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Governor announces criminal probes into Premier’s Office, HM Customs

- Probes launched into Sea Cow Bay Harbour Development Project & VI Neighborhood Partnership
Governor of the Virgin Islands, H.E John J. Rankin CMG has announced criminal investigations into the conduct of the Premier’s office under former Premier, Andrew A. Fahie (R1) in obstructing the Director of the Internal Audit Department in respect of an audit of the COVID-19 Assistance Programmes. Photo: GIS/Facebook
The investigation comes as part of recommendations from the CoI final report. Photo: BVI CoI
The investigation comes as part of recommendations from the CoI final report. Photo: BVI CoI
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI– Governor of the Virgin Islands John J. Rankin, CMG has announced criminal investigations into the conduct of the Premier’s Office under former Premier Andrew A. Fahie (R1) in allegedly obstructing the Director of the Internal Audit Department in respect of an audit of the COVID-19 Assistance Programmes.

The Governor’s announcement of the move came today, May 12, 2022, where he added, “when I published the Commission of Inquiry report on 29 April, I believe it is a vital and hugely valuable contribution towards the achievement of better governance for the people of the BVI.”

According to Governor Rankin, there is now an urgent need to decisively move forward. This he said is in line with his responsibilities under the Constitution. The Governor added that the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) Commissioner of Police, Mark Collins, will now undertake a number of criminal investigations as recommended in the CoI Report. 

In addition to an investigation into the conduct of the Premier’s Office, there will also be a criminal investigation and/or investigations into the recovery of the public money expended on the Sea Cow Bay Harbour Development Project and the Virgin Islands Neighbourhood Partnership Project. 

Recovery of Public Money 

He added that a criminal investigation and/or investigations will also be undertaken into the recovery of the public money expended in the disposal of Parcel 310 of Block 2938B, Road Town Registration Section.

Finally, he said an investigation into possible corruption within HM Customs will be undertaken.

With regard to Recommendation B21, criminal investigations are already underway in relation to the Elmore Stoutt High School Perimeter Wall Project and the BVI Airways project.

Governor Rankin said given the need to respect the integrity of the investigative process, he will not be making media comments on the content of the investigations as they take place.

“But I am determined that investigations should be held in line with the Commission of Inquiry Report and that any public official who has engaged in criminal wrong-doing should be brought to justice and held accountable under the law,” he said.  

52 Responses to “Governor announces criminal probes into Premier’s Office, HM Customs”

  • At gov (12/05/2022, 18:27) Like (89) Dislike (6) Reply
    You go gov is time someone coms after these thieves.
    • ... (12/05/2022, 18:38) Like (27) Dislike (4) Reply
      money done dead or in a. house
      • resident (12/05/2022, 19:35) Like (38) Dislike (0) Reply
        if the house was built with illegal funds then it can be sold and the money recovered
    • Tango (12/05/2022, 19:54) Like (3) Dislike (18) Reply
      Hope you will continue you with you comment (let’s go gov) thinking your foolish self out the woods. Fool!!
    • "Parliament of Law" (12/05/2022, 20:54) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
      ["If you don't follow the LAW; the LAW will follow YOU"]
    • the rock (13/05/2022, 05:42) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
      Governor dont forget the prison break out before irma hit and also the police department for thr last 8yes, those captains in charge needs to be investigated
    • the rock (13/05/2022, 05:44) Like (10) Dislike (6) Reply
      Also on the last 3 governor's for letting the state of the territory come to this, you seems like an.action man, investigate all please.
  • asura (12/05/2022, 18:45) Like (43) Dislike (7) Reply
    oh boy myron will be quiet now
  • Well all I can say is (12/05/2022, 18:46) Like (12) Dislike (8) Reply
    Jesus take the weel...
  • wise up (12/05/2022, 19:01) Like (52) Dislike (2) Reply
    Got to love this governor.Well done SIR.
  • Hodgie (12/05/2022, 19:07) Like (37) Dislike (6) Reply
    So long to hear the phrase. I am from here. Aren't we from here anymore?
    • mad dog (12/05/2022, 20:18) Like (20) Dislike (40) Reply
      I am from here and you shouldn’t be here. If you had a voice where you from you wouldn’t be here minded our affairs.
      • Mufeng (12/05/2022, 21:02) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
        Tell that to the UK ????????. They're about to take over your here.
      • john smith (12/05/2022, 21:04) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
        @ mad dog, how is that working out for you? Being from here, is that same mentality/ state of mind we are in this mess now. You think Mr. Fahie can use that phrase to get himself out of this mess. Go read a book ( make it several) to keep your mind occupied....fool
      • Drycrix (12/05/2022, 22:49) Like (8) Dislike (8) Reply
        Awwwww you sound mad. Poor baby from here who can't go nowhere and don't want us here. Guess what? We're here and coming for everything that's owed to us. Boo! Expats Power!!!
  • Ya see (12/05/2022, 19:20) Like (59) Dislike (0) Reply
    Dem think Rankin playing with them and setting up Unity Government. This man on a mission , let them march now. Do your thing Governor. Show them who is Boss. Just today they gave out big Million $ contract, they won’t even wait to see wa England going to say. The Gov letting them hang them own selves
  • for real (12/05/2022, 19:59) Like (31) Dislike (1) Reply
    All of them must jailed for they wrong doing.
  • from buckingham palace (12/05/2022, 20:21) Like (15) Dislike (5) Reply
  • testing 1 2 3 (12/05/2022, 20:27) Like (40) Dislike (0) Reply
    if you can be sent to HMP for a joint or dime bag how come people gets into political office miss used the money in government treasury and walking free. Embezzlement remains a crime in this British Overseas Territory

    if you do the crime then do the time

    Some of we getting shake down by NHI; Social Security and Inland Revenue while some of we miss use the people tax money and walking free

    The commission of police must also investigate his department as well because persons within the commissioner department assist with moving dope in the territory: under the commissioner, police keeps evidence for their personal use.

    If you intend to conduct investigations in this British overseas territory-why not ask questions as to where some the foreign investors get the money(money laundering remains a crime) it should and have to be justice not just us

  • Under investigation (12/05/2022, 20:30) Like (7) Dislike (19) Reply
    it’s about time C***y phone goes under investigation. If you all only know the type of person she is we are about to solve the a lot of crime. You’ll see how C***y is playing her chess game; but when it’s checkmate; ain’t won’t be she saying it. You laugh and made fun of Andrew situation nowhere you are.
    • Under investigation (12/05/2022, 21:03) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      You are a VILE, Disgusting person.
    • @ under investigation (12/05/2022, 21:29) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
      Yes all the meme she sending around it’s about time she gets locked up
      • Umm (13/05/2022, 09:13) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        Yes because people need to be more responsible and held accountable for what they are circulating. There are laws for this. We need to learn to follow this and all laws
    • Karen (12/05/2022, 22:33) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
      If really think her putting nasty comments on Facebook is the most important thing to investigate right now, you are delusional.
    • Andrew's BVI. (13/05/2022, 03:10) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      We know we are in the wrong but we keep attacking and disrespecting those in authority, because we have that boastful, belong, do what we want, no one can tell us anything mentality that we don't know when to be humble and wise..The AMT of disrespect and boastful comments I'm hearing being thrown at the Governor,, in these times when we should be humble and seek forgiveness for our wrongs and continues bad decisions knowing he holds the handle to the cutting tool.
    • I have a concern. (13/05/2022, 05:45) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      I haven't heard the Governor mentioned any punishment or penalties for those that refused to corporate, we know that is going to happen, lots of the accused and witnesses are going to be rude and disrespectful to investigators. Whats the reprocusion if that should happen? We need to know.
  • Clean up (12/05/2022, 20:33) Like (25) Dislike (15) Reply
    I think all government workers should submit a new drugs test ! Every single workers that is a public servant in every department from cleaners all the way up to top board members. We need a clean sweep. Every other country does do it. It’s time to clean up the bvi government system.
  • from buckingham palace (12/05/2022, 20:45) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Let UK rule..
  • Tears in my eyes (12/05/2022, 20:46) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
  • vi (12/05/2022, 21:07) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    The 11million dollar bridge
  • Live in Sea Cows Bay (12/05/2022, 21:38) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Fraser, you are under the gun to. They are looking at everyone. That million dollars for the Sea Cows Bay project, they need answers as to what the million dollars was spent on and who it went to.
  • Jeremy (12/05/2022, 22:33) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Mr.gage (12/05/2022, 22:40) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    I respect this move!
    • T totally agree (13/05/2022, 09:36) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      The problem though is "who will be doing the investigating?". By police I hope he means those that he should bringing from the UK. Some of these police here are involved in the mess. They are not going to investigate themselves. If he allows that to happen, it will be wasted money. Nothing will come out of the investigation.
  • 5 Essex Court (12/05/2022, 23:00) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Hello Hellooooo Gov'na ????
  • Earl (13/05/2022, 02:23) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Shame they can't go back further in time for wasted tax payers money...
    Greenhouses, beaches, the list could on !
  • Hope Scotland Yard involved. (13/05/2022, 02:53) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    With good investigators carrying out a proper investigation, it's going get real messy because a lot of damning new information going to come out involving new suspects...All the bad things we are heading, it's going to get worst..
  • eyes (13/05/2022, 03:17) Like (25) Dislike (0) Reply
    The public want to know about that reclaimed land that is taking place at Havers.!!!
  • Oficina King (13/05/2022, 05:45) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    England has to become governor on this island, in all government offices people of gallantry have to take command, we also need a minister who is from England
  • away (13/05/2022, 06:00) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    This issue is serious and has been going in for years where these Government Officials constantly pocketing funds to help the VI, how many past projects have they botched financially to name a few BIWATER, HOSPITAL, HS WALL,and the most Damming was the HURRICANE MARIA and IRMA, did they nit think the UK would notice the lack of financial responsibility, let's not forget the AIRPORT, time is longer than twine
  • Welsah (13/05/2022, 07:57) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    So no criminal investigation in police station don't forget they have some corruption too
  • Wayne DEAD (13/05/2022, 08:27) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    All of you a11 low life rich scoundrels he got money they didn't deserve from these programs JUST BRING BACK THE MONEY. No matter how long the investigation is it will eventually out you CRIMINALLY. LOL!
  • Village (13/05/2022, 09:29) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    Tortola people get exactly what they deserve tell them to go protest on that now set of undercover criminals
  • Facts factor (13/05/2022, 10:11) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    COI....pull dem out wey part dem hinding nobody getting away all of dem have tingz to answer for...nail em
  • Well (13/05/2022, 10:24) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    All the tears that has been shed from the people that has been victimized in this territory is raining down cats, dogs and cows on your heads.
  • The Reaper (13/05/2022, 11:57) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Dig deeper Your Excellence…..Deep ….!!!!!!don’t stop digging…
  • Make sure (13/05/2022, 12:33) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    You hit all the big show off houses on the hills. All you have to do is a FORENSIC AUDIT ON MOST OF THE LOOK AT MY HOUSEEEE, IT IS BIGGER AND BETTET THAN YOURSSSSS. THENNNN, you bragging about your big house and you got a pipe hook up running all your sewer down the hillside eroding the hillside and the same roads you driving on everyday.
  • e (13/05/2022, 17:29) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr Governor please nvestigated that money for the belonger fast track i beg
  • The Reaper (13/05/2022, 17:59) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    mr Governor .don’t u dear not forget about The police force ……. They are too Corrupt,In this BVI…

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