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Jul 9, 2020

Will U.S. Authorities Come for John Usher?

John Usher

A massive judgment with damages of one hundred and thirty-eight point seven million U.S. dollars was handed down earlier this week against businessman John Usher.  He was embroiled in the Sanctuary Bay scam a few years ago, along with incarcerated real estate developer turned fraudster Andris Pukke, during which hundreds of millions of dollars were defrauded from U.S. investors in a failed development scheme.  Usher has thirty-eight days during which he has to pay the outstanding sum, aside from surrendering property at Sanctuary Bay.  But how does the judgment apply to Belize since it is, first of all, a civil matter and there has been no request for assistance on the home front from the Office of the Attorney General?  Here’s AG Michael Peyrefitte on that question.

 

Michael Peyrefitte, Attorney General

“I received some information, he was found liable for some one hundred and thirty million dollars… I don’t know.”

 

Reporter

“But how does something like that work in terms of legally because I understand that he’s down south here in Belize and they are saying that, two things actually, he has to pay the one hundred and thirty-eight point seven million dollars and he also has to give up or hand over the property at Sanctuary Bay which he has been refusing to do, if not he would face incarceration.  So in a case, would that mean extradition?  What or how would that work?”

 

Michael Peyrefitte

Michael Peyrefitte

“I don’t know if you’re asking me to be Mr. Usher’s lawyer or the people who are… I really don’t know.  I really don’t know.  When you are suing for a hundred and thirty-eight million dollars and you get a judgment, I think you have pretty good lawyers.  So I will leave that to them.”

 

Reporter

“Has there been any legal assistance sought by the United States on this matter?”

 

Michael Peyrefitte

“No, because it’s a civil matter, but they haven’t done so.  I don’t expect them to but if they make any request then we will comply with that request if it is a proper request because at times they make requests that are not proper and we tell them no, that’s not what we do.”


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