Bahamas Completes Probe into Alleged Misuse of Funds by Tourism Ministry
By Brian Major
November 29, 2012 4:15 PM
The Bahamas government has completed an investigation into the alleged misappropriation in 2010 of nearly $2 million at the ministry of tourism, according to local press reports. The results of the investigation will be released on December 12, said Obie Wilchcombe, the Bahamas’ tourism minister.
Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace, who was minister of tourism during the period under investigation, was reported to be “at the heart” the government probe. In an interview in the Bahamas Tribune, Vanderpool-Wallace said he is confident the report will show he took part in no “wrong doing.”
The Bahamas government launched its investigation shortly after Wilchcombe’s party took office this year according to the Tribune account, hiring an accounting firm to determine whether contracts for tourism ministry marketing services were made a with a U.S.-based firm which never performed the services.