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“Cabinet was unaware of Joshua Perdomo loan write off,” says Deputy Prime Minister

Posted: Friday, August 23, 2019. 7:17 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber commented on the $40,000 Cabinet write off for a student loan for Joshua Perdomo, the son of the Cabinet Secretary, calling the incident “unfortunate” but emphasizing that he did not know about it and suspects that his colleagues at Cabinet did not know either.

“I was not present in the caucus, we normally have a caucus on the Tuesday before the house meeting I was away. I suspect that even if I
was in that meeting the details of all these writeoff motions would not have been discussed. I am pretty sure that the details were not discussed.” Faber said. ” I did not see that detail, I suspect my colleagues would say the same.”

Faber said that it is a normal practice for the Ministry of Finance to write off assets that are unrecoverable, but he would not have
supported the write off if he knew that Perdomo was the Cabinet Secretary’s son. Faber also said that he had spoken with Prime
Minister Dean Barrow about it and Barrow said during their conversation that he did not know Perdomo was the Cabinet Secretary’s
son.

Apart from having over $40,000 written off because the Solicitor General’s Office has been unable to locate Perdomo for payment, he was
also reportedly released from his three-year bond to the Government of Belize which he signed to go on study leave to pursue a Master’s Degree in Forensic Genetics. Faber said that he will have to wait and see what Cabinet decides to do about the incident when they meet again.

 

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