New York address was fish market, real estate agency, now barber shop
New evidence suggests that Digital Technology, which has been awarded computer contracts worth $300 million, was in fact never registered at the United States address that is now a barber shop. In fact, it is now not registered at all in the United States.
The firm, which the Education Minister Shaik Baksh has fought to give credence to and has described as “not a fly by night” company, has as its United States Head Office address, 3154 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, New York 11208.
The business operating at this address is a barber shop, and was in fact once also a fish market and a real estate agency.
The address is located between Logan Street and Norwood Avenue. An online search reveals that the only names listed for that address are Jameela Sookhoo (as owner) and Dianand Sookhoo of Northeast Realty and Consulting Inc. Another business that operated there was called Norwood Fish Market.
The business currently operating at the address is Antonio and Martin Barber Shop.
Any for-profit business that registers to operate in New York City must do so with one of the City’s County Clerk’s offices, and since DTI said it was located in Brooklyn, a check with the Kings County Clerk’s office in Brooklyn turned up no such company by name or address.
Any for-profit business that deals with the public must also apply for a license from the New York City Consumers Affairs Bureau. A check with the Consumers Affairs Bureau also revealed that no such business was ever licensed to operate in Brooklyn.
In short, Digital Technology Incorporated never did any business in New York City or operated any business from New York City.
Now, observers are questioning whether the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) did engage in any “due diligence” checks of Digital Technology’s history.
“How can the CDB, which has tremendous resources at its disposal to investigate the backgrounds of companies that will receive its monies to provide a product or service, fail to detect that no such company existed in New York,” the observer questioned.
On July 13, Digital Technology Group of Companies (as it was registered in Guyana) was awarded a contract valued at $223 million for the supply of 1,400 desktop computers to 70 schools across the country. It was awarded a further $70 million, this time by the CDB to provide more computers, plus servers and overhead projectors.
Digital Technology in Guyana is in fact listed as the Caribbean and Latin America Office of the Digital Technology that listed its Head Office as Digital Waves Technology Inc., which has as its Head Office the Fulton Street address.
In Guyana, the company’s local address is 54 Grove Public Road, East Bank Demerara.
This address is part of a business complex at Grove, which did not have a single computer to sell recently when a Kaieteur News reporter researching bidders for the government’s One Laptop Per Family project visited.
The reporter was directed to the company’s office in Sandy Babb Street, Kitty, and the result was no different.
Digital Technology in Guyana was one of the companies which put in a bid to supply the government 27,000 laptops under a US$9 million project. However, the company’s bid, along with the two other bidders, was not successful and the project went to a re-tender.
The company was incorporated in Guyana in June 2, 2009. An entity by the same name and local address was registered as a business in November, 2003.
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