The Presidency of the Asset Recovery Inter-Agency Network for the Caribbean rotates annually among member states. In 2018, the Presidency was held by St. Vincent and the Grenadines and by Jamaica in 2019. Currently Trinidad and Tobago, represented by Ms. Joan Honore-Paul and Mr. Wendell Lucas, holds the Presidency for the year 2020.
Mr. Wendell Lucas
Mr. Wendell Lucas has been a professional police officer for the past twenty-four years and presently holds the rank of Superintendent. He has worked in several investigative departments of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, namely the Homicide Bureau of Investigations, the Organized Crime and Narcotics Unit, the Criminal Investigations Department and the Financial Investigations Branch where he presently holds the position of Director.
Mr. Lucas is also an Attorney-at-Law with ten years’ practice. He has been an active member of the FBI National Academy Associates for the past six years, as well as the Trinidad and Tobago National Anti-Money Laundering/Counter Financing Terrorism Committee (NAMLC) which led the country off the FATF ICRG compliance list.
Additionally, he is a certified fourth round Mutual Evaluation Assessor with the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) and was part of the Bahamas assessment team. Mr. Lucas is currently a member of the Law Enforcement Agency Working Group (LEA) and leads Trinidad and Tobago’s efforts in the investigation and prosecution of offenders for Financial crimes.
Ms. Joan Honore-Paul
Ms. Joan-Honore Paul is an Attorney-at-Law of thirty years’ experience who currently holds the position of Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions in Trinidad and Tobago. She has been a member of the International Association of Prosecutors (IAP) for the last three years and is a certified fourth round assessor of the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF).
Ms. Honore-Paul is also the present chair of the Law Enforcement Agency (LEA) Working Group. Additionally, she heads the Steering Committee on the reform of Processes in the Director of Public Prosecutions office, a position she has held from January 2012, while assuming the position of that office’s representative on the National Anti-Money Laundering/Counter Financing Terrorism Committee (NAMLC).
Ms. Honore-Paul has twenty years’ experience as a criminal prosecutor. Her areas of professional interest include Asset Recovery and Financial Crimes and to this end, she has prepared and presented several relevant papers, most recently at the 2019 XLVII Meeting of the Group of Experts for the Control of Money Laundering (GELAVEX) in Colombia, which was entitled “Legislative Changes in Trinidad and Tobago in Asset Recovery.’’
Past President (January 2019 – December 2019)
Susan Watson Bonner
Director (Ag) Financial Intelligence Unit, Financial Investigations Division – Jamaica
Susan Watson Bonner assumed the Presidency of ARIN-CARIB on January 2, 2019. She is an Attorney-At-Law, called to the Bar on November 16, 2006. She currently hold the position of the Director of the Financial Intelligence Unit (Actg.) since September 2017.
Mrs. Watson Bonner joined the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service – Financial Investigations Division, on November 1, 2007, as a Legal Officer and has represented the Division in all the courts in Jamaica. In addition to her qualification as an Attorney-at-Law, she is the holder of a B.Sc. Degree in International Relations and Political Science from the University of the West Indies.
Past President (Jan 2018 – Dec 2018)
LaTeisha A.R. Sandy
Director Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Financial Intelligence Unit
LaTeisha A.R. Sandy is a Barrister and Solicitor. She joined the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) in June 2009 as a Legal Officer and was appointed Deputy Director in February 2016 and Director (Ag.) on September 1st, 2018.
Prior to her appointment as Director (Ag.) she was responsible for making representations on behalf of the Office of the Attorney General in civil forfeiture and civil recovery matters, prosecution of money laundering cases alongside the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, the preparation of legal documents, and facilitating stakeholder training.
LaTeisha is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and is a trained Fourth Round Assessor of the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) and participated in the Fourth Round Mutual Evaluation of Antigua and Barbuda as the Legal Expert. LaTeisha is also a member of the first Steering Committee of the Caribbean Asset Recovery Inter-Agency Network (ARIN-CARIB) and the inaugural President of the Network. She is also the Chairperson of the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines National Commission on Crime Prevention.