The former Commissioner of the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission, Trevor Benn was back in Court today where he faced a third charge of misconduct in public office, related to the sale and lease of state lands by the Lands Commission while he was in charge
The latest charge alleges that as Commissioner of the Lands Commission, Benn deliberately misconducted himself by selling a parcel of land to Cevon’s Waste Management for $80 Million. The total size of the land was just over 1 acre and all of the money went to the state.
In brief comments after leaving Court, the former Lands Commissioner said he was interviewed about the land when he was first charged back in March in relation to another plot of land.
He said based on the charge, the government is now alleging that he had no right to sell the land to Cevon’s.
He was not required to enter a plea to the charge this morning and was released on $100,000 bail. He will make his next Court appearance on June 18, 2021.
Back in April, Mr. Benn was charged in relation to the sale of land on Mandela Avenue and Aubrey Barker Road South Ruimveldt and earlier in March, he was charged for the leasing of six acres of state lands to an engineering company while he was Commissioner of the Lands and Surveys Commission.
Benn said he believes that the charges are trumped up and meant to embarrass him. He said there was no fraud and it was the state that benefitted from all of the transactions.