THE NEW TODAY has unearthed a negative review of one agent in the Middle East responsible for marketing Grenada’s passport selling scheme known as Citizenship by Investment (CBI).
The Marketing Agents has been identified as Bayat Legal Services or Bayat Group located in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The company has been accused of not delivering a refund to a customer after his citizenship was rejected from the country to which he applied.
This newspaper visited the company’s website and was drawn to a comment from an unsatisfied customer who goes by the name of Mohsen Hafez of Kuwait.
The customer made the following comment on the company’s facebook page on August 12: “Dealing with this business has been one of the worst experiences of my life; extremely unprofessional staff and almost no customer service whatsoever. I had my application for citizenship rejected and never received the refund stated in the agreement I signed.
“For several years I have been sending them emails attaching my supported documents only to get passed from one employee to the other and having to resend all documents again. I wouldn’t recommend this company to my worst enemies.”
Bayat Group promotes itself as Marketing Agents in the sale of passports for nine countries around the world including five in the Caribbean – Grenada, St. Lucia, Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda and St. Kitts and Nevis.
A report recently tabled in Parliament by Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell listed Bayat Group among 29 companies authorized to sell Grenadian passports.
Another controversial passport selling agent is known to be Nevis-based NTL Trust Ltd in which the questionable Robert Martin Oveson has been identified as the Marketing Director.
Oveson was the subject of a criminal investigation by police on the island and also a civil lawsuit based on allegations made by Tokyo-based businessman Roger Ver in connection with US$1 million made available to him for a Grenada passport that he never received.
Ver charged that Oveson tricked him into making the payment for the Levera project in the north of the island.
The businessman eventually dropped both matters after he reportedly reached an out of court settlement with Oveson for the return of the money.
Oveson who has a criminal record in Utah in the United States reportedly fled Mexico in the wake of allegations by several U.S and Canadian nationals of taking millions of dollars from them and not delivering the units in a housing scheme.
Research also done by THE NEW TODAY revealed that two other listed Marketing Agents for Grenadian passports – Canadian International Capital Inc and Canadian Management Consultants have no information on their websites about Grenada’s CBI programme.