Owen Arthur Drops CLICO Bomb at West Terrace

Exposed by the Deloitte’s CLICO Forensic Report is the fact a 3.3 million dollar invoice was generated by CLICO and eventually made its way into the account of Leroy Parris. BU finds it is ironic the leader of the opposition Owen Arthur was able to produce, at a political meeting last night, the 3.3 million dollar CLICO cheque and supporting invoice. Can anyone guess why? Here is a hint.

Unfortunately BU was unable to monitor the meeting until the finish which proceeded late into the night but here is a summary from Tony Hoyos’ Facebook page.

So an invoice for $3.3million was issued by Thompson & Assoc to Clico in Dec 2008 (while D Thompson was PM of Bds). Maurice King who was named on the invoice as providing some of the legal services billed on that invoice says he didn’t do any such work. The partners of the firm say it wasn’t their invoice. But Leroy Parris, head of Clico back then, authorised payment to T&A and the Clico cheque for $3.3m was deposited in a bank acc’t that the law partners say was not the firm’s. Then the same amount of $3.3m was paid from that acc’t back to L Parris as a part of his “gratuity”. And a few weeks later the public learned that Clico was broke. And nobody has been prosecuted yet for this? What am I missing?

0 thoughts on “Owen Arthur Drops CLICO Bomb at West Terrace

  1. The hope is, Owen would come back like the person we first knew and bring some stability to this economy, he did it in ’94 and our only hope is that he can do it again in 2013. The electorate are not voting for Owen or the BLP, they are voting AGAINST Stuart and the DLP, like they did in ’94.

  2. @BAFBFP

    The difference between the Haggatt Hall cheque and the current situation is that this time it is a much larger issue that must be dealt with.

    The Haggat Hall cheque was and is a red herring. If the man withdrew the $75,000 in cash on election day 2003, it is obvious what it had to be used for. So clearly, DT had nothing to follow up on.

  3. Sadly Owen started out just fine but became more corrupt and drunk on power (along with other things) as each year passed. I am hoping for a tax ease I work in Bridgetown and I can see the effects of the tax burden. Landlords in town struggling to get spaces rented and to collect rent on what is rented out. No one has money to spend. Three doctors and dentist have told me of 40% fall off in business. People can afford to go to the doctor. Politicians need to come down from their high horses between elections and see how hard it is for everyone.

  4. @ Knight of the Long Knives | February 20, 2013 at 5:08 PM
    “Cammie Tudor/Freundel is secretly gay” trash that everyone keeps ignoring and he keeps bringing into every discussion. ”

    Until Fumble retracts his statement and apologizes for calling Noel Lynch a “macho” man a WOMAN he will always be the target for being “outted”. What the miller speaks of- repetitive or not- is not hearsay but is about what he knows; and he can tell you he is old enough and pals (not bosom buddies like Freundel with Leroy) of both insiders and known outsiders to know.

    He either apologizes to one his kind or be exposed as a closet homo. Unless Fumble dick goes on hearsay (very much integrity here?) he can only come to the conclusion that Noel is a “woman’ or positions himself as a woman if he was a “real” man when the two of them were like two “ps” (penises) in a gay bed.
    Like it or lump it and prove the miller wrong. The truth stands!

    Hypocrisy is the biggest enemy of Integrity.
    Which one are you, “Knight of the Long Knives” a traitor with a dirty dagger in the back or a warrior with the sword of truth?

    Yours truly
    Mr. Integrity for Truth & Openness
    Aka Peter Tatchell of the local branch of OUTRAGE

  5. People unplug your natural gas powered spin dryers, the laundry has already be hung on the clothes line in the beautiful sunlight.

  6. Truthfully I don’t think it matters if either of them are gay. What bothers me, and since you are an insider is why Barney Lynch didn’t answer the question about the origins of his sudden wealth. Since you are an insider maybe you should tell us not just about him but whoever else you know about. For the record I believe there are several gay/lesbians in the election.

  7. DAVID
    RE @GP

    The last female you tried to woo on BU has disappeared, no? Believe she carried the moniker JC.

  8. JC, Now that was a special lady, Of course “I” include Pat & AC in that term SPECIAL. JC was the only person I know who could charm the goodly Doctor Georgie Porgie. JC if you ever pass this way again, you should know few have left a mark as you have done. May you and your family always walk with peace and love.

  9. So it appears that the BLP delivered the last major punch.

    I really don’t think voters are stupid enough to wait till now to decide how to vote.

    The choice is between a DLP Government which could have done more and a BLP party that has promised more than it can deliver.

    Either way for the next few years Barbados is flcuked.

    I look forward to April when BU can be used to discuss the continuously declining economy and what we can do to make a difference.

  10. Polls days apart with two stories. Cheques so big passing hands that they need wheel barrels to carry them. Mr Integrity vrs Mr Competant (put a name in the hat and pull to decide). Can’t figure out who is the fiddle and who is the fiddler the night before the election. No televised debate. Just old school soap box politrics. Grantly, Tom, Errol and Bree must be rolling in their graves to see that this is what they died for. What disrespect to the Bajan intelligence. What’s really concerning is the fact that the fiddlers know that this is one big joke and only the winners pockets will be lined with silk on Friday morning. More concerning is that we get to watch this soap opera 5 years from now. Thank goodness it is only five years and not yearly.

  11. Awesome job Peter Wickham.

    The BLP has showing you the respect and acknowledgement you deserve on Page 20 of the Wednesday Barbados Advocate.

    Your dedication to accurate polling which made you do a second poll has benefited the BLP greatly.

    Only in Barbados would we find such dedication the correctness.

  12. WAIT who on this blog is the caller on Brass Tcks known as Mr Anti American ??
    will have something in common
    No Opposition

    Latest Polls indicate that
    BLP likely to win all 30 seats

    • You may be right the crowd at bay street seems to suggest the same thing.
      Sent from my BlackBerry® device from Digicel

  13. BREAKING NEWS – How the hell could Randy Harris (if it is truly his signature) write a letter on an BLP letterhead telling members to endorse the Barbados Labour Party?
    Is he the president of the BFA or Mia Mottley’s pimp. If that is his signature, Randy Harris must resign immediately. Plain and Simple. These people aint even back in power and starting this nastiness again.Think Barbados.


  15. This from a BLP flyer circulating this evening “6) Cited in Underage Rape Case. When Donville Inniss’ company Fiesta Catering was an owner of sexsearch.com, an underage teen was raped in Ohio, USA. She met her attacker on sexsearch.com. The accused is now suing Fiesta Catering, a Barbadian company, for its part in exposing this girl to harm. At the time of the rape, Donville Inniss was the director of Fiesta Catering. Full Document:”

    Now I hope that the judge has thrown out or will throw out this case. A man rapes a child, and then sues a company for exposing the child to harm? Now if the child who had been raped sued, that would be justified.

    But the rapist deserves a good beating with a bull pistle.

  16. I am convinced that David Estwick is a madman
    He just called Owen a cunt and a cunny

    He swearing real bad (cant repeat )
    calling them (BLP) sons of bitches etc
    calling somebody ASScoll

    Nobody aint telling he behave

    Go your blasted way Owen, (he just commented)
    just called Owen a drunkard
    and Masscoll –an Ass

    This is what it come to ?

  17. Peter Asquith at 9:46 “Grantly, Tom, Errol and Bree must be rolling in their graves to see that this is what they died for.”

    Actually none of these gentlemen died for anything or for anybody. And almost certainly some of them died from their own self indulgence.

  18. @ Simple Simon | February 20, 2013 at 11:03 PM |
    Actually none of these gentlemen died for anything or for anybody. And almost certainly some of them died from their own self indulgence.

    @ JUST ASKING | February 20, 2013 at 11:03 PM

  19. Simple Simon and Geogie Porgie you two got the point and do elude to the fact that these 2 jokers that call themselves leaders are really partakers of the fatted calf, driven in the nicest cars with speacial number plates, well decked out homes, catered to with the finiset meals, drinking the best wine (rum for OSA) and have the nerve to call the name of the Lord on their soap box. Thank goodness it is every 5 years to hear them again.

  20. fire_blackfox@yahoo.com | February 20, 2013 at 10:37 PM |
    You may be right the crowd at bay street seems to suggest the same thing.
    Sent from my BlackBerry® device from Digicel

    I dropped in on both meetings Bay St. was massive Independence Square equally massive from my circling the cars were more and parked further distances for Independence Sq than Bay St. Its a shame the police dont release estimates of crowds. By the looks of tonight’s gatherings the election should be close.

  21. Are we going to have Elections decided by Photo Copier, are we to have five years of building houses, the free transport of our children, plans for the future among many others, reduced to nothing by the exposure of a paper that has ALLEGEDLY uncovered an act that was not instigated by, or of which this Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and THIS Government had any knowledge.

    We as REASONABLE Bajans must always examine the EVIDENCE and where action is needed, take that action but we must not cast aside an Honourable man because of an ALLEGED act by those who are no longer with us.

    Reason, fairness, and honesty and most of all common sense dictates we must not.

    Your vote is YOURS to exercise as you wish but think honesty and those who have disappointed you in that regard in the past. They should be held to account, in the fairness expected of you as reasonable Bajans. Think of the kind of Barbados you want, a kind not dictated by those who manipulate us because of their wealth. . . think on these things.

    If we change the Government, it is quite possible we will be told after a week. Things are financially worst than we expected, we cannot do what we promised in the Manifesto. All the dreams, the promises will be gone as dust.

    When you do the same thing repeatedly and expect a different result, one can only ask why?

  22. A really good point, unfortunately both these parties think that the Bajan electorate are total idiots, and they are the only two parties existing in Bim at this time. I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that both parties have successfully screwed the pooch.

  23. @yardbroom
    Integrity in leadership isn’t only doing what is “right”, it’s speaking out about all that is “wrong” as well.

    All that it takes for evil to prosper is for good men to do nothing.

    Just Observing

  24. @Observing(…) | February 21, 2013 at 7:14 AM

    So what time tonight you think we will hear the acceptance from PM OSA? 🙂

  25. It is inconceivable that many on this blog cannot see that resolution of the CLICO matter will be a long drawn out affair given the very intimate and clique relationship which exist between the DLP’s hierarchy and the company’s former and present management team.For certain the entire DLP hierarchy knows and indeed knew of the enormous contribution which the company made to the
    party’s 2008 election campaign the revelation of whichwould jettison the party’s current prospects. Thus there is therefore almost total inaction by the Government. Holding Mr. Parris liable, particularly if Dodds seems likely to be in the offing, could lead to cvanary singing resulting in irreparable damage to the integrity of many. As regards the invoice and its settlement there is standard procedure within institutions that invoices of this nature be signed by the issuer or accompanied by a letter establishing its validity
    From my experience any officer preparing and or certainly signing a cheque of the amount quoted would most certainly ask to see the file which gave rise to the invoice. $3.3 million is not a sum easily repayable if there is problem hence great care is taken. To my way of thinking what transpired is simply fraud. Of course it is possible that it was the company’s modus operandi to over inflate invoices when it wants to move large sums out of the institution and therefore for the staff this was no big thing. From the information available to the general public at this time there is nothing to connect the current Prime Minister to this affair. However having seen and I believe read the JMs’ Report of a year ago it is incomprehensible why the PM and his Ministers seem almost over-anxious to be photographed in Mr. Parris’s company. When I was a youngster my father would always remind me that a man is known by the compny he keeps. Is there not also a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words?

  26. #Just Asking

    iam just asking where u is? I miss yah, according to carew whp u think u is? Just asking for u. U can imagine i miss ur 27 to 3 prediction. What a disappointment.

  27. Interesting letter in the print media today signed by Maurice King QC who name was listed on the famous invoice for 3.3 million issued reputedly by Thompson & Associates. The funds we know ended up in the pocket of Parris the forensic report stated. King expressed the letter he wrote to the Judicial Managers in response to a query found itself on the BLP political platform. How could this be?

  28. Shame made him say something. This letter was part of the CLICO report. Did he not know that the document is public?

  29. Owen and MIA checks bigger , no bomb here , 14 years i sure they have more than that. Let see their checks under freedom of Information ,plenty more checks were written in 14 years of BLP rule

  30. An impressive share! I’ve just forwarded this onto
    a co-worker who was doing a little homework on this.
    And he in fact ordered me dinner because I stumbled upon it for him…
    lol. So allow me to reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!!
    But yeah, thanx for spending some time to talk about this topic here on your web site.

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