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Algernon Cargill out as Director of Aviation

Director of Aviation Algernon Cargill is about to get his walking papers, according to top sources at the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation.

Cargill, who has benefited from several high-paying political appointments under the last three Free National Movement governments, had hoped to fly under the radar in hopes of holding onto his meal ticket.

However, sources tell the Gallery, Cargill could receive notice by the end of this week.

The Minnis Administration appointed Cargill as Aviation Director in 2018, raising eyebrows and questions.

He was fired from the National Insurance Board (NIB) in 2013 after a forensic audit by Grant Thornton determined that bonuses appeared to have been improperly paid to him and contracts that were awarded for various projects featured irregularities.

Leaked documents revealed that Cargill and other NIB executives received six bonus payments between January 8, 2010 and May 1, 2012.

Cargill received $40,104.17 on January 8, 2012; $17,187.50 on June 23, 2010; $47,250 on December 17, 2010; $20,250 on June 16, 2011; $49,000 on December 14, 2011 and $21,000 on May 1, 2012.

After he was dismissed as NIB chairman under the Christie Administration over the exorbitant bonuses and project irregularities, Cargill sued the government.

Upon taking office in 2017, the Minnis Administration went against the advice of internal and external counsel by awarding Cargill a $400,000 settlement then hiring him.

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