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Belize-American Former State Rep. Indicted

CaribWorldNews, NEW ORLEANS, LA, Weds. May 27, 2009: Former state representative and New Orleans city councilwoman, Belize-American, Renee Gill Pratt, has been indicted on federal racketeering charges. Gill Pratt is accused along with members of the Jefferson political family in Louisiana, of operating a `criminal enterprise` that raided non-profit organizations created to help disadvantaged people.The indictment issued Friday incorporates Gill ...

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Puerto Rico Adds To Caribbean Swine Flu Cases

CaribWorldNews, SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Weds. May 27, 2009: The Caribbean now has five cases of swine flu, with Puerto Rico confirming its first case this week. The U.S.-dependent, Caribbean territory said a 39-year-old man who had returned from a week-long eastern Caribbean cruise was its first case. The man confirmed he had been on a May 10-17 cruise. No ...

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Narco-Trafficking In The Caribbean

By David Jessop CaribWorldNews,  LONDON, England, Weds. May 27, 2009: Across the Caribbean, from Guyana to Belize, once peaceful and well ordered societies have become hosts to narcotics trafficking, money laundering, extortion, gun crime, kidnapping, robbery with violence, and more recently, those who would support acts of international terrorism. The growth has been exponential and no nation has been exempt, ...

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Five Sentenced In Puerto Rico Corruption Case

CaribWorldNews, SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Tues. May 26, 2009: Five Puerto Rico nationals have been sentenced for their participation in a corruption scheme involving the 2000 resident commissioner and 2004 gubernatorial campaigns of a former governor of Puerto Rico.   Those sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Paul J. Barbadoro were San Juan residents Jorge Velasco Mella, 39;  Ramon Velasco Escardille, ...

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Caribbean Finance Ministers Call For Regional Solution To CLICO Fall Out

CaribWorldNews, GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Tues. May 26, 2009:  CARICOM finance ministers agree there must be a regional solution to the problems caused by the financial meltdown of the CLICO Financial. The ministers made the determination following a meeting of CARICOM Finance Ministers and Financial Services Sector Regulators Monday, as they sought to resolve difficulties arising in the Caribbean insurance and banking ...

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USVI Tax Shelter Promoter Pleads Guilty To Fraud

CaribWorldNews, WASHINGTON, D.C., Tues. May 26, 2009: A U.S. Virgin Island resident has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the United States. Anthony G. Merlo, a former resident of Fort Worth, Texas, and the U.S. Virgin Islands and five others were indicted by a grand jury in Grand Rapids and charged with conspiring to defraud the United States by promoting, ...

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Clinton Can`t Help Haiti Says Fidel

CaribWorldNews, HAVANA, Cuba, Tues. May 26, 2009:  Former Cuban president Fidel Castro is adamant that former U.S. President Bill Clinton cannot help Haiti. Castro, writing in CubaDebate, says Haiti is a victim of capitalism and needs more than philanthropic efforts from a single institution. `The most important thing is the creation of new forms of cooperation, so much needed in ...

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Barbados-Born Migrant Held With 325 Pounds Of Ganja

CariWorldNews, RUSSELLVILLE, Ark., Tues. May 26, 2009: A Barbados-born, Michigan-based man has been nabbed with 325 pounds of marijuana inside of his tractor trailer. Arkansas State Police troopers found the ganja inside the tractor trailer of Haldon E. Gilkes, 39, after he acted nervous and failed to provided proper paperwork during a traffic stop. Troopers say they found the drugs, ...

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Feds. Move To Edit Defense Statements In Murder Trial Of Trini-Born Army Vet.

CaribWorldNews, WASHINGTON, D.C., Tues. May 26, 2009: U.S. prosecutors are reportedly moving to `redact` or edit the statements of defendants` being tried in the murder of Trinidad-born, U.S. Army veteran, Balram Maharaj. Redaction is the process whereby a written statement of a witness is edited to remove or disguise any improper or impermissible references.  Trinidad Army corporal Ricardo de Four ...

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Jamaican-Born `Most Wanted Fugitive` Captured

CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. May 22, 2009: A Jamaican man, dubbed as one of the top ten most wanted by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, was this week captured in East Orange, New Jersey. Officers with ICE`s Fugitive Operations Team in New York arrested ICE fugitive Calvin Inswood, 46, who has an extensive criminal history that spans ...

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