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Crown awaiting info from St. Maarten in $45K cash seizure

The two Dutch nationals were arrested at the Terrance B Lettsome International Airport in June. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The Crown is still awaiting information from St. Maarten officials in relation to its application to confiscate US$45,000 from two Dutch nationals, who were arrested at the Terrance B Lettsome International Airport on June 13, 2011, according to Principal Crown Counsel Tiffany Scatliffe.

Since their arrest, Eric Antoine Lake and Glen Roberto Flanders have pleaded guilty to failure to declare monies to Customs.

Albeit the men, who are on remand, did not make an appearance in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday, December 16, 2011, they are expected to be present on February 21, 2011 when Magistrate Tamia Richards will make a decision on the forfeiture of the monies.

The Crown wants the money seized since it was obtained from proceeds of a criminal activity in the Virgin Islands (VI) as stated under the Proceeds of Criminal Conduct Act 2008.

According to court records, the duo was stopped by Customs officers prior to boarding LIAT 509 to St Maarten. During inspection, officers found that Lake had more than $10,000 in his possession and Flanders, $35,000.

When interviewed by police, Flanders confessed the monies were from bets made from horseracing and cockfighting in the VI.

Lake is represented by Herbert McKenzie.

11 Responses to “Crown awaiting info from St. Maarten in $45K cash seizure ”

  • Big Head (17/12/2011, 10:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    oh lord more drughs again!
    • teacher john (17/12/2011, 16:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      goodness learn to spell "big head"
    • rakeitin (17/12/2011, 20:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Listen, my country is $51M out of pocket. We want all to get rid of this deficit. We want to finance our own $15M to fix our roads, so every little adds up. We got to put this country back on track and if others are on crack and breaking the law, we are holding that money. We have enough educated people here to help us get the monies legally to start moving this country. I don't know if you heard when the lady was praying at the Church service for the newly elected members, but she said the money will come from the east, west, north and south, and people will send money for us and she prayed that we would get he money LEGALLY. Well, hallellujah, the prayer is being answered and we got more to get. The strength of our forefathers cannot go for naught. This country will rise again and we will give God the glory. We will never be put to shame. So if you waiting to see it fall, consult the many angels hovering over these islands first....
      • rattie (18/12/2011, 10:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        come on you know dem police done gone wid some of the lute
      • The wild thing! (18/12/2011, 15:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Bowy stop talking crap b4 jah smite u. Is ppl like u who was chanting VIP all the way 4 years ago when you'll already had a good thing going! So guess what stop praying for a miracle u put yourself in this mess!
  • mother hen (17/12/2011, 16:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    strupsssss, that is small money leave the people dem alone!
  • oh lord (17/12/2011, 22:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    ndp wants that money ... and thats advantage they're taking of those guys...i cant believe they're still in jail so long for their own money...advantage never done
  • qc (18/12/2011, 00:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    but people come in the bvi with big money all the time and do not declear
  • question (18/12/2011, 07:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    so where is the $$$$$$ now?
  • dominant (19/12/2011, 16:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The law stands. Once the money is not cleared( over $10K). It no longer yours.

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