|TAUNOVO: Freeman was last year trying to buy the collapsed hotel from Mitch Hagerman.|
Another interesting snippet about the mysterious Ghanian businessman with the money to throw around in Fiji.
Readers will know that Paul Kofi Freeman is caught up in the alleged fraud involving lawyer Renee Lal and con man Ben Padarath.
Freeman has gone to ground after protesting his innocence to Coupfourpointfive, claiming Lal was the con artist and that she and Padarath did the dirty on him.
The scale of wrongdoing is wider than that, though, and not so black and white. It also reeks of the incestuous corruption at play under the Frank Bainimarama leadership, particularly in the area of business and consultancy.
We can today make public another document in Coupfourpointfive's possession that shows Freeman had his finger in several pies, including the failed Taunovo Bay Resort.
We're not sure whether the deal went ahead, but it would appear not.
The question that keeps popping up is: how did the Ghanian, who was supposedly dripping in money (he was able to cough up $30,000 in backhanders for Bainimarama) get FTIB and FRB approval to operate locally?
As a non-resident, he would've needed a licence to set up a business, as he did with the South Pacific Natural Resources Ltd (Coufourpointfive March 17).
The company, which had Freeman as fixer and agent, is understood to have been incorporated by Dilip Jamnadas (Lal's business partner at Jamnadas Associates) and his personal assistant, Losalini Seruitanoa, whose brother-in-law is QEB goon, Ben Naliva.
The following application to the US Embassy seeking a visa for Freeman shows Lal was last year helping Freeman negotiate to buy the collapsed Taunovo Hotel from Mitch Hagerman:
JAMNADAS & ASSOCIATES
BARRISTERS & SOLICITORS, NOTARY PUBLIC
Dilip K Jamnadas LLB (NZ) LEVEL 6
Renee D S Lal LLB (USP) FNPF PLACE
ASSOCIATE YOUR REF:
Mele L Rakai LLB (USP) P.O.BOX 14824, SUVA
OUR REF: PHONE:(679)3311911
FACSIMILE: (679) 3300161
E-MAIL: djlaw@connect .com.fj
10th November 2010
The U.S Embassy
RE : APPLICATION FOR VISA
MR PAUL KOFI FREEMAN
We act for the above-mentioned, who is involved in the purchase of Taunovo Bay Limited, which owns and operates Taunovo Bay Resort (“TBL”)
TBL’s property has been placed under receivership and it’s properties advertised under mortgagee sale. The abovementioned and his associates have conducted due diligence on TBL and a sale now needs to be urgently finalized. The principals of TBL, Mitchel Hagerman and others are located in the United States. Due to statutory infringements including tax and FNPF it is not adviseable for them to travel to Fiji to conclude the sale. As such the final discussions need to take place in the United States. This proposed meeting will involve lawyers from Fiji and the abovementioned.
We trust that the above mentioned application will be given due consideration. Should any further information be required please do not hesitate to contact the writer.
JAMNADAS & ASSOCIATES