We have reported on the issue surrounding the status of fugitive of Dr. Errol Elrington, who is the brother of Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred Elrington and Attorney General Hubert Elrington. A warrant was issued in the US for Dr. Errol Elrington for federal crimes of racketeering, medical fraud and health care fraud.

 

Given the circumstances in regards to his affiliation to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Attorney General, today the Prime Minister was asked to comment on whether the government will take action in having Dr. Elrington return to the US to answer to the charges and how would they proceed in such a matter.


Screen_Shot_2014-07-30_at_8.01.49_PMHonorable Dean Barrow –Prime Minister of Belize


“If the United States authorities seek to work the extradition process this government will not and cannot put any obstacles.”


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“However will the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Attorney General have to reduce themselves from such process?’

 

Honorable Dean Barrow –Prime Minister of Belize


“Right, but you know how that goes the extradition is very good first by the magistrates court and then we appeal all the way up to the CCJ and only when all recourses is exhausted in the case where the decision are to send back to extradite the person in custody it is only then that the Minister of foreign Affairs has an appeal that can be made to him and he can on the basis of as it were on due delay so to speak humanitarian grounds make a determination not to send back the person but there are a hundred step ahead of him if ever something like that was to happen then the minister of foreign Affairs could not discharge, we have to figure out how it could be done in a way to be consistent with any lack of conflict with the US.”


Dr. Elrington is the proprietor of Elrington Medical Center in the Michigan area of the US. The Office of Inspector General within the United States Department of Health and Human Services has listed Dr. Errol Elrington on its list of Most Wanted Fugitives. On the website of the Inspector General, it states that the warrant was issued on October seventh. Elrington is believed to have falsely billed Medicare and Medicaid more than $400,000 for services that he never performed, and he employed an unlicensed physician who engaged in criminal sexual misconduct. It also says that “though he was the owner of EMC, Elrington spent most of his time employed as the chief medical officer at another medical facility that was unaffiliated with EMC.” On the website, the Office of the Inspector General sates that “Elrington fled the United States for Belize less than 24 hours after being interviewed by Federal and State agents. He remains a fugitive at-large.”

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