Monday, November 12, 2018

Third Bahamas immigration official named in US visa scandal

Fausteen Major Smith and William Pratt are both shown in this file photo of ten young Bahamians in Freeport, Grand Bahama, who joined the ranks of the Department of Immigration in November 2014. The new officers are pictured standing. Left to right seated are: Fausteen Major Smith, Assistant Director; Dwight Beneby, Assistant Director; Hubert Ferguson, Assistant Director in-charge of Grand Bahama; Dr William Pratt, Acting Director of Immigration; Frederick Mitchell, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Immigration; Michael Darville, Minister for Grand Bahama; Cleola Hamilton, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration; Senator Tenisha Tynes; and Sophia Ferguson, Senior Immigration Officer. (BIS photo/Vandyke Hepburn)

By Youri Kemp
Caribbean News Now associate editor

NASSAU, Bahamas — Following the arrest in Washington, DC, of Haitian-Bahamian national, Edward Israel Saintil, on charges of bribing Bahamas immigration officials to furnish Bahamian work permits to facilitate the granting of US B-1/B-2 visitor visas to Haitian nationals through the American embassy in Nassau, the current Immigration Department deputy director, Fausteen Major-Smith, has also been directly implicated in accepting bribes directly from Saintil, an FBI affidavit clearly spells out.  Read more >>