Adrian Gibson Bribery Allegations: What We Know about the Charges

Long Island MP Adrian Gibson was among six people charged in the Magistrates Court on Monday. He faced multiple charges of bribery, which come as no surprise following weeks of questioning by the Central Detective Unit.

Adrian Gibson heading to court to face charges

The Free National Movement Member of Parliament was the former Chairman of the Water and Sewage Corporation under the Minnis-led administration. Gibson was a constant critic of Progressive Liberal Party Leader Philip Davis, who served as Minister of Works with responsibility for the water company under the Christie-led administration.

Though the FNM was ousted at the polls, Gibson managed to hold on to his seat in a constituency known for its support for the party. After the Progressive Liberal Party was elected, questions arose about Gibson’s conduct and affairs at the corporation.

An audit of the corporations revealed that questionable contracts were issued and Ministry of Works Minister Alfred Sears revealed that the matter was turned over to the police.

What are the charges against Gibson?

Adrian Gibson faces 56 charges. These include:

  • One count of false declaration which allegedly occurred on August 23, 2021
  • Conspiracy to commit bribery which allegedly occurred between June 23, 2020 and July 7, 2021
  • Dishonestly receiving more than $1.2 million for a landscaping contract issued to Elite Maintenance
  • Multiple counts of money laundering with a cousin and his campaign manager.
    • 5 counts of conspiracy to commit bribery
    • 6 counts of money laundering with cousin Rashae Gibson
    • 16 counts of money laundering with Campaign Manager Joan Knowles, among others.

Bail was granted at $150,000. He and the others will return to court on September 14 for the Service of a Voluntary Bill of Indictment.

What the FNM says after the charges

Leader of the Free National Movement Michael Pintard says his party stands with Gibson who remains in “good standing” with the party and is “an active and important member of our parliamentary caucus.”

Pintard says Gibson is innocent until he is proven guilty and the party will ensure his rights are not abused. “We remain resolute in our position that at the end of this process, justice and truth shall prevail.”

Gibson Denies ‘Fake News’ Resignation Claims

MP of Long Island Adrian Gibson shot down claims he resigned after a fake social media post claimed he did.

Gibson took to social media to expose the fake news, which bore his likeness.

Gibson labelled the fake news, a “PLP propaganda.”

“The MP/Executive Chairman has not resigned.

“He is in the Long Island, on the ground…campaigning.

“All of that is false, including the make-believe page made to look like the personal Facebook page of Hon Adrian Gibson, MP.

“The smear campaign is in full effect! Do not believe these lies,” Gibson said.

Why it matters

The ‘fake’ Facebook page in the likeness of Adrian Gibson

The ‘fake’ social media post claimed Gibson resigned following allegations that he awarded contracts to himself and an ex-fiance, which made news in recent days.

Some have called the allegations politically motivated, only weeks before voters go the poll.

On Friday morning, a small group of people descended in front of the Water and Sewage Corporation on Thompson Blvd, calling for Gibson’s resignation.


How Long Island Confirmed It’s First Case of COVID-19

Long Island has recorded its first case of the coronavirus, confirmed by its MP Adrian Gibson.
Gibson said the first case is a close relative.

What is known?

The first case is a male. It is not known how he contracted the virus as he has no recent history of travel.

The man found out his condition after attending doctors in New Providence for another matter and was then informed of the COVID-19 infection.

“We were advised of this diagnosis yesterday. We do not know how he contracted the virus. He has no recent history of travel and he is mostly home-based,” Gibson said.
The man is presently in hospital, in stable condition.

What is suspected?

Gibson suspected that the relative contracted the virus as a result of newcomers to the island. He said people unfamiliar to the islanders have frequented Long Island communities and have been seen throughout the island.

“These persons have either not lived in Long Island for years or have come to Long Island because of its now formerly COVID-free status and the lack of a curfew/lockdown,” he said.
Gibson added that recent deaths on Long Island are also subject to review by health officials.

Gibson’s advice?

The Long Island MP said he strongly advises against inter-island travel, except for medical or emergency reasons.
He urged residents to report anyone coming to Long Island without permission, without a test, and who are not in quarantine, and not to allow visitors to their homes.
“I am advised that such travel – and interaction with Long Islanders by outsiders – has resulted in potential community spread and the need for several other persons to be tested.”
The Ministry of Health confirmed on Sunday night that there are 32 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 2,167.
Three additional deaths are now under investigation, with a tally of thirteen unclassified deaths.