The Laundry Man by Kenneth Rijock ( Penguin/Random House UK)

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

WHILE AMERICA IGNORES THE EAST CARIBBEAN CBI STATES, TRANSNATIONAL CRIMINALS AND CHINA DOMINATE THE REGION

The East Caribbean, whose relative unimportance to American foreign policy leaders is demonstrated by the lack of US Embassies, or even consulates, in most jurisdictions, and a singular failure to bring money laundering and FCPA charges against transnational criminals and corrupt government officials, is being pointedly ignored by the Department of Justice.

 Corrupt Citizenship by Investment (CBI) passport programmes,the vast majority of whose applicants are career white-collar criminals, and dodgy Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs) from high-risk countries, are operating worldwide with impunity, as the US DOJ is not indicting them for the crimes they perpetrate using US Dollars, and through American financial institutions.


 From St. Kitts and Nevis in the north, through Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica and St. Lucia, to Grenada in the south, criminals in the East Caribbean states ply their illicit trade, ably assisted by corrupt senior local officials, prime ministers, bankers and ambitious CBI consultancies. Only St. Lucia appears to be seeking true reform; all the others continue to constitute Clear and Present Dangers.

 Some of the criminal conduct have reportedly been under criminal investigation for as long as five years. While such long-term Federal investigations typically take a substantial period of time to be completed, are politics interfering with the prompt administration of justice ? The United States has arrested, and convicted, the national leaders of Panama and the Turks and Caicos Islands, so there should not be any hesitation over international political fallout from charging prime ministers with crimes for violations of Federal laws.


 

 

 Add to this the tactical and strategic disadvantages the United States has suffered from blissful ignorance of the East Caribbean states; the People's Republic of China has used American absence to not only establish large embassies, from which they can conduct electronic surveillance upon the US, but has expanded its influence over local economies and cash-strapped governments. Unless the United States Depatment of Justice ramps up its enforcement programme in the East Caribbean, which is a hotbed of money laundering, corruption and white collar crime, the situation will not improve, and Americans and Europeans will continue to become victims of Caribbean crime. 

 


 

 

Somebody in command over at Main Justice at DOJ needs to find out why there haven't been any significant indictments of East Caribbean money launderers in 2021.

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