Former Government minister Donville Inniss has been arrested and charged in the United States.
Barbados TODAY spoke to officials at the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office in Florida this evening who confirmed the development.
However, they were unable to detail the charges against the in transit detainee, who according to several reputable US news sources was criminally charged with laundering bribes he received from a Bermuda-owned, Barbados-based insurance company.
Inniss, who served as Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development in the last administration which was booted from office in the May 24 general election, was arrested over the weekend in Florida. He was released on bail after appearing in federal court there on Monday, according to the reports.
Prosecutors said in the indictment that in 2015 and 2016, Inniss engaged in a scheme to take about $36,000 in bribes from high-level executives of an unnamed Barbadian insurance company. In exchange, they said, Inniss used his position as a Government minister to help the insurer secure two Government contracts.
The prosecutors said Inniss, 52, concealed the nature of the bribes by receiving them through a dental company and a bank located in Elmont, New York, under the guise of payments for consulting services.
Inniss, a legal permanent resident of the US, lived in Florida and Barbados at the time of the payments, prosecutors said.