Lapdog Nation News – Serving Government, Not Citizens
Fails To Mention Billion Dollar Gambling Company Has Connections To Barbados Political Elites!
Worldwide Gambling Business Is An Ideal Vehicle For Money Laundering
You’d never know it from the article in the Nation News, but the Barbados Government has just licensed another gambling casino – this time to a mysterious gambling company that controls the name “Mapau”.
The article in the Nation News is hilarious. Obviously somebody said “Listen, we have to write a promotion piece on this new casino, but we’re not allowed to mention the words “casino” or “gambling”… and we’re not allowed to mention the name of the company. Keep it light, friendly and stress the charitable activities of the er, group of friends.”
So the reporter wrote the article “in code” without mentioning the forbidden words like “gambling” and without asking any important questions.
How is Barbados being served by reporting like this?
Did you ever see an article in The Nation News that looked at the explosion of gambling casinos in Barbados? Did you ever see an article that asked how many we have, who owns them, what the revenue flow is and how this impacts our society? Did you ever see an article in the Barbados media that commented upon the government’s mysterious casino licensing provisions and why everything is kept secret from citizens?
Of course you never saw such articles in the Nation News…
We don’t call the Barbados media “government lapdog” for nothing, you know!
Barbados Free Press looked into the story for about ten minutes and discovered a few details about this mysterious “Mapau” casino organisation. The one thing we can’t tell you is how much of a “consulting fee” they had to pay to obtain the permission of King Arthur. I’d wager that it was a pretty hefty sum!
Who Is “Mapau” ?
The article in The Nation News (Mapau Launched In Barbados) states …
REGIONAL EXPANSION of one Trinidadian company has reached Barbadian shores.
Mapau, a company formed back in 1989 by a group of friends who came together frequently, is a club which has become a place for like-minded people to meet securely and privately for recreation and entertainment. The club raises money through its initiatives in sport and charities.
In 1996, the name Mapau was licensed internationally to http://www.mapau.com.
Mapau was recently launched in Barbados at Hastings Main Road, Christ Church, and while it has a members’ club, it is also open to the public. Mapau now has locations in Africa and Europe, licensed by governments.
We will be targeting people who like to have a good time, fun, from lower class to upper class.
“Our marketing manager puts together different in-house promotions each month to attract patrons to frequent more often and karaoke every last Friday of each month,” said Sherry Persad, public relations officer in Trinidad.
Gaynell Crichlow, the local marketing officer, said there was now a charity team which would be making donations to children homes and other local organisations.
Hey – This Isn’t Only A Trinidadian Company – This Is A Barbados-Based Group!
The Group Has Paid Out Over ONE BILLION DOLLARS In Winning Bets Alone Since Inception!
So Who Is Involved With This Barbados-based Billion Dollar Gambling Organisation?
Let’s have a look at the cast of characters and corporations that we’ve tied into “Mapau”. Such a tangled web indeed…
The nominal “parent” company that supposedly “Licenced” the Mapau name… is a mystery. A WhoIS search reveals that the “owner” of one of the Mapau sub-domain names is…
46A Independence Square
Port Of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
+1 868 623 4048
The chap who registered the name is Horatio Sutton – apparently of the Sutton family with ties to Barbados, according to Horatio Sutton’s family website (link here) Unknown if Mr. Sutton is a Mapau principal, employee or sub-contractor.
Sunny Group Of Companies
The company licensed by Antigua to operate online gambling under the Mapau name and others is…
Sun Gaming Services Inc.
Weatherhed Office Complex, Suite 5
Redcliffe Street ,
as registered by…
Hugh C. Marshall (former Government Minister, Antigua Labour Party – ALP)
45 St. Mary’s St.
2684623562 fax: 2684623563
(Interesting point… Sun Gaming Services Inc. has only been licensed by Antigua since May 15, 2002. Presumably another front company was used before this date)
However… the Mapau.com website says “Mapau Casino is 100% owned and operated by…
Sun Internet Services Ltd.
The Old Mill,
9 Soar Lane
BUT… the another page on the Mapau site says “Mapau Casino is 100% owned and operated by…
Sun Internet Services Ltd.,
More similarly-named companies are to be found…
The Sunny Group of Companies operates an affiliate marketing programme called “Sunny Diamonds” which shares the same Trinidad phone number at Mapau Casino… but when we research the domain name of sunnydiamonds.com, we find an Antigua company with Horatio Sutton as webmaster (or so they say!)…
Sun Internet Services Ltd.
Weatherhed Office Complex
From USA (Toll Free) 1-888-349-3571
Phone Collect or Direct 1-868-623-4048
Fax Direct 1-868-624-1156
The Sun Internet Services website (link here) states that this company processes it’s own internet-based transactions and payments.
And So To South Africa…
Who owns Sun Internet Services Ltd. of Antigua… or England?
The domain name SunInternetServices.Com is owned by…
Net Advertising Inc.
10 Windbeig Ave.
Capetown, South Africa
Forde, Lisa firstname.lastname@example.org
But the domain netadvertisinginc.com has a technical and billing contact of our old friend Horatio Sutton of Sun Internet Services in Antigua!
And On To Botswana!
From reading some of the bios on the Sunny Group’s website, we discovered that a sub-group of companies called “Edutech Group Of Companies” is headquartered in Botswana. Although the website talks about this Botswana company being involved in selling books, there is obviously much more going on in Botswana and South Africa than books.
Sunny Group – Directors & Barbados Connections
John Wallis CEO
Waldo Waldron-Ramsay Chairman (Barbados Attorney – 50 Swan Street, Bridgetown)
Geneve Hall Director, General Manager Live Arts Ltd.
Geoff Atkinson Director
Brian Phillip Director
Ingrid Samuel Director
Gordon Craig Director
Hugh Marshal Director
Cindy Gibbs-Nicholas Manager
Deidre M. Yearwood Arcade Manager
Victoria Brushe Manager – Sunny Investments & Finance – Smart Start Inc. Antigua
Earl Durity International VIP Manager
Colin L. Marshall Manager Fish Net Grill & Co Ltd (Sweet Lime Rest.)
David Sanderson Surveillance Manager
The website of the Sunny Group of Companies has this to say about itself…
Sunny Group of Companies began in Barbados in 1981 as a distributor of educational books. The educational business has expanded over the years to include the distribution and creation of multimedia products on three continents. Sunny Group is now one of the top 4 worldwide distributors of home reference books.
The Group has expanded and continues to penetrate various markets and industries. There are now Divisions in Education, Retail, Leisure, Finance, Property Construction and Management, Software Development and Marketing.
Since 1986 the Group’s Leisure Division has owned and operated land-based casinos. Gambling Licenses are held in 6 countries on three continents. This division has expanded to include restaurants, slot machine route operations and Internet websites. In 1996 Sunny was one of the first to open a casino on the Internet.
The integration of our group’s computer, Internet and casino expertise, ensures that we can deliver to our customers, the most up-to-date technology and customer service in the exciting and dynamic cyber world. Recently the Group has begun Mobile Software Development in Eastern Europe.
The Finance Division specializes in credit card fraud control systems and e-cash processing software. The division also supervises Group Companies’
credit exposure and management worldwide.
The Advertising division specializes in Internet marketing and Public Relations. Having an early start in the field enabled us to become a leader with offices in London and New York.
The Property Management Division is concerned mainly with the in-house management of Group Company properties and rentals.
The Retail Division operates shops in England, South Africa and the Caribbean.
In the face of technological revolution, the Sunny Group of Companies has continued to align itself with innovative ideas and developments. In 2004, Sun – Gaming launched the very successful Sunny Slots T which has now thrust the Group into the global market of Mobile technology.
I Wonder If Any Barbados Government Members Have Shares In This Worldwide Organisation?
So many companies with similar or exactly the same names operating in so many jurisdictions – in England, USA, Antigua, Barbados, Trinidad, South Africa, Botswana. Has the “Sunny Group of Companies” established different companies that use the same names in different countries? That is a red flag for money laundering if ever there was one!
Money Laundering Made Easy!
With the ability of the Sunny Group Of Companies to make “gambling payouts” anywhere in the world (even to your charge card), it is an ideal vehicle for paying off anyone who needs to be “paid off”. Who is to say who won a big online bet and who didn’t? Does the Prime Minister “win” money every once in a while by gambling online? Does Sunny “pay off” his winnings to one of his offshore bank accounts or credit cards? Or perhaps the Prime Minister’s wife gambles and wins big every so often?
We already saw Prime Minister Owen Arthur admit in parliament before all that he deposited a “campaign donation” cheque into his personal bank account. It is therefore no stretch at all to think that Mapau might have made a “campaign donation” into his personal offshore bank account.
As the Mapau online gambling website says… So many ways to win!