Saturday, April 13, 2013

T&T wins against Ferguson in US court

The State has scored another significant victory against businessmen Ishwar Galbaransingh and Steve Ferguson. This time it's in the US courts.

The Attorney General has been pursuing several civil cases against Steve Ferguson for violations of the Florida Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (“RICO”), the Florida Civil Remedies for Criminal Practices Act, and related claims against numerous corporate entities and individuals arising out of the racketeering acts regarding the rigging of bids in Florida.

These include the making of corrupt payments from Florida, fraudulent bidding practices in Florida and deployed from Florida, and the laundering of proceeds through and into Florida in relation to the construction of the Piarco International Airport in Trinidad.

In a media release Friday Attorney General Anand Ramlogan confirmed that the United States Supreme Court has denied the Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by Ferguson with the highest tribunal in the U.S. on 4 December 2012. 

Such petitions are requests to the United States Supreme Court for review the decision of a lower court. The Ferguson petition, which sought review of a decision by the intermediate appellate court of Florida, was denied.

It followed the State’s successful prosecution of a motion to compel Steve Ferguson to respond to its discovery requests in the civil case pending before the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court in Miami. 

As part of that litigation, the State simultaneously defeated a motion by Steve Ferguson to stay the same discovery pending resolution of the criminal case against him in Trinidad. 

The AG said, "These hard fought victories in the Florida courts and the United States Supreme Court’s denial of Steve Ferguson’s Petition for Writ of Certiorari clear the way for the State to continue its civil litigation in Florida which we expect, will result in a significant civil judgment in favour of the State and its citizens and against Steve Ferguson and the other named defendants."

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