Former First Lady Skates?
Lisa Raye may have bailed on her former beau just in the knick of time. Know why? Because though the former first lady of the Turks and Caicos Islands may have joined her ex-hubby in a lap of luxury – off of suspected Caribbean corruption cash – she’s said to have gotten away scott-free after her more than two-year reign there. Now, after almost four-years on the run, Michael Eugene Misick has been arrested on an international warrant over accusations of corruption, misusing public money, and profiting from the sale of state-owned land to developers.
You may remember back in August 2008, Premier Michael Misick and Lisa Raye McCoy announced their divorce after more than two-years of marriage. The pair’s split happened just a few months before Misick was forced to step down as Premier in 2009, following Britain’s decision to take temporary control of the local Government.
On Friday, Misick was held by Interpol in Brazil on an international warrant. Sources say arrangements are now being made to extradite him to the Turks and Caicos at the behest of the British authorities who own the heavily tourism-dependent Caribbean island chain.
Here’s what’s being reported by a Caribbean news outlet:
“Mr Misick, who was first elected premier in 2003 and then re-elected in 2007, started out as a bright star in the Caribbean constellation. But stories of his lavish lifestyle, which included his own plane and public disputes with his Hollywood ex-wife Lisa-Raye McCoy, followed by allegations of corruption, began to cause discomfort among his Caribbean colleagues.
Last year, a worldwide freeze on Mr Misick’s assets was ordered by British Special Prosecutor Helen Garlick, covering bank accounts held in the Turks and Caicos Islands and overseas, his personal residence in Providenciales, parcels of land throughout the country, two condominiums, a cinema in Providenciales and several credit cards.
Mr Misick got very little support from Caribbean governments when in March this year he announced that he had gone into hiding and had sought asylum from criminal prosecution by Britain in an unnamed country.
He denied that he was on the run and said he was, instead, being targeted unfairly by the UK Government. Mr Misick also charged that his family had become targets, as had former Cabinet ministers and their families and developers who supported his Progressive National Party during his tenure as premier.”
Here’s what’s coming from the Daily Mail:
“Michael Misick fled the British overseas territory in 2009 after a report exposed widespread corruption. The former prime minister is alleged to have amassed a personal fortune of $180m and lived a lavish lifestyle. He was detained by Brazil’s federal police in Rio de Janeiro as he was about to board a plane for Sao Paulo yesterday and will now be extradited back to the Caribbean islands to stand trial.
Brazil’s federal police said in a statement that agents ‘have been investigating his whereabouts for more than a year’.
It is understood he had been living in Rio de Janeiro for a number of months and frequently visited some of the city’s most exclusive neighbourhoods such as Ipanema and Leblon.”
Lisa Raye has since taken to national television to boast about once being the first lady of Turks and Caicos – can she be summonsed to appear in court, with her lavish gifts from Misick being seized? I don’t know, but I’m certain Michael Misick is going to snitch. Don’t you agree?