|NATION BANK OF DOMINICA ORG CHART IN PANAMA PAPERS|
With the people willing to be more introspective it is the opportune moment to reintroduce the phenomenon of the Panama Papers and to view the Panama Papers as a possible clue to some of Dominica’s stolen money.
The Panama Papers are leaked documents that came from the now-defunct Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca. The documents leaked exposed disguised offshore holdings by a number of wealthy individuals, public officials, corrupt politicians, celebrities, business people and other rich individuals. With the help of illicit actors particularly the crooked lawyers at Mossack Fonseca, these wealthy individuals set up shell corporations or in local terms “bogus companies” for illegal purposes including the concealment of proceeds from crime gangs, squirreling of public funds by corrupt thieving politicians , tax evasion , sanction busting drugs and human trafficking etc.
While Most of the services provided by the offshore industry are legal, the leaked documents show that banks, law firms and other offshore players have consistently facilitated clients involved in criminal enterprises, tax evasion or political corruptionThe leaked documents in the Panama Papers shows that an offshore account had been setup in Panama under a corporation named the National Bank of Dominica (NBC). The details of that NBD account are as follow.
In the year 2009 a NBD entity was incorporated in Barbados by a law firm owned by George Walton Payne of Barbados. (Hold on to that name)The mailing address for the NBD Panama is that of George Payne’s law firm in Barbados and the NBD’s Hillsborough Street address in Dominica.
The directors listed are:
- Minister of Tourism Robert T.M Tong ,
- Dr.Valda Henry,
- Dermot Southwell (deceased),
- Patrick Pemberton,
- Phillip Roll ,
- Mervin Riviere
- Birmingham Ackroyd
So who is George Walton Payne?What we have learned is that Shell companies require the expensive services of tax lawyers and more often than not middlemen are needed to manipulate official records, protect clients and conceal suspected transactions.
|GEORG PAYNE OF BARBADOS|
At the time the corporation was registered in Barbados all of the Dominicans listed as directors of the corporation were serving on the board of directors for the National Commercial Bank of Dominica. Very interestingly the notorious Steven Isidore who was also a board member at the time was conveniently not listed. Also left out of the directors list is the enigmatic and mysterious managing director at the time Grenadian Gregory De Gannes.Did Steven Isidore and Gregory De Gannes have any knowledge of the Panama account?
|SKERRIT'S CROOKED LAWYER STEVEN ISIDORE|
In 2005 when PM Skerrit mysteriously installed the Grenadian Gregory De Gannes as Managing Director of The National Bank of Dominica many were amazed. At the time people were wondering why the Dominican born Bank Manager at the time, Vance Leblanc was unceremoniously being replaced by a Grenadian with a track record of mismanagement.
Prior to his appointment in Dominica Gregory De Gannes was engaged with a business operation in Barbados doing what is referred to as loan brokerage. De Gannes together with his business partners would package loan applications to banks on behalf of their clients and in return they would receive huge commissions on these loan applications. It is alleged that former bank operatives Milton Lawrence and Lambert Lewis, both Dominicans, were all part of the business operation and were all instrumental in bringing De Gannes to Dominica. We also learned that Barbadian Hartley Henry was allegedly part of De Gannes circle and was mainly responsible for bringing De Gannes to Dominica.
Gregory De Gannes stint at the National Bank of Dominica went as expected. Under his stewardship the National Bank of Dominica issued millions of dollars in bad and suspicious loans. There were also allegations that as managing director, Gregory De Gannes had fired former National Bank manager Michel Williams because Williams refused to act on a $2.5 Million loan application that De Gannes made out for himself.
When De Gannes was eventually removed from the National Bank of Dominica PM Skerrit brought him back as chairman of the West Indies Power (Dominica) Ltd (WIPD) and provided De Gannes and his WPD with $3.5 Million to do geothermal exploratory work in the Soufriere area.
The government and people of Dominica own more than 50 percent of the NCB and at this juncture All Dominicans should be incensed and should be asking why the indigenous bank of Dominica had been named in the Panama papers? The bank records show no legitimate investments in Panama yet the leaked documents confirm that the NBD does have an offshore account in Panama.
· So what is happening Mr. Prime Minister and Minister of finance?
· Should we seek answers from your lawyer and accountant Steven Isidore?
· Should we contact your former Managing Director Gregory De Gannes.?
· Should we call Hartley Henry and or George Payne for some answers?
The National commercial Bank of Dominica was created by act No. 27 of 1976. Mr. Prime Minister why did you and the crooks around conspire to shift the NCB operation from the confines of the Banking Act to that of the Companies Act where there is no oversight , regulations and real accountability?
Was this offshore account in Panama all part of a scheme where money from the NBD could be laundered under the guise of company privileges?
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