PL treasurer has side business while heading ARMS financial department

JPM property administrators' website taken down after The Shift’s questions

 

The treasurer of the Labour Party, Marisa Ciappara, also Chief Financial Officer at the government’s energy billing company ARMS Ltd since 2018, appears to be involved in a private side business offering “property management services” to clients.

While Ciappara refused to confirm whether she has a side business, the mobile number listed on her ARMS business card is also used on marketing material for JPM Administrators, which advertises itself as Malta’s “premier choice for property management”.

As CFO of ARMS, Ciappara has oversight on the utility bills of all Maltese properties and businesses, raising severe concerns about potential conflicts of interest.

JPM Administrators operates from an apartment in a residential complex in Triq it-Turisti, Buġibba, and Ciappara lists her mobile number on all the company’s advertising, positioning her as the prime contact for all services required in the management of properties, Airbnb, and condominiums.

According to its website, the company has been active for several years, yet JPM Administrators is not registered with the Malta Business Registry (MBR).

It is illegal to operate a business without MBR registration, and all entities must comply with laws related to audits. Ciappara is an accountant whose duty is to ensure these laws are observed.

When The Shift called JPM Administrators on one of its advertised contact numbers, Ciappara answered during office hours when she should be doing her job at ARMS Ltd.

Asked to state her involvement in JPM Administrators while officially working as CFO at ARMS, Ciappara refused to answer, saying this was her “personal life”.

When The Shift pointed out that clarification was needed considering possible conflicts of interest, Ciappara hung up.

The Shift sent several emails to Ciappara asking questions related to her role at JPM Administrators, to explain why the ‘company’ is not registered at the MBR and to state whether her employer, notably the CEO and the board of ARMS Ltd, were notified of whether she had a side business and if they had given their approval if that were the case.

The Shift also asked Ciappara whether she had declared any income from the entity advertising her mobile number, whether she has any partners in the business and whether paying utility bills on behalf of her private clients was part of the property management services offered.

No replies were received from Ciappara by the time of writing, even though she confirmed that she had seen the questions.

Soon after The Shift sent questions to Ciappara, JPM Administrators’ website and Facebook page were taken down.

This is the second instance in a few weeks where the ARMS finance chief has been implicated in a potentially serious conflict of interest.

The Shift first mentioned Ciappara as having a potential conflict between her political role as PL treasurer, accounting for massive donations from big business, and her responsibility as CFO at ARMS to decide who should have electricity and water supply suspended due to defaults.

As CFO, Ciappara has access to data on all the utility bills on the island.

ARMS sources told The Shift that among the known defaulters are many large businesses, many of which are donors to the Labour Party and the commercial companies of both the PL and the PN.

The Shift revealed how a new racket ‘helping’ defaulters of utility bills has been informally established between the OPM and customer care officials at ARMS to facilitate the postponement of overdue bills.

After MEP candidate Arnold Cassola flagged the racket, The Shift found how customer care officials inside ministries, including the OPM, have been given the contact of three senior managers at ARMS (The Shift is withholding their names for the time being as verification processes are still ongoing) who pressure the company’s credit control office not to enforce such final notices for specific people.

Sources confirmed that the final decision was in Ciappara’s hands.

The Shift was also informed that on some occasions, Labour MPs also call and send messages to Ciappara, soliciting ‘help’ for their constituents.

The Shift sent Ciappara information on ARMS officials tasked with ‘helping’ specific individuals and asked whether she had decided to postpone or cancel disconnection orders following their recommendations. She did not reply.

Apart from PL treasurer and CFO at ARMS, Ciappara is also a director of MLP Holdings Ltd, One Productions Ltd and the secretary of Orpheum Theatre Ltd and Sound Vision Print Ltd, all owned by the Labour Party.

She is also the director of the Grand Harbour Regeneration Corporation Plc and the board secretary of Petromal Holdings Company Ltd – two wholly owned government companies from which she also receives remuneration.

                           

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wenzu
wenzu
4 months ago

Another oink at the trough.

Joseph
Joseph
4 months ago

The size of the cronies trough is unimaginable!

Mick
Mick
4 months ago

Wow, she must be good with so many diverse portfolios, with her head fully in the trough she will have difficulty coming up for air. Creme De la Creme of the gahan genre.

T. Bonello
T. Bonello
4 months ago

The pigs are put in charge, and the farm is renamed Animal Farm!

Tony Vella
Tony Vella
4 months ago

Għal xi waħda bħal din telgħa l Partit Laburista fil-Gvern !
Mela għalik Gaħan.

Last edited 4 months ago by Tony Vella
Aggie
Aggie
4 months ago

Hope the Tax Office and Auditor are up to date on her compliance ..

joey falzon
joey falzon
4 months ago
Reply to  Aggie

DON’T HOLD YOUR BREATH…OTHERWISE, YOU WILL TURN BLUE

Last edited 4 months ago by joey falzon
A. Fan
A. Fan
4 months ago

All animals are equal, but any Sows and Hogs bearing the MLP brand are clearly more equal than the rest of us. I only hope to live long enough to hear them squeal.

Twanny C
Twanny C
4 months ago

Also involved at Lesa when hundreds of fines were revoked !

Ta’ min kienu Ms Ciappara ?

Last edited 4 months ago by Twanny C
Pudini Kuljum
Pudini Kuljum
4 months ago

Il Vergni pura ta’ l ‘Arms , li gabet lil kulhadd qisu iblah ! hlief ghal xi erba ta’ madwara ,qishom ballali jilaqu !! CEO tal-Kindergarden !

Last edited 4 months ago by Pudini Kuljum
Angelo
Angelo
4 months ago

Qtajtli nifsi ssemmi f’kemm il- hnizrija dil-mara dahlet imniherha. Ara ssibx xi job iehor ma tmurx tmut bil-guh.

Godfrey Leone Ganado
Godfrey Leone Ganado
4 months ago

This is not a case of possible conflicts of interests, but a blatant case of conflicts of interest and a high exposure to possible trading in influence.
The CFO of Arms Ltd is in a position to write off and/or discount outstanding bills in exchange for votes. She may also, by collusion in a scheme, be in a position to influence the rates applied to the consumption recorded on billings and save money for consumers marked as Labour on the electoral data held by the Labour Party.
In a period during which ‘favours for votes’ schemes are being exposed regularly, it would be desirable in the interest of good governance to investigate the adherence to specific audit policy procedures, delegation of authority responsibilities and security of access procedures to the company’s computerised data.
I must highlight that the CFO seems to qualify as a politically exposed person both in her official position with the Labour Party as well as her directorships of government public interest entitites, which positions would require advanced onboarding due diligence as well as regular monitoring of due diligence.

Lino Vella Clark
Lino Vella Clark
4 months ago

No wonder Dr. Fearne recent stated that in Malta we haven’t had it so good. Certainly not all the citizens but those close to PL, like Ms. Ciappara with so many governmemt appointments from which she is earning thousands of euro.

Spiru ta ' Wenza
Spiru ta ' Wenza
4 months ago

Lil ħaddiema din trid jgħamlu s- sagrificcju , ħallina Ciappara , għax dejjaqt lil kulhadd !

Sirna gvern tal Purcinelli !

Last edited 4 months ago by Spiru ta ' Wenza
Marjo
Marjo
4 months ago

Imma kif lanqas entita wahda tal-gvern ma hawn sura ta nies. Lanqas wahda mgiddma!

M.Galea
M.Galea
4 months ago

Xi hmieg! They are all in it together!

A V
A V
4 months ago

Now I understand why Labourites and Nationalists can’t agree that electricity bills have decreased! I bet only those marked with a 2, or was it a 1, get discounted bills.

Daniel Agius
Daniel Agius
4 months ago

Tajba Gahan! …int titghawweg biex tasal hajj sa l’ahhar tax-xahar u din halqgha mimli tant li qas tista tomghod …kompli capcaplu lill gvern tieghek li qliek ghall mitt elf darba

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