The infiltration of criminal gangs which have been siphoning millions of taxpayers dollars from Government projects and contractors has been a problem for over two decades, according to Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley.
And he conceded that there was no easy solution to the problem but he intends to stamp it out.
The multi-million dollar contracts given to seven reputed gang leaders at two PNM-controlled corporations will now be the subject of an expansive audit that will also include the 12 other regional corporations across the country.
The announcement was made by Rural Development and Local Government Minister Kazim Hosein in a media release issued on Wednesday in which he signalled his intention to have this matter properly investigated.
Over the next few weeks, Guardian Media will be highlighting a multi-part investigative series that hinges on underworld activity and key players that police have been monitoring for a period of time.
This is the first part in the Underworld Files series.
Seven reputed gang leaders in north Trinidad have benefited from State contracts worth close to $6 million in spite of assurances by Government to the contrary.