BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS – The former Premier Andrew Fahie has pleaded not guilty to the three charges he faced, conspiracy to import a controlled substance, conspiracy to engage in money laundering, and attempted money laundering.
Yesterday, Fahie’s arraignment was held in Miami before a U.S. federal court, where he had to enter a plea to all three charges.
His charges were filed jointly with those of Mrs. Oleanvine Maynard, who at the time of her arrest was the Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority, and Kadeem Maynard, her son.
According to reports, Fahie’s attorney Theresa Van Vliet confirmed the verdict to international media outlets.
FAHIE GRANTED $1 MILLION BOND
Earlier this week, U.S. District Judge Kathleen Williams granted Fahie a bond in the amount of $1 million.
According to her, the former premier must provide evidence that the money for his bail was obtained legitimately before he is released.
Judge Williams awarded Fahie another $500,000 personal surety bond in addition to the $500,000 corporate surety bond issued earlier by U.S. District Court Judge Alicia Otazo-Reyes.
The judge said Fahie, his daughters, and a friend must cosign the surety bond, plus he will be required to wear a GPS device so that he can be monitored at all times.
Additionally, Judge Williams ruled that Fahie’s daughters and wife must surrender their passports, and that his attorney Theresa Van Vliet cannot visit him at a location other than his daughters in southwest Miami-Dade County.
According to U.S. prosecutors, Fahie was a flight risk and a danger to the community because of his maximum sentence if convicted and the corruption allegations, both of which would increase the likelihood that he would leave the United States.
FACING UP TO 20 YEARS IF CONVICTED
According to court documents, it was revealed that if the trio is found guilty of conspiracy to import a controlled substance, they face a maximum sentence of life in prison, and if convicted of conspiracy to launder money and attempted money laundering, they face two maximum sentences of 20 years each.