Sandals coughs-up $12M in TCI corruption probe

| 23/01/2013

(CNS): The Turks and Caicos Islands Government has managed to recover US$12 million for the public purse as part of a settlement in the on-going corruption probe. A spokesperson for the governor’s office in the UK overseas territory said that the Special Investigation Prosecution Team (SIPT) and the TCI government have reached an agreement with Sandals Resort and its directors in connection with the on-going investigations there regarding government corruption and the sale of crown land  to developers. The officials said the agreement was without any admission of liability but it did not prevent the prosecution of anyone connected to the special probe.

The agreement of US$12 million to TCIG is due in part to the cooperation of the company with the United States authorities to a degree that has been acknowledged to be both extraordinary and unique. The governor’s office did not elaborate on the circumstances but merely added that it included the early and voluntary release of valuable evidence that has been shared with the SIPT which has materially assisted SIPT's investigations.

The on-going three year investigation has already netted  several million dollars, along with the arrest of a number of politicians and individuals from the private sector.

The former premier of Turks and Caicos, Michael Misick, who has been wanted for questioning for several years, is currently in a Brazilian jail following his arrest in Rio. Although he has not been arrested in TCI or charged with any crime, Misick is in a high security unit awaiting extradition to his native island, despite have publicly declared his willingness to return to TCI without the need for the international legal process.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Likewise in Cayman with the Michael Ryan deal and the DART Deal. Lets get that money back and the land back. Its not a binding deal, its a deal for the money men, not for the Government. Only the FCO can give away Crown land, not a gambler like McKeeva, the UDP and the NRA. Come on UK lets get this matter resolved for the people of Cayman.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Now can WE go after Michael Ryan for the 6 Million that Mac let him off with??

  3. Anonymous says:

    Getting close to home……more mckeeva connections.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Oops, Butch dat you?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Wow..precedent set..Ritz Carlton/Ryan next.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Yes Cayman, thats how it works, a government minister gives land away, takes some benefit from it and lo and behold, the Island loses in this case $12m. That was the Turks, and luckily they got it back. The sad thing is that there was no real understanding that something was lost!

    Take the "for Cayman" deals for example, land or rights to its use have been sold or given away, who loses? Well, probably you do, but the real question is, who among you gained? Hope the RCIPS find out!

    • Anonymous says:

      I hope the land transfer and road closure is put on hold until we can find out!

      • N Somniac says:

        Why are some people, a minority, so obsessed about a little piece of poor quality road?