Nationwide News understands that a major investigation has been launched into a multi-million dollar racket involving petrol being stolen from a subsidiary of the state owned oil refinery, Petrojam.
It’s understood that a senior employee of Petrojam’s subsidiary – the Jamaica Aircraft Refueling Services, JARS, is being probed in relation to the theft of fuel from Sangster International airport in Montego Bay.
The investigation is being carried out by Petrojam, Jamaica Customs and the Police.
Our source says the employee was caught recently stealing fuel in what’s believed to have been an ongoing racket.
Group General Manager of the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica, PCJ, Winston Watson has confirmed the investigation.
Our source say investigators believe the incident which prompted the investigation is part of a racket which has possibly cost Petrojam hundreds of millions of dollars.
Mr. Watson says the single incident which triggered the investigation was an attempt to steal 4-thousand litres of fuel.
That’s valued at approximately JMD$460,000.
Winston Watson, Group General Manager of the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica, PCJ, speaking this afternoon with Nationwide News.
Meanwhile … Opposition Spokesman on Energy, Robert Montague is calling for the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica, PCJ, to provide full details on its investigation.
Earlier today, Senator Montague issued a statement to the media where he demanded that a case of major theft which has affected Petrojam not be covered up.
The Opposition Spokesman say his information is that the implication of the fuel racquet is major.