Jamaica Kincaid on Sir Allen Stanford


For months, news from Antigua has been of nothing but the scandal involving Sir Allen Stanford, the Texas-born financier, cricket sponsor, and Chairman of Stanford Financial Group who has been charged with masterminding a “massive Ponzi scheme” involving more than $8 billion in certificates of deposit from his bank in Antigua (where he had secured dual citizenship). In an article in the May 9th issue of the New Yorker, “Not Quite Cricket,” Alec Wilkinson offers an in-depth look at the scandal, which includes a delectable anecdote involving Antiguan-born writer Jamaica Kincaid. He tells of how she was in attendance at the ceremony at which Standford was “knighted” by the then Governor-General of Antigua and Barbuda, Sir James Carlisle–she was herself being honored for her work. When Standford approached her to shake her hand, she refused, telling him that “Your honour demeans my own.” In a conversation with Wilkinson, she added: “‘He’s always been a crook and everybody knows it (well, everybody in Antigua, perhaps). Stanford is a standing scandal in Antigua – he’s both a joke and a benefactor….The man comes to Antigua and corrupts the place, and everybody’s happy because they are making money. The ones who aren’t benefitting from it like me are the opposition. In the papers after I refused to shake Stanford’s hand, I was rebuked . . .”

For an abstract of the New Yorker article, see


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2 thoughts on “Jamaica Kincaid on Sir Allen Stanford

  1. Allen Stanford’s school of serial swindlers use name dropping, stamped passports, falsified tax returns, and donations to St. Jude’s to gain trust and power over private companies with aspirations to go public. According to SEC files, Sydney Trip Camper botched a deal with the Ahkoy family’s Datec and was fired from Elandia Inc. by Allen Stanford. With help from his new partner in crime, Sydney Camper went on to his next victim in Los Angeles and ruined this private company by forming a shell holding company, opening secret bank accounts, and using all THEIR assets to get OTHER people to loan HIM money = PONZI SCHEME!!!! In true Stanford form, Sydney Camper moved on to InZon and Ed Berkhof is orchestrating a new scam with FMC Telecom. Frank Cassidy, owner of FMC Telecom, is either his new fellow fraudster or Mr. Cassidy has fallen victim to Ed Berkhof’s new Ponzi scheme. The Ahkoy family is now suing Elandia in the Pacific and Florida courts. The FBI and SEC are investigating Allen Stanford, James M. Davis and their den of thieves including Sidney D. Trip Camper III and Ed Berkhof.

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