Stanford Scoop! We exposed his dodgy
auditor 5 years ago
By Andrew Jennings
Sunday 22 February, 2009
The mysterious company that audited the bank run by alleged fraudster and cricket promoter "Sir" Allen Stanford was intimately linked to a FIFA scandal in 2003, also in the Caribbean island of Antigua.
The tiny CAS Hewlett firm of St John's, Antigua, and two rooms in North London, has received massive global publicity for its involvement with Stanford, accused of a multi-billion dollar scam.
The Stanford crisis is not the first time Hewlett may have been conned by sports racketeers. In 2003 they were caught up in a FIFA swindle when a $1 million grant to the Antigua FA disappeared.
When the grant was paid Chet Greene, the thuggish general secretary of the association, assured FIFA that Hewlett would be the independent auditor, to ensure the money was not embezzled.
Greene, a close associate of kleptomaniac FIFA vice-president Jack Warner, claimed that a Mr Raymond Doorgen, a 'partner' in Hewletts would control the account. He did, diverting the money into his and Greene's personal accounts, bundles of untraceable cash and, sometimes, to the travel company owned by Jack Warner, deputy chair of FIFA's finance committee.
When football collapsed in Antigua Hewlett's said it was news to them that they were Greene's auditors. Doorgen turned out to be a mere clerk and was fired. When I went to Greene's office in Antigua in autumn 2003 to ask what happened to the $1 million he told me, 'If you don't leave I'll throw you down those stairs.'
Stanford was given his absurd knighthood by the Antigua Labour Party that held power for 50 years until being kicked out in 2004 following a stream of corruption charges - including allegations of bribes from Stanford. Elections are due soon - and Chet Greene is a candidate for the ALP.
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The full story of the Hewlett company and Chet Greene and Jack Warner's Antigua rackets is the whole of Chapter 25 of my FIFA exposé book FOUL!
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German sports fans have nominated Andrew Jennings to replace Seb Coe as chair of FIFA's Ethics Committee. Yes, really.
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