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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.

A copy of the official charge sheet against BCA CEO Jefferson Miller.

A copy of the official charge sheet against BCA CEO Jefferson Miller.

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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18 Responses to Busted!

  1. Ju Ju
    Ju Ju October 3, 2014 at 2:34 am

    So he’s worried that it will cost him his job. Hmm Why doesn’t he put the shoes on the other feet ( his employees) then answer that question…

  2. Lynda Bonnett
    Lynda Bonnett October 3, 2014 at 4:48 am

    well well

  3. Dean Scantlebury
    Dean Scantlebury October 3, 2014 at 5:40 am

    If he goes back to the USA, he will be arrested and jailed for violation of probation. So, you have a fugitive from the law here in a top position, while arresting ordinary citizens for smoking herb. Good going!

    • Chris Kinkaid
      Chris Kinkaid October 3, 2014 at 9:12 am

      Where does it say he is a fugitive from the law?

    • Dean Scantlebury
      Dean Scantlebury October 3, 2014 at 10:21 am

      He has to show up and complete community service, which is a part of probation. He obviously did not get permission from his parbation officer to be in Barbados holding down a big time job. Will he be paying TAXES to the USA from his salary here? Connect the dots Chris!

  4. Peter Marshall
    Peter Marshall October 3, 2014 at 6:08 am

    Oh Lord another one ?

  5. Nikki Brown
    Nikki Brown October 3, 2014 at 6:55 am

    Sandals is requiring certificate s of character for house keepers and yet this man comes for the US and no one vets him? Barbados is a strange and funny place.

  6. Cisco Wolf
    Cisco Wolf October 3, 2014 at 6:58 am

    He probably isn’t a leper either.

  7. Annetta Paul
    Annetta Paul October 3, 2014 at 8:05 am

    WAIT A PIECE A MINUTE! Before he got the job, even while he was being considered for this position..NO ONE did a background check on him? 3 MONTHS? I agree with you Chris Hassell some one else needs to go.

  8. Chris Kinkaid
    Chris Kinkaid October 3, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Steupse!! Mountain out of a mole hill to stir silly emotions. Why not produce the actual file that outlines what the man actually did rather than have ppl comment on things of which they do not know.
    Had it been as serious as being implied would have certain charges been thrown out and probation on others? Man guh long and do de ppl wukk do.

  9. Poetry Dancer
    Poetry Dancer October 3, 2014 at 9:30 am


  10. Asiba October 3, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Dress in a suit and Bajans are fooled. Ignorance abounds in this country. How Bajans get so stupid ?

  11. Unfortunate October 3, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Bajans were always stupid

  12. Alison Roach October 3, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    This is poor journalism the man left the country before a judgement was handed down. What do you mean how could he could end up in such a high profile position it’s because he qualified. Leave the man alone it isn’t like he knew about the judgement and ran.

  13. david bailey October 3, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Jeff is a friend he got blind sided by the mortagage melt down as well as the big boys in wall street who are stitt employed and getting big pay and bonuses he w
    as a small black fish in an ocean of sharks barbados you have more to worry about than jeff he has a great cricket mind he should be retained

  14. Al Wright October 3, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    One wonders if these guys know that there is no where for them to hide in this technological and readily available information era. Just typing your own name in a Google search is a scary experience.
    STUPID of him to think he can get away.

  15. John October 3, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Let he without sin cast the first stone. ..

  16. Nick October 10, 2014 at 10:41 am

    “This is poor journalism the man left the country before a judgement was handed down.” He knew he was guilty before judgement surly???? Yes we all make mistakes and some are more serious than others. However having a position like his requires an integrity which which can not be met by someone who was convicted and admits to fraud. Sorry. Other jobs available. Roll the pitch. I agree with Chris Hassell too. somebody else got to go to.


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