Antigua Government says Roger Ver’s charges not related to his Antigua citizenship

The content originally appeared on: Antigua News Room

3rd May, 2024.

Dear Editor,

The Antigua.News (which fabricated a recent news story about a fetus at the landfill) portal has done it again. (N.B THIS PORTAL IS NOT ASSOCIATED WITH ANR and HAS J TRUTH AS ITS MAIN SPOKESMAN).

 A man who relinquished his U.S. citizenship has been charged with deliberately filing false tax returns, tax evasion and other crimes relating to his U.S. tax owed in the United States. 

He is being described as an Antiguan and Barbudan citizen. In fact, he has not broken a single law in Antigua and Barbuda. 

He is being charged in the United States and has not been put on trial there; he is therefore innocent until found guilty.  

This linking of any activity that brings his reputation into disrepute is not connected to his Antiguan and Barbudan citizenship. Yet, Antigua.Newseager to sully the name of Antigua and Barbuda and to harm the Citizenship by Investment Programme, describes this former U.S. citizen as a citizen of Antigua and Barbuda.

The citizenship of Antigua and Barbuda was granted to him in 2020 and no charges by the U.S. authorities were pending against him then. 

It is not possible for any country to predict what any of its citizens will or will not do, or will or will not encounter with law enforcement, at any future date. 

The news portal gives the clear impression that this man is guilty of wrong-doing before he became a citizen of Antigua and Barbuda and further, that he was granted citizenship despite foreknowledge of wrong-doing. This is not the case.

The attempt by the United States Government to end the challenge of cryptocurrency to fiat currency is not to be discounted in this case.

A successful operator of a cryptocurrency brand, like others before him, will continue to face the wrath of the most successful fiat currency in the world.

Lionel Hurst

Chief of Staff; Office of the Prime Minister

Here is the politically charged report from them:

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