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Messi affair: Tim Kee tries to explain $.4 million cover-up

Almost half a million dollars of taxpayers’ money routed through the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) has disappeared with TTFA president and Port of Spain mayor Raymond Tim Kee unable to account for it.

Four hundred thousand dollars, which was the third biggest line item on the budget for the high-profile international friendly between Argentina and Trinidad and Tobago in Buenos Aires on June 4, went missing within two days of a $900,000 disbursement from the Ministry of Tourism, and set off a chain of events that led to a further $1.2 million loss for taxpayers.

Photo: Argentina captain and superstar Lionel Messi (centre) dribbles between Trinidad and Tobago players Lester Peltier (far left), Andre Boucaud (far right) and Carlyle Mitchell during an international friendly in Buenos Aires on 4 June 2014. Argentina won 3-0. (Copyright AFP 2014/Daniel Garcia)
Photo: Argentina captain and superstar Lionel Messi (centre) dribbles between Trinidad and Tobago players Lester Peltier (far left), Andre Boucaud (far right) and Carlyle Mitchell during an international friendly in Buenos Aires on 4 June 2014.
Argentina won 3-0.
(Copyright AFP 2014/Daniel Garcia)

The money, according to sources, was demanded by marketing executive Darren Millien, who was handpicked by TTFA general secretary Sheldon Phillips to represent the football body for the excursion.

Millien, according to an audited accounting statement and other related documents in Wired868’s possession, insisted upon two cash payments of $200,000 each from tour operator, Nissi Tours, as a “licensing fee” for the TTFA. The money was hand-delivered by Nissi representative and former 2006 World Cup player David Atiba Charles.

Invoices signed by Millien suggested that the “licensing fee” reached the intended recipients while Charles assured Wired868 that he made the delivery. The former W Connection defender also told Minister of Tourism Gerald Hadeed, in Millien’s presence, that he handed over the supposed licensing fee.

However, Millien, a former SPORTT Company and West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) executive, denied receiving the cash; his signature, he claimed, was forged.

“They said they had receipts I signed for $400,000,” Millien told Wired868. “When we looked at it, it was nothing like my signature. I presented copies of my signature and it was nothing like it.”

Hadeed, who learned of the fraud in an explosive meeting on May 30, has apparently left it for Tim Kee to investigate the missing taxpayers’ money. Wired868 could not reach Hadeed for comment.

It, arguably, is now a case of the TTFA investigating the TTFA over its role in the disappearance of public funds.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) Raymond Tim Kee (right) enjoys some conversation at the 2014 FIFA Congress in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Copyright TTFA Media)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) Raymond Tim Kee (right) enjoys some conversation at the 2014 FIFA Congress in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
(Copyright TTFA Media)

Tim Kee did not even inform the TTFA’s executive committee of the con until, six months later, when football officials got wind of the scandal and asked questions at a meeting on 17 November 2014.

According to a source, Tim Kee, who is also the PNM treasurer and a member of two FIFA standing committees, told the TTFA ExCo that the matter was reported to the Fraud Squad and so he was unable to discuss it. He repeated that claim to Wired868.

Remarkably, Millien claimed to have had input in the query that was filed with the Fraud Squad; and, despite evidence to the contrary, said Nissi Tours was the accused.

“We sent copies of (the Nissi Tours) report to the Fraud Squad,” said Millien. “They have to answer questions about the wild allegations of 400,000 in cash.”

However, senior police sources assured Wired868 that no report involving Millien or the TTFA whas ever brought to the attention of the Port of Spain Fraud Squad. Millien, Tim Kee and the TTFA are all based in Port of Spain while the payments were allegedly made in the Hyatt Hotel car park and at MovieTowne in Port of Spain.

Tim Kee promised to send Wired868 a copy of the file sent to the Fraud Squad. But, a day later and up to the time of publishing, he had not done so.

Meanwhile, even as the fraud matter is supposedly being investigated, Millien remains employed by the TTFA on a contract basis. He is, ironically, the face behind the football body’s push to raise money through the TTFA’s FIFA-funded income generation programme.

Tim Kee, who said he had a lot of respect for Millien, tried to explain why the TTFA is paying someone under investigation for fraud to raise money.

Photo: One 2 One Marketing director Darren Millien runs the TTFA's FIFA-funded income generation programme.
Photo: One 2 One Marketing director Darren Millien runs the TTFA’s FIFA-funded income generation programme.

“Sheldon hired Darren Millien as he seemed to have had the qualifications to do it and I do not micro-manage,” said the football president, who claimed allegations against Millien were politically motivated. “As a human being, I myself have been subjected to a lot of things that were untrue; so I didn’t want to judge Darren on anything that might not be true.

“But, anytime I catch him, he will be on his own… I’m not taking that kind of blame at this stage of my life.”

Wired868 asked Millien what he brought to the cash-strapped body after almost 18 months as a marketing consultant.

“I was assisting (the TTFA) in its commercial programme,” said Millien. “We made a lot of approaches to commercial sponsors and we are just awaiting feedback from them.”

Millien has found revenue for himself, though. In the last two months, the One 2 One Marketing company, which lists Sherwin Derek Wong and Millien as its directors, received just over $60,000 from the football body.

During that period, the Government stepped in twice with financial rescue packages for the TTFA who had not paid per diems to its national women’s team players or match fees and salaries to the senior men’s team players and coaches.

Phillips has done well for himself too.

While then technical director Anton Corneal and other coaches worked for free, Phillips virtually doubled the housing allowance afforded to previous general secretary Richard Groden as the allowance rose sharply from $11,000 to around $21,000. And, while Groden’s starting salary was $15,000 in 2004, Phillips is understood to pay himself between $23,000 and $24,000.

Tim Kee defended Phillips’ remuneration.

Photo: TTFA president Raymond Tim Kee (right) and general secretary Sheldon Phillips. (Courtesy Wired868)
Photo: TTFA president Raymond Tim Kee (right) and general secretary Sheldon Phillips.
(Courtesy Wired868)

“Sheldon’s allowance was aligned to what was paid to Groden,” said Tim Kee. “Groden was occupying one of (Jack) Warner’s houses and he rented a vehicle for around $19,000 a month. When you look at the combination of both they would come up to the same.”

Wired868 understands that Groden actually received a vehicle allowance of roughly $8,000 per month. Phillips, incidentally, also has a company vehicle.

“(Phillips) went to Lifestyle Motors and worked out an arrangement where it is paid for in kind,” said Tim Kee.

Lifestyle Motors has given the TTFA use of a vehicle, which Phillips drives, but, instead of cash, the company receives benefit by placing banners and billboards at national team games without charge.

Even without adding the cost of the billboards that the TTFA waives so Phillips can have his vehicle, the general secretary’s salary plus allowances is notably higher than his predecessor’s and at a time when the football body complains of being virtually insolvent.

Potentially more lucrative are Phillips’ side interests. He is the owner and sole employee of consultancy firm Element Agency + Events in Columbia, Maryland, which, Wired868 has been told, does marketing and operates as a match agent.

Phillips’ CV features a single reference of note to Element Agency. In 2012, in collaboration with James Grant Sports and the Baltimore Ravens, the firm put on an exhibition match between Liverpool and Tottenham.

In February 2013, three months after Tim Kee became TTFA president, Phillips got his first gig with the local football body when he organised Peru’s trip to Couva for an international friendly.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago defender Sheldon Bateau (centre) in friendly action against Peru at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago defender Sheldon Bateau (centre) in friendly action against Peru at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

One London-based match agent, who operates in the Caribbean, explained to Wired868 how they earn their pay.

Agents usually charge a minimum of £5,000 per game plus full affair costs, which means all expenses such as travel costs and match fees. On top of that flat fee, agents usually demand a percentage of gates and television revenue as well.

An agent with a commitment from an international team to arrange a game on a particular day, for instance, can hawk around the world until he or she finds a suitable football association that will pay the most for the match.

Trinidad and Tobago is a more attractive proposition to match agents than one might think. It is one of the few international teams that generally has all its “affair costs” paid for by its government.

So, in theory, a match agent could charge the Romania or Saudi Arabia FAs for the cost of airline tickets and match fees for the Trinidad and Tobago team and then pocket that money once the trip is written off by the Ministry of Sport while still benefitting from a booking fee and cut of the gates and television rights.

Under Tim Kee, the “Soca Warriors” have played 12 international friendless and nine of them were abroad against Argentina, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Peru, Iran, the United Arab Emirates, Estonia, Peru, Belize and Jamaica. Audited statements were not provided to the TTFA executive or the Government for any of those matches.

When Phillips became the TTFA’s general secretary, in May 2013, he told Wired868 that he would no longer run Element Agency owing to an obvious conflict of interest.

Yesterday, Phillips denied that he was using his position at the TTFA to earn substantial fees as a match agent. He claimed to have an affidavit from the Romanian agent involved in the friendly clash between the two nations in 2013, which states that Phillips “was never given or asked for a fee.”

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago goalkeeper Marvin Phillip in action against Romania in May 2013. (Courtesy AP)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago goalkeeper Marvin Phillip in action against Romania in May 2013.
(Courtesy AP)

“As general secretary, I cannot act as an agent,” said Phillips. “When I started to hear this claim, I wanted to quell it and that is why I got that affidavit from the gentleman.”

He did not explain why he felt a statement from a fellow agent cleared him.

Wired868 also received emails that showed Phillips used his Element Agency account to conduct much of the TTFA’s business for the Argentina tour while, in others, he used his TTFA or Gmail accounts.

Phillips insisted his use of his Element Agency account, while sorting out details for international football matches, was an honest mistake. While Tim Kee said he advised his general secretary to stick to Gmail—rather than his TTFA address.

“I have a glitch in my email where sometimes emails that go out go out with my Element address,” Phillips told Wired868. “I’ve tried to fix it and even disabled the address but emails still go out. I have to get that fixed.

“Element has never been a part of anything since I got involved in the TTFA.”

So, who put on the Trinidad and Tobago/Argentina friendly?

“That would be World Eleven,” said Phillips.

Renowned London-based Argentinean journalist Marcela Mora y Araujo, whose freelance employers include the UK Guardian and Telegraph and the US-based Sport Illustrated, was working in Buenos Aires at the time of the match and she gave a different story.

“I was told by World Eleven that the game was not organised by them,” said Mora y Araujo, “but rather by the AFA directly.”

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Ataulla Guerra (centre) pays tribute to Argentina captain Lionel Messi before kick off on June 4. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/TTFA Media)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Ataulla Guerra (centre) pays tribute to Argentina captain Lionel Messi before kick off on June 4.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/TTFA Media)

Millien is no stranger to controversy either. In 2005, the then WICB Chief Marketing Officer was among several officials grilled by a three-member committee over the Board’s controversial contract with Digicel behind the backs of its then sponsor, Cable & Wireless, and amidst rumours of illicit kickbacks.

The committee, which was chaired by Trinidadian Justice Anthony Lucky and included Antiguan chartered accountants Avondale Thomas and Gregory Georges, ruled that the Digicel contract was legally flawed and null and void.

Millien also appeared before a Parliamentary committee during the last PNM administration to answer questions on the controversial $2 million flag, which haunted previous Sport Minister Gary Hunt.

As soon as the Ministry of Tourism agreed to partner with the TTFA, Phillips introduced Millien to the tour operators for the event.

“Darren has been my go to guy for the tour arrangements,” said Phillips, via one email. “The ministry confirmed everything so he should be contacting you…”

Then Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Juliana Boodram, had little knowledge of football but saw the benefits of a high-profile match with an estimated broadcast audience of 300 million. The $2.1 million cost of taking the Warriors to Argentina was also cheaper than a booth at either of the world trade shows in London or Berlin.

Boodram’s job was to liaise with Phillips and Millien to ensure the event went smoothly and the public purse was protected.

What followed was a tour she would never forget.

 

Editor’s Note: In Part Two, Tourism Minister Gerald Hadeed warns public about TTFA rep and ex-WICB official Darren Millien and promises police report; Wired868 follows up on TTFA $.4 million licensing fee con. Click HERE to read.

About Lasana Liburd

Lasana Liburd
Lasana Liburd is the CEO and Editor at Wired868.com and a journalist with over 20 years experience at several Trinidad and Tobago and international publications including Play the Game, World Soccer, UK Guardian and the Trinidad Express.

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141 comments

  1. Keep at it Lasana. Expose them for what they really are. A bunch of bloodsuckers draining our treasury and our taxpayers money and still wanting more. SMDH!!

  2. At least you could sleep Ian. Two hours ago i said that and here i am still awake. Bess i wait up for part 2. Part 1 made for some interesting reading. Lasana i know i might sound jaded but i’m just so fed up and disgusted by these white collar criminals staring me in my face on a daily basis. And the hard part is it starts from the top so it is becoming increasingly difficult to stay optimistic that any of these criminals will ever see the inside of a cell and their boldface manner is really getting to me now cause THEY know, YOU know and I know that it ain’t going to happen and that is why they continue to shove it in our faces.

  3. Thanks Amanda Aguilera Lobin.
    Adrian Clarke, you are not clear because I haven’t discussed the details at all.
    Part one was 2,000 words and I didn’t want to risk giving readers more eye strain than that.
    The issue of the money exchange, the initial investigation and the response from the Government will all be in part two.

  4. possibly, but that kind of money, unless it was sitting down under a mattress or in a safe somewhere, had to come from an account….. so there may not be a paper trail from an audited perspective, but if a withdrawal was made or a request made for that amount, there is paper trail… if this case becomes Fraud Squad eligible, then it wouldn’t be hard to find out what went on… if they know where to look…..

  5. I believe it was not supposed to form part of the audited statement from NIssi Tours

  6. That amount of cash has a paper trail…. however the problem with this is the paper trail will be on the FRONT end….once the cash changes hands the paper trail ends unless the money is deposited or the bills were marked, it would be difficult to track…. also even though a signature was required, if the signature is not consistent with a verified sig. of Darren, it is really a he said/she said (and obviously he knew this)…. my question is, if 400K was requested (look like demanded), why would anyone do that type of transaction in a car park? and why all in cash with no proper accounting for disbursement of funds? something feel like it missing with this part of the story….

  7. As an auditor investigating this matter I would also ensure Nissi Tours can prove that they indeed sent the money

  8. Lasana I am not clear about the part where the money was handed over in the Hyatt and move towne car parks. You stated that David Atiba Charles delivered the cash but you left out who received it and signed the document .

  9. no, most times they get promotions.

  10. Good job Lasana Liburd, I saw a bit of the interview this morning. It’s unfortunate though that in this “oh so happy country” those that have sticky fingers with funds are not brought to any form of justice.

  11. I hope you’re wrong on Tim Kee, Phillips and Millien being able to ride on women teams coattails though. Definitely hope not.

  12. Tim Kee say he doesn’t “micro manage” oui. That sound like an Anal statement…Anil, sorrry… I meant, Anil 🙂

  13. Exactly Adrian. White collar crime in this country is something dem animals does boast about and hug up each other and wine together in fete. 400m or 400k only difference 400k is pocket change. FIFA just lost 200M US in sponsorship from Sony yuh see anybody shaking? Lasana boi for your sake ah hope all your investigative reporting won’t be in vain but ah not holding meh breath. This is Debbie facing reality. SMDH!!

  14. so true and he say he not giving it back case closed only in trini we are approaching fail state

  15. Then again. If a man could collet $34 million for no work and the population is ok with it then 400k is pocket change

  16. Trust me Adrian it will. Sigh!!!

  17. I don’t think this one will go away easily .

  18. BANANA REPUBLIC bordering on FAILED STATE! Adrian boi bess you join me in la la land cause not one shit going to come out of this cause they will find a way to wiggle out of this one too. In de end it will drag along and in quick time is Christmas, Parang, Party and then Carnival and is fete after fete after fete then who studying anything in this 9 day wonder Country. We will qualify for the Womens World Cup, party , get a public holiday, everybody will pat deyself on de back and Voila!! Talk done. SMFH!!!

  19. Oh my dogness….. could there be anything more? Lawd…. SMH

  20. The women’s team will qualify for World Cup and all will be honky dory. If they don’t then ttfa will have a vacancy. So what does football need to do towards sustainable development? I think football needs a master plan. Built from consultations on the ground. We don’t a massiah. That’s the failed. FIFA model. There are so many people making huge sacrifices on the ground. How do we pull all of this together? That’s what FIFA should pay for. not

  21. Ha… Doh hold yuh breath, nah. Yuh go dead…

  22. Fraud squad report….findings??…

  23. I read it several times. “The money was hand-delivered by Nissi representative and former 2006 World Cup player David Atiba Charles” . So either Charles or Millien are lying.

  24. If we give the details of this investigation to NBC for Saturday night live material, we might quicker make back most of our money.

  25. IN THIS COUNTRY?…. A man rapes an 8 year old here and had to pulled off of her and gets off ON BAIL? HART, STEVE AND ISH, well I don’t have enough time. Sad, They all feel they could get away with it, cause in this republic who? just give me a name ? gets time…. ?

  26. Well he is on record so if the investigation shows different well well he should be doing some serious jail time……….

  27. Lol! P and M sound like classic characters in a Saturday Night Live skit.

  28. Adrian, guess you din read the entire article or listened to the interview this morning. Millien is saying that his signature was forged, so whoever collected the money, forged the man signature.

  29. There is a God! All that is in the dark will come to light one day yes.

  30. Simple there must be a paper trail so Tim Kee and Co. are just playing de arse!! I’m certain that they know what went where and how…..

  31. and they giving and they giving and they giving (sung to Black Stalin song), and they taking and they taking and they taking and they taking.

  32. Maria 34 million …..poof, gone. No one held accountable.

  33. Whatever happened to the next one? Creed, he run away and get off scotch free… no questions asked, just rode off into the sunset eh.

  34. I am going to do do the investigation. It’s simply a matter of who paid the cash and who received the cash. This should be a 10 minute investigation.

  35. Raymond Tim Kee said on TV6 he asked Sheldon Phillips to prepare a file for the Fraud Squad… To essentially investigate Sheldon Phillips and his “go to guy” Darren Millien….
    And the TTFA continues to employ both men while they steered an investigation into themselves…
    Take win Tim Kee. We know to watch you closely if there is a change of Government with that sort of expert management style.

  36. Cannot wait for Part 2. and fwding this to so many of my contacts.

  37. Phillips told Wired868. “I’ve tried to fix it and even disabled the address but
    emails still go out. I have to get that fixed. -Sheldon Phillips……..priceless yes!

  38. Phillips insisted his use of his Element Agency account, while sorting out details for international football matches, was an honest mistake.
    While Tim Kee said he advised his general secretary to stick to
    Gmail—rather than his TTFA address.” LOL!

  39. BOOOM!! BOODOOM!! What an article! Somebody really has done a lot of digging. Kudos Liburd. Kudos! Nuff Respect . This is just scratching the surface, but what a scratch and a dent you put on the awesome twosome. M and P.

  40. The first task would be to document and account for all of the outstanding expenses of the TTFA. Those figures should be disclosed and real liabilities stated on the balance sheet . Then we must identify any contingent liabilities where It is not clear if the liability exists or will materialize. All sources of income must be identified and ensure that it gets into the TTFA coffers, especially television and media rights. A budget for the future programs must be devised and the current and planned deficit calculated. This would be made public and all will be allowed to contribute .

  41. My position is that the TTFA should be run like a company on the stock exchange . The public should be able to contribute and receive a quaternary report of how their money was spent and the progress made with each team, and development program. Sponsors will be more willing to invest in the team if they have an avenue for giving their input and getting feedback.

  42. refs too being owed in the ssfl from since 2011 and in the super league youth competitions for 2012 and i believe some 2013-2014 monies still outstanding…. i have contacts from the various leagues which state that the monies owed to referees have been passed on to the ttfa already since last year and as early as january this year. but it has not reached the referees as yet.

  43. Alana Morton I keep finding my choices are the devil and the deep blue sea.

  44. Isn’t this Sheldon Phillips the son of Lincoln Phillips? And if it is, didn’t that coach get a $50,0000 for two days coaching with the Women Soca Warriors for their match in USA?

  45. And a person was defending Sheldon on this site and saying he is a lawyer… like they don’t know it have duncee lawyer too…. YEAH!

  46. This is as lame an excuse as anyone could proffer to defend himself from a real accusation: I have a glitch in my email where sometimes emails that go out go out with my Element address,” Phillips told Wired868. “I’ve tried to fix it and even disabled the address but emails still go out. I have to get that fixed. -Sheldon Phillips.

  47. You do realise that Mariano was also a difficult choice? During the campaign it emerged that he had not been meeting his responsibilities with respect to his role as treasurer and questions also arose regarding his handling of certain money related matters. I was deeply disappointed to discover that and decided to vote for neither candidate. I am sure the PNM is well aware of the albatross potential of Mr. Tim Kee and better will be done in time.

    On another note, when Tim Kee was running for the presidency of the TTFF/TTFA, I also disagreed with it since, he’s been there since the heydays of JW and Oliver Scamp and so I didn’t have high expectations as some did. I was disheartened when the other candidate dropped out, leaving Tim Kee unopposed. Ideally, I think anyone that was part of the management of the TTFF/TTFA during the reign of JW and Oliver Scamp should have cleared out or been removed and a brand new team brought in. These hangers-on and remnants will invariably continue to perpetuate some of, if not all of the bad habits and filthy culture of that sick organisation. To add insult to injury, the organisation is bankrupt both financially and morally so they can’t even meet their basic obligations.

  48. They located in Marabella Nicholas Lochan. They offered packages to the Brazil World Cup 2014. I think Jefferson George also has a major role there Lasana Liburd

  49. Grand will be the day when the TTFA manages its finances such that the ‘T&T government’ does not have to bail out the TTFA at every turn! I still hope there are reasonable logical answers to all of these financial discrepancies.

  50. They got the promised money up to the time of the TTFA / native spirit press release.
    If you remember there will still jerseys being sold after and native spirit had promised to waive some of the costs they deducted. Those things never got to Akeem’s family.
    Also it was something like six months after the funeral when the government finally reimbursed the family for funeral expenses as promised.

  51. Brian you drank the kool aide. A health man like u should have known that kool aide not good 4 u.

  52. Lasana its really shambolic that players & staff go unpaid for months/years while some people are finding ways to siphon money for their own benefits…The “new” TTFA appears to be an exchange rather than a change from the old regime…I am terribly disappointed in the main players currently at the helm as I know them both, and truly felt they had Football’s best interest when they took over.

  53. guess thats why referees not being paid for outstanding games also……

  54. So Phillips can’t operate his own email ? What email glitch…that is rubbish !

  55. Vernal Damion Cadogan , I’m all for that protest

  56. What was the final outcome of the Akeem debacle? What funds were paid over, if any?

  57. Sorry i didn’t know you were on. Wish you mentioned it last night. I agree. Keep digging and we’ll keep the prayers coming. Expose them all even if Ministers are involved,

  58. Just like the energizer bunny, it just keeps going on and on and on…..

  59. The pillaging must stop. Dig on Lasana!

  60. Translation: I really don’t like that story but can’t find anything to sue.

  61. U cyah b half pregnant so is either it is libel or not. Bodering on libel steupssssss.

  62. When would we see some high official make a jail! It’s like a free for all in Trinidad. No one ever pays a price unless it’s some low income person

  63. I too wanted (and voted for) Mariano Browne; I preferred a smorgasbord rather than a slate, but this is the weakness of our system: once one is anointed, or perceived to be favored, by the leader one is accepted by the masses.

  64. Who vex lorse! from Day1 I was rooting for Mariano Browne as PNM Treasurer. GET RID OF TIM KEE, NOW!

  65. He may be not just another JW, but JW and Monteil rolled in one.

  66. Since the time he partially paid the Soca Warriors and would not say from where the money came I have had doubts about him.
    I suspect like Kwei Tung, another insurance man, he has money.

  67. T&T Women Footballers in Texas fiasco….the Akeem Adams T-Shirt bacchanal…now this….

  68. Hear nah, how could you be president of an association and not be responsible for happenings within that association?
    This is a uniquely Trinidadian concept, in the real world whenever an association hires a president it is understood that he os responsible. If head of an organization isn’t responsible for that organization, who the ass is and why is there a president?

  69. Lasana Liburd you are covered with prayers by us . keep up the great work

  70. They seem to be masters of, and continue to try to define, what lying is my friend!! Not sure if they know what the “truth” is anymore.

  71. I hope you do publish Part 2 eh….yeah

  72. They wanna treat you like they did Andrew Jennings now

  73. Raymond Tim Kee spoke after me on TV6 this morning. I only heard the end of it. But two things struck me:
    1) He claimed my article was a diabolic lie that bordered on libel. I would think if it was truly a lie it would be right in the middle of libel highway and not bordering on it.
    2) He claimed that they made a report to the Fraud Squad near the end of September. But the $400,000 payment was allegedly made in the middle of May and was discussed in a meeting that Tim Kee attended on May 28. How could Tim Kee leave something like that for four months?!
    Also, he promised to send me the copy of the fraud squad report and didn’t. The other things he mentioned were not relevant to the investigation on the missing $400,000.

  74. Well if it “bordering on libel” let him sue Wired! Where are the Financial Statements for the past how many years?

  75. Raymond Tim Kee spoke after me. I only heard the end of it. But two things struck me:
    1) He claimed my article was a diabolic lie that bordered on libel. I would think if it was truly a lie it would be right in the middle of libel highway and not bordering on it.
    2) He claimed that they made a report to the Fraud Squad near the end of September. But the $400,000 payment was allegedly made in the middle of May and was discussed in a meeting that Tim Kee attended on May 28. How could Tim Kee leave something like that for four months?!
    Also, he promised to send me the copy of the fraud squad report and didn’t. The other things he mentioned were not relevant to the investigation on the missing $400,000.

  76. I think I see two principal issues: Firstly, why would an “official” TTFA transaction in such a large amount be requested in cash?? Secondarily, does Nissi have a signed document from TTFA where the “fee” was requested in cash? Any transaction whether check or cash, should be signed for and also witnessed by a third party, be it a partnership announcement / ceremony, or in office with another party (attorney or otherwise). This is of course assuming, it is an above board transaction. From a transparency and accountability point of view, the whole thing seems askew. One step forward, two steps backward, and everyone should be trembling at the continued nonsense.

    • Ahh boy Ice… now we asking the pertinent questions! Any document where the fee was requested AT ALL… let alone in cash… to be transferred not at a bank during business hours, not at the TTFA HQ right across the Audrey Jeffers… but in Movie Towne parking lot. The ‘fee’ itself is a curious charge, seeing that the TTFA logo (for use of which Nissi purportedly paid the $400,000) was being used in relation to promoting the TTFA’s own event, the Argentina friendly charter. Long time btw… we need to get together.

  77. Rowley needs to quietly request him to remove himself … seriously

  78. Tim Kee on Morning Edition now … Lawd Have Mercy!!!! … he continues to do a HORRIBLE job at defending himself and the TTFF… “Where is di money? ” asked by Fazeer…. Tim Kee: Lost in entries etc …. Look nah PNM … get rid of this character …

  79. They will wait until the PP get an opportunity to use these scandals against them … whether proven true or not …

  80. Ditch is an understatement … John …

  81. This is no longer funny eh… Sheldon Phillips is the next JW?

  82. Great interview on TV6 Morning Edition Lasana

  83. In Trinidad getting fleeced by white collar criminals is as natural and inevitable as getting rained on.

  84. Here we go again. Jack gone, Jack there.

  85. @ Kala Ramnath…This definitely isn’t a laughing matter eh, but “Darren Half-Millien” ? pahahahaha…ah weeeak!..quite witty and clever…you made me laugh out with that one(so thanks)…now back to be being angered by these crooks! grrrr!

  86. Darren Half-Millien, surely 🙂 …………awful.

  87. Like these people took Beenie Man to heart when he sang, ” Make money money! Make money money money!

  88. Surely hope so Carlos Franco. Enough of this shit. Don’t have the stomach for much more of this but this is TnT where white collar crime flourishes and the criminals get a pat on the back and hob nob with the elite. SMDH!!

  89. Joey Richardson you pay $16,000. and you know how many people got a free ride and tickets to the game on that plane to the detriment of some of the technical staff. You will see God face before you see a refund. Sorry for the Women but it’s time to send TTFA a message. Keep yuh money in yuh pocket and go OUTSIDE the Stadium and let your voices be heard.

  90. I’m curious to know what didn’t happen when the Ministry of Tourism found out. After all the Min was the voice on a talk show talking about all the thiefing rats in the Government when he was on a particular Board and within no time at all he joined the Rat race. Why doesn’t any of this surprise me? And your’ll still going to let them fleece you out of your money come Tuesday? Sorry folks, they not getting mine . Not going even if i get offered free tickets. Just cannot stomach watching those idiots with their pumped up chests strutting in meh face. And the PNM have no shame in allowing this man they call Tim Kee to disgrace the Party or maybe they like it so. Wonder if they would like it when people start questioning if some of that money ended up in the PNM coffers. SMDH!! Time for an AUDIT NOW!!!

  91. this is so sad, god help us if this is the sign of the times. the ultimate sacrifice to save football must be made. coaches and clubs must stand up and fight these criminals who are raping our sport. Tim kee and Phillips never kicked a lime, coached at a club, spend sun hours developing a player but are running football like we need them… i am saddened and angered. there is going to be a wind of justice exposing the curruption and cronyism

  92. i paid $16,000 to make that trip we getting a refund from TTFA now

  93. When is part 2 due? Don’t leave us hanging.

  94. Adrian, the question about the cash payment and so on will be addressed in part two.

  95. I wonder what is PNM leader, Dr. Rowley thinking of regarding his trusted Treasurer??? If I were Rowley, Tim Kee will be in my office first thing in the morning. If I am not satisfied with his logic, I will replace him as treasurer. There are simply too many embarrassing financial problems in the TTFA.

  96. I am hoping there is a full account coming soon….

  97. This is a very serious matter. I am amazed at how flippantly it is being handled . Lasana I would like to get copies of all the reports. There must be an audit trail. I refuse to believe that the $400,000 was in cash . It must have been cheques .

  98. We have to reject corruption together, if some of us allow it, it will continue.

  99. People have been trying. Start with Gene Miles.

  100. If Trinidadians represented one people united under one flag rather than two separate people divided under two parties we would all recognize the injustices done us regardless of who is in office and come out as one people in protest against these thefts.

  101. lardddd… Hawks left and right..

  102. This sheep will look them in their eye and bleat while they’re doing it at least. Not sure how many other options I have as a taxpayer. 🙂

  103. A young travel company started by a few former national footballers including David Atiba Charles. From all testimony except Millien’s they were not at fault in any of this. But there will be more on that in part two.

    • Well you certainly seem to have made up your mind pretty quick. Does Nissi Tours have the request for the $400,000 licensing fee in writing from the TTFA? Did they question the need for cash payments? For a car park rendezvous when the TTFA HQ is literally right across the highway? Other than the alleged receipts with the disputed signatures on them, do you have proof that the money actually was exchanged? The rumored tape of the exchange… audio or video?

      • Lasana Liburd

        I have more than enough in writing. Tell your friends: I know what they did last summer…
        A bit more to come in part two.
        No comments on TTFA sending a man accused of fraud to raise money from the corporate sector? You’re nothing if not consistent Bakes.

        • Who accused Millien of fraud… Charles? Even assuming the charges are valid, having him pitch sponsorship deals to potential corporate clients is more egregious than the ridiculous claims by NTT?

  104. Tim Kee reminds me of a Clico man who was a top ranker in the PNM.

  105. Because there is no justice in Trinidad particularly with regards white collar crime the taxpayer is little more than sheep to be fleeced.

  106. Can anyone also say who is ‘Nissi Tours’? Not familiar with them.

  107. And Tim Kee is about as useful as tits on a bull!

  108. No wonder corporate T&T & the public are hesitant to embrace & patronize TTFA! Hopefully they do accounts and audits.

  109. I find Tim Kee’s name is being called in too many scandals. Dr. Rowley needs to ditch that fella, EARLY!

  110. “However, Millien, a former SPORTT Company and West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) executive, denied receiving the cash; his signature, he claimed, was forged.”

    What the hell is happening that as soon as scamps are founf and called out their response is: “It wasn’t me!”
    Allyuh see why I supported Mariano for PNM Treasurer?

  111. I’m doing my job. Let’s see who else will do theirs now.

  112. Tim Kee name calling again.
    Someone Madoff with other people’s money again and there stands no chance of it being recovered and the culprit made to account.

  113. And the missing money eventually cost a further $1.2 million drain on taxpayers. More in part two.

  114. How can we continue to allow this nonsense to happen? Doesn’t anyone in authority think that people need to be punished for fraud and embezzlement? Really fed up of reading the weekly fiascos.

  115. Are you serious? $400k is missing!

  116. it’s amazing all this cash being ferried around car parks…

    • Scotty Ranking

      Kwesi! Amazing isn’t the half of it. Then again we live in a land where ministers and multiple mistresses all rendezvous in car parks for slap-happy reunions. And of course where a certain MP’s candidacy was ‘screened’ on a car’s backseat …
      Seriously though, this begs the question: Would you feel safe enough, in 2014 T&T, to tote around $200,000 – in cash – to hotel car parks at night, TWICE, to pay someone? That sounds like like a recipe for bobol from the outset …

    • Good point… why would Nissi Tours agree to pay the TTFA for use of the TTFA’s logo, in relation to promoting a TTFA event? And then, not only did they not secure such a request for payment in writing from the TTFA, but then they took $400,000 dollars to a car park and just handed it over for a paper receipt. Why didn’t they just take the money to the TTFA’s headquarters a stone’s throw away at the HCS and hand over the cash in a more secure manner there? Why cash at all… especially in this day and age? These are hard questions any journalist worth their salt would be asking. Presumably we’ll get more info in Part II. Or not…

  117. Nothing will come of this either and we all know it. Those who took this money I’m sure are confident they will not be made to account.

  118. In a real country there would be jail, but in this demookracy it’s business as usual.

  119. Where all my HU brethrens? This is why TTFA gets a terrible name and ultimately no trust from the public at large.

  120. Scotty Ranking

    Oh, bacchanal!!!!!!!! I ready for it!

    So Tim Kee-kee-kee and Fill-ups in hot water now … No wonder they are trying all how to shaft the players and back-squeeze as much moolah as they can before the fit hits the shan!

  121. Trinidad have more than its fair share of smart men……..