During a press conference held on 2 October, Premier and Minister for Finance Hon. Andrew Fahie confirmed that a case has been filed in a US court in relations to former BVI Government Attorney and BVI Airways Director Lester Hyman.
The Premier’s disclosure to media was in response to a media report from Offshore Alerts, which is an investigative financial overseas news media.
Hyman was tied to the BVI Airways matter when he was named as a Director of the defunct airline in an announcement that was made by former Premier Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith, during the questions and answers segment of the May 11, 2017 sitting of the House of Assembly.
The article that was published on 1 October claimed that the case that was filed noted the $7.2 M that government invested towards the establishment of BVI Airways which was expected to offer Tortola/Miami flights, but never delivered.
The publication in reporting on the matter stated: “The BVI Government intends to sue its former, 30-year US-based legal representative, Lester Hyman, for suspected self-dealing regarding a failed airline venture to operate flights between the BVI and Miami.”
The 23 September Offshore Alert article stated: “Application by the Attorney General of the British Virgin Islands to take discovery from Lester S. Hyman, a Washington, DC-based lawyer “who represented the BVI Government in an attorney-client capacity from 1987 to July 30, 2017, as of which date the BVIG terminated Mr. Hyman”, for use in contemplated legal proceedings in the BVI against Hyman for suspected “fraud at equity, breach of fiduciary care and loyalty, and negligence” regarding a “failed airline venture” to operate direct flights between the BVI and Miami, filed at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.”
In noting that he would not comment much on the filing the Premier told the media: “The matter is in court in the United States of America and out of our legal advice we are told to refrain from commenting, but I would just like to say that there is no secret that the BVI has an interest in retrieving the 7.2 million dollars and I will stop at that.”