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Oct 4, 2021

Belizean Firm Clients Named In Investigation Are No Longer With Them

According to the Pandora Papers, one undated log identifies tax evader David R Hinkson, convicted in Idaho in 2005 of politicizing the murders of a federal prosecutor, a judge and an IRS agent. The log also reportedly identifies Martin Zarcadoolas, who pleaded guilty in 2000 to helping the Colombo crime family with its South Florida operation, and recently convicted murderer Durst, back in 2003, when Durst was in custody for another case, awaiting trial on a charge of murder in the disappearance of a neighbor in Texas. The Pandora Papers accuses Godfrey’s companies of playing major roles in the early career and legal travails of an American pill maker Jared Wheat. Wheat was charged with money laundering in Belize in connection with his drug operations. He was later acquitted. According to the paper, Wheat set up companies in Belize, through CILTrust, and opened an account in 2001 at a Belizean bank . [PANDORA PAPERS 2 FS]In response to the allegations, Glenn D Godfrey and Company LLP this morning lost no time in issuing a release that says  “We wish to assure our clients, colleagues and the general public that in vetting prospective clients we at all times complied with both the letter and the spirit of all applicable laws.” The release goes on to say that in keeping with best practice procedures, “We accepted only business referred to us by professional intermediaries.”  The release notes that all the persons mentioned in the Pandora Papers report have long since ceased to be clients of their firm. CILTRUST International also issued a release which says the same thing.

Glenn Godfrey

Glenn Godfrey, Senior Partner, Glenn D. Godfrey and Company LLP

“Good evening, I am Glenn Godfrey, Senior Partner in Glenn D Godfrey And Company LLP. Our law firm was established just less than fifty years ago in our jurisdiction. Our clientele has been local, regional and international. We have a legal reputation marked by service excellence and the highest degree of integrity. CILTrust as a related firm has similarly severed thousands of clients in our jurisdiction. Recently, a news report from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalist surfaced. This report is called the Pandora Papers. The reports seeks to questions our firm’s integrity and good standing. The report, while not imputing any criminality to us, sought to affiliate my person and my firm with an alleged murder and other unstable characters, including one Robert Durst. We have written to the Consortium seeking a complete restriction of all its reference and report in relation to my person and Glenn D Godfrey as a legal firm. The report is seriously defamatory and has caused irreparable damage to my person and the legal firm’s reputation. Should the ICIJ refuse to accede to our demand, we will seek legal redress. We maintain that our firm never had as client, the individual in question. Our due diligence was completed to ensure we never served the client in the capacity alleged by the media report in question. Over or almost fifty years of operation in the legal profession, we have served our clients diligently in high integrity and service excellence. Thanks you.”

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