Asset Recovery Watch

ARW-179
Steve Ferguson / Piarco Airport case (United States)
Trinidad and Tobago
Former Chairman of the National Gas Company (1998- ?)
United States
Undertaking Recovery Effort, Location of Recovery Effort, Asset Location / Alleged Asset Location
2005
Ongoing
Art.19, Art.23
Yes
Criminal Prosecution; Private Civil Action
MLAT
Unspecified
Ongoing Case
Completed (in part) and Ongoing (in part)
No
N/A

In a criminal case in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the following restitution was ordered against Mr. Ferguson's co-defendants, to be paid to Trinidad and Tobago: Mr. Gutierrez $4 million, Mr. Hillman $2 million, and Mr. Mora $100,000. (Source: U.S. v. Gutierrez, et al, Case No. 1:05-cr-20859-PCH (S.D. Fla) Superseding indictment filed March 29, 2006, Restitution hearing minutes, filed March 17, 2007, judgments (various)). As of October 2013, Mr. Ferguson and Mr. Galbaransingh still faced criminal charges in the United States. (Source: Ferguson and Galbaransingh (Appellants) and The Commissioner of Prisons, Civil Appeal No. 108 of 2009, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Court of Appeal, judgment of May 3, 2010 and Between Steve Ferguson and Ishwar Galbaransingh (Appellants) and His Worship Mr. Sherman McNicholls, Claim No.: CV2008-03639, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago High Court of Justice, judgment of October 7, 2008 (extradition related hearings). Trinidad and Tobago also brought civil complaint against them in Florida state courts. (Source: Trinidad and Tobago v. Birk Hillman Consultants, No. 04-11813 CA 30 (11th Fla. Cir. Ct. April 13, 2007.)

According to official documents filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Mr. Ferguson is under indictment on multiple counts of fraud and money laundering charges. Mr. Ferguson is challenging his extradition from Trinidad and Tobago to the U.S. (Sources: US v. Gutierrez, et al, Case no: 1:05-cr-20859-PCH (S.D. Fla), Superseding indictment filed on March 29, 2006; Court Docket Report as of August 21, 2014.

Attorney General
High Court, Court of Appeals
Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Foreign Corruption Investigations Group
Criminal: United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida; Civil: Astigarraga David (Edward H. Davis, Jr., representing Trinidad and Tobago)
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida