La Joya Prisoner Center Of $46.7 Million Lawsuit
Always nice to follow how other expatriots are doing in Panama. The one below is probably one of most popular ones.
DR ARTHUR PORTER who has been languishing in Panama’s notorious La Joya prison for nearly two years while he fights extradition to Canada to face trial for his role in a $22.5 million bribery scandal when he was head of the McGill University Health Center (UHC) in Montreal, is now one of the defendants in a $47.67-million lawsuit filed by SNC-Lavalin and some of its subsidiaries, on Thursday February 5.
Besides Porter, who is in La Joy awaiting trial after being arrested in Panama in May 2013 on charges he was the mastermind behind an alleged conspiracy to defraud the MUHC of $22.5 million, others targeted in the SNC-Lavalin lawsuit are: Riadh Ben Aissa, SNC-Lavalin’s former head of construction; Stéphane Roy, a former SNC-Lavalin vice-president; Yanai Elbaz, former associate executive director at the MUHC; Elbaz’s brother Yohann Elbaz; Jeremy Morris, a principal in Bahamas-based Sierra Asset Management Inc., a company police allege received SNC-Lavalin’s $22.5-million payment to Porter in exchange for the $1.3-billion superhospital contract; and Porter’s wife, Pamela Mattock Porter, who pleaded guilty to two counts of money laundering in December reports La Presse and The Montreal Gazette
Pamela Porter was with her husband when they were arrested at Tocumen International Airport, but did not fight extradition.
SNC-Lavalin is also suing Sierra Asset Management, along with three other companies in its lawsuit. Another is Regent, Hamilton, Lumley Associates, a shell company registered in the Bahamas to Pamela Porter that received money from Sierra Asset Management that was used to finance eight homes, a summary of facts attached to her guilty plea and released in January shows. None of the facts in the summary have been proved in court.
The other companies named in the SNC-Lavalin lawsuit are Bahamas-based Pan Global Holdings SA, of which the Elbaz brothers were listed as directors and which police allege received millions of dollars in illicit payments, and another company founded by the Elbaz brothers, Panama-based Dallano Holdings Inc.
The Bureau de lutte aux produits de la criminalité, the Quebec provincial agency that was set up to seize the proceeds of crime, is also seeking to recover assets in the $22.5-million alleged scam. The Bureau has obtained 21 court orders since 2013 to freeze assets in Canada and abroad belonging to Arthur Porter, Pamela Porter and the Elbaz brothers, who also face charges in the alleged conspiracy.