Cable que muestra las sospechas de EE UU sobre Allen Stanford antes de que se destapase su gran estafa

La embajadora de EE UU en Barbados evitó fotografiarse con él por las sospechas de corrupción y de lavado de dinero que tenía sobre Stanford casi tres años antes de que se destapase su timo piramidal

ID:62729
Date:2006-05-03 22:01:00
Origin:06BRIDGETOWN755
Source:Embassy Bridgetown
Classification:CONFIDENTIAL
Dunno:06BRIDGETOWN578
Destination:VZCZCXYZ0001
PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHWN #0755/01 1232201
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 032201Z MAY 06
FM AMEMBASSY BRIDGETOWN
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 2401
RHEHNSC/NSC WASHDC PRIORITY
INFO RUCNCOM/EC CARICOM COLLECTIVE PRIORITY

C O N F I D E N T I A L BRIDGETOWN 000755

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 04/26/2016
TAGS: EINV, EAIR, EFIN, PREL, PGOV, PINR, KCRM, AC, BB, XL
SUBJECT: CRICKET BREAKFAST SERVES UP FIRST ENCOUNTER WITH
ALLEN STANFORD

REF: A. BRIDGETOWN 578

B. BRIDGETOWN 178

Classified By: Ambassador Mary E. Kramer for reasons 1.5 (b) and (d)

1. (C) Summary: Ambassador Kramer met controversial Texan
billionaire Allen Stanford for the first time at an April 21
"Legends of Cricket" breakfast in Barbados. Stanford bent
the Ambassador's ear concerning his significant new tourism
and property investments in Antigua and plans for his
Caribbean Star and Caribbean Sun airlines. Also present that
morning was Barbados PM Arthur, who pulled the Ambassador
aside to express his view that President Bush needs to lay
out an innovative, ambitious energy strategy to serve as an
example to the hemisphere. The breakfast was an attempt by
legendary Barbados cricketers to whip up more enthusiasm for
the sport. Stanford was likely invited due to his "Cricket
2020" initiative to revive West Indies Cricket. End Summary.

2. (C) At an April 21 "Legends of Cricket" breakfast at the
Barbados Hilton, Ambassador Kramer found herself seated at
the head table, along with Allen Stanford, the UK High
Commissioner, and Barbados Prime Minister Owen Arthur. The
Barbados group "Legends of Cricket" organized the breakfast
with cricket greats from the past. Stanford cancelled
another cricket-related event in Antigua and flew to Barbados
to participate. (Note: Allen Stanford is a controversial
Texan billionaire who has made significant investments in
offshore finance, aviation, and property development in
Antigua and throughout the region. His companies are rumored
to engage in bribery, money laundering, and political
manipulation. End Note.)

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Stanford's Expanding Empire
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3. (C) This chance encounter was the first time the
Ambassador had met Stanford. In response to the Ambassador's
question about his business ventures, he discussed his plans
to develop a number of homes in the US$10-20 million range
and a world class golf course on a small island off the coast
of Antigua. (Note: Stanford was likely referring to his
Guiana Island project. End Note.) So far, he has invested
about US$35 million of his own just in the design and
acquisition phases. He expects to have a front-end
membership fee of several million dollars and approximately
US$1 million per year in dues from the residents of these
high-end communities. He also plans to pay up front about $1
million (unclear which currency - US$ or EC$) in taxes to
Antigua each year. He believes this development and the tax
revenue it generates will make a huge difference in the local
economy.

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Caribbean Star Set to Expand
----------------------------

4. (C) Stanford's second big venture in the Caribbean is
investment in new airplanes for his Caribbean Star airline.
(Note: The recent Federal Aviation Administration Category
One rating for the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States
means Antigua-based Caribbean Star can begin flights to the
U.S. See Ref A for more details. End Note). He expects to
be running about 400 flights a week throughout the Caribbean,
including to San Juan and Caracas, but it is unclear when
this expansion will occur. A number of the planes on order
are jets and the others are the familiar regional DASH-8s
that currently make up most of the Caribbean Star and LIAT
fleet. During his speech at the event, PM Arthur suggested
that Stanford should merge his Caribbean Star airline with
cash-strapped LIAT. (Comment: This scenario is highly
unlikely as Stanford does not believe in partnerships. He is
reportedly the sole shareholder in all his businesses, and
would likely only go into business with LIAT by purchasing
the government-owned airline. End Comment.)

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PM Arthur on President Bush...
------------------------------

5. (C) Prime Minister Arthur was very cordial, seeking out
the Ambassador for conversation. At the breakfast table, he
expounded upon the friendship he feels he established with
President Bush and how well he believes they work together
for the benefit of the region. (Note: The PM was likely
referring to their collaboration at the November 2005 Summit
of the Americas in Buenos Aires. End Note.) Arthur also
discussed how he is trying to engage other players in CARICOM
to work with others--pointing to the Ambassador and UK High
Commissioner--saying, "We must stop talking about bananas and

sugar and move on to talk about something we can actually
accomplish together."

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...And Energy Issues
--------------------

6. (C) Another table topic was PM Arthur's belief that it is
critical the United States provide leadership and make some
specific statements about how it will move away from its
"addiction" to oil. As the morning was coming to a close, he
took the Ambassador's arm and privately delivered a message
for the President. President Bush, in his opinion, must lay
out a new, innovative, and ambitious energy strategy for the
U.S. In Arthur's view, this is absolutely necessary for the
the region, the hemisphere, and the world.

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Comments
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7. (C) Embassy officers do not reach out to Stanford because
of the allegations of bribery and money laundering. The
Ambassador managed to stay out of any one-on-one photos with
Stanford during the breakfast. For his part, Stanford said
he preferred to conduct his business without contacting the
Embassy, resolving any investment disputes directly with
local governments. It is whispered in the region that
Stanford facilitates resolution with significant cash
contributions.

8. (C) PM Arthur's desire for bold U.S. leadership on energy
echoes the commitments he made to help reduce his country's
fuel import bill via alternative energy during his budget
speech earlier this year (Ref B).
GILROY
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