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'Premier is misinformed! I was not paid'– Hugh E. Darley

- provides documentation showing amounts owed & agreement for the use of IDEA Inc's drawings for the cruise pier development project
Former project coordinator of the cruise pier development project, President of I D E A Inc., Hugh E. Darley today January 22, 2016 said Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith is “misinformed” for stating that all of Government owed him had been paid in full. Photo: VINO/File
The invoice between the BVIPA and IDEA Inc dated October 30, 2013. Photo: Provided
The invoice between the BVIPA and IDEA Inc dated October 30, 2013. Photo: Provided
Part of the agreement signed the BVIPA and IDEA Inc. Photo: Provided
Part of the agreement signed the BVIPA and IDEA Inc. Photo: Provided
Another part of the agreement between the BVIPA and IDEA Inc. Photo: Provided
Another part of the agreement between the BVIPA and IDEA Inc. Photo: Provided
Darley said IDEA Inc.’s attorney Appleby is also aware of the details of the situation. Photo: Provided
Darley said IDEA Inc.’s attorney Appleby is also aware of the details of the situation. Photo: Provided
In happier times: This VINO photo was taken following the signing of a Heads of Understanding (HoU) between Government and Tortola Port Partners (TPP) on March 27, 2012 in the conference room of the Premier’s Office. Minister for Communications and Works Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (2nd from right) had said the HoU gave both parties the terms of understanding to negotiate a way forward over the next 90 days before the plans for the expansion of the cruise ship pier, development of the land side and improvements to Road Town are brought to the public for discussion and input. Tortola Port Partners Limited is a joint venture of the Jay Cashman Group and the United Infrastructure Group (UIG) with the participating cruise line being Disney. Disney Cruise Line was represented by Mr Hugh E. Darley (2nd from left), President of IDEA Inc, which is a subsidiary of the UIG Company. The actual plans, then estimated to cost $75M, was brought to the public on June 27, 2012. Photo: VINO/File
In happier times: This VINO photo was taken following the signing of a Heads of Understanding (HoU) between Government and Tortola Port Partners (TPP) on March 27, 2012 in the conference room of the Premier’s Office. Minister for Communications and Works Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (2nd from right) had said the HoU gave both parties the terms of understanding to negotiate a way forward over the next 90 days before the plans for the expansion of the cruise ship pier, development of the land side and improvements to Road Town are brought to the public for discussion and input. Tortola Port Partners Limited is a joint venture of the Jay Cashman Group and the United Infrastructure Group (UIG) with the participating cruise line being Disney. Disney Cruise Line was represented by Mr Hugh E. Darley (2nd from left), President of IDEA Inc, which is a subsidiary of the UIG Company. The actual plans, then estimated to cost $75M, was brought to the public on June 27, 2012. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Former project coordinator of the cruise pier development project, President of I D E A Inc., Hugh E. Darley today January 22, 2016 said Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith is “misinformed” for stating that all of what Government owed him had been paid in full.

Darley fired off the response to the Premier’s statements made at a press conference held yesterday January 21, 2016, denying that Government owed Darley any more money.

The Premier said all payments owed to former project coordinator Hugh E. Darley have been settled and if the American still feels aggrieved then he can seek recourse by either engaging the Government or going through the courts.

The Premier also ordered an audit into the cruise pier development project to put to rest many of what he calls rumours.

“As far as I know there is no truth to those rumours. Whatever was owed to Mr Darley was as far as I know paid to the company that he was involved with. If Mr Darley thinks there is something else that he is due, he has recourse. He has to make his request or his presentation to government or to the courts. He has made his presentations in the news but that does not represent a presentation to Government,” Premier Smith had said.

Premier needs to read the emails - Hugh E. Darley

However, speaking to this news site today, Darley said, “He is misinformed. He should read emails between BVIPA and IDEA between October 2013-January 6, 2014. We were negotiating with BVIPA until we signed first licensing agreement on January 4, 2014.”

He asked the question why Government was negotiating with IDEA to get licence for their drawings if Government had already paid.

“I met in Miami in December [2013] with and agreed to license the drawings to the Government and valued that license at $2,000,000. They have our Invoice from October 2013 for the fee of $2,000,000,” he said.

In an earlier interview, Darley had told this news site that he received four payments of $25,000 each for the first four months of 2014 and then all communications ceased.

Darley said IDEA Inc.’s attorney Appleby is also aware of the details of the situation and noted, “TPP never at any time owned our drawings as they had to close on the financial deal to own our work. They failed to close on September 19, 2013.”

Darley also provided a string of email communications spanning 2013 and 2014 detailing correspondences between IDEA Inc. and Claude O. Skelton-Cline and other persons as they discussed the arrangements between the parties for the use and licencing of the drawings.

See earlier stories here:  

http://www.virginislandsnewsonline.com/en/news/govt-investigating-self-on-ports-project-scandal

http://www.virginislandsnewsonline.com/en/news/hugh-e-darley-tells-it-all-alleges-corruption-on-ports-project

http://www.virginislandsnewsonline.com/en/news/i-made-no-promises-of-gifts-nor-was-i-offered-any-hugh-e-darley

http://www.virginislandsnewsonline.com/en/news/ill-tell-investment-community-bvi-govt-cant-be-trusted-hugh-e-darley

http://www.virginislandsnewsonline.com/en/news/port-completion-impossible-before-june-2016-hugh-e-darley-

32 Responses to “'Premier is misinformed! I was not paid'– Hugh E. Darley”

  • Lb (22/01/2016, 16:28) Like (15) Dislike (43) Reply

    Who cares. Take your case to court like normal business people do and then get the bleep out. Sick of hearing this whiny w*** man now. Sheesh. Is this professional or personal?

    • @ LB (22/01/2016, 19:41) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      If we "cry wolf" too often, we may be lulled into a false sense of security about any the facts of this matter
    • the rock (22/01/2016, 20:32) Like (23) Dislike (19) Reply
      if lavity was alive and in charge his a$$ would of been on the first flight out when he first opened his whinny mouth, daley go back home, u are not getting anymore of our tax payers money!
  • Xxx (22/01/2016, 16:42) Like (14) Dislike (4) Reply
    This going be trouble meshon
  • Scary Mary (22/01/2016, 16:53) Like (40) Dislike (3) Reply
    Premier Smith is very careful to qualify his statements with such phrases as: "As far as I know", "As far as I am aware" and "To the best of my knowledge". It is truly tiresome.

    I would think that with all the bad press Hugh Darley has generated and the allegations made by Mr. Darley against Dr. Smith and his ministers, the Premier would make it his business to KNOW for certain what has transpired. If he doesn't "KNOW" then what business does he have running our government. It is his job to KNOW!

    I am tired of all the pussy footing around this issue. Clearly, the government is hiding things and we will NEVER be privvy to the truth. We will just be stuck paying the bills and paying to settle the court cases and NOBODY will be held accountable. The Governor has failed us and as far as I am concerned is of no use whatsoever since he refuses to do that which the people have asked him to do, time and time again!

    We want a proper Commission of Inquiry, not some rubbish audit requested by the very government we want audited. What utter nonsense!
    • Xxx (22/01/2016, 17:17) Like (18) Dislike (5) Reply
      The Governor has failed us. What did Edmund say?
      • @ xxx (22/01/2016, 20:22) Like (0) Dislike (18) Reply
        Like you vex, too bad. Try some white rum with a dash of bitters and a twist of lemon, you will get over it!!!
  • dog (22/01/2016, 17:22) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    so is this really the TPP members? we have been asking for months who are the members. why was it a secret other than the fact that the government members are in over their heads. These other guys are seasoned game players.
  • dog (22/01/2016, 17:27) Like (6) Dislike (8) Reply
    Give the man his hush money so he can get lost yall
    • @ dog (22/01/2016, 20:08) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      All managerial focus is fiddling while Rome burns!
    • dog (24/01/2016, 16:12) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      this is not dog. Why do you have to take someone else's identity? Don't you have your own? you have done it with several posters. Grow Up!
  • wize up (22/01/2016, 18:50) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    give the local artists who performed during the festival this same type of media coverage after all they have not been paid either...
  • Bernie Sanders (22/01/2016, 19:18) Like (4) Dislike (7) Reply
    Let us the public see Hugh Darley drawings and what is built now..Show us the drawings not the damn paper,detail drawings not no damn renderings for 2 mil dollars..
  • qc (22/01/2016, 19:34) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
    Why is it that the first MAJOR project of the NDP seems to result in such chaos?
    • @qc (22/01/2016, 21:41) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
      all involved have lived lavishly like never before. Their homes were torn down and rebuilt in a flash, homes that had no chance of building were put up and elaborately fitted, and I mean elaborate. Wonder if more has been spent out the Port gate than within it. Some people have evidence of massive kick-backs, some worth just as much as the contacts given out. If I have this solid information, I'm sure the governor can find it too. Corruption to the max
      • BuzzBvi (23/01/2016, 08:50) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
        Time to give your evidence to the police and get the criminals locked up.
        • @Buzzbvi (23/01/2016, 12:05) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
          I don't work for them. The same way I uncovered this stuff, they have even more access than me. All they have to do is do their jobs. Stuff that even Stevie Wonder can see. They have the intelligence at their fingertips. The previous auditor general made a good start for all of us. Cap on that and keep moving. Investigate the pro manager as well, the former director of ports, the Minister, all the major contractors. What was seemingly purchased. What was actually delivered (if anything) and on and on. Who all cashed cheques and who met with who right afterwards (habitually after bank transactions). Turn on the lights people. The little man see soo much stuff, imagine what those with bigger eyes are seeing and who turned a blind eye. This thing called money and the love of it...
        • no no (23/01/2016, 12:30) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
          Which police they are not better do not forget some of them sold the ///// and build big houses also. We have no one to look out for us. We had to honest leaders who truly look out for the people and they are rolling over in their grave. This place more corruption than the big USA it is a shame. If the governor come here on vacation we do not need him here we want a governor who will look out for the country
  • NDP vs VIP (22/01/2016, 19:47) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    People understand that if they bet on a horse and it's a two-to-one favorite, there is a substantial chance it will not win and they will lose their bet.
  • just asking... (22/01/2016, 20:01) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    what is new here, with Dr. I do not have a clue?
  • Chess (22/01/2016, 20:17) Like (5) Dislike (9) Reply
    Keep talking Hugh keep talking. Spill your guts. Do not hold back. Put everything out there, and I mean everything. Smh

    You are playing into the GOVT strategy; and you call yourself a business man?

    A still tongue holds a wise head.
  • rico (22/01/2016, 20:28) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    ....the cats are out of the bag....
  • Drumbeat (23/01/2016, 07:56) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
    If I was presented with a scant invoice like that, I would not pay either.
    • @drumbeat (24/01/2016, 09:56) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      An invoice is an invoice whether it was standard paper or tissue papaer once it states what you want, the price you have to pay, dated and corresponds with both parties agreement you dont pay and see if you wont end up in front a judge. These are legal documents and brushing them aside will land you in court. Pay the guy before we lose more money that we don't have
  • eyes (23/01/2016, 08:02) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Is it only me that seeing that the Premier might have some form of dementia? Please if this is the case let's have a bielection as I would hate to see the Spanish Pickering as our next premier. Jesus please take the wheel collision ahead.
  • Too much airtime (23/01/2016, 08:12) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
    Am tired of seeing his name now i won't even read the story. He sounds like a spoiled brat and trouble maker now
    • wize up (23/01/2016, 14:22) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply

      @ to much airtime: we both share the same point of view with this publication ( when will it end ) white boy just p.ssed to see the territory made progress on this project without him( he need to scatter his mot#e& s@u#t)....the one fellow in the education system has a law firm; let him give this white boy some legal advice

  • Charley Rose (23/01/2016, 15:55) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Let us wait for the pudding to finish cooking before we make a decision on its taste. If Mr Hugh Darley was bluffing, he would not have been making all those public statements. We may presume him to be blackmailing the pier park project. He is speaking with some degree of certainty and it will be surprising to many when the court decides the out come of the case. What does Minister Vanterpool and smart man Cline said about the drawings that is being used to construct the pier park. Where was the drawing done and who provided it. As loyal as we are to the NDP, let us wait and see before we arrive at a decision. Where there is smoke there is fire.
  • Strupes (24/01/2016, 08:52) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    What is funny to me is why he is having his case tried first in the Press before he gets to Court. If so certain of your case, get a lawyer and cash in. Certainly there is something else for the press to write about like the beautiful butterflies flying around outside.


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