How $100 Million Out Of Every Billion Dollars Spent By Government Goes To Crooked Politicians & Their Friends
See that new Government vehicle driving down the road? Maybe it is a SSA truck, or a supervisor’s auto from the Ministry of Public Works.
Your tax dollars bought those vehicles and the equipment in the back – but what you don’t know is that you paid five to ten percent more for the vehicles and equipment than you should have.
That extra “commission” (or “juice” as some call it) was paid to a middleman – sometimes called a “facilitator” or “coordinator” – who is said to have “put the deal together” or “arranged delivery” or “researched the purchase” or any of a dozen euphemisms that are used to conceal from the public just what is really happening.
Why doesn’t the Government of Barbados “research” its own purchases, or “arrange delivery” itself instead of paying “commission” to a “middleman”?
The answer is because crooked politicians and government officials approve paying the five or ten percent commission to the middleman – who then quietly pays a kickback to the politician or official.
What a cosy system!
Meet Hallam Nichols
Hallam Nichols is one of the foremost “middlemen” on the island. A close personal friend of Prime Minister Owen Arthur, he was invited to the PM’s recent second marriage when many Cabinet Ministers and others were not.
It is said that Hallam Nichols gets a piece of the action on a significant proportion of – some say the majority of – vehicle and equipment purchases made by the Barbados Government. He has been paid millions of dollars in “commissions” and “finders fees”.
Why has the Barbados Government directed millions of dollars of purchases through this one man, this close friend of Prime Minister Owen Arthur?
When the new DLP Government comes into power, we hope that they have the tenacity to look at every deal this man has ever made with the BLP government – because at the end of the money trail there are sure to be offshore bank accounts owned by the Prime Minister and other BLP big-ups.
How Barbados Flyover Middleman Jonathan Danos Operated In Jamaica
For more information on how these corrupt “middleman” operations are conducted, read a new story in the Jamaica Observer that explains how Barbados Flyover middleman 3S Structural Steel Solutions President Jonathan Danos and others took 8.5% of 45 Jamaican bridge projects valued at 22 million British pounds. (Jamaica Observer story link here)
Yes… when the DLP forms the new Barbados government, it is going to be exciting times ’bout hey!