UPDATED: Barbados ex-minister charged in United States with money laundering and bribes

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UPDATED: Barbados ex-minister charged in United States with money laundering and bribes

(Reuters) – A former minister in the government of Barbados has been criminally charged in the United States with laundering bribes he received from a Barbadian insurance company, federal prosecutors said on Monday.

Donville Inniss, who formerly served as minister of industry in Barbados and as a member of the Caribbean nation’s Parliament, was arrested on Friday in Florida. He was released on bail after appearing in federal court there on Monday, prosecutors said.

Inniss was charged with money laundering and conspiracy in an indictment unsealed on Monday in Brooklyn federal court.

Adam Nate, a lawyer for Inniss, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Prosecutors said in the indictment that in 2015 and 2016, Inniss engaged in a scheme to take about $36,000 in bribes from high-level executives of a unnamed Barbadian insurance company. In exchange, they said, Inniss used his position as minister of industry to help the insurer secure two government contracts.

The prosecutors said Inniss, 52, concealed the nature of the bribes by receiving them through a dental company and a bank located in Elmont, New York, under the guise of payments for consulting services.

Inniss, a legal permanent resident of the United States, lived in Florida and Barbados at the time of the payments, prosecutors said. (Reporting by Brendan Pierson in New York Editing by Matthew Lewis)

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  1. I can imagine what when clico there troubles started , all that money gone , the lavish spending and not one person in jail .. bs .. and the insurance association leader CF more dafff ...... I wish some foreign power investigates those bastards .....

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  2. The indictment is available online. It makes interesting reading. For one thing, it was issued since March, when he was still a Minister, although it was only unsealed last week, when he arrived in the US.

    Perhaps if he was not a green card holder they might have just revoked his visa. So ministers who get their visas revoked should probably count their blessings - the alternative could be a lot worse.

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  3. Why I'm I not surprised? Many Caribbean politicians gain their wealth by such practices (kickbacks). It is time for those unethical clowns to be exposed! Sick bastards.

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