British Virgin Islands Premier and Finance Minister Andrew Fahie has confirmed that the BVI government is suing its former attorney Lester Hyman, a director of the defunct airline BVI Airways. In a statement responding to questions about the lawsuit, Fahie said that the territory has interest in getting back US$7.2 million.
The case is now in the US Court, as the application was filed last month before the District Court of Columbia in relation to the above sum that was paid into the airline. The British Virgin Islands government is accusing Hyman, who is based in the United States and reportedly was a legal representative for the territory between 1987 and 2017, of “fraud at equity, breach of fiduciary care (trust) and loyalty, and negligence” in relation to the ‘failed airline venture’.
The sum of US$7.2 million was received by BVI Airways from the former NDP government to start direct flights between the BVI and Miami, US. However, later the airline laid off its staff, and the money have not been reimbursed.