Is there more than one Verla Depeiza?
Well, folks, I don’t know what to think about this one. Way back April of 2009 Attorney-at-law Verla Depeiza (photo above) spoke at a DLP lunchtime lecture and called for Freedom of Information legislation. We thought she delivered a great lecture about the law and the rule of law and how integrity and FOI legislation would safeguard our society. Oh, and yes, she’s a hopeful DLP candidate for next election after Christ Church West Member of Parliament Dr. William Duguid abandons Barbados for Canada.
Then recently we heard Verla Depeiza was about to be named as a Director at the Barbados Tourism Authority. We were pleased because we thought she would push for more transparency and accountability. And integrity.
Now we see one Verla Depeiza charged with four counts of failing to file income tax returns. First off, we don’t know if it’s the same Verla Depeiza, but it’s not like the name is “Walcott” if ya know what I mean.
“Verla DePeiza – four charges.”
Could it be some bureaucratic oversight with Depeiza’s name on company papers but as a lawyer? Or is Verla Depieza’s political career about to crash and burn?
Stay tuned, folks – and don’t forget that there might be a political side to the charges too, because that sometimes happens ‘pon de rock known as Barbados.
You should read the story at the Nation News website here, but as usual we’ll reprint the entire story because The Nation has a habit of changing history…
26 on tax charges
LAWYERS, MANAGING DIRECTORS of companies and a cross-section of other business people appeared in court yesterday charged with failing to file income tax returns.
And out of the 26 summoned, three, including a gynaecologist, were ordered arrested and brought after they were personally served with summonses, by marshals, but did not appear in court.
The charging of the 26 follows the Inland Revenue Department decision to crack down on people who have failed to comply with income tax regulations.
Some of the 26 were before Acting Magistrate Manila Renée in the District “A” Magistrates’ Court where they were accused that being people who carried on businesses in various income years and who were required by Section 52 (1) of the Income Tax Act to deliver to the Commissioner of Inland Revenue in the prescribed form a return of his (for those accused in a personal capacity) or of its (for those charged as principals of a company) assessable income for the said income, together with such additional information, they failed to file the said returns.
Principal Crown Counsel Anthony Blackman asked that warrants be issued for Camille Hope, Maurice Smith and Clarence Fergusson, after the court realised that each of them was personally served with summonses to appear but did not.
Another man, Anthony White, was summonsed with a warning, while two of the matters against attorney Ona Harewood were discontinued after it was proven that she was studying overseas for two of the years for which she was charged.
She still faces two charges.
Information that another accused, Daphne Adderley had left the island prompted the acting magistrate to comment: “We need to do like Trinidad and make people get a tax clearance before they leave the island. We may need to tie it to people as they come and go,” she said.
Meanwhile, one accused stressed that he did not have anything to file and called the situation “extremely stressful”.
Those who appeared had their matters adjourned; some will reappear on June 10; others on May 13 and one on May 6.
THOSE BEFORE THE COURT:
THOSE ACCUSED OF FAILING to file income tax, either personal or as representatives of a business, for various years are:
Daphne Adderley – four charges.
DaCosta Brathwaite – eight charges.
Trevor Browne – five charges.
Pauline Cato – four charges.
Gregory Catwell – three charges.
Enric Connolly – four charges.
Jerry Clarke – four charges.
Ona Harewood – two charges.
Denise Haynes – four charges.
Paul Hibbert – four charges.
Camille Hope – four charges.
Steve Jemmott – four charges.
James Husbands – four charges.
Deighton Moore – four charges.
Victor Pinto – three charges.
Maurice Scott – four charges.
Anthony White – four charges.
Bandele Serrano – four charges.
Kaye Williams – four charges.
Therold Fields – four charges.
Clarence Fergusson – four charges.
Verla DePeiza – four charges.
Dereck Daniel – eight charges.
Akinola Abayomi – four charges.
Livingston Forde – four charges.
Photo: Barbados Advocate