Stroke victim wants back $10 million - Cash Plus investor returns to Ja to seek justice
A multimillion-dollar investor in the failed Cash Plus scheme who yesterday witnessed the collapse of a nine-year case after the prosecution offered no further evidence against Carlos Hill described the process as a fanfare signifying nothing.
Locksley Comrie, former president of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) and founder of the Caribbean Football Union CFU), is currently wheelchair bound following a series of strokes he received, the latest being six weeks ago. However, that did not stop him from turning up at the Supreme Court yesterday.
Comrie is seeking to get back some $10 million he invested in Cash Plus.
"I don't have a problem really with Mr Hill although I regret not getting back my money. I have a problem with the legal system in this country. Irrespective of who was the person in charge of this failed scheme, I think that they could have given more time for more investors to come forward," he said.
Comrie told our news team that he learnt about the commencement of the trial on Sunday.
"I learnt about it on Sunday. I didn't have a chance to prepare anything. I did not give a statement, and I did not know that one was needed. To be very honest, I fail to see what purpose that statement would have served looking at that joke that went on today (yesterday) and Monday," Comrie told THE STAR.
"A written statement is void of people's emotion. You want people to come in and speak. What happen in court was only a fanfare signifying nothing. We were the lambs to be slaughtered, and Mr Hill walked free. They should have given those who lose money the opportunity to question them."
Comrie told our news team that he and both Hill brothers were friends and still are, but he has put friendship aside and relocated back to Jamaica to seek justice.
"Now I live in Jamaica. I came back hoping to get justice. I believed in Cash Plus giving black people our money to invest in us," he said.
But Comrie is not just seeking justice. He said he wants back the US dollar equivalent of J$10 million that he borrowed from siblings to invest in the scheme.
"The investment I made, has it set me back? My brother, $10 million would set back anybody. I had to get money from every brother and sister I had and get it here and invest it with Mr Hill. Every brother and sister had to give me half a million dollars, and I got the rest from friends. I don't see any trial here. The media supposed to see that what went on was not a trial," he told THE STAR.
He explained that he was able to influence his family and friends by telling them that it was a good investment, and that they should invest.
Although he wants back the money, Comrie is very doubtful that it will actually happen.
"No, and I don't think so if it is to be received in Jamaica. Not with the type of presentation that the court saw today (yesterday). They didn't even tell us how much money he was charged with defrauding poor black people," Comrie said.