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Dominican Today: Shell admits it altered Dominican Refinery’s fuel invoices

June, 27 – 7:19 AM 
SANTO DOMINGO. – A report of the Shell oil firm on the denunciations of altered fuel purchase invoices in the Dominican Petroleum Refinery (Refidomsa) found “the control structure is inadequate for such an important task” and admits there were cases “the freight was influenced” in addition to “deficiencies of the process.”

The report, which the newspaper Listin Diario quotes today, and which had been kept secret, was rendered by Shell’s representative in the Dominican Republic Rafael Maradiaga on March 19 and notes that “the errors or faults (detected in the invoicing) are not systemic.”

Maradiaga’s report was sent to Rubén Montás, president of Refidomsa, in response to the report rendered by a group of the members of the Refinery’s governing board, which investigated the denunciation.

It also says prices in the spot purchase, that normally include the freight, though it doesn’t explain why it was demanded that the cost of the transport be segregated in the shipments, as the report of the commission of the Government’s representatives in Refidomsa alleged.

Maradiaga said it was decided to conduct an investigation after the Government’s representatives in Refidomsa revealed the irregularities.

He said Shell asked to conduct its own investigation, for which it designated a team that included investigators of “ethics and compliance of Shell, internal auditors of Shell and representatives of Shell’s manufacture department.”

The report notes that the “general manager (of Refidomsa) approves the purchases” although “though does not become involved in the negotiation of the contract.”

Shell’s investigators concluded that “Refidomsa incorrectly handled the information of cost of freight in 3 occasions related to fuel oil imports.” It said in one of the cases where it was verified that the price of the load was not handled and which “was not in isolated case, instead was either a practice that extends to the variety of products that Refidomsa buys.” and its sister websites,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article.

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