Both the United States Inland Revenue Service (IRS) and the US Media seem to be following the Dominica elections with keen interest.
The United Workers Party is advising Dominicans living in the US and US virgin Islands and who hold US passports or Green Cards not to accept any free airline tickets, money or other gifts, from anyone — including agents of the Dominica Labour Party (DLP), or agents of the Dominica Government and staff of the Dominica Embassies in the US, to come to Dominica to vote in general elections – since both the recipients and the givers, are required to report the value of such gifts to United States Inland Revenue Department, (IRS). Failure to do so could cause Dominicans living and working in the US to encounter difficulties with the IRS.
According to IRS regulations, failure to declare income –, including gifts to travel overseas to vote, is a financial crime. What this means, is that “free tickets” to travel from any US state or the US Virgin Islands to Dominica, which could cost between US$500 to over US1000 ought to be declared to the IRS.
Reports reaching the UWP are that agents acting for the Roosevelt Skerrit-led Dominica Labour Party, have been offering free tickets to Dominicans with US Passports or US Green Cards to come to Dominica to vote at the December 8 General Elections.
The UWP highlighted a report from News America. According to the report on News Americas, WASHINGTON, D.C., published on July 15, 2014,
The reports says, “….IRS Criminal Investigation has ramped up its presence in the international arena and will aggressively pursue those who commit financial crimes.”
According to the statements made by the IRS officials, both individuals who commit financial crimes, and individuals who assist others in committing financial crimes, will be held accountable for their actions.
IRS-Criminal Investigation Chief Richard Weber said that “Individuals who assist others in laundering criminal proceeds will be held accountable for their own criminal actions.”
“The defendants in this investigation had a blatant disrespect for the laws….IRS Criminal Investigation has ramped up its presence in the international arena and will aggressively pursue those who commit financial crimes.”
Assistant Attorney General Ronald A. Cimino of the Justice Department’s Tax Division, said, “The Tax Division is committed to using every tool available to hold these wrongdoers accountable.”
These announcements, were made following a case where “A Canadian-born attorney Patrick Poulin, 41,.with a law firm based in the Turks and Caicos and two of his clients, Joshua Vandyk, 34, a U.S. citizen, and Eric St-Cyr, 50, a Canadian citizen, pleaded guilty to financial crimes.
All three solicited US citizens to use their services to hide assets from the US government, including the IRS. The investment firm represented that it would neither disclose the investments or any investment gains to the US government.
Since the 2009 elections, the US Government is aware that the Roosevelt Skerrit Labour Party, under the guise of the Government of Dominica, chartered planes from Molinor Aviation and paid to bring in several thousands of Dominicans to vote. The US government is aware of this, since the records of the charter are detailed. The Office of International Aviation (X-40) foreign and US Air Carrier Licensing Divisions reported in the Foreign Air Carrier Fifth Freedom Charters Applications on Hand during week ending December 18, 2009, that the Dominica Government had chartered planes from NOLINOR Aviation from the 17-20, 2009. The charters were approved on December 17, 2009.
Dominica’s Prime Minister, Mr Roosevelt Skerrit and Public Works Minister Mr Rayburn Blackmoore of the Government of Dominica were in Florida during the weekend of June 6 – 8, 2014, attending an event, where the only idea discussed at the meetings was transportation of voters for the upcoming Dominica General Elections. The Constituencies of Roseau Central, St. Joseph, Mahaut, Laplaine, Morne Jaune, Castle Bruce, and Roseau North were the main areas of concentration.
The event, to which many Dominican based in the Diaspora (mainly New York) were taken lasted the entire weekend with the Saturday session being the longest. The meeting was held at Sheraton Hotel on Cypress Creek Road, 555 NW 62nd St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309 (Phone:(954) 772-5400).
The Dominica Consulate in NY was heavily involved in the coordination of the mass shipment of peoples. Members of the delegation told our sources, that the Consular office, through a third party (or individuals closely affiliated and/or working with the Embassy), paid airlines tickets to enable their attendance at the Florida summit.
Collaborators had a shopping list of request in exchange for their assistance: scholarships, money, land, duty free concessions on personal items and key government jobs. The government authorities had been having personal discussions with those individuals to satisfy their desires and expectations.
The NY Consulate is heavily involved in the coordination of the mass shipment of peoples. Members of the delegation confessed that the office, through a third party (or individuals closely affiliated and/or working with the embassy), paid airlines tickets to enable their attendance at the Florida summit.
As recently as October 15th 2014, Fox News Latino, published the story from UWP leader, Lennox Linton under the headline, ‘Opposition Leader accuses Dominica’s PM of buying votes.’ This confirms that the both the US Media, and the IRs are taking a keen interest in the Dominica General Elections.
United Workers Party therefore cautions Dominicans not to jeopardize their status in the US by accepting any free tickets, money, or other gifts to come to vote, since accepting free airline tickets or money or other gifts to travel Dominica to vote could mean trouble for the beneficiaries with IRS.
The value of the ticket, and whatever money beneficiaries are given to come to Dominica to vote, must be declared to the IRS.
Anyone who accepts a free trip to Dominica to vote, and does not declare the value of such tickets or gifts to the IRS, could end up in deep trouble.
For more information, please contact the following :
Honourable Norris Prevost : Tel – 1-767-275-3420 ; e-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org
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