Former Barbados minister charged in the US with money laundering
A former Barbados minister was arrested in the US and charged with money laundering earlier this week.
According to media reports, Donville Inniss, former Minister of International Business, appeared before a US court on Monday to answer the charges.
Inniss, who was ousted from his ministerial chair in the May 24 elections, was hit with a three-count indictment by the Justice Department in New York.
The charges stem from his alleged acceptance of bribes from a Barbadian insurance company in 2015 and 2016 when he was in office. He was arrested on Friday and was arraigned on Monday before United States Magistrate Judge Julie Sneed in Tampa, Florida.
He has since been released on a $50,000 bond.
According to the indictment, between August 2015 and April 2016, Inniss engaged in a scheme to accept approximately $36,000 in bribes from high-level executives of an insurance company headquartered in Barbados and launder that money through the United States.
Allegedly, in exchange for "bribes", Inniss leveraged his position as the Minister of Business to enable the Barbados Company to obtain two government contracts.
Inniss concealed the bribes by arranging to receive them through a dental company and a bank located in Elmont, New York.
The story first broke on the United States Department of Justice website under the title - 'Former Member of Barbados Parliament and Minister of Industry Indicted for Money Laundering. Donville Inniss Allegedly Laundered Bribes through a Long Island Company.'
It was posted Monday, August 6, 2018, under the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of New York.
Then two hours later, the news broke on other international news sources, including Reuters and CNBC, the Miami Herald and others.
The former minister and ex-parliamentarian was last spotted in Barbados on July 29 at Carlisle Bay Centre.
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