Whistleblower Policy Needed–Former CLICO Executives Speak Out

Embattled Leroy Parris flanked by Chis Sinckler, minister of finance and Hal Gollop QC, Parris' lawyer on the campaign trail in 2013

Embattled Leroy Parris flanked by Chis Sinckler, minister of finance and Hal Gollop QC, Parris’ lawyer on the campaign trail in 2013

The failure of CLICO and other failures in the Eastern Caribbean require regional governments to implement a whistleblower policy. It is evident regional regulators are more committed to managing within national boundaries therefore pan Caribbean companies will continue to be a challenge. BU believes a whistleblower program facilitated by Caricom can act as an ancillary mechanism to  support the function of moribund regional regulators. The lack of labour mobility in the Caribbean means individuals are not motivated to risk personal financial hardship and victimization in the name of doing what is ethical and moral.

The following comments were posted in another forum by individuals purporting to be Neval Greenidge and Larry Davis, both former CLICO  executives. There is always the case to question the motives of former employees in a situation like the one unravelling with CLICO. In light of what has transpired all actors who played a part should be clinically interrogated to accurately piece together the truth behind the demise of CLICO Barbados Holdings and subsidiary companies.

Neval Greenidge

February 3, 2015 at 10:31 am

This is Neval Greenidge who worked with Leroy Parris for 16 years and who know from personal association with the company that he has everything to do with everything that went down…I would like to call for a criminal investigation and or an enquiry at his expense if he is innocent…I will be the first to give evidence and also bring my documents and tell of the ones that were taken from my file to hide some of his terrible misdeeds to the people of this country…I hurt every day for my policyholders who I left there because of serious and honest approach to the industry that gave me everything and which I still love dearly. When I read of them not being able to get their pensions nor send their children to school it hurts from the pit of my stomach since I know where so many millions were diverted.. What is happening to the board of Directors….

I am ready willing and able and want to see justice for those unfortunate people he has fleeced and driving around this country without a care.

Original storyBarbados Today

Larry Davis

February 3, 2015 at 1:00 pm

I agree with Neval Greenidge, I also worked for the CLICO group in the banking side and witnessed some of the actions of Mr. Parris and Mr. Duprey. Thank God I got out when I did (1993) and the bank was eventually sold or it would have gone down the tubes as well. Would be interesting to look into the downfall of Plantations Group which was engineered by CLICO and what happened to the assets there which by the way were handled by the same Deloitte’s and no statements were ever issued as to the disposition of those assets. Mr. Parris was never trained nor had the experience to be the leader of CLICO, he was simply a puppet of Lawrence Duprey and did exactly what he was told to do with no questions asked, that is his crime and he can not walk away with a clear conscience.

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  • Norst the Invader February 7, 2015 at 9:51 AM #

    David

    FRUENDEL STUART HAS NOW TAKEN UNILATERAL ACTION AND TERMINATED THE NIGERIAN EDUCATIONAL PROJECT.
    ………………………………………………………………………………
    Why should this come as a surprise? Hasn’t he more or less terminated the Barbadian Educational project at UWI?

    And especially according to the Prime Minister – ” in a context where people are driving around 115,000 motor vehicles , in Barbados,. Where people have stone dwellings, electrified houses , waterborne facilities and can take their children to Disneyland.”

    ……………………………………………………………………………………………….
    Except for the Disneyland bit. All of the above could be seen as taken directly out of the Sugar Plantation Managers and Owners Operating Manual.
    Before the introduction of the Freehold Tenantry’s Act, labourers working and living on any plantation’s land could NOT :
    (a) Owned a motor car
    (b) Construct any wall structure on the rented land. The “ground sill’ had to be made of loose packed stones. The structure had to be wood or ” chattel”, so that when there was a falling out between the plantation and the worker, it was easier to remove the home as would be swiftly commanded.
    (c) The Electricity supply was networked from Plantation Great House to Plantation Great House, often times passing over the roofs , or in near proximity to the workers home.To install electricity, even if a worker could have afford it,or if it was made available, would indicate a sign of prosperity, and that worker could have his work days cut, or evicted from the plantation’s lands.
    (d) The same applied to “water-borne facilities”. The workers place was the stand pipe,and the pit in the back yard.
    (d) Very often if a plantation worker wanted to send , especially a daughter, to school “in town”, they had to hide and do so, and in many cases, sending that daughter to live with a relative in St Michael, as according to the above Willy Lynch manual, the place for that girl should either be in the Great House as a maid , or flying a Steel Kite in the fields.
    Now we can understand what the Prime Minister meant when he made the “Going back to the cane field “statement, some time ago. No wonder that he smiles like a Cheshire cat when he is entertaining Returning Visitors.

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  • pieceuhderockyeahright February 7, 2015 at 11:05 AM

    …………

    “I does even have difficulty running from Sister Headley when she does she 100 meters dash to push she breaseses and frontal parts pun me on a Sunday morning. OOB and BT may like dem sort of tings but if de body parts respond and stick out, if wunna feel dat Mac Fingal getting crucify heah fuh telling dem little rainbow coalition children bout them lack of melanin is something,den wunna ent know de scandal dat Ole Man PUDRYR erection in church, in front de Sunday School Chilrun would cause.

    Luc it.

    DD is wondering if PODRYR going to tell us nex dat Sister Headley try to blow he whistle.

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  • Caswell,
    Isn’t there more to be told?

    General elections were held in Barbados in January 1999 and the DLP landed only two seats – David Thompson (now known posthumously as Ali Baba) in St. John, and Dennis Kellman in St. Lucy.
    Didn’t Stuart walk the length and breadth of Barbados telling anyone who had ears to listen back then that David Thompson had actively participated in efforts to cause him (Stuart) to lose his seat in parliament?
    Wasn’t the eventual schism in CLICO (Leroy Parris vs Neval Greenidge) matched by a corresponding schism within the DLP (Ali Baba and Leroy Parris vs Mascoll, Stuart, and Neval)?

    By the end of 1999, based on what you have disclosed, wasn’t Stuart viewing Neval as a “client” and “not a leper”? So much so, that room was made available for Neval to replace Stuart in St. Philip after Stuart replaced Erskine Sandiford in St. Michael?
    Wasn’t an effort made to prevent any progress taking place with Neval’s case simply because someone wanted to ensure he had little or very limited campaign funds for the 2003 elections?
    What destroyed the schisms and led to the situation that all Barbadians witnessed? A situation in which only Ali Baba, Leroy Parris, and Stuart were left standing? A situation in which the rewards, punishment, and personnel selections undertaken would lead intelligent Barbadians to see clearly how CLICO policyholders’ premiums were being hijacked and led astray? A situation in which, when CLICO corruption is discussed, Barbadians could give only 2 men the benefit of the doubt – David Estwick and Dennis Kellman?

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  • Walter

    I am sure that there is more but you see, I use my name and can only sensibly write what I can prove.

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  • Walter
    I suppose you mean their hands might be clean of Clico support.But Kellman was made the laughing stock at a recent funeral service when he in his ‘eulogy’ suggested that Stuart was one of the best leaders in Barbados.The mourners moaned and laughed so loudly that the same Stuart was totally embarrassed. The upshot of that experience is that we now have a Stuart hitting back at middle class bajans at every opportunity he gets.
    As for Estwick,what a bugaboo!

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  • Walter isn’t it ironic that the same Judicial manager who is now saying that it will take 300M to capitalize the new insurance once held the post of financial controller of Clico Holdings..subsequently became the auditor at Deloitte before the collapse and is now the JM.I read your letter to the DPP again yesterday and wonder how many Barbadians realize the seriousness of what u wrote back then and how it is playing out today..hadn’t Neval stand up for what is right and speak out after that idiot got up and talked such rubbish this would not be in the public forum anymore.We need more people like you Ca
    swell and Neval who stand up for what is right and not what is popular as we are seeing from a Government that is still in election mode.

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  • Given the opportunity this Stuart would take this country into the Ugandan model and he would enjoy being Idi Amin….he would love to be Prime Minister for life and talks the crap he does because he thinks he the most intelligent bajan and the minions must listen….

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  • @ Bajan boy February 8, 2015 at 9:10 AM #

    “….he would love to be Prime Minister for life and talks the crap he does because he thinks he the most intelligent bajan and the minions must listen….”

    Your above comments are so very true.

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  • There are two versions of TRUTH ! one is”trute” and one is TRUTH and as the PM resonantly said . TRUTH is not like milk it does not sour , it stands fresh forever until the appropriate place and time to be used, stay tuned,

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  • @millertheanunnaki. I was wondering why myself the records were not unsealed and you have provided a good answer. That is why the other members of the DEM Parliament are noticeably silent on this issue. That is probably the stash that was used to fund the election give aways. From the PM down they will all be implicated. I am awaiting a response from the Courts.

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  • Clico had as of now 2 PM from the DLP as Lawyers and a lot of the DLP yard Ducks were employed at one time or the other what you think is going to happen I had to turn off my TV tonight because there was James Paul a man who had nothing before becoming MP dress up talking shite

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  • I told you that Stuart is smarting from the public rebuke he encountered at St Lucy’s Parish Church last month at the funeral of the DLP supporter Ashley Toppin.Stuart is now beginning to show his spiteful side since he was laughed to scorn at the service and he experienced it first hand.Middle Class watch your backsides,Stuart on the warpath.Leader numero uno just get up from sleeping.More taxation coming in the form of direct and indirect.All the gains you all made under more enlightened administrations which brought Barbados to ”punch above its weight” now gone thru the eddoes.Wunna laff at Stuart when Kellman say the man is one of the best leaders in Barbados?OK your ass is grass from now on.Stuart gine show wunna what leadership is all about.
    We have a backward form og government.The electorate will always be taken for a ride under the present Westminster model we profess to have.Too much power in one person’s hands.We have to break that up going forward.Checks and balances that work.
    Btw reading today’s Gleaner, some members of Parliament are complaining of the great amount of power civil servants wield in Jamaica to the detriment of members of parliament.The complaining parliamentarians claim that garbage collection and water supplies are being controlled to the extent that they are made to look powerless to get things done in the community they are elected to serve.Garbage collection you say?Ya tink only buhbaydus complaining bout garbage collection.Jamaica too…

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  • Bajan boy February 8, 2015 at 9:04 AM #

    “Walter isn’t it ironic that the same Judicial manager who is now saying that it will take 300M to capitalize the new insurance once held the post of financial controller of Clico Holdings..subsequently became the auditor at Deloitte before the collapse and is now the JM.”

    Bajan Boy,
    It is quite possible that he could have done all three of those jobs well. There is no irony in that possibility. It is important for you to understand that the JM is not the one to be put under the microscope at this stage of the game.

    With respect to the role of JM, you must be aware that there is a process involved. Part of that process, so far, has spat out a $3.333 million “arrangement” between Leroy Parris and David Thompson Associates, which in turn has led to the filing of a civil suit by the JM, which in turn has led to the freezing of assets, which in turn …….
    The Financial Services Commission had this information. What did they do? Nothing.

    Another part of the process, looking at things from a forensic point-of-view, appears to have spat out more interesting tracks and trails. The JM has advised the court that the initial sensitive aspects of the undertaking which warranted the forensic results to be originally sealed, no longer exist. Therefore, the results of the forensic report can be released.
    In a flash, the Financial Services Commission has now come to life, and is pleading, literally, with the Judge not to carry out the advice of the JM. Shouldn’t the Financial Services Commission and the JM, both with overlapping responsibilities to the policyholders in this case, be on the same page? This is where your focus should be, my boy.

    A time will come when the JM will tell us how much money in fees CLICO Bdos had to pay for the audits, in BDS$ and foreign currency. He will be under the microscope then. But that is further down the road.

    I agree with the JM that the forensic report should be unsealed. What about you? Again, this is where your focus should be, my boy.

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  • Walter

    The Financial Services Commission (FSC) is a bogus political tool. It has assumed the role of keeping the lid on misconduct. Some time ago, the City of Bridgetown Co-operative Credit Union (COB) held a meeting to amend its by-laws. The meeting lost its quorum before any of the by-laws were amended. Even though that fact was drawn to the attention of the then President, James Paul, he continued the meeting and “passed” the amendments.

    I reported that matter to the FSC but they went ahead and approved the amendments without an investigation. We have the recording of the meeting that would verify what I reported but the FSC never investigated. They are supporting wrongdoing of known DLP operatives.

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  • And the Government is expecting already multiple duped Barbadians to buy into the newly proposed NILCO, a bastard of CLICO , without exposing CLICO’S forensic report ? That’s like buying a pig in a bag, and most of the fellows in here who have to drive past the Garrison at night,know that even the sales persons in that area, take the pig half way out of the bag to attract customers.

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  • Caswell & Walter Blackman & Bajan Boy!

    Wow!

    Wunnah certain wunnah ent mekkin dis up?

    What seems to be coming through to me is that DT might have ensured, through his friend LP, that ethical behaviour was not a prized characteristic of the top management at CLICO and that the same was true of his own DLP Cabinet and that his chosen successor was wired to continue in the same vein . That mindset was bound to be bad for Barbados once CLICO started to unravel as saving Parris became a top priority for Government. Remember that, almost on his deathbed, DT’s last Cabinet meeting was to push his plans for saving CLICO along a flawed route that no other jurisdiction in the Caribbean used?

    It sounds like a bad dream.

    Walter, you and Barbados were lucky that you got out of CLICO when you did and as a junior operative.

    I see in today’s paper that Mrs. Fowler seems to be again teetering towards supporting the Government’s plan for a new Company and against fighting for the unsealing of the second JM forensic audit report.

    I’m beginning to agree with Bushie’s characterization of her probity.

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  • Colonel

    And what do you do when the pig is halfway out of the bag?

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  • “Stuart is now beginning to show his spiteful side since he was laughed to scorn “-

    ‘laughed to scorn’ or PUNISHED WITH LAUGHTER HA HA HA

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  • Prodigal Son February 6, 2015 at 7:03 PM “He should thank God that he was born when free tertiary education was made available for the sons and daughters of maids. ”

    And not only the sons and daughters of maids…wasn’t Freundel Stuart’s daughter called to the bar just a few years ago…when he was a bigable lawyer and/or MP and/or /Prime Minister?

    Wasn’t he driving a big ride while his daughter received 5 years of free university education(that is funded by my taxes and yours). She is a UWI educated lawyer isn’t she?

    Didn’t Freundel at that time live in an electrified house?

    Was he not at that time driving a good vehicle?

    Did he not have a water toilet?

    Don’t know if he or she went to Disney, but I am sure that somebody on this blog can tell us.

    And now he is talking?

    I’ve always thought that what is good for the goose is good for the gander.

    Free university education for all or free university education for none at all.

    All those such as Freundel and his daughter who have enjoyed free university education (that is paid for with your tax money and mine) should start paying back the tax payers right NOW.

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  • Are-we-there-yet

    I don’t make up stuff: I just reveal the truth no matter how incredible it may sound.

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  • Does anyone know the connection between the FSC’s CEO and the dead king?

    Who is the chairman of the FSC? Is it true that he was also a member of the Oversight Committee and ran from it, saying that he could not stomach what was being uncovered?

    Why would an agency of government go to court to fight to keep this report sealed? Is this agency not there to support the best interest of Barbadians and not there to block the report to protect a dishonest man called David Thompson!

    Who is the lawyer for the FSC?

    This DLP has corrupted this country……….

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  • Simple Simon,

    You may be confusing Fumble’s daughter with someone else. Yes she has a first degree and is still at Cave Hill doing law. She is not a lawyer yet!

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  • are-we-there-yet February 8, 2015 at 10:07 PM “Remember that, almost on his deathbed, DT’s last Cabinet meeting was to push his plans for saving CLICO along a flawed route that no other jurisdiction in the Caribbean used?”

    We may have thought so at the time, but now we know that David Thompson knew the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth about CLICO. His actions on his deathbed were not about saving CLICO, but about saving his estate and assuring financial comfort for for his widow and his children.

    The CLICO policy holders were and are merely cannon fodder.

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  • @Prodigal Son February 8, 2015 at 10:43 PM “You may be confusing Fumble’s daughter with someone else.”

    You know how it is with Prime Ministerial daughters. Sometimes we don’t even know that they exist. I am very certain that I saw a young woman identified as Stuart’s daughter being called to the bar some few years ago.

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  • Prodigal Son

    As far as I can see wrongdoing does not cause the FSC to bestir. I reported to the FSC that a person who was managing director of COBFSI managed to get himself elected to the Supervisory Committee of COB. As a member of the Supervisory Committee he is required to audit both COB and COBFSI. The FSC took no action except to write to me quoting the Co-operative Societies Act, for what purpose; I don’t know.

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  • Caswell Franklyn February 8, 2015 at 10:11 PM #
    Colonel

    And what do you do when the pig is halfway out of the bag?
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    Definitely not like the Demons in Mark 5:12 ,English Standard Version.

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  • Colonel

    I understand you to say that you kept away from the sea after you had entered the swine. LOL!

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  • THE BARBADOS Labour Party (BLP) has called on Acting Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith and Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Charles Leacock to investigate a number of bank accounts into which funds from troubled insurer CLICO were reportedly channelled.

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/63286/mia-clico-money-probe#sthash.sKGDClxJ.dpuf

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  • A very valid point Walter ….as we will also see how the 400 M was distributed among the three bandits over the years…..

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  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    @ Mr. Caswell Franklyn

    You said and I partially quote “…The FSC took no action except to write to me quoting the Co-operative Societies Act, for what purpose; I don’t know.”

    Being the conspiracy theorist that I am I used to think that they were all in league with either the Party In Power, which in our case is the Party out of Power, which ironically and incredibly in the case of Bulbados, is BOTH THE DLP AND BLP!! But that is a metaphysical discourse for another time.

    Then after receiving similar inane responses from many of these regulator agencies which are tasked with monitoring the respective malfeasances, upon receipt of these insane and inane responses, came to a second position that they DID NOT HAVE A CLUE WHAT TO DO.

    But of late I have had an awakening, the removal of the veil in front of my eyes.

    The PRE GOLDEN YEARS syndrome.

    No, no, no, no….not the calcification of the brain and dementia that AC and Legion accused me of some months ago and threatened me great bodily violence, to wit I had to seek the protection of the Blogmaster when she was going to kick me in the coggin, no sir no dementia.

    Actually is is a syndrome which we all encounter when going into those years and then living there as temporary residents, until of course we graduate to the “other place of permanent citizenship”

    Retirement and Pension years. (Like what faces Fumble and the rest of the clowns you and I and we bajans elected to torture us)

    When you get to that point Mr. Franklin when your income is going to shrink drastically and your living expenses will increase, AND the prospects for employment decrease dramatically, because nobody dont want to hire no old people who gine need commensurate salary, but dem gine sleep pun de wuk (unless you is part uh de ole boy network and get hire back as a cuntsultant) sumthing does happen to you

    You know how over time gravity does affect you body parts, if you is a woman, you bubbies does reach you nable, you pooch doan be round, it does get oblong, like de simpson motors oblongabout and if you is a man you man parts does “diminish”

    I working pun a book, I ent know whu to call it yet but dis chapter titled “Gravity and Your Balls/Pudenda” and speaks to how peeple, fearful of upsetting the applecart at gratuity time or running into problems wid dem pension calculations at these tender years, “once a man, twice a child” naturally loose their “balls” out of a natural fear for their pensions and victimization that can/will occur when they are not young enough to fight wid these vagabonds.

    Even Sir COW, wid all he millions, doan really got dat gumption, dem balls to fight de vandagers no mo’

    But soft, a moments lingering on the wind, and another woman shall bear me….

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  • Bush Tea February 6, 2015 at 9:37 AM #

    “…and how about gurus like Walter who HAD TO KNOW that these policies were a lotta shiite from day one… ”

    Bush Tea,
    I worked at CLICO from May 1986 to April 1988. I didn’t know anything about “these” policies back then.

    “should HE not have created a big stink?”

    Bush Tea,
    I should have, and I did when I was there.

    Lawrence Duprey, Leroy Parris, Neval Greenidge, and all of the agents and administrative staff who were there back then would attest to this. I set up meetings with agents to highlight my concerns. There was an agent exodus around 1987-1988 because, after becoming enlightened about what was happening, most agents decided not to sell for the company. The unit that I was a part of completely evaporated.
    As for me, Mr. Duprey eventually offered me the opportunity to work with Leroy Parris at Professional Financial Services Ltd.
    I graciously turned down the offer. Shortly after that, I received a letter telling me that I was being severed from the company.

    “…was Walter not a big Radio host or something in those days?”

    Bush Tea,
    I was a talk show host from about 1992-1994. That is about 4-6 years after CLICO left me (almost said after I left CLICO).

    “…Was he not intimately aware of the CLICO internal shambles back then?”

    Bush Tea,
    I sensed. I reasoned. I deduced. I never became “intimately” aware.
    Rodney Wilkinson (Yes, the same Rodney Wilkinson who manufactured and leased invisible cars) was the financial controller at the time so he and Terrence Thornhill would be two excellent starting points if you have questions related to internal shambles.

    “…to whom much is given…..”

    Bush Tea,
    Believe me when I tell you that I did my best to prevent this catastophe. You could never start to imagine the amount of cursing, hatred, and anger that
    was directed at me. All the while, the rest of Barbados was having fun. As a very concerned Barbadian citizen, I made an official appointment to see Prime Minister Erskine Sandiford, and I briefed him about my concerns over CLICO. But that is going down the Erskine Sandiford – David Thompson highway and opening up a completely different vista an can of worms. Remember me saying that this CLICO debacle had its genesis from the 1980’s?

    By the way, Bush Tea, all of these questions from you take my mind back to Paris, 1789. The “revelation” (oops, I mean “revolution”) hasn’t started yet, but here you are, sharpening your guillotine and looking longingly in my direction. LOL.

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  • @Walter

    There is that name again Rodney Wilkinson. Did something happen at Clico that you are aware off which caused him to hightail it out of Barbados?

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  • Have been following this for the past two days and fing it quite interesting. i decided to comment because I heard the PM last night lashing out at Land Lords and tenants. Has anyone seen the house he owns and previously live in at Marchfield? Do you know that he has refused for over 10 years to rent it to any one but allowed to literally fall to the ground.will some tell him that he has no moral ground on which to speak ashe preferred to let anyone live in his but rather it Rooney to the ground and since he is now PM he sure doesn’t need the rent but please remind him that some person needs a house.

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  • This thing about a new is simply. Because MOF is playing for time. They will leave office and nothing will happen as it relates to this new company. Who will finance it?? The forencic audit being kept sealed is also a mere delay tactic. We are simply playing into their hands by continuing to lash out at each other and ask silly questions about Rodney Wilkinson who apparently was fired from Clico since the mid 80’s or even Walter who has skillfully and very intelligently questioned this matter in his letter to the DPP since last year and who also said he left Clico about the same time and who we all know is a very principled,honest no no non sense man that has always stood up for what is right and we know I made the same point in support of Neval earlier. The issue is to get the audit unsealed and see how many hundreds of millions the three of them have and let some criminal chargers fly and then go after recovering as much of this money as possible for the policy holders.
    TheFSC will do little as Governmet was also negliget through the supervisor of insurance in not ensuring that the statutory limits were not maintained . Had that been done at least the traditional insurance clients would have been able to get some of their money back. Wonder what Are Walter’s views on the formation of this new new company From a legal and more so an actual perspective considering all the current challenges..

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  • @Bajan Boy

    Don’t agree. We have to expose how prominent actors who operated in both political administrations impacted CLICO. It shows the purebred yardfowls this is not about apportioning blame to B or D. It therefore helps to motivate players on both sides to close ranks and rally around the flag.

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  • @simple Simon
    Parris would have fired the pregnant unmarried mother for one of two reasons.
    1 because she was pregnant for a man at the company and it wasn’t him or 2 because she would have been no use to him sexually nice she is now pregnant and is not the father.
    There many young people he fired especially women who In bajan terminology won’t give him the time of day. Once he discovered that a young couple was emerging from the company he would fire both. I learned from his chauffeur that he used to drive him around at night to staff homes to see which staff pas parked at the other and then he would fire one or all..
    Don’t let us get distracted just saying..

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  • @Walter Blackman at 1:47 AM…I made an official appointment to see Prime Minister Erskine Sandiford, and I briefed him about my concerns over CLICO. But that is going down the Erskine Sandiford – David Thompson highway and opening up a completely different vista an can of worms.===============

    Walter, you are a top professional who fearlessly writes here under your own name on one of the most chilling and damaging scandals that has ever enveloped Barbados’ political class and social elite.

    I certainly don’t have to direct you on what’s the right path but I am confused by your remark cited above.

    How at this stage of the game are there ‘vistas and can of worms’ which we should avoid?

    So as you continue to expose via your back room knowledge and expert analysis it behooves you to let the chips fall where they may.

    Let me put it this way.

    Right now, you are ideally placed to make an impact on Barbadian society by widening the riff that roils into an earthquake to topple our political miscreants.

    Do not place yourself in the position that you need to repeat: “Believe me when I tell you that I did my best to prevent this catastophe”, when other leaders emerge from this when in fact they should also be in ‘jail’ or at least exiled from the political landscape.

    If you have the goods based on that skill and back ground knowledge then ensure that you are a part of the team wielding the guillotine and not under the big knife.

    If yee are without blemish then let the chips fall where they may, all else be damned.

    As your brethren Pieces says we have to ‘Change or Die’.

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  • Easy Squeeze (make no riot)

    Companies and Governments work outside laws
    and illegal activities and fraud are protected by Laws

    Whistleblowers serve people
    but must go where angels fear to tread
    best route is to publish truths on internet

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  • Well stated DeeWord. Note Walter’s Open Letter to the DPP…has gone viral on Facebook.

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  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    @ Bajan Boy

    Oh loss, what a predicament one is in.

    I looked at your statement, the part that said “….even Walter who has skillfully and very intelligently questioned this matter in his letter to the DPP since last year and who also said he left Clico about the same time and who we all know is a very principled, honest no no non sense man that has always stood up for what is right..” and de ole man paused for a few…

    Den I saw Dee Word words, “He of the focused analysis and unwavering sound direction”, He who Bush Tea and I are BEGGING to forget his first essay at “play-play” politics, while seeking to be president of the Student Guild, eons ago and run here in Barbados, and I paused again

    De Word, as if intoning a biblical passage tainted with Olde Englishe constructs straight from Ye Kinge James’ versione, said “If ye are without blemish then let the chips fall where they may, all else be damned.”

    And then Thomas Hood’s poem came to the ole man (or should that be olde??)

    I remember, I remember,
    The house where I was born,
    The little window where the sun
    Came peeping in at morn;
    He never came a wink too soon,
    Nor brought too long a day,
    But now, I often wish the night
    Had borne my breath away

    And because my remembrance is like that of the subject of that poem, and my memory of the Randolph Alleyne’s of this fair island came to my mind, I was cautioned to take the “truths” from this fount of wisdom, with the proverbial “pinch of salt”.

    Truth be told, we all seem to ultimately arrive at Bush Tea’s wise pronouncement that only the BBE solution is workable, and we can only echo the remarks of wise Solomon “all is vanity and vexation of the spirit and nothing changes under the sun…”

    Having said this I will cease and desist in these remembrances with a prayer that these were things of our youth and a new man, without those characteristics and practices, has been forged these 20 years hence “hope springing eternal from the human, fallible heart…”

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  • Seems like Jeff Broome in the news again…Bushie, “man down” boi..LOL….BTW I see Jeff on D front page of D Nation wid some serious warfare implements- Knives and Scissors in a drawer….Jeff doan tell me these weapons got confidscated from your charges? Man dey look like Iran soldiery in the Pine….Jeff boy, this ent Alexandria, these is Red Sea cohorts….come out quix….Bushie wud agree on tis fa sure..Man Down

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  • PODRYR

    Wise words

    I need a favour

    Please go back to Tourism:What is the Advertising Strategy in Canada?

    I need you to intercede with the PM on my behalf

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  • @ Walter
    It is amazing that we can have Bajans of the caliber of Caswell and yourself among the hoards of mortals that comprise the rest of us mere brass bowls.
    …Perhaps there has been some value in our eddy kashunal investments after all…

    Bushie just put two and two together, came up with a lot more than four …and realized that some kind of synergy was involved in your association with CLICO

    LOL…. like with CASWELL, it takes a little prodding to get you to admit to your true class…..and you KNOW that Bushie is a “gallows bait”… 🙂

    Class is class Walter….. Much respect sir.

    Point to note David:
    One of the signs of a good man is that he is terminated from a big company bout here… LOL
    In Caswell’s case, he was terminated from practically ALL companies bout here LOL ha ha ha ….Ohhh Shiirt…

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  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    @ Due Diligence

    Whu?? “intercede” and “prime minister” in de same sentence?

    you did mean to hail up AC not de Ole Man

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  • @ Onions
    WRT Broomes…
    Anyone who stands up to the lotta shiite that is endemic in this country must expect to be harrassed. Usually the harrassment comes from AC-like yardfowls and foot soldiers of the big-up criminals and political poppets.

    No surprise therefore….
    ..as it was with Walter, Caswell and others who STOOD UP for something of honour, so it will be with Broomes and anyone else who dares to stand boldly and say “My name is ……. and i condemn this shiite.”

    Why do you think BU has finally been THE revolution that Barbados needed now for 60 years?
    ….LOL
    The political French Connectors can’t get David intimidated …cause he ain’t want one shiite from them and so far, he is undaunted by their best weapon AC….

    Man Onions, if you was of any value you would have been subjected to a lotta pressure too…. but nobody don’t care bout what you and the sea cat woman do with that bill fish beak when the nights come…
    ..so you can live happily ever afterwards….if you can call that living… ha ha ha

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  • PODRYR

    I did mean you.

    I don’t think ac likes my tone (or the TRUTH) sometimes here on BU, so I am afraid that he/she? would likely refuse to help this regular visitor to Bulbados on an extremely urgent matter.

    I look forward to hearing from you at Tourism:What is the Advertising Strategy in Canada?

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  • OSA, Walter e.t.c

    After the general elections of 1986, Duprey offered OSA a job at Clico but later rescinded the offer.
    Walter was terminated because of poor production levels.
    Rodney left because of financial uncertainities

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  • tHE THINGS RECORDED ON THIS THREAD ARE MIND BOGGLING

    THE NATION SURVIVED WITHOUT ALL THIS GREED AND DISHONESTY

    NO WONDER THE LORD ABOVE TOOK THE DEAD KING AT AN EARLY AGE

    fRENDEL & cohorts MUST REMEMBER THESE WORDS FROM Galatians Chapter 6

    3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.

    7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

    8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

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  • @FearPlay February 11, 2015 at 3:53 PM #

    “I think I like Mr P’s method of protest. Maybe all of us who believe that this lame excuse for a government needs to leave office en masse should remain seated in protest at any public function where the National Anthem is being played.”

    FearPlay, all this talk about protest action sounds good on paper, but we all know that Barbadians will suffer in silence, and prefer someone to do the protesting for them.

    Knowing how Barbadians operate, you will hear them being critical of this administration only because of the adverse social and economic conditions the island is currently experiencing.

    However, when the economy begins to bloom again, enabling to government to be benevolent with taxes and freeness is once again on the lips of politicians, Barbadians will immediately forget their previous calls for this DLP administration to demit office, and hail Freundel Stuart as the best PM Barbados ever had.

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  • Walter Blackman February 12, 2015 at 1:27 AM #
    CHAUCER February 11, 2015 at 3:03 PM #
    OSA, Walter e.t.c

    “Walter was terminated because of poor production levels.”

    Chaucer,
    Lawrence Duprey had a system in place. If an agent was receiving $x per month in “draw”, he had to “write” y amount of insurance applications. Some agents were getting $5,000 and $6,000 per month in “draw”. Pay sheet deductions were then set up for agents to lease “Waterman” cars and have the monthly car lease fees deducted from their paycheck. So you had some agents, dressed down in suits, who were driving fancy Toyota cars up and down Bridgetown. All living a lie.
    When the time for writing applications came, these agents would go into Westbury cemetery, get the names of dead people, and submit applications on their behalf. These dead people were given bank accounts, answered health related questions, and they even signed authorization forms to have the monthly premiums paid from their accounts. These ‘dead’ applications were submitted to the company and subsequently processed by admin staff. Policies were issued. Expenses that would take the company 3 years to recoup were incurred.
    The real problems surfaced when the company submitted the authorization forms to the banks and tried to collect the premiums on the business written. Boxes and boxes of forms were returned with the following comments: No such name; no such account number; account closed; insufficient funds.
    Admin staff had to work overtime to deal with these problems that dishonest and unethical agents created.

    I sold insurance for 1 year at CLICO and at the end of that year, I received an award from the company for being the 3rd highest producer.

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  • Bush Tea February 11, 2015 at 1:10 PM #
    @ Walter

    LOL…. like with CASWELL, it takes a little prodding to get you to admit to your true class…..and you KNOW that Bushie is a “gallows bait”… 🙂

    Bushie,
    You are indeed excellent “bait”. Maybe there will be a ‘hanging’ or two yet.
    Up and on, my brother.

    PS: All along I thought you were “sea cat woman” bait. LOL

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  • Navel Greenidge, the former CID Detective was also culpable in my estimation because if he had had such knowledge of the diversion of funds, why did he waited so late to report this illegal activity? He claims that he thought about the people who were the victims of this illegality, but thought little of reporting it knowing what might have taken place. All in all, Mr. Greenidge sound more like a disgruntled former employee who is trying to discredit his former employer.

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  • Is it not amazing how BU’s biggest critics are logged on longer than others and post more comments? Post your comments and shut up about what others have the right t say, is anybody forcing you guys to be on BU. BU is not the Advocate or CBC.

    JAs

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  • Larry Davis, you have publically admitted that you witnessed some of the illegal activity and got in 1993. Well brother, you thought about your self-interest over the collective-interest of the victims involved, and possessed the audacity to think that you have a clear conscience. Man get out of here.

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  • Instead of some of you JAs focusing on how revelations TODAY will help disadvantaged policyholders you continue with your lilliputian remarks.

    On 12 February 2015 at 10:22, Barbados Underground wrote:

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  • @ Walter Blackman

    Sounds like Clico was a sweet job.

    Agents getting dead people names from Westbury Cemetery with false signatures and being paid $5000 – $6000 advances monthly and no one was locked up with box and boxes being returned from the Banks.

    This also went on for years.

    This was a very fraudulent company from bottom to top for years.

    This also had to be known by Directors of the company.

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  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    No no no

    Say it ain’t so Mr. Walter Blackman

    No siree….”these agents would go into Westbury cemetery, get the names of dead people, and submit applications on their behalf..”

    If what you are saying is true then I think that you are owed a few whistleblower cheques.

    Our auditors Deloittes will cut it and either one of our legal officers Michael Carrion or the Law Offices of DT will post it to you in the mail.

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  • @pieceuhderockyeahright at 8:37 AM..No siree….”these agents would go into Westbury cemetery, get the names of dead people, and submit applications on their behalf..”…If what you are saying is true then I think that you are owed a few whistleblower cheques.=============

    But Pieces by Walter’s own submission”boxes and boxes of forms were returned with the following comments: No such name; no such account number; account closed; insufficient funds…Admin staff had to work overtime to deal with these problems that dishonest and unethical agents created…”.

    This nefarious act was fleshed out long ago and known to anyone who wanted to know it.

    Not denying him his whistle-blowing-checks overall on other key matters he has disclosed but this one was one of those secrets that was known throughout the company.

    Like the secret about the evolution of the commodity sales rep who evolved into the most fraudulent financial operator Barbados has known. That too was an open secret.

    We do need the Walters to help us define how the scandal was perpetuated so that the story has closure.

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  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    @ DeeWord

    I was making a tongue in cheek comment.

    Mr Walter Blackman’s comments are quite incredible to the olde man!!

    My remarks about Deloitee and DT and Carrion are supposed to be sarcastic and focus on DT (and his estate executrix) our ‘honourable” talker in de House, accounting firms which seem to have prospered significantly during the period of fraud perpetrated against Bajans and the whole lot of tieves that are in the woodwork

    While somewhat late, and some may say, post the surfacing of other “catalysts”, he and others have come out to disclose these nefarious deeds.

    Some disclosures may not be with real “altruistic” genesis (is it not Dompey who made the observation that one of the recent whistleblowers was previously a policeman, and no less that an officer in the Criminal Investigations Department of the Royal barbados Police Force!!)

    Notwithstanding, as I would have said earlier, I continue to watch these characters these years hence and, to paraphrase your words, will see how it pans out in the mix.

    Upward and Onward for Whistleblowing that is “constructive” irrespective of who thinks it to be destructive.

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  • Dead men policy holders, no policies
    Now looking at live Directors of Clico and the policies purchased and benefits attached. Next the policy Leroy Parris sold to Cow
    Leroy Parris holding too many secrets

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  • pieceuhderockyeahright February 12, 2015 at 8:37 AM #
    “Say it ain’t so Mr. Walter Blackman.
    If what you are saying is true then I think that you are owed a few whistleblower cheques.
    Our auditors Deloittes will cut it and either one of our legal officers Michael Carrion or the Law Offices of DT will post it to you in the mail.”

    pieceuhderockyeahright February 12, 2015 at 9:21 AM #
    “My remarks about Deloitee and DT and Carrion are supposed to be sarcastic….

    While somewhat late, and some may say, post the surfacing of other “catalysts”, he and others have come out to disclose these nefarious deeds. Some disclosures may not be with real “altruistic” genesis……

    I continue to watch these characters these years hence…….”

    pieceuhderocknahwrong,
    Stop trying to drag sister Headley’s “breassases” down below her “nable” and let us confabulate for a second.

    Your remarks above, as directed towards me, convey their usual unflattering, accusatory tone and intent. However, there is a new dynamic at play here. This time, they have nothing at all to do with Randolph Alleyne.

    On what new basis, therefore, are you now trying to “diss” me with sarcasm? What is your reason now for insinuating that my writings and comments are non-altruistic in origin? What have I done, written, or said on this blog to merit such mean-spirited and “bad-minded” comments? Come on, vomit up the answer.

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  • @ Walter Blackman

    Let me again repeat what I said to DeeWord per your contributions on this topic.

    I found what you said about the dead people fabricated policies amazing. That does not mean I did not believe you.

    I then went on to say that, as it related to “leading the charge” against the iniquities of CLICO/Leroy Parris, I found it rather strange that the calvary led by yourself and Generals Nevar and Anthony Custer, were coming out so late after things were in the public domain.

    I am one of those who knew you before you were “washed in the blood” and I previously have made mention of such encounters but, having been led by the milk of human kindness and wisdom of DeeWord, am subsequently prepared to accept that what we were years ago can, and may have, changed and therefore I had stated that I would wait and see.

    Read DeeWord’s segue and my response and you realize that my sarcasm WAS NOT DIRECTED TO YOU ON THIS OCCASION

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  • Larry Davis February 3, 2015 at 1:00 pm: “… was never trained nor had the experience to be the leader… and did exactly what he was told to do with no questions asked,..”

    This is exactly how many well and over qualified Barbadian professionals operate at present to protect their monthly income

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