PHILIPSBURG–Anti-Corruption Taskforce TBO officers searched the home of attorney Peggy Ann Brandon on Wednesday morning for several hours. The officers removed Brandon’s attorney Brenda Brooks for disturbing the search, according to TBO officials. Brandon is currently off-island and was not notified of the search until TBO officers were in front of her door.
As part of an ongoing TBO criminal investigation, the Prosecutor’s Office started a criminal investigation because of strong signals about abuses at the Bureau Telecommunication and Post (BTP).
The Daily Herald understands a law office was also searched on Wednesday in connection with the case. TBO is investigating the purchase/sale and financing of the BTP office building on Cannegieter Street as well as the high operational cost. This causes a reduction in the payments that they make to the country,” TBO spokesman Roderick Gouverneur stated in a press release issued in November last year.
“Other authorities, such as the General Audit Chamber Sint Maarten and the SOAB [government accountant bureau – Ed.], have also previously investigated the expenditures of BTP. In view of the reconstruction of Sint Maarten, great attention is currently being paid to the finances of the country,” Gouverneur added. “The TBO is investigating the case further.”
The Anti-Corruption Taskforce is a collaboration between the Kingdom Detective Cooperation Team RST and the Office of the Attorney-General of Curaçao, St. Maarten, Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. It specialises in combating financial criminal offences and investigates corruption, (tax) fraud, forgery and money-laundering.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/85448-tbo-searches-lawyer-s-home