NEW YORK, United States, Wednesday June 12, 2019 – A New York resident has been charged with defrauding immigrants from Jamaica and St Kitts, taking more than US$8,000 from them under the pretense that he could get them green cards and work permits, and then threatening to report them after they asked back for their money.
District Attorney Eric Gonzalez yesterday announced that James Archibald, 55, has
been charged with grand larceny, scheme to defraud, immigration assistance
services fraud, and related charges, for allegedly stealing US$8,520 from three
undocumented immigrants who hired him to process work permits and green card
applications with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
defendant is accused of preying on some of the most vulnerable members of our
society who were victimized as they attempted to comply with federal laws,”
a resident of Canarsie, Brooklyn, New York, was arraigned before Brooklyn
Criminal Court Judge Joseph McCormack on a 10-count criminal complaint in which
he is charged with third-degree grand larceny, fourth-degree grand larceny,
first-degree scheme to defraud, first-degree immigration assistance services
fraud, and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. He was released
without bail and ordered to return to court on August 8th, 2019.
faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.
District Attorney said that, according to the complaint, between October 2016
and May 2018, the defendant, who was the owner of a company called US Caribbean
and Asian Development Organization, allegedly stole US$8,520 from three undocumented
immigrants who paid him to process and expedite work permit and green card
applications on their behalf with USCIS.
victims met the defendant through mutual acquaintances. After receiving the
payments, the victims repeatedly contacted the defendant, but he failed to
provide the promised services and they tried to get their money back. It is
alleged that the defendant told the victims that if they persisted in pursuing
refunds he would report them to USCIS. He also allegedly failed to return the
passports of two victims.
The investigation began in January 2019 after two of the victims filed complaints against Archibald with the District Attorney’s Action Center, which put them in contact with the District Attorney’s Immigrant Affairs Unit.
Cannabis Industry Opens in St. Vincent and the Grenadines
KINGSTOWN, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Tuesday
July 16, 2019 – The first set of licences to start
production of medicinal cannabis in St Vincent and the Grenadines have been issued.
“The journey over the past 20 months to
put the legislative and administrative frameworks in place was certainly one of
the most difficult, yet gratifying, tasks I have had the opportunity to lead in
my career. It was not without major challenges,” said Minister of Agriculture
and Industry Saboto Caesar as he made the announcement.
He said the step-by-step policy
guidance from Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves, and the significant support
received from his Cabinet and parliamentary colleagues at different stages of
the preparatory work had contributed to the successful opening of the industry.
The Rastafarian community was also
identified by the Minister as a “central pillar of strength” in guiding the
interaction over the period of consultation.
Throughout the process, religious
leaders, civil society and international legal and business experts
participated in a very open and transparent consultation process to identify
and outline the potential strengths and weaknesses of the different models.
This included a reliance on knowledge in certification and commodity trading
from companies such as Bunny Imports and Exports of Trinidad and Tobago.
“The work has just started,” Caesar
said. “It is our mission in St Vincent and the Grenadines to create a globally
certified industry aimed at supplying medicinal cannabis products, targeting
ailments based on evidence from clinical studies. The mantra is and will
continue to be a successful medicinal cannabis industry begins and ends with
Stakeholders in the industry were
encouraged to set extremely high standards in research and development,
marketing, labour relations, environmental protection and general corporate
“Surviving with no trade preferences,
grappling with the resultant implications of climate change on cannabis
cultivation, competing with global producers, effectively regulating the
industry to satisfy national and international laws, continuing to ensure food
safety and food security, while at the same time balancing many unique
variables will become our day to day reality,” Minister Caesar said.
But he said the Unity Labour Party
administration does not shy away from challenges.
“The successful completion of the Argyle International Airport; the education and housing revolutions; managing the transition from a monocrop to a diversified food production platform; the expansion of our tourism and health infrastructure; obtaining a seat as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council; and geothermal exploration are all evidence that once, as a people, we maintain our focus – we will achieve our goals,” he said.
Former UK Police Officer Jailed for Raping Visitor During His 2015 Vacation in Antigua
ST JOHN’S, Antigua, Tuesday July 16, 2019 – A former British police officer has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for raping a young woman when the two met on vacation in Antigua just over four years ago.
Lee Martin-Cramp, who was a member of the UK Metropolitan Police Force, will be incarcerated at the former US Naval Base on the island, in keeping with the agreement between local and UK authorities.
According to the evidence in the trial, Martin-Cramp raped the 22-year-old woman, a foreign student nurse, during his vacation in May 2015.
The two had met on dating app Tinder and went to a bar before going to her apartment where they chatted and drank wine before deciding to watch a movie. According to the evidence, the then 22-year-old police officer spiked the woman’s drink when she left the room to change her clothes.
had told the court she noticed the wine had a strange taste when she returned,
but Martin-Cramp told her he had added some vodka to it, so she took a few more
sips. She said she subsequently started feeling dizzy and stopped drinking, but
Martin-Cramp forced himself on her and she woke up later bruised and in pain.
The woman said she maintained WhatsApp contact with her rapist after the incident so she could eventually get him to admit to the crime. And he did, telling her to pretend it never happened, and she reported it to police.
In one of the messages, after the woman told him he had taken her virginity, Martin-Cramp replied: “I can’t give it back haha”.
Martin-Cramp was extradited from the UK to Antigua and Barbuda last September to face the courts for the crime, and after a seven-day trial two months ago, he was convicted.
Following his conviction, he was dismissed from the Metropolitan Police which he joined the year before the rape. He had been posted to the Wanted Offenders Unit in Wimbledon, South East London before his arrest.
EU Signs Financing Agreement with Dominica Government in Support of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
ROSEAU, Dominica, Tuesday July 16, 2019 – The European Union has committed to support Dominica’s renewable energy sector.
The two recently signed
an agreement that will make EC$7.91 million (US$2.93 million) available to the Eastern
Caribbean nation to assist in increasing the resilience of strategic
infrastructure, strengthening the competitiveness and the resilience of the
energy sector, and implementing the island’s international commitments under
the Paris Agreement.
Among other activities,
the support aims to render the country’s international airport energy-independent
and disaster-resilient, through the installation of a solar power plant within
the Douglas Charles airport premises.
The programme is expected
to run until 2022, and comes in addition to the ongoing programmes that the
European Union and the Government of Dominica are implementing in the housing
and post-disaster recovery sectors.
Acknowledging the need by most Caribbean States for a swift and smooth transition towards renewable and efficient energy systems, the European Union said it remains committed its partnerships, supporting also similar programmes at regional or national level.
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