Barbados Prison Builder VECO – Political Corruption Scandal Continues – FBI and Tax Police Raid US Senator’s Home

FBI Investigation Has Barbados Connections

VECO, the same company that is building Barbados’ way-over-budget new prison, has a long history of bribing politicians and other corrupt practices. United States politicians and VECO executives are dropping like flies as an FBI investigation shows no signs of stopping.

The latest in the continuing saga happened on Monday, July 30, 2007 at about 2:30pm Alaska time when the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service teamed up and raided the home of Alaska Senator Ted Stevens.

Whooooooeee!

Give me the FBI over the tax people any day!

Which reminds me… IF a Barbados politician failed to declare received monies or benefits either in Barbados or in a foreign bank account, who would be in charge of judging their guilt or innocence in any Barbados tax-evasion charge? (Like one would be laid anyway in Barbados… Not in a million years)

But IF a Barbados politician were charged with tax evasion, who would be in charge of the system that would decide guilty or innocence and impose any penalty?

Oh ya. Right. I forgot…

Prime Minister Owen Arthur’s good old drinking buddy, now Chief Justice SIR David Simmons!

What a joke.

Required Reading…

CNN.com: FBI Raids U.S. Senator’s Home

BFP: Corrupt Barbados Prison Builder VECO Implicated In Yet Another Money-To-Politician Scandal

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10 responses to “Barbados Prison Builder VECO – Political Corruption Scandal Continues – FBI and Tax Police Raid US Senator’s Home

  1. Wishing in Vain

    They are like crabs trying to get out of a boiling pot.
    I saw this story earlier and posted on this site.
    I had to say to myself what if the FBI were prepared to investigate the actions of VECO with the Bannisters, Nicholls and Arthurs of this land??? That would make a great case of exposing corruption at its best.

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    BFP To Wishing In Vain

    Thanks for the post, WIV. Attorney General Dale Marshall says that VECO have promised him that they didn’t bribe anyone in Barbados.

    Well… we’re glad that’s settled!

    😉

  2. BFP

    BFP To Wishing In Vain

    Thanks for the post, WIV. Attorney General Dale Marshall says that VECO have promised him that they didn’t bribe anyone in Barbados.

    Well… we’re glad that’s settled!

    😉

  3. Wishing in Vain

    And what BFP are we to take that with a tablespoon of salt?
    Sadly for us and Dale Marshall I am not sure if he would know if the VECO people were clear or not.
    However in fairness to him he cannot be expected to take all the blame as Mottley was the author of this contract Lord help us if she is so sloppy in her private law firm this would lead to many law suits with her slackness but between herself and Owing and Bannister and Nicholls they all know where the overspent $ 200 million went to who’s bank account !
    This is not a single player act this is a well coordinated piece of corruption at its best.

  4. Wishing in Vain

    We the people of Barbados made only one mistake and that was to elect the bastards of the BLP into office had we known the extent of their corruption and stealing they would have gone some years ago.
    So you see the only problem we have with electing Mr Thopmson is how soon we can get the chance to do so and when can we vote him into office, not if, as it will happen.
    Scary as ever thoughts for you lot of BLP supporters is when the inquiry will get started into your corruption and stealing and just about each one of your elected officials get found guilty and charged accordingly and are finally humbled into submission.
    The new prison that Mottley, Arthur and Marshall concoted will be opened in style with the first inmates being the abovementioned group along with the Nicholls, Shorey, Wilkinson, Bannister group what a collection we have on our hands mulit millions in offshore bank accounts while they spend time in their new prison sounds like justice to me for the evil things that they have carried out while entrusted by the citizens of this island to govern this island.

  5. Green Monkey

    Whooooooeee!

    Give me the FBI over the tax people any day!

    I dunno BFP, the FBI like they real busy these days seeing that they now have a new responsibility to investigate whether freedom loving US citizens might be abusing their freedom to read unauthorized material in public.

    Careful: The FB-eye may be watching

    Reading the wrong thing in public can get you in trouble

    “The FBI is here,”Mom tells me over the phone. Immediately I can see my mom with her back to a couple of Matrix-like figures in black suits and opaque sunglasses, her hand covering the mouthpiece like Grace Kelly in Dial M for Murder. This must be a joke, I think. But it’s not, because Mom isn’t that funny.

    SNIP

    “You Marc Schultz?” asks the tall one. He shows me his badge, introduces himself as Special Agent Clay Trippi. After assuring me that I’m not in trouble, he asks if there is someplace we can sit down and talk. We head back to Reference, where a table and chairs are set up. We sit down, and I’m again informed that I am not in trouble.

    SNIP

    Did you notice anything unusual, anyone worth commenting on?” OK, I think. It’s the unusual guy they want, not me. I think hard, wondering if it was Saturday I saw the guy in the really cool reclining wheelchair, the guy who struck me as a potential James Bondian supervillain, but no: That was Monday.

    SNIP

    Trippi’s partner speaks up: “Any reading material? Papers?” I don’t think so. Then Trippi decides to level with me: “I’ll tell you what, Marc. Someone in the shop that day saw you reading something, and thought it looked suspicious enough to call us about. So that’s why we’re here, just checking it out. Like I said, there’s no problem. We’d just like to get to the bottom of this. Now if we can’t, then you may have a problem. And you don’t want that.”

    You don’t want that? Have I just been threatened by the FBI? Confusion and a light dusting of panic conspire to keep me speechless. Was I reading something that morning? Something that would constitute a problem?

    The partner speaks up again: “Maybe a printout of some kind?”

    Then it occurs to me: I was reading. It was an article my dad had printed off the Web. I remember carrying it into Caribou with me, reading it in line, and then while stirring cream into my coffee. I remember bringing it with me to the store, finishing it before we opened. I can’t remember what the article was about, but I’m sure it was some kind of left-wing editorial, the kind that never fails to incite me to anger and despair over the state of the country.

    I tell them all this, but they want specifics: the title of the article, the author, some kind of synopsis, but I can’t help them — I read so much of this stuff.

    http://atlanta.creativeloafing.com/gyrobase/Content?oid=oid%3A12715&status=rate&ratebtn=5

  6. Green Monkey

    Was Stevens tipped off in advance about an upcoming search on his home?

    Came across this on the web a few minutes ago:

    The FBI and IRS’s execution yesterday afternoon of a search warrant on the Alaska home of GOP Senator Ted Steven has been widely reported by now.

    What’s striking is this tidbit in today’s WaPo (WaPo = Washington Post /GM):

    Stevens said in a statement that his attorneys were advised of the impending search yesterday morning.

    I spent nearly 9 years as a federal prosecutor. I’m not aware of a single instance when any prosecutor or agent told anyone outside the Justice Department that a search warrant was going to be executed later in the day. Telling outsiders — especially lawyers for the person whose property will be searched — defeats one of the principal purposes of a search warrant: SURPRISE to ensure the integrity of the evidence field.

    SNIP

    In any case, while on the one hand, it’s just this sort of event — a federal search warrant executed against a powerful politician of the same party as the administration — that suggests the professionals in the Justice Department are doing their job, the remark WaPo attributed to Stevens — that his attorneys were given a heads-up — reminds that this Justice Department works very differently at the top than on the line.

    If it’s true that Stevens’ lawyers had a heads-up about the search, I think it’s more than fair to ask questions — and to get answers — about exactly who told Stevens’ lawyers about the afternoon’s planned search, who approved the disclosure, and what was the purpose of the tip-off.

    http://mparent7777-2.blogspot.com/2007/07/justice-department-tips-off-senator.html

  7. Straight talk

    Green Monkey:

    The Feds cautioned Stevens two months ago to retain all paperwork.

    Fair enough warning that an audit was soon to take place, and with the VECO CEO singing to lighten his sentence, any attempt to destroy confirming evidence would be both futile and further incriminating.

  8. Adrian Loveridge

    http://www.opensecrets.org

    Are we ever likely to have a website like this?

  9. Wishing in Vain

    Kohring is accused of demanding and accepting up to $2,600 in cash and a $3,000 job for a relative from former Veco Corp. executives in exchange for his support.
    Since the May indictments, U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens and U.S. Rep. Don Young have also come under federal scrutiny for their relationship with Veco executives.
    Seattle-based John Henry Browne, another attorney for Kohring, told the AP on Tuesday that Kohring got ensnared in a wider federal probe that was after bigger trophies, Stevens and his son, Ben Stevens, a former state Senate president.
    State officials announced they would investigate after testimony emerged from Kott’s trial that Kott and possibly others had illegally received campaign polls paid for by officials of Veco Corp., a major oil field services company that spent thousands of dollars supporting pro-development candidates.

    Veco CEO Bill Allen and a company vice president, Rick Smith, have pleaded guilty to bribing public officials. Their plea agreements require them to cooperate with investigators.

    They testified at Kott’s trial that Veco paid $2,750 for a poll that showed Kott where he stood in his re-election campaign in 2006. Kott subsequently lost in the Republican primary.

    Smith testified that Veco had paid for other polls over the years, including a $20,000 poll in 2006 for former Gov. Frank Murkowski before he was a declared candidate for re-election.

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