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UPDATE: Cornell Penn remanded; trial set for August 28

ST JOHN’S Antigua- Virgin Islands resident, Cornell Penn appeared before a magistrate in Antigua and Barbuda on Monday August 10, 2015 charged for allegedly breaching the Money Laundering Prevention Act. He was placed on remand at Her Majesty’s Prison. Photo:
VIslander Cornell Penn was arrested and charged in Antigua for failing to declare to authorities there a large sum of money he reportedly had in his possession. He has since been remanded and his trial is set for August 28, 2015. Photo: Internet Source
VIslander Cornell Penn was arrested and charged in Antigua for failing to declare to authorities there a large sum of money he reportedly had in his possession. He has since been remanded and his trial is set for August 28, 2015. Photo: Internet Source
ST JOHN’S Antigua- Virgin Islands resident, Cornell Penn appeared before a magistrate in Antigua and Barbuda on Monday August 10, 2015 charged for allegedly breaching the Money Laundering Prevention Act. He was placed on remand at Her Majesty’s Prison.

According to the Antigua Guardian, Penn was slapped with four charges including failing to declare $58,000 (USD).

Penn was arrested on August 7, 2015 following a joint operation between the Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP), the Immigration Department, the Customs and Excise Division and the Antigua & Barbuda Coast Guard.

According to the ONDCP, Penn had the money in his possession when he was arrested.

He reportedly piloted his motor vessel to Antigua and Barbuda on Wednesday August 5, 2015 and allegedly proceeded to bypass the requirements for arrival into the country.

The newspaper reported that Mr Penn allegedly entered the country via Heritage Quay during the dead of night.

Reports are that there were no customs or immigration officers on duty at the port of entry at the time, so Penn did not declare the cash, which he had in his possession.

The ONDCP in a statement outlined that under the Money Laundering Prevention Act, it is an offence for anyone to fail to declare currencies of US $10,000 or more in cash or monetary instruments.

A person guilty of a money laundering offence is liable on conviction to a fine of $200,000, but which may extend to one million dollars and to imprisonment of a term of seven years.

Reports are that the ONDCP has made application for the detention of the sum until a forfeiture hearing is done.

It is alleged that Penn told the authorities that he came to Antigua to purchase an item with the money. However, upon investigations, this was allegedly proven to be untrue.

Penn’s trial is set for August 28, 2015 before Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh.

His attorney is Lawrence Daniel.

See previous article posted August 10, 2015

VIslander Cornell Penn arrested with over US$58k in Antigua

- allegedly failed to declare the large sum of money to authorities

Information reaching Virgin Islands News Online from our correspondents in Antigua is that VIslander Cornell Penn was arrested and charged for failing to declare to authorities there a large sum of money he reportedly had in his possession.

Penn, 44, was arrested and charged by the Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP) for breaches of the money laundering prevention act on August 7, 2015.

The accused was scheduled to appear in court today.

“Penn who was in possession of over US$ 58,000.00 upon his arrest, piloted his motor vessel to Antigua and Barbuda on Wednesday 5th August 2015, and proceeded to bypass the requirements for arrival into the country and failed to declare the cash which he had in his possession,” the Antigua Chronicle reported today, August 10, 2015.

Under the Money Laundering Prevention Act, it is an offence for anyone to Fail to declare currencies of US$ 10,000.00 or more in cash or monetary instruments.

The Antigua Chronicle further stated that the cash was seized and Penn received two (2) charges for his alleged actions, which are Money Laundering offences under the Money Laundering Prevention Act (MLPA).

According to the laws of Antigua, “18A(1) A Customs Officer, Police Officer or ONDCP Officer on duty anywhere in the jurisdiction or a member of the Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force engaged in maritime duties may seize and detain currency if he or she has reason to suspect that it is an instrumentality in the commission of an offence against subsection 18(1) or 18(2) or is the proceeds of crime or is intended by the person for use in unlawful activity.”

The law also states that a person guilty of an offence of Money Laundering is liable on conviction to a fine of two hundred thousand dollars (EC) but which may extend to one million dollars, and to imprisonment of a term of seven years.

57 Responses to “UPDATE: Cornell Penn remanded; trial set for August 28”

  • long look me come from (10/08/2015, 18:12) Like (25) Dislike (2) Reply
    Wow i could do with a lil of that now
  • ... (10/08/2015, 18:14) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Oh bouy!
  • Garrot (10/08/2015, 18:27) Like (21) Dislike (2) Reply
    Antigua is a place where bail is not in the dictionary whether you're guilty or not. The time spent just waiting for a fair trial is punishment enough. There are some jurisdictions that you just don't want to mess with.
  • wize up (10/08/2015, 19:09) Like (24) Dislike (4) Reply
    when will these fools learn; them just getting set up day after day..
  • haha1 (10/08/2015, 19:18) Like (20) Dislike (6) Reply
    Take the money & deport he back where he from
  • Liat 521 (10/08/2015, 19:42) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Look cash yall...
  • Small thing that! (10/08/2015, 20:16) Like (11) Dislike (15) Reply
    Small thing dat smoke dawg... u a good man and things will go in your favor
    • Joker (10/08/2015, 22:12) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
      Do u think antigua is the bvi where u all get off on every thing and any thing ? He will pay the fine or do the time right there for sure.
  • weed (10/08/2015, 22:57) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    he in the big league mehson
  • me (10/08/2015, 23:04) Like (21) Dislike (10) Reply
    Election supervisor's nephew, politician first cousin and person the festival village named after son.
    • Poison (11/08/2015, 00:36) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
      Now that is real mele let us see how this play out i watching
    • joke (11/08/2015, 00:51) Like (8) Dislike (6) Reply
      The district rep will bring him home in the top of the 8th
    • j (11/08/2015, 01:43) Like (23) Dislike (0) Reply
      What is your point? He is an adult and makes his decisions - some obviously stupid.
    • wize up (11/08/2015, 04:25) Like (3) Dislike (8) Reply
      @WOW; campaign funds?
    • Forbidden Truth (11/08/2015, 05:27) Like (22) Dislike (6) Reply
      @wow. Why is it anyone's business who he is related to? What that has to do with his current plight? Some of you too messy.
    • DumbA (11/08/2015, 06:50) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
      What that got to do with any thing?
    • Guest (11/08/2015, 12:22) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      That is highly irrelevant just like the fact that his fam are not supporters of the current government cousin or not.
    • @wow (11/08/2015, 13:52) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
      Fortunately...the persons you listed have not been accused of any crimes. We are responsible for our own actions. Stop tagging.
    • @wow (11/08/2015, 18:22) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      The list can go one but your point is !!!
    • SHUT UP (11/08/2015, 20:01) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
      Wa the hell ayo don't mind ayo business ayo need to stop talking down on ppl cause if it was ayo family you would want ppl to be there for u ppl like ayo so will never make it far in life.... so if he is family to these ppl he is his own man u think is there fault why he in that NO! He is a big man and he make his own decisions....WHEN U DON'T HAVE NTN GOOD TO SAY KEEP UR DAM MOUTH SHUT... SICK OF PPL LIKE AYO
  • Accountant (11/08/2015, 01:23) Like (4) Dislike (22) Reply
    For BVI Man this is what we call ' a little pocket change' No big ting. We big, we smart, we born here, don't mess we me man!
    • Dirty washing (14/08/2015, 11:02) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      How we all love that arrogant statement "we born here" with its ring of entitlement and special treatment. Who cares what the name is, he obviously isnt smart, in fact more a simpleton in getting caught and then having the audacity to make up a story that is disproved so easily. His cries of dont mess with me wont cut much slack in Antigua.
  • Que? (11/08/2015, 05:30) Like (3) Dislike (6) Reply
    With all these high society family members moving like this we actually thought Bib them was going jail? Please this is the way of the BVI.
    • LNB (11/08/2015, 06:49) Like (37) Dislike (1) Reply
      Its amazing how the minute you have a local least name you automatically consider the person high society! Seems that you all are biased and hating against the indigenous families of the BVI. Not all Skelton, Lettsome, Penn, Stoutt, Wheatley, Chinnery, Creque, Maduro, Smith, Flax, Romney, Fahie etc are high society just because one member may have been a politician or one or two family members did good in business for themselves. Each man is his own island. Stop labeling people based on your own insecurities, hatred, envy and jealousy!
      • 2% (11/08/2015, 11:23) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
        Anyone truly "high society"? Pure bull$hit!

        As you say, it is pure hatred, envy, jealousy and insecurity of man. Man to man is so unjust...

        If we TRULY adopt Godly ways we wouldn't be like this to one another. Rejoice in righteousness and truth not in unrighteousness.
      • Observer (11/08/2015, 15:32) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
        Sorry, there are no indigenous families of the BVI.

        There are of course belongers and a certain form of aristocracy, but no indigenous...
  • Hmmm (11/08/2015, 06:58) Like (14) Dislike (11) Reply
    Anybody ever stop to think where the real crime is? America and the G8 have us all brainwashed. They create these laws and then make us feel like when we break them we are the worst person in the world! Ever stop to think what the problem is with having more than $10k cash is? Who got killed or raped or kidnapped? Which child is at a loss for much needed medication because the cost is excessive? Whose pension fund is being raped by con men? Did someone get robbed? What real crime of nature is being committed? Is God going to condemn Mr Penn to hell because he had $58k on him? But man made law will have us treat him like he is the worst in society. Nonsense I say. Man's laws are fake and self serving. ...God's laws are all that should matter in our perceptions and dealing with each other.
    • What? (11/08/2015, 08:37) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply

      They just ask you to declare it if its above $10,000 you. they ddidn't say you can't have it dumb @$$!

      • Hmmm (11/08/2015, 10:13) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
        Why should i have to delete it smart @ss? Then go through all kinds of crap with paperwork and proving where my money came from? I don't trust the banks and save my own money in my safe at home. I bet if i say that they will want to lock me up and confiscate my money. Stop being brainwashed. Think outside odd this man made system.
      • Be guided (11/08/2015, 16:12) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        Some ppl read but do not understand (you must declare) so then you are considered a pretty or handsome DUMMY.
  • Well Well (11/08/2015, 07:37) Like (5) Dislike (11) Reply
    You can tell who all never seen money before if you're impressed by 58k.
    • Really??!! (12/08/2015, 12:44) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
      Yeah you with your arrogant self!! WTF, you mean by that? Do you think everybody have $58k staring at them every morning they wake up. Everybody ain't like you who sound like they have money rolling around in at every turn. Some people hardly see 0.58 cents., $5.80, $580.00, $5,800 etc., if you get my drift. I for one never see $58k in my life I would love to see $58k (not that it impresses me much) right now cause I have lots of important things to do but until I see that I live with what I have. You could ease down on your arrogance, not because you have money!!!!!
  • Truth (11/08/2015, 09:10) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
    to well well. I never seen that kinda of cash since you rolling in it give me some I got kids to feed and I hurting.
  • Hmmm (11/08/2015, 09:15) Like (8) Dislike (6) Reply
    Didn't he help finance somebody in the. EAST campaign?
    • wize up (11/08/2015, 10:31) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
      @ Hmmmmm: whose campaign did he finance? the suspense killing me!!
      • walters (11/08/2015, 11:12) Like (0) Dislike (6) Reply
        ask penn
        • Really Now! (11/08/2015, 11:43) Like (18) Dislike (4) Reply
          I guess that explains the royal cut a$$ Walters got now. (Sarcasam)

          You people are amazing on here speculating and scandalizing the Honourable Members name with your nonsense.

          You could chose your friends not your family. What's does a family members indiscretions have to with another? The ignorance of my people and the lengths we would go to destroy each other baffles me.
        • SMH (11/08/2015, 12:25) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
          This guy's family does not support the district rep so get your facts straight
          • vip (11/08/2015, 14:00) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
            ayo need to stop Penn could hae win if he ran a $40.00 campgain..Walters was a waste
  • D (11/08/2015, 11:04) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    What was he doing with that kind of money on him?
    Where was he coming from? or going?
    The man made law is the law, and if you don't abide with the law, you just have to pay the price,
    NO matter who you are.
    Hope he dont have to spend any long period of time there, if he does, when he leave he will have more appreciation for the law, no matter where he goes, nothing lilke being lock up.
    Money come, Money goes, big deal, but being jailed is something else, wish him luck
    • liat (14/08/2015, 17:23) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
  • used de money (11/08/2015, 12:45) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply

    That's a lot of money no matter how you look at it. He could have used 10 grand of that pay his way through. Get a clear pass. 

  • wize up (11/08/2015, 13:10) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    the chap was simply taking investment capital to Antigua but transaction fell through.....
  • egg face (11/08/2015, 14:00) Like (6) Dislike (7) Reply
  • Someone (11/08/2015, 19:40) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
    Antigua is a police state. Even just going thru immigrations and customs there, has a fascist feel to it. Liat deliberately
    routes their flights thru there to see if they can shake down people. I was on a flight that developed a problem and
    the plane aborted takeoff on St. Kitts after leaving Antigua for BVI. Nothing from Liat about that in early june, but
    when they finally put us on a plane back to Antigua to be put up for 5 hours after being guarded in the St. Kitts airport,
    the amount of police and re-entering customs and immigration was disgusting. It was like Nazi Germany. After the
    4th time thru security this short cop with attitude demands to see my handkerchief. Well I blew my nose and Heil Hitler
    to Antigua. It is a sick third world dictatorship, not a democracy. Everyone should boycott it. And Liat also.
  • @someone (12/08/2015, 12:59) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
  • Really??!! (13/08/2015, 10:19) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    I think it is highly unlikely that Mr. Penn didn't know that he had to declare this money. I think that it is common enough knowledge that if you're travelling (and if I'm not mistaken they ask you this on the form that you usually fill out for immigration) with more than $10k you have to DECLARE IT in case something like this happens!! I mean I wouldn't want everybody to know my business but if this money came from legitimate sources then, "Why not declare it?" Carrying so much money in cash that you do not declare WILL raise a red flag if found (as he did) going into another man's country. Any legitimate business he was going to conduct (I assume) involving such large sums of money should have some paper work to back it up and I assume again would have been preferable/easier to do via wire transfer or something. I'm not saying this is clean or dirty money but, time will tell. We will see him soon enough or he will be sitting tight in that Antigua prison for a while.

    If you know the right thing do the right thing!!
  • Bird (14/08/2015, 10:56) Like (1) Dislike (7) Reply
    send Dr. Smith to get him out
  • Jim (14/08/2015, 11:29) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    Who is this guy? vino can you get a photo of him??
  • Yeah1 (14/08/2015, 12:32) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    After a few years in jail - Deport he back where he from ! Antigua don't play
  • Voters (14/08/2015, 13:18) Like (0) Dislike (7) Reply
    Come on marlon use your weight!!!
  • bvi (14/08/2015, 13:35) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Looked-up abroad. ID TV Bvi is hot rite now
  • weed (14/08/2015, 23:10) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Music (15/08/2015, 02:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The article said he arrived late night when no customs or immigration were on duty. So, on the one hand he couldnt declare it as more than $10,000. On the other hand maybe he intended to arrive late so he couldn't declare it. Either way, when he was found he still had it on him. Big mistake!

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