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Jan 4, 2018

“Uncle Sam” Closing in on Andrew Bennett

The Office of the Attorney General has completed the requisite paperwork and is awaiting Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington’s signature before proceeding with the extradition request for attorney Andrew Bennett, who is wanted for extradition to the United States on money laundering charges.  His freedom, however, may be cut short in the days to come as it is expected that at the earliest, Foreign Minister Elrington will sign the paperwork on Friday morning.  Once those documents have been penned, the Attorney General’s Office will then present the bundle to Chief Magistrate Sharon Frazer, who will in turn prepare a provisional warrant for Bennett’s arrest. The forty-six-year-old attorney is wanted by U.S. authorities following charges of money laundering that were brought against him in Puerto Rico.  Bennett was indicted on seven counts in absentia by a grand jury in that U.S. overseas territory and a warrant for his arrest goes back to July 2015.  Bennett was busted in a sting that was organized by the Drug Enforcement Administration after it was informed by an informant in 2013 that political figures and high-profile bankers were operating money laundering activities through two international banks in Belize. He is said to have received a bag of money containing two hundred and fifty thousand U.S. dollars at the Riverside Tavern from the undercover agent.

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