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VI Festival & Fairs Committee accused of issuing bounced cheques!

Two vendors have approached our newsroom with returned cheques for insufficient funds written to them by the Festival and Fairs Committee (VIF&FC) within the past three weeks. Photo:
The Virgin Islands Festival & Fairs Committee (VIF&FC) has been accused of issuing bounced cheques. Photo: Provided.
The Virgin Islands Festival & Fairs Committee (VIF&FC) has been accused of issuing bounced cheques. Photo: Provided.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Two vendors have approached our newsroom with returned cheques for insufficient funds written to them by the Festival and Fairs Committee (VIF&FC) within the past three weeks.

One vendor noted that he was given two cheques that were returned for insufficient funds.

Deputy Chairman of the Virgin Islands Festival Fairs Committee (VIFFC), Birchfield B. Lettsome, told reporters at a press conference last month that, based on the preliminary figures examined, just about $1.8 million was spent so far on the festival’s expenses, and this was inclusive of the $1 million subvention given to the Committee by Central Government.

Mr Lettsome noted the funds taken in came from ticket sales, private sponsorship, and partners, as well as fundraising activities and other sources which he did not elaborate on.

Did they make a profit?

Both Mr Lettsome and Premier Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7), who is responsible for culture, noted that a full report outlining the current standing of the VIFFC’s accounts was not available during last month’s press conference.

It is unclear what arrangements have been made with the vendors with the returned cheques. 

Chairman of the VIF&FC Dirk L. Walters, when asked about the returned cheques, requested us to disclose our sources. He also asked that the affected vendors get in contact with him directly.

Premier Wheatley did not respond to our request for comment.

49 Responses to “VI Festival & Fairs Committee accused of issuing bounced cheques!”

  • HMMM (20/09/2023, 11:35) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    when is the next meeting? more answers are needed
  • Youth (20/09/2023, 11:36) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    What a shame.
  • (20/09/2023, 11:37) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    What a shame
  • smdh (20/09/2023, 11:39) Like (25) Dislike (1) Reply
    My family got two of those basketball on paper called Festival checks. Imagine some of Festival and government officials asked to keep it quiet until they resolved it. Well I am going to keep it quiet so keep this information between just you and I. SMDH.
  • poor people (20/09/2023, 11:41) Like (13) Dislike (13) Reply
    Between these festival checks & the tall elected funny man D6 own, I do not know which one bouncing the highest up to the sky.
  • Arrion (20/09/2023, 11:46) Like (23) Dislike (0) Reply
    Do we not have Accountants in charge of making sure money is in the bank before allowing checks to be written? It's the same as we, the general public paying our bills and not bouncing checks. WOW!
  • lmao (20/09/2023, 11:49) Like (11) Dislike (10) Reply
    VINO is the best. They run stories for and against the government, Governor, and HOA. They post blogs for and against the Governor and government and HOA. VINO is the best! You do not do like that other yellow tabloid online news site who only post good things about the Governor and bad things about everyone and anything else in BVI especially with the leaders and people of BVI.
  • My Advice (20/09/2023, 11:53) Like (23) Dislike (1) Reply
    Everyone in BVI needs to make sure they are insured because there is a very high chance of getting hit by one of the many festival checks that are bouncing around all over BVI more than covid. Soon we will need a festival vaccine.
  • Guest (20/09/2023, 11:53) Like (19) Dislike (22) Reply
    You get a bounce cheque and you run to the media before first reverting to the person who issued the cheque.
    Blasted attention grabbers.
    • @guest (20/09/2023, 14:36) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
      These checks were bouncing over a month now so this did not just happen and it has not happen to just a few people neither. Those persons were promised a specific time to resolve the matter and the two times they were given as deadlines to resolve the matter came and gone with no resolution in sight. So it was time it reach the media.
    • @guest. Ur opinion. (21/09/2023, 05:55) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      A person have a choice. They do what they chose to do, because you do not like it doesn't make it bad or wrong. Do the right thing and avoid bad news. Don't blame tbe victim and make excuse for the action. This happen before and shouldn't happen again..
    • WOW (21/09/2023, 06:33) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      How it is you guys want everything to be hush hush when these people need answers for what belongs to them?? Before it was hush hush, they didn’t do nothing to rectify nothing so let everybody voice their stories man, keeping it quiet wasn’t fixing it so let them talk and speak their truth. They deserve that!!
  • WEW (20/09/2023, 12:12) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
    Nice work Slowie
  • king liard (20/09/2023, 12:30) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    They came on radio and told us a bunch of lies
  • asking for a friend (20/09/2023, 12:37) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Where the money gone mehson?
  • Concerned (20/09/2023, 13:03) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    That's a criminal offence.
  • Hotmess (20/09/2023, 13:07) Like (13) Dislike (3) Reply
    My goodness. What a shame. If the make so much money then why cheque bounce. Poor this little Island mehson
    • @Hotmess (20/09/2023, 14:38) Like (1) Dislike (6) Reply
      Oh please...while I do not condone this nor like it please do not make it look like the BVI is not the only place this happens as this is false.
  • Swain on the Rox (20/09/2023, 13:24) Like (19) Dislike (1) Reply
    Mehson Dirk a real clown for this. Why issue man checks and them know its got springs on it? All these bounce check out here just as good they open back coney island and bring back the bounce house. Strupes. Do better Dirt.
  • Rubber Duck (20/09/2023, 13:30) Like (23) Dislike (1) Reply
    Writing a cheque on an account with insufficient funds is a criminal offence - report the matter to the RVIPF.
    Even the current DPP ought to be able to secure a conviction for a returning cheque!
    • @rubber duck (20/09/2023, 14:43) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
      Why ayo don't leave the DPP alone. Go blame that lying Commissioner of Police who documents gossip as facts out of hatred for locals and his colonial mindset towards the people and then get them arrested on his shady agenda then expect the DPP to work miracles for a conviction when the real substance of the matter comes forward during trial. Ayo always trying to give those colonial evil people a free pass. Even some of his white counterparts are concern about how he operates.
    • @rubbber (20/09/2023, 19:16) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      Thanks I never knew this. Sometimes my workplace give cheques and when we reach the teller we are told to take the cheque back to our boss. Later we would know that there's no money in the company account at the bank.
  • Gee d people dem dem money (20/09/2023, 13:59) Like (21) Dislike (1) Reply
    Why Dirky wants to know who spilled the beans, to victimize them?
  • Real Macoy (20/09/2023, 14:00) Like (28) Dislike (0) Reply
    What a shameful situation for the government..
    I guess they over spent the funds.
  • WOW!!! WOW!!!! WOW!!!!! (20/09/2023, 14:20) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    Well sah!!!!!!!! Imagine that. People, if you get a bounced cheque go straight to the police station. It is a criminal offence.
  • Go to the Premier first (20/09/2023, 14:41) Like (1) Dislike (6) Reply
    Mayson why ayo gone to the news first?
  • aint from now (20/09/2023, 14:44) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    We in VG got a few for the easter festivities
  • WE BROKE (20/09/2023, 14:46) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
  • SHAME (20/09/2023, 15:11) Like (2) Dislike (10) Reply
    You people will get enough of holding people to a perfect standard I guess it is ok for you to make mistake but not for anyone else any man that never made a mistake cast the first stone
  • herbs power (20/09/2023, 15:45) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    Anyone writing checks supposed to know the amount in the account at all times.
  • WOW (20/09/2023, 16:01) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
  • Rhythm up.. (20/09/2023, 16:03) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Whats the excused now.? All we get are nonsense excuses..
  • Disinterested (20/09/2023, 17:01) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Does the VIF&FC have a finance committee or subcommittee? Does it have a financial Comptroller and if no why not? How is the $1M from the government received? Does the VIF&C have a bank account? Someone should be documented revenues, maintaining a current balance, charging expenses, etc. Checks should be issued from one office, requiring double signatures. As such, when a check is written there should be a high level of confidence that there is funds available to cover issued checks.
  • Hmm (20/09/2023, 17:23) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
    I thought is the vendors have to pay the committee to use the ground for their business. Why does the committee have to pay the vendors?
  • empty (20/09/2023, 17:30) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Are you saying that the bank account the cheques were written against are EMPTY? Was it an intentional act? Does this amount to breach of trust? Does this mean that the minister in charge for finance dont know how to manage the finances of the country? Is this the same person that being entrusted to run the country? Did the funds get transferred into the other accounts to fund the trips for the government ministers? Where are those monies to fund those trips coming from? Or does it mean that all the government bank accounts running dry? Can people put the government into involuntary liquidation? Can the auditor general put a stop to this?

    People got what they voted for. The fact that you gave a set of grossly incompetent, no sense whatsoever set of people another chance, over the skilled, competent and sensible ones, the country deserve everything it get.
    • @empty (20/09/2023, 19:46) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      Everything is about politics for some of you and hatred. The elected officials do not deal with these matters. It is not good it happened but it is not the 1st BVI Government it happened to so just exit stage left with your hatred.
  • @ Street Reporter (20/09/2023, 19:05) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    My thoughts exactly, it is a crime, why go to the media. Go to the police. Let the chips fall where they may if they are serious about collecting.
  • John (20/09/2023, 20:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I'm so glad I didn't go anywhere they say the morgon hertage show was pack they charge 40dollars anight I stay home and watch them onw other country dirk so if this is going on what money is left for next year so you can plan you people think a million dollars is money guesthouse them charge them a set of money
  • John (20/09/2023, 20:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The tahxi man them charge them a set of money how come the music fest didn't have that kind of bunck check the greedy people them down there down there couldn't keep it going sheep say if he retain his seat he would have carry it vg
  • 2023 (20/09/2023, 20:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    are you someone pocketed funds and when time
    came to deal with service providers nothing in the kitty
  • Mr. Snitchbum (20/09/2023, 21:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Partna Want names LMFAO!!! it's okay, maybe he will offer them some free shipping at FedEx
  • ha (21/09/2023, 11:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Them was throwing off word about accountability but I’ll bet Frett didn’t have any bounce checks.
  • NAILS/SCREWS LEFT ON FESTIVAL GROUNDS (22/09/2023, 05:19) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    The festival and fairs committee needs to clean up the festival grounds of all the nails left from the booths. Government assigned those grounds for parking and vehicles keep ending up with nails in their tires.
    One of the stipulations for renting a spot to the booth owners should be that not a single nail should be found in their assigned area. If found, it would forfeit some of their deposit. The grounds should be inspected prior to returning the deposit. If a deposit isn’t required, perhaps it should become a requirement in order to ensure the grounds are left clean and tidy.
    Shouldn’t our City Manager be putting pressure on the festival committee to clean up properly?
    Why can’t we do things with pride? Why must we always accept substandard conditions? Until we as a people start demanding better, we will always be treated poorly.

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