Antigua DPP charged for fraud wants passport returned

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JAMAICA GLEANER, Antigua’s Director of Public Prosecutions, Anthony Armstrong, who is facing fraud charges in relation to three land transactions, is to know on Thursday whether his passport will be returned to him.

The Jamaican attorney-at-law was arrested on Saturday on his arrival at the Norman Manley International Airport and later charged with conspiracy and fraudulent conversion.

His passport was confiscated and he was released on $500,000 bail.

The charges reportedly stem from the sale of three properties 18 years ago in Jamaica, in which Armstrong represented the complainant, who was the vendor.

The complainant in the matter had reported Armstrong to the General Legal Council (GLC) over the matter.

The Disciplinary Committee of the GLC in February found that Armstrong was guilty of professional misconduct for signing a document for a client who was not present.

On Monday morning when the matter was mentioned in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court, attorney-at-law Hugh Wildman, who expressed shock at the arrest of his client, said there was no basis for Armstrong to be charged.

He said that the GLC had found him not guilty of the charges and that the complainant is a self-confessed rogue and drug trafficker who is trying to muddy his client’s reputation.

Wildman also asked that his client’s passport be returned.

However, the investigating officer in the matter objected to the return of Armstrong’s passport.

She told the court that the police had asked Armstrong to come in for an interview from August, but he refused.

But Wildman sought to dispel the investigator’s claim.

He said his client returned to facilitate the investigation and was of the view that he was going to attend a question-and-answer session but was instead arrested and charged.

Wildman also denied that his client had refused to come in for the interview.

Parish Judge Venise Blackstock Murray asked for the matter to be set for Thursday when she will rule on the passport request.

– Tanesha Mundle

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9 COMMENTS

  1. Let’s see if his countrymen Bedford will carry this on radio Moscow (ABS) tonight.
    When cutie gleefully declared that the interpol red notice was withdrawn, he didn’t say it was because he agreed to return to Jamaica voluntarily.
    By the way, remember in the infamous whatsapp message from Gaston, he mentioned how corrupt this DPP is? Cutie should ask him to do the honorable thing and resign, but I guess that Satan cannot correct sin.

  2. UPP hired Anthony Armstrong
    That’s facts
    His Position was constitutionally protected so the ABLP could not have fired him without LAWFUL REASONS.
    Smh

  3. @Iman

    GOD NAR SLEEP.
    WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND
    REMEMBER THE GASTON AND ASOT FIERY EXCHANGE IN SEPTEMBER 202O.
    SAID ANTHONY ARMSTRONG WAS CALLED CORRUPT.
    ANTHONY ARMSTRONG SEEMED TO TAKE INSTRUCTIONS FROM THE ABLP, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT CAME TO THE UPP.

    WELL, MR ARMSTRONG, TEK DAT

  4. correct. UPP hired their DPP now they want prayers for him. No prayers for the white man UPP police commissioner? Canadian mounties?

  5. The Headline: Antigua DPP charged for Fraud. That is very embarrassing to our Island. There is a very Senior Government Employee. He works in the Agriculture Ministry. He is also the spokesman for the Chamber of Commerce,Nigeria. How does he find the time to do his substantive job. At the same time working for that Nigerian Chamber of Commerce. Could that be one of many reasons,our Agricultural Department is going to crap. Are we getting value for that salary being paid to that Senior Extension Officer.In my opinion,there are too many persons in Antigua feeding at the Government’s Trough.While nibbling at other cheeses while they are supposed to be working on Government’s time and dime.That must be stopped soonest.If not there would be many more headlines of Senior Government Workers charged for Fraud,in the future.

  6. The UPP should have done a better job of vetting Mr. Armstrong before they hired him, and the ABLP should have let him go when the misconduct came to light. Why is this a political issue? Where is the Antigua Bar Association on this issue?

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