Minister of Health, Social Security and International Business, Nickolas Steele has once again sought to downplay the involvement of controversial U.S investor, Robert Martin also known as Robert Martin Oveson in investment projects on the island.
In his latest comment, Minister Steele told reporters at Tuesday’s post-Cabinet press briefing the fact that Oveson who was initially introduced as the new Levera Developer Robert Martin Oveson has been allegedly call out for Fraud in Mexico, is not an issue for Grenada.
Canadian citizen, Robert Mason has showed this newspaper a document obtained from a judge in Mexico that purports to an arrest for Oveson in connection with an alleged act of fraud in relation to a failed Condo and Building unit project.
Mason has written letters to Grenada Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell and Governor General, Dame Cecile La Grenade to complain that he paid Oveson thousands of dollars to build a unit which was never done and the money was never returned to him.
Minister Steele was specifically asked if government is not concerned that Oveson’s past could affect his relationship with Grenada.
He reiterated that the controversial American investor has no association with the passport-selling initiative known as Citizenship By Investment (CBI).
“He was a former Director of Levera. He is not a Grenadian Citizen.
He is not an applicant of a CBI passport. He is not a recipient of a CBI passport…the concerns are with whoever he is a citizen with and wherever he resides.
“…If they have an extradition treaty with Mexico and there is such an arrest warrant…the question is for them. He doesn’t reside in Grenada, he is not a Director of the company, he is not a recipient of CBI programme, he is not an agent idea, it’s not an issue for us.
Oveson is known to be the Managing Director of the Nevis-based NTL Trust which is an approved agent for Grenada’s CBI.
His name is on documents in the local Supreme Court Registry identifying him as a Director of both Levera Trading Limited and the Grenada Citizenship Development Ltd.
The Levera developers issued a statement last month indicating that Oveson “has ceased to be a Director in both companies since December 2016” but continues “to play key roles in running the Levera project”.
Oveson has not responded to a series of questions forwarded to his office in Nevis by this newspaper on his criminal record in Utah and the alleged arrest warrant for him in Mexico.