Jefferson Miller had only just passed his honeymoon period as chief executive officer of the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) when his past caught up with him.
Less than a week after Barbados TODAY broke the story that he was on 12 months probation, after being convicted in March this year for grand theft in the United States, Miller is no longer at the helm of the local cricketing body.
Miller lived in the US for 37 years before returning to Barbados to take up the post as BCA CEO. He has many years of experience as a player and administrator in South Florida cricket.
He served as president of the South Florida Cricket Alliance (SFCA) and was inducted into the Hartford Cricket Hall of Fame back in September 2008.
His legal troubles officially began on February 21, 2009, when four criminal charges were laid against him, arising out of the mortgage crisis –grand theft, mortgage fraud, fraudulent ID use, and uttering forged instruments.
He was convicted of grand theft on May 8 this year, sentenced to 12 years probation that ends on July 25, 2026, and was released by a Miami-Dade County court on a bond of US$5,000. Court documents show that no further action was taken against him on the charge of uttering forged instruments and Justice Yvonne Colodny discontinued the other two matters.
About a month later, he was back in Barbados taking up the top position at the BCA.
When Barbados TODAY obtained information about Miller’s past and obtained documents outlining the court action, the cricket administrator acknowledged the fraud.
In an interview at the Barbados TODAY Warrens office, Miller admitted he made a mistake and seemed concerned that the revelation could cost him his $10,000 per month job, asking this newspaper to grant him time to speak with his employers.
A day later, the top brass of the BCA met with him over the matter.
However, acting president Deighton Smith and chairman of the human resources committee and second vice president of the BCA Wendell Kellman said the board of the association would meet very soon to deal with the matter.
That meeting came off last night and Miller’s situation was the third matter on the agenda.
Miller did not attend that meeting and several calls to his mobile phone since the story broke have gone unanswered.
But at the end of last night’s heated meeting, it was decided that he would have to part ways with the BCA.
Responding to the revelation of Miller’s appointment to the post despite his fraud conviction, a former BCA board member said the development was “symptomatic of the failure of the BCA’s leadership”.
Barbados TODAY readers and Facebook followers have also been critical of the BCA in this matter, describing the situation as embarrassing and calling for not only Miller’s head to roll, but for the entire BCA board to go.
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