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The for­mer Min­is­ter of In­dus­try of Bar­ba­dos was ar­rested on Fri­day Au­gust 3, 2018 and had his ini­tial court ap­pear­ance on Au­gust 6. The ar­rest was made in con­nec­tion with an in­dict­ment charg­ing him with laun­der­ing bribes that he al­legedly re­ceived from a Bar­ba­dian in­sur­ance com­pany in ex­change for of­fi­cial ac­tions he took to se­cure gov­ern­ment con­tracts for the in­sur­ance com­pany.

Donville In­niss, 52, a US le­gal per­ma­nent res­i­dent who resided in Tampa, Florida, and Bar­ba­dos, was charged in an in­dict­ment with one count of con­spir­acy to laun­der money and two counts of money laun­der­ing.

“As charged in the in­dict­ment, In­niss abused his po­si­tion of trust as a gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial by tak­ing bribes from a Bar­ba­dian com­pany, then laun­dered the il­licit funds through a bank and a den­tal com­pany lo­cated in the East­ern Dis­trict of New York,” said US At­tor­ney Richard P. Donoghue. “The De­part­ment of Jus­tice will con­tinue to hold ac­count­able cor­rupt gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials here or abroad who use the US fi­nan­cial sys­tem to fa­cil­i­tate their crim­i­nal con­duct.”

The in­dict­ment al­leges that in 2015 and 2016, In­niss took part in a scheme to laun­der into the United States ap­prox­i­mately $36,000 in bribes that he re­ceived from high-level ex­ec­u­tives of a Bar­ba­dian in­sur­ance com­pany. At the time, In­niss was a mem­ber of the Par­lia­ment of Bar­ba­dos and the Min­is­ter of In­dus­try, In­ter­na­tional Busi­ness, Com­merce, and Small Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment of Bar­ba­dos. In ex­change for the bribes, In­niss lever­aged his po­si­tion as the Min­is­ter of In­dus­try to en­able the Bar­ba­dian in­sur­ance com­pany to ob­tain two gov­ern­ment con­tracts. To con­ceal the bribes, In­niss ar­ranged to re­ceive them through a US bank ac­count in the name of a den­tal com­pany, which had an ad­dress in El­mont, New York.

The FBI’s New York Field Of­fice is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case. In 2015, the FBI formed In­ter­na­tional Cor­rup­tion Squads across the coun­try to ad­dress na­tional and in­ter­na­tional im­pli­ca­tions of for­eign cor­rup­tion.

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