Former Minister Donville Inniss Indicted for Money Laundering

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Former Member of Barbados Parliament and Minister of Industry Indicted for Money Laundering

Donville Inniss Allegedly Laundered Bribes through a Long Island Company

A three-count indictment was unsealed today in federal court in Brooklyn charging Donville Inniss, a former member of the Parliament of Barbados and the Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development of Barbados, with conspiracy to launder money and money laundering.  The charges stem from Inniss’s acceptance of bribes from a Barbadian insurance company in 2015 and 2016 when he was a public official.  Inniss was arrested Friday and was arraigned today before United States Magistrate Judge Julie Sneed in the Middle District of Florida at the federal courthouse in Tampa.  Inniss was released on a $50,000 bond.

Richard P. Donoghue, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Brian A. Benczkowski, Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, and William F. Sweeney, Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office (FBI), announced the indictment.

According to the indictment, between August 2015 and April 2016, Inniss engaged in a scheme to accept approximately $36,000 in bribes from high-level executives of an insurance company headquartered in Barbados (“the Barbados Company”) and launder that money through the United States.  In exchange for the bribes, Inniss leveraged his position as the Minister of Industry to enable the Barbados Company to obtain two government contracts.  Inniss concealed the bribes by arranging to receive them through a dental company and a bank located in Elmont, New York.  Barbados Company executives transferred the funds to the dental company using an invoice falsely claiming that the payments were for consulting services.  During the time of the charged conspiracy, Inniss was a legal permanent resident of the United States residing in Tampa, Florida and Barbados.

“As charged in the indictment, Inniss abused his position of trust as a government official by taking bribes from a Barbadian company, then laundered the illicit funds through a bank and a dental company located in the Eastern District of New York,” stated United States Attorney Donoghue.  “The Department of Justice will continue to hold accountable corrupt government officials here or abroad who use the U.S. financial system to facilitate their criminal conduct.”

“Donville Inniss allegedly used the U.S. financial system to launder bribes he received while serving as a government official in Barbados,” said Assistant Attorney General Benczkowski.  “These charges demonstrate the commitment of the Department and our law enforcement partners to hold accountable anyone who seeks to use our financial system to promote or launder the corrupt proceeds of their crimes.”

The charges in the indictment are merely allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Assistant United States Attorney Sylvia Shweder of the Eastern District of New York’s Business and Securities Fraud Section, and Trial Attorney Gerald M. Moody, Jr., of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section, are in charge of the prosecution.

The Defendant:

Age:  52

E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 18-CR-134 (KAM)

776 thoughts on “Former Minister Donville Inniss Indicted for Money Laundering


    In a no-holds-barred presentation, Marshall said since the Barbados Labour Party administration assumed office in May last year, “some business people have come forward and informed me and others, that they have paid brides to public officials, sometimes in the region of hundreds of thousands of dollars”.

    Barbados is truly in the twilight zone. What would Marshall do if one of these business people informed him of a murder ?

  2. It is noted that NO MORE ARTICLES ARE BEING FLOATED ABOUT Donville Inniss currently on a long vacation in the United States.

    Some are led to believe that his matter is being conveniently forgotten by all the various factions.

    De ole man was just wondering if, as an academic matter, whether either Grenville Phillips aka Bedroom Policeman would be advised to remark on the alleged criminal actions of the former Minister of International Business

    But that would require balls which the wimp DOES NOT HAVE

  3. Sent the following for publication here but..

    De ole man wondered if wunna could take a look at de following list of American political figures and government officials.

    1.Corrine Brown (D-FL) was convicted on 18 felony counts of wire and tax fraud, conspiracy, lying to federal investigators, and other corruption charges.

    2.Chaka Fattah (D-PA) was convicted on 23 counts of racketeering, fraud, and other corruption charges.

    3.Dennis Hastert (R-IL) Speaker of the United States House of Representatives pleaded guilty in court for illegally structuring bank transactions related to payment of $3.5 million to quash allegations of sexual misconduct with a student when he was a high school teacher and coach decades ago.

    4.Michael Grimm (R-NY) pleaded guilty of felony tax evasion. This was the fourth count in a 20-count indictment brought against him for improper use of campaign funds. The guilty plea had a maximum sentence of three years; he was sentenced to eight months in prison.

    5.Trey Radel (R-FL) was convicted of possession of cocaine in November 2013. As a first-time offender, he was sentenced to one year probation and fined $250. Radel announced he would take a leave of absence, but did not resign. Later, under pressure from a number of Republican leaders, he announced through a spokesperson that he would resign.

    6.Rick Renzi (R-AZ) was found guilty on 17 of 32 counts against him June 12, 2013, including wire fraud, conspiracy, extortion, racketeering, money laundering and making false statements to insurance regulators.

    7.Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) pleaded guilty February 20, 2013, to one count of wire and mail fraud in connection with his misuse of $750,000 in campaign funds. Jackson was sentenced to two-and-one-half years’ imprisonment.

    Given the fact that these Americans got locked up, for their financial crimes, HOW MANY OF WUNNA FEEL THAT DONVILLE is going to walk free?

    Please provide the bases of your reasoning for examination by Piece the Legend (that was said to incite responses from my fans)

  4. The Americans love locking up people, they love locking up black men even more.

    Me? When I in the U.S. I don’t even cross the street unless the “walk” sign is on.

    In Barbados, I sometimes cross the street other than at a pedestrian crossing.

    “(CNN)Year after year, the United States beats out much larger countries — India, China — and more totalitarian ones –Russia and the Philippines — for the distinction of having the highest incarceration rate in the world. According to a 2018 report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), nearly 2.2 million adults were held in America’s prisons and jails at the end of 2016. That means for every 100,000 people residing in the United States, approximately 655 of them were behind bars.(April 21, 2019)”

    If Barbados used to imprison at the same rate we would have over 1400 prisoners.

  5. And of those 1400 EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THE DEMOCRATIC LABOUR PARTY EX MINISTERS WOULD BE COUNTED AMONG THEM in addition to not a few of the current BLP ministers.

    In fact, some would say that, is School Meals contracts were examined, or Telecommunications awards were examined or the Siss Bank account for **** was examined, Barbados might have a different set of ministers today



    All HAIL Mugabe!

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