Warner loses first battle against Concacaf over Centre of Excellence ownership

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Warner loses first battle against Concacaf over Centre of Excellence ownership

Jack Warner seems on his way to losing yet another major legal battle.

This, after he lost the first round in the matter with the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) over the ownership of the Dr Joao Havelange Centre of Excellence in Macoya.

Warner served as President of the Concacaf, which is contending that Warner, his wife Maureen and two of their companies were involved in a conspiracy to misappropriate Concacaf funds.
They said these funds were allocated to construct the facility by misrepresenting that it (the facility) was actually owned by Concacaf.

Concacaf also listed Warner’s accountant Kenny Rampersad and his Accounting firm as parties to the claim, as it contended that he had a conflict of interest by serving as the accountant for both Concacaf and the companies.

High Court Judge Robin Mohammed, on Monday dismissed an application from the two companies owned by Warner’s family and his wife to remove them from the US$37.8 million lawsuit which was brought against them, Warner, Rampersad and Rampersad’s accounting firm.

Warner’s wife and the companies, Renraw Investments Limited and CCAM and Company Limited claim Warner had a fiduciary duty to Concacaf based on his long stint at the helm of the organisation and they had no connection.
They also stated that the case, which was filed in 2016, was statute barred, as it concerned conduct which took place between 1995 and 2011.

Warner, who served as Concacaf president between 1990 and 2011, has claimed that he could not recall facts surrounding the deal due to Concacaf’s delay in bringing the claim, and he also denied that he and his wife had a controlling interest in the companies and that he misappropriated funds.

Rampersad also denied any wrongdoing as he contended that he provided secretarial services to the companies and claimed that he did not owe Concacaf any fiduciary duty as he merely served as an auditor.

A case management conference in the case is scheduled to be held on February 2.