Just what part have our media played in this fiasco? They've quoted from a report that is not worth the paper it is written on and questioned absolutely NOTHING.

This island is in a mess and completely out of control.

rico sorda said...

I will post the comments from yesterday as they are still in my Yahoo account

rs

Anonymous said...

ILM doesn't want anybody to see lenny harper's wiltshire statement. Now there's a surprise (not)

Anonymous said...

Just when you think it really can't get any worse it does. Watching these clowns in action is cringeworthy. I mean they, and ILM imparticular, are a freakin embarassment to the Island. The only crumb of comfort that I can eek out of this sorry mess is the fact that I never voted for him last time.

Anonymous said...

Le Marquand is nothing but a disgrace and will hopefully face trial for what he has been doing. How can he get away with this?

rico sorda said...

Always the prosecution case and never the defence.

GP & LH want their Wiltshire statements released ILM is not so keen. He might be when I put up my next blog because someone has been a very naughty boy.

rs

Anonymous said...

"Mr Le M, thank you for your eventual reply. My five days of recorded interview bore little resemblance to Mr Power's, coming as it did from a totally different perspective. However, I do understand given the misinformation that you have continually peddled to the public, that you would not want my five days of recorded interview to be allowed to straighten the record with actual facts. In the past two days I have actually heard the name "BDO Alto" for the very first time. It is extremely interesting that you refer to them as "independent". They were so independent that they never bothered to contact me to ask even one question. This would be rather bizarre if it had taken place anywhere other than Jersey in its current circumstances. In truth, I expected nothing different. Yours sincerely, Leonard Harper."

That email sums it all up hang your head in shame ILM and hold your head up high mr Harper, you too rico.

Anonymous said...

Le Marquand should be doing time for his antics and who knows some day he might.

Ian Evans said...

Another great posting Rico, BDO ALTO? haha shot in the foot again.

And....here is some DATA PROTECTION DATA

Hymie said...

Great investigative journalism. Keep up the good work and thank you Mr Harper.

Anonymous said...

Ian Le Marquand still kids himself that his experiances and results(?), as a Judge, would put him in a good position to carry on being a Judge, but as a Politician.

He thought that moving from Judge to Politician and in his words: "earning a lot less money" would be benificial to the people of Jersey....

And worth it, so as to become the next Chief Minister and get an OBE or even a Knighthood!?

Anonymous said...

This proves how much the MSM are covering up for the old boys network which ILM is obviously a fully paid up member of.It is abhorrent behaviour from Le Marquand and BDO/ALTO.

rico sorda said...

What exactly are BDO referring to here; "Whilst previously commissioned Internal Audit reports have endorsed the financial controls over the authorisation , completeness, validity, accuracy and timelines of recording expenditure, the issues of the use of resources has not been addressed and that is the purpose of this review.

Can someone help me out here. Is the first part saying everything was ok? Audit trails have endorsed the financial controls. Then tucked away in "Wiltshire Finance" is a little piece on LH's expenses that states it was just under £7,000.

As you can imagine things aren't quite stacking up in the Hollywood Harper Department. Why didn't BDO contact Lenny Harper?

rs

Anonymous said...

Oh boy am i getting confused with this mixing BDO and Wiltshire!
I thought that this blog was supposed to do with BDO. They are seperate,so it would make it easier to follow if it was kept that way?

rico sorda said...

This is taken from a PAC hearing on the 20th july 2009 with Steve Austin Vautier. The whole hearing is worth a read

http://www.pac.gov.je/documents/pubhearings/S-12542-13628-612010.htm



Senator B.E. Shenton:
No, no, just to explain how the accounting officer arrangements are within the department.

Mr. S. Austin-Vautier:
Oh right, okay, I beg your pardon. Yes, it may not be apparent to all the Committee but Home Affairs is the only department with 2 Chief Officers and there is a very, very important distinction. The Chief Officer of Police reports direct to the Minister and I have no managerial or command or control or responsibility at all, but I am the accounting officer and so the whole of the Home Affairs budget, half of which is the States of Jersey Police budget, I am accountable for. The rest of Home Affairs, that is the Prison, Fire and Rescue Services, Customs and Immigration, Jersey Field Squadron and Superintendent Registrar, they do report through me to the Minister. There is a different managerial relationship and clearly I can ask more questions of those departments than I can do of the Police. That, as I said, we have been able to live with under ordinary circumstances. When we got the unprecedented situation of potential child murder and all that was concerned with that inquiry, which it was billed as at the time, it put the accounting officer arrangements under severe strain and it has exposed weaknesses.

Senator B.E. Shenton:
Yes, I think I do not want to go into it now because it is quite a big issue but obviously you said that you cannot verify the expenditure and anyway you did not have the resources to go into that area. I think that is fair enough. I do not want to search for it too deeply.

Mr. S. Austin-Vautier:
Yes, it is not in dispute that I am accountable because the law says I am and there are particular circumstances that have arisen with regard to the inquiry and they need explaining.

Senator B.E. Shenton:
I think it was raised as an issue, though, well before the child abuse inquiry came to ... and certainly we do know it was raised with the Chief Executive of the States significantly earlier than that.


Im glad SAV said "potential child murder"

rs

rico sorda said...

"Oh boy am i getting confused with this mixing BDO and Wiltshire!
I thought that this blog was supposed to do with BDO. They are seperate,so it would make it easier to follow if it was kept that way?"

Im glad you said that because that is exactly happened when Wiltshire/BDO was released.


When Graham Power was suspended in 2008 Wiltshire were called in with very specific Terms of Reference they included the financial management of Operation Rectangle.

In September 2009 ILM & SAV decided to commission their own report as BDO say: "specifically to provide some assurance that resources have been used efficiently and effectively."

So, we now have two reports, and none of them make much sense.

rs

voiceforchildren said...

Rico.

SAV says " but I am the accounting officer and so the whole of the Home Affairs budget, half of which is the States of Jersey Police budget, I am accountable for."

It's the "I am accountable for" bit that's the problem. SAV has been held to account for absolutely none of it!.............why not??????????

Anonymous said...

He has been separately engaged by the Acting Chief Officer , SOJP; however this report represents the joint findings of Mr Kellett and BDO

What role did David Warcup have in the BDO report? Mr Kellett was being engaged by ACO Warcup who was no doubt helping with Mr Kellett's research. What was Mr Kellett using to counter balance the information he was recieving. Can someone please let me know where I can find the BDO/wiltshire Finance report.

Anonymous said...

Rico, Ilm's reply to Harpers request to have his statement released is a beauty. "Dear Mr. Harper, the answer to your request is a simple no. I originally took the view that it was quite sufficient for the Wiltshire reports and the BDO Alto reports to go into the public domain because they were independant reports". As you are showing here BDO is independant in a very strange way & wiltshire was a disciplinary report. Is ILM out of control at Home Affairs or is he just the puppet for the real masters?

Attabad fly swatter said...

"The Chief Officer of Police reports direct to the Minister and I have no managerial or command or control or responsibility at all, but I am the accounting officer and so the whole of the Home Affairs budget, half of which is the States of Jersey Police budget, I am accountable for".

So ILM goes after Lenny Harper for 6 grand and the MSM win awards. Our Island is sick to the core.

Anonymous said...

Le Marquand is a puppet for his masters - mixed with - a little of being out of control.

Anonymous said...

Here you go Hansard King this is from May 11 2010. It explains a bit about Bdo.

The Deputy of St. Martin:
It has been alleged that there has been a lot of mismanagement of fees, et cetera… of monies: has the Minister to date found any evidence to support that allegation that monies were misused and really wastefully expended during the course of the investigations?

Senator B.I. Le Marquand:

This question of course brings me directly into one of the issues in relation to the disciplinary matters which I am currently involved with and so I cannot really answer that question definitively because I am conducting disciplinary proceedings. But it is no secret that there are allegations of
financial mismanagement.

4.13.2 The Deputy of St. Martin:
I am grateful for the fact they are just allegations but nothing has been substantiated and I am sure that they will not be substantiated. Can I ask the Minister who has oversight from the Ministerial side, does the Minister have that close Ministerial oversight of the expenditure or is it just primarily left down to the accounting officer?

Senator B.I. Le Marquand:

I did omit to answer the last part of the question, which I will now do so. Financial management of the inquiry is currently overseen by a multiple-agency Gold Strategic Co-ordinating Group. The Chief Officer of the Home Affairs Department is the accounting officer but the management system is now run through a Gold Strategic Group. These are essentially operational matters and not a matter for the Minister to get involved in.

4.13.3 Senator A. Breckon:
I wonder if the Minister could confirm that he has commissioned an independent inquiry into the financial probity of the Haut de la Garenne inquiry and has received the results and is not yet able to release them?

Senator B.I. Le Marquand:

That is correct. In addition to the disciplinary investigations I commissioned an auditor’s report in relation to financial management. I have seen a draft of this but I do not believe that the final report is yet available.

"But it is no secret that there are allegations of financial mismanagement"

Was this proven?

Anonymous said...

Brilliant posting Rico, we should all print out a few copies and leave them lying around where more people could read them.

Anonymous said...

Your stalker is using your name again on thisisjersey, LOL - what a compliment that someone is so obsessed with you :)

voiceforchildren said...

Rico.

This interview explains ILM's actions very well

Anonymous said...

[Mr Kellett was being engaged by ACO Warcup] surely using ILM logic, the BDO report cannot be relied upon as Mr Kellett was under a conflict of interest!!!

Anonymous said...

Rico, you and the voice are blowing this sorry mess apart. You never ever give up. I have just watched the video VFC interview,, again you have it bang on mate. Keep up the good work. Mate, keep exposing the muppets who are dragging our beautiful island down..... All in the name of MONEY................

rico sorda said...

Thank you for all kind words. We will never stop investigating and asking the questions.

I have dug out the comment ILM made about LH in the states on march 1st. It really is stunning.

"The Deputy of St. Mary offers a statement made, apparently, by former Deputy Chief Officer, who he named in fact today as Mr. Harper, as being a reason to doubt that. Well, in my view, the opinion of that particular gentleman is hardly a credible source of information. This is the person who took colleagues on expensive outings to London, with expensive meals, which were totally unjustified in any way whatsoever. This particular officer, in my view, caused enormous problems in this Island, not just in this context, but in the context of the police force generally, and he is, in my opinion, an incompetent maverick and not in the least a credible person to be believed by this Assembly or anywhere else."

ILM so has his own personnal vendetta against LH/GP that it shines through light a great light. His BDO ALTO farce is now getting exposed . He is probably the greatest maverick in the States. What he IS getting away with is a real SCANDAL.

I hope to be posting again tonight if I have time with more revelations about his independent repot.

rs

rico sorda said...

incompetent maverick ilm

rs

GeeGee said...

Rico - the lengths that IleM has gone to to discredit Lenny and Graham are beyond comprehension.

A vendetta indeed, which begs the question why? In the process he has also made himself look a complete fool and a dangerous man to be (trying) to deal with.

His legacy will not be a good one. A politician?! who will not even engage when e-mailed or questioned. And he called YOU rude Rico!

My only satisfaction is that I did not vote for the man, and I wonder how many who did regret that decision now?

Anonymous said...

Stuart Syvret warned us of Ian Le Marquand before he even got elected.

But as usual, we did'nt listen.

Anonymous said...

what an astonishing comment from ILM regarding L Harper. How can LH expect any justice or fairness from someone so biased. And to think that this man was a judge! Surely this ex judge must be aware that you hear both sides of the case before coming to a conclusion.He,quite clearly has never asked LH for his version of events,but has still judged him.

ex resident Jersey Home for Boys

Anonymous said...

I gather that the group who are now running HdlG
have not had an easy time getting the use of the building.Lots of hurdles to jump...politicians to chat to,and beaurocracy to contend with.

Also heard on the grape vine that the local canoe club had use of the place last year for their main event of the year.This event attracts plenty of visitors. Alledgedly the club kept it low profile not wanting to antagonise anyone.
Its good to see my old home being put to use again.

Dont blame the building for the abuse,blame the people.

rico sorda said...

Yes, it's true what you say about the building. All I believe people wanted was consultation on it future use but our ruling elite cant even manage that.

The above statement from ILM about LH really is staggering. We now know that Lenny Harpers expenses from January to August 2008 was just under £7,000. This can be found on the Wiltshire Finance Report. I have no idea how this lavish lifestyle nonsense came about but our MSM just ran with it. I will be posting Lenny Harpers reply to the BDO Alto report tomorrow night. I will be also sending it out to all states members including the local press.

rs

rico sorda said...

BDO Alto

You can download the BDO report on the above link.

Wiltshire Finance Report

These are the two reports I have been looking at

rs

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said, "Stuart Syvret warned us of Ian Le Marquand before he even got elected."

He has presented a bleak and seemingly unrealistic view only to be proved right over and over again. Sad but true. Stuart seems to be the one who always understands how bad things really are.

Trent

voiceforchildren said...

Rico.

As we know, very well, the former Police Chief, Graham Power's letter of the 31st March 2010 to John Richardson was full of caveats, qualifications or provisos. What kind of an "answer" do you think Terry Le Sueur will give to Deputy Wimberley's question?

8. The Chief Minister will table an answer to the following question asked by the Deputy of St. Mary –

“When the former Chief Officer of the States of Jersey Police wrote to the Deputy Chief Executive on 31st March 2010 saying that he would cooperate with the Napier inquiry into his suspension, were there any qualifications or provisos made by him in that letter as to his willingness to cooperate with the inquiry?”

voiceforchildren said...

Rico.

More informative and frightening revelations from former DCO HARPER

Ian Evans said...

And speaking of journalism? TAKE A PEEP AT THIS

Rob Kent said...

Rico, I think that finally we are seeing the real picture of what went on behind the sacking of Graham Power and the HdlG cover up. All the lies that were peddled by ILM, TLS and others have been exposed, largely as a result of the work done by you and Voice.

I remember when the JEP started banging on about Lenny Harper's expenses that we pointed out that nobody had bothered to examine what the normal procedures were for police or States expenses, and whether the new police team were acting any differently, and indeed, whether the Wiltshire people were staying in 2-star hotels rather than 4-star.

It appears from your figures that their spending was greater than the spurious figures mentioned in relation to Lenny Harper, and he himself as already given the lie to their innuendoes about his spending.

And for people who say that this story is finished: the story is not HdlG itself, although the victims are still awaiting justice. The story is now corruption at the heart of Jersey government and the willingness of the establishment to destroy innocent people's lives and reputations in order to protect their own... what?

Ian Evans said...

TIPSY CHILDREN RUN RIOT