FNM lawyer rakes in six figures representing Central Bank in lawsuit
Free National Movement lawyer Ferron Bethel, QC is raking in hundreds of thousands of dollars representing Central Bank of the Bahamas against a former employee who was fired from the financial institution.
Bethel, who is the husband of Court of Appeal Justice Carolita Bethel, lost his high-paying position on the Bahamas Power and Light board of directors when the Minnis Administration was kicked out of office in 2021.
He was also appointed as a Queens Counsel under the former government.
Similar to the case of fired Bridge Authority General Manager Melissa Hall, who took the government entity to court, Central Bank will likely spend more money in legal fees to Bethel than it would settling the matter with the terminated employee.
A long-serving manager of the bank was unjustly dismissed and is now battling the hotshot lawyer in court in a case of David vs Goliath.
The four-term FNM government paid Bethel, a staunch party supporter, $500,000 to represent the Bridge Authority in response to a lawsuit filed by Hall.
In 2018, Hall sued the Bridge Authority after the Minnis administration fired her with three months’ pay in lieu of notice.
Then-Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis, Desmond Bannister, who was the minister responsible for the Bridge Authority, and Authority Chairman Greg Bonaby gave instructions to pay Bethel half a million dollars to represent the government entity in the case, that dragged on from 2018 to November 2021.