Cricket boss on 12 years probation for theft
Just over three months after taking up the top post at the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA), Chief Executive Officer Jefferson Miller could be forced to resign on account of a recent conviction in the United States on a charge of grand theft.
Barbados TODAY has obtained a copy of the full charge sheet outlining four criminal charges laid against Miller on February 21, 2009.
However, after he was found guilty on May 8 this year and sentenced to 12 years probation, Miller quickly departed Miami for Barbados where he took up the island’s number one cricket administrative position a month later.
The BCA boss, who was released by a Miami-Dade County court on a bond of US$5000, has until July 25, 2026 to serve out his sentence.
The Barbadian, who was resident in the US for 37 years where he served as president of the South Florida Cricket Alliance (SFCA) and was inducted into the Hartford Cricket Hall of Fame back in September 2008, was also charged with three counts of mortgage fraud, fraudulent ID use, and uttering forged instruments.
However, when the matters came up for hearing before Justice Yvonne Colodny, Miller, who is also a former lively fast bowler, was only convicted on the felony charge of grand theft in the second degree, the court documents show.
No further action was taken against him on the charge of uttering forged instruments. The judge also discontinued the other two matters brought before her.
When contacted by telephone today, Miller, who was initially guarded about the situation, opted to visit the Barbados TODAY headquarters for a face to face meeting.
It was during that meeting that he admitted to the conviction, which he said arose as a result of the US mortgage meltdown.
He also told Barbados TODAY that he had made a mistake, but asked if the newspaper could grant him time to speak with his employers since he had never informed them of his legal troubles.
The BCA administrator also appeared quite worried that the revelation could cost him his job.
“The actual judgement was handed down after I was in the job. When I arrived at the BCA the case was still pending,” Miller disclosed.
It remains unclear how he managed to end up in Barbados in a high profile position at the BCA given that the judge had ordered two years of supervised community service, followed by ten more years of probation.
The development also raises questions about the BCA’s due diligence process given that Miller as principal officer has oversight for the Board’s finances and runs the association.
The CEO was slated to outline a new strategic plan for the association this week.
In an interview with Barbados TODAY shortly after taking up the top post, Miller had said: “There is going to be a different outlook and a rebranding of the image and relationship between the BCA and the Press during my tenure.”
Miller had also explained that one of the key objectives of the strategic plan was to develop a structured and effective organisation that would deliver a first class product.
When contacted for a comment on these developments, BCA board member Wendell Kellman was caught completely unawares. BCA president Joel Garner is overseas and is expected to return to the island over the weekend.
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