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Tougher demand against MP Brownbill for tax fraud

PHILIPSBURG - The public prosecutor demanded a higher sentence against Member of Parliament Chanel Brownbill on Thursday than he did against other suspects in the Emerald-investigation: 18 instead of 15 months of imprisonment and a conditional...

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The Prosecutor’s Office has petitioned the Court of First Instance for permission to remove the management team from the Port of St. Maarten and the members of the Supervisory Board. The case was scheduled to be heard on April 10th, 2018, but has been postponed to May 23rd, 2018.

Based on the petition, the Prosecutor’s Office states that they want CEO Mark Mingo removed along with Richard van der Mark and Ton Van Kooten. The Prosecutor’s Office is spearheading the Emerald Investigation which began in April 2016.

Mingo was arrested on June 7th, 2017, while at the Princess Juliana International Airport by members of the TBO and RST. He was released on June 28th and was later suspended from his job pending the outcome of the investigation which also includes Checkmate boss O'neil Arrindell.

Ever since the Emerald investigation began members of the management team were questioned a number of times, most recently in January 2018. Mingo has been accused of fraud and corruption.

In a press release issued on June 28th, 2017, the prosecutor’s office claimed that this form of fraud has been going on for years and some USD 7 million were disadvantaged from the Port and the country.

We find this a remarkable development and we wonder out loud via this platform why the shareholder - that is the St. Maarten government - has not taken any action itself to call the Supervisory Board to give an account on the ongoing investigations, allegations, charges and the court cases heard thus far.

Are we to await the outcome of all the court cases before conclusions are drawn as to the role of the Supervisory Board of Directors and the Management of the Harbor Group of Companies? Or will government leave the initiative up to the Prosecutor's Office to take the aforementioned actions itself?

Time will tell.

Have a Good Friend one and all.

Terrance Rey

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