Former Minister of Commerce Donville Inniss today pleaded not guilty when he was arraigned on money laundering charges in a federal court in Brooklyn, New York.
The embattled former Member of Parliament arrived at court early for his 12 p.m. hearing and was accompanied by former Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite.
Inniss, who is represented by attorney-at-law Garnett Sullivan, was released on the same bail conditions as before, but also ordered not to communicate with any alleged co-conspirators.
He is also now permitted to travel to the Southern District of Florida. Before today’s hearing, the former Minister was only permitted to travel between the Eastern District of New York and Middle District of Florida.
Inniss was charged with money laundering and conspiracy in an indictment that said in 2015 and 2016, he engaged in a scheme to take about $36,000 in bribes from high-level executives of an insurance company, later revealed to be the Insurance Corporation of Barbados.
The prosecutors said Inniss used his position as a Government Minister to help the insurer secure two Government contracts and that he 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 must return to court on October 23, 2018.