Barbados Ex-Minister Sentenced to Two Years in U.S. for Money Laundering Scheme

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Barbados Ex-Minister Sentenced to Two Years in U.S. for Money Laundering Scheme

Donville Inniss who 20 months prior was a Senior Government Minister of Industry in Barbados was condemned on Tuesday 16th, two years in jail for his part in a plan to launder bribe installments from a Barbadian insurance agency through bank accounts in New York.

Inniss, 55, a legitimate U.S. permanent resident who dwelled in Tampa, Florida, and Barbados, was indicted by a government jury of two counts of illegal tax avoidance and one tally of a scheme to submit tax evasion on Jan. 16, 2020.

As indicated by the proof introduced at preliminary, in 2015 and 2016, Inniss partook in a plan to launder into the United States roughly $36,000 in pay-offs that he had gotten from high-level executives of the Insurance Corporation of Barbados Limited (ICBL).

In return for the pay-offs, Inniss utilized his situation as the Minister of Industry to empower ICBL to get two protection contracts from the Barbados government to safeguard more than $100 million worth of government property. To hide the pay-offs, Inniss organized to get them through a U.S. ledger for the sake of his companion’s dental organization, which had a location in Elmont, New York.

“Donville Inniss engaged in a bribery and money laundering scheme to line his own pockets at the expense of the people of Barbados,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicholas L. McQuaid of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “International corruption undermines trust in governments, threatens our national security, and prevents the free market from functioning fairly for law-abiding people and companies.  Today’s sentence sends a strong message that the Department is committed to prosecuting corrupt officials like Inniss who seek to use the U.S. financial system to hide their bribe payments.”

“In accepting bribes and laundering the payments through banks on Long Island, Inniss not only abused the public trust that was placed in him by the people of Barbados, he also stained the U.S. banking system with the proceeds of his corrupt scheme,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Mark J. Lesko of the Eastern District of New York. “The defendant’s sentence today reflects the seriousness of his crimes.”

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Notwithstanding the jail sentence, the court additionally requested Inniss to pay $36,536.73 in relinquishment.

The FBI researched the case. Aide Chief Gerald M. Testy Jr. of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section and Assistant U.S. Lawyers Sylvia Shweder and David Gopstein for the Eastern District of New York indicted the case. Right hand U.S. Lawyer Claire Kedeshian is taking care of the relinquishment parts of the case.