Jerome Fitzgerald in the House of Assembly on Thursday. Photo: Torrell Glinton
By Juan McCartney
Nassau Guardian Broadcast Editor
NASSAU, Bahamas -- Bahamas Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson will seek the involvement of the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and State Department in probing whether a US entity was working with environmental watchdog group Save the Bays to orchestrate the downfall of the Christie administration, according to Minister of Education Jerome Fitzgerald.
Fitzgerald made the revelation during his contribution to the mid-year budget in the House of Assembly on Thursday.
He claimed there is evidence to suggest the US-based Moore Charitable Foundation and its principal, hedge-fund billionaire Louis Bacon, funded Save the Bays, a local non-profit organization.
Fitzgerald said Save the Bays is a political organization disguised as an environmental group.
“This is a matter which goes to the very sovereignty of our country; bordering on sedition, really, where members of the opposite side are involved,” Fitzgerald said.
“Mr Speaker, this matter, we have been advised through our attorney general that we are now going to get involved with the IRS on this directly, because, Mr Speaker, funds were used in a non-profit organization which were tax write-offs for the Moore Foundation, which, we understand, is controlled by one Mr Louis Bacon.
“Those tax write-offs came to The Bahamas. Some of it was used for environmental stuff, but a lot of it, Mr. Speaker, was used for political reasons with political intentions.
“So the IRS [is going to] get involved in this.
“This serious business.
“Accounts, money transfer in Turks and Caicos, monies down in Cayman Islands, monies in The Bahamas.”
This latest row to consume the House all stems from a 410-page affidavit from John Joseph DiPaolo, an investigator, and reportedly retired FBI agent, hired out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
In that affidavit, DiPaolo makes assertions about Canadian fashion designer Peter Nygard relating to an alleged murder plot against certain members of Save the Bays.
Prime Minister Perry Christie and Deputy Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis were repeatedly named in purported secretly recorded videos of meetings with Nygard and two alleged hit men-for-hire.
Nygard has since alleged that FNM chairman Michael Pintard colluded with DiPaolo and the two alleged hitmen on behalf of Save The Bays to set him up.
Fitzgerald said the government wants actual FBI agents involved in the overall investigation.
“The FBI have to get involved in this, Mr Speaker,” Fitzgerald said.
“Not the hired FBI ex-agent that was mixed up in this whole thing with Senator Pintard and them cooking up this scheme in the room.
“No, not that FBI – he finished. That’s a retired one, no, not him. Talking about the real FBI, Mr Speaker.
“That’s how serious this matter is, Mr Speaker. This impacts a sovereign country.”
He also said the government is of the view that the US State Department must get involved.
“And they are going to get involved, Mr Speaker,” the education minister said.
“As I speak right now, we are pursuing those channels, Mr Speaker.”
Republished with permission of the Nassau Guardian