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Ex VI Premier Andrew A. Fahie pleads not guilty to racketeering charge

- Kadeem S. Maynard also pleaded not guilty to same charge
Former Premier of the Virgin Islands (VI) Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) appeared in a Miami Court on November 16, 2022, to answer to the new charge of Interstate and Foreign Travel in Aid of Racketeering. Photo: VINO/File
Kadeem S. Maynard, left, also pleaded not guilty to the racketeering charge on November 16, 2022, while his mother and former BVI Ports Authority Managing Director Oleanvine Pickering-Maynard is scheduled to appear in court today, November 17, 2022, to answer to the same charge. Photo: Team of Reporters
Kadeem S. Maynard, left, also pleaded not guilty to the racketeering charge on November 16, 2022, while his mother and former BVI Ports Authority Managing Director Oleanvine Pickering-Maynard is scheduled to appear in court today, November 17, 2022, to answer to the same charge. Photo: Team of Reporters
MIAMI, Florida, USA- Former Premier of the Virgin Islands (VI) Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) appeared in a Miami Court on November 16, 2022, to answer to a new charge.

Hon Fahie appeared before Magistrate Judge Melissa Damian to answer to the charge of Interstate and Foreign Travel in Aid of Racketeering.

He pleaded not guilty.

Racketeering, by legal definition, is a pattern of illegal activity carried out as part of an enterprise that is owned or controlled by those who are engaged in the illegal activity.

Co-accused Kadeem S. Maynard also appeared in court on the same day to answer a similar charge and also pleaded not guilty.

Former BVI Ports Authority Managing Director Oleanvine Pickering-Maynard is scheduled to appear in court today, November 17, 2022, to answer to the same charge.

Sting operation

The trio was arrested on April 28, 2022, following a months-long sting operation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, which alleged in a criminal complaint that they agreed to arrange safe passage of cocaine through the [British] Virgin Islands in return for payments of millions of dollars in cash.

Fahie and Pickering-Maynard were arrested at the Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport where, according to court filings, they thought they were meeting members of the Mexican Sinaloa drug cartel to get $700,000 in cash. Maynard was arrested the same day on St Thomas on a trip to arrange his first shipment of cocaine, as well as pick up a satellite phone and $30,000 in bribe money, prosecutors have alleged.

Pickering-Maynard and her son remain in federal detention in Miami, while Hon Fahie is free on $1M bail, confined to his daughters’ Florida apartment and under 24/7 GPS monitoring.

37 Responses to “Ex VI Premier Andrew A. Fahie pleads not guilty to racketeering charge”

  • Fahie can win (17/11/2022, 10:36) Like (51) Dislike (112) Reply
    This case is not about real drugs evidence or drug money evidence. It’s about political misconduct and misjudgment.

    Fahie has a fighting chance of winning his case, much of the prosecution case is based on circumstantial verbal admission but no physical evidence to do wrong.
    • hot ice (17/11/2022, 11:21) Like (8) Dislike (44) Reply
      Fahie has little
      Hope of beating the charge but since there were no drugs and the whole thing was a DEA sting, he will get a relatively (relative to what he would have received if there really were drugs) sentence.
      He could be standing in the 2031 elections in the BVI.
    • Wrong and wrong lol (17/11/2022, 11:42) Like (17) Dislike (14) Reply
      While ur thought process might sound smart and partly correct. Yes politically internationally he is in wromg however the USA has no grounds on political misconduct as the regions, entities and legal grounds are different, british and usa. as it reffers to physical evidence it there be it fake money be it a set up the intent was there. The usa laws are so different done bindingly to drap u. Just as a man can get arrested for a fake gun in possession same for fake money and the intent to supply drugs.
      • Local (17/11/2022, 14:10) Like (5) Dislike (10) Reply
        @wrong and wrong lol . Fahie could get off because base on the affidavit file by the agents he asked to give fahie a flight to where he was going and on the way he told him he would like to show him something he mentioned to fahie let me take and show you the money so the money show was a setup.
    • huh ?? (17/11/2022, 19:27) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
      so going onnto an arcraft to count the money that you arebb to bebb paid ascm part of the smuggling plot is not wrong doing ?? conspiring to import drugs is not a crime ? and most importantly...using your political officr for personal gain and criminal activities is not a crime ?? wow..no wonder the COI felt the need to come in. hes dealing with the real world now..real authorities....
    • @Fahie can win (17/11/2022, 20:38) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
      Humans like you, Fahie, and the rest of your gullible crew could really wrap your minds around things and fit them into your version of reality.

    • Greg (17/11/2022, 22:26) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
      He has to plead NOT GUILTY! There is no other way for him to plead. The mother and son will be hung out to dry. What kind of mother is she to be involved with her son in crime? Whatever happens to the three of them is all their own fault for being greedy and thinking they were above the law. We will all have to wait and see the outcome because none of us know how this will go.
    • X lol (18/11/2022, 01:21) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      FEDS 99.9% convection rate, if you didn’t know the system!
  • Sad (17/11/2022, 10:39) Like (3) Dislike (6) Reply
    Sad
  • senegal man (17/11/2022, 11:20) Like (28) Dislike (38) Reply
    He's gonna walk, just wait and see
    • @Senagal man (17/11/2022, 15:37) Like (19) Dislike (12) Reply
      Dream on, The voodoo or witchcraft is no longer going to work. I’m from down on the bayou and the alligator entrails said he will be spending some time in jail.
  • Freedom a must (17/11/2022, 11:20) Like (22) Dislike (34) Reply
    The head coach will win them.
    • @ Freedom a must (17/11/2022, 20:42) Like (21) Dislike (1) Reply
      NEVER UNDERESTIMATE
      THE HUMAN CAPACITY
      FOR DELUSION
    • Arrion (19/11/2022, 22:51) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      I keep seeing people refer to Fahie as the head coach. The head coach of what? He doesn't look like he partakes in any physical activities. Seriously, the head coach of what?
  • Okay then (17/11/2022, 12:10) Like (3) Dislike (34) Reply
    #freethedrew
  • Mr.gage (17/11/2022, 12:28) Like (44) Dislike (17) Reply
    The man knowingly went to pick up drug money for allowing safe passage of drugs through the territory everything documented there's a reason why the feds conviction rate is above 95% some of ayo talking about no actual physical evidence crap is like someone hiring a hitman who is an undercover cop to kill their spouse, are they acquitted? In the words of the dew "I will be touching one thing the money".
  • smfh (17/11/2022, 13:02) Like (48) Dislike (21) Reply
    I don’t agree with setting people up to get a criminal charge. This is like a movie script because no crime was actually committed. You have a fake drug dealer offering fake terms to Andrew who takes the bait them you charge him for taking your fake drug deal.
  • Well (17/11/2022, 13:16) Like (2) Dislike (11) Reply
    No worries it shall be well.
  • He will soon bend. (17/11/2022, 13:20) Like (32) Dislike (11) Reply
    Andrew playing hard ball. That's a game the feds are good at, so they will not lose. I've seen and heard of Richer than Andrew, more influence than With less evidence against them than Andrew who had to end up bowing and take a deal.
  • 999 (17/11/2022, 13:30) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    my goodness
  • his exy lensea (17/11/2022, 13:47) Like (22) Dislike (21) Reply
    Well look how that man from the UK threw Foy under the bus
  • calling one and all (17/11/2022, 13:48) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    All who received stimulus PUT UP OR SHUT UP
  • head couch (17/11/2022, 14:49) Like (20) Dislike (15) Reply
    My people, I was framed by the u.k but like the terminator i'll be back
  • mad max (17/11/2022, 15:40) Like (13) Dislike (5) Reply
    When do we stop calling him Hon.?
  • my2cents (17/11/2022, 15:42) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    fisherman don't ever say their fish stink
  • justin (17/11/2022, 17:40) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    have the former premier ever sent a message to the people
  • pureblood (17/11/2022, 19:02) Like (18) Dislike (20) Reply
    The sting was organized by the Governor and the UK to get rid of Fahie so thaw can get better control of this territory, cause Fahie would have fight for his people
  • The Guilty is charged (17/11/2022, 20:56) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
    Please just plea "guilty" it isn't that hard! I already know you did the crime, so please plea guilty.
  • WHAT!!! (17/11/2022, 21:13) Like (7) Dislike (6) Reply
    Why is this man still referred to as “honorable “?
    If he had any honor at all he would resign his position as representative for the first district because he can not fulfill his duties and stop being on the government payroll.
  • west (18/11/2022, 06:07) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
    Ree the Drew. You F'ed up but we need you to find of the colonizers.
  • WEW (18/11/2022, 14:45) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    We still refer to him as Honorable ?
  • Stupid me# (18/11/2022, 23:00) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Hmm, as Bad as President Trump is ,he did not go after a small island (Country) leader. Democrats had to make them self look good, by in trapping Mr. Faihe.. Say to say
  • disgraced (19/11/2022, 07:42) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    You didn't waste time calling and labelling the ex Governor as "disgraced", but now the ex premier was charged, he's still labelled as "Honorable".
  • Forbidden Truth (20/11/2022, 06:31) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    NO matter Guilty or not guilty. THIS IS SHAMEFUL ON ALL FRONTS.


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