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Elma Campbell $1.2M fraud case swept under the carpet?



Two years after former Minister of State for Immigration Elma Campbell was charged in the Magistrates Court for allegedly defrauding the Ministry of Tourism of $1.2 million, the powers that be appear to be stalling in a bid to prevent the high profile case from ever going to trial.

The case is before Magistrate Samuel McKinney who has not even set a date for the matter to be heard.

Adding a cloud of suspicion to the matter is the fact that Magistrate McKinney attended a celebratory church service hosted by the Free National Movement (FNM) earlier this year at the church of former Bahamas Christian Council President and FNM supporter Reverend Ranford Patterson.

It has sparked concerns over whether officials are buying time so that the matter would eventually be swept under the carpet.

Several high profile arraignments that took place after Campbell was charged have already gone to trial. However, no date has been scheduled for even a hearing in the Campbell case.

Campbell and her son, Che Chase were charged in the Magistrates Court in March 2020 with the $1.2 million fraud.

Prosecutors allege the pair falsely obtained the money from Royal Bank of Canada.

Chase was also charged with possession of a forged document and uttering a forged document.

Prosecutors allege he cashed a forged $1.2 million Ministry of Tourism check that was payable to Campbell Chase Law on September 6, 2019.

The mother and son were also charged with more than a dozen money laundering charges.

It is alleged that they laundered the funds between September 6, 2019 and October 16, 2019 through bank transfers, withdrawals and the purchase of a luxury vehicle.

Campbell, a former Ambassador to China and failed FNM candidate, was appointed to the Cable Bahamas board under the Minnis Administration shortly after it took office in 2017.

Despite being charged, she was allowed to continue to rake in a $42,000 salary from the board position. She was not asked to resign until November 2020 when the Gallery revealed that she was still a board member.

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