T&C: Sandals reaches agreement, pays $12M

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Associated Press

Posted on January 23, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 23 at 2:34 PM

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Special prosecutors in the Turks & Caicos Islands say Sandals Resorts will pay $12 million as part of a probe into corruption.

A Wednesday statement from Turks & Caicos says the agreement involves no admission of liability.

It says the agreement and the payout relate to the resort company's cooperation with a U.S. investigation and voluntary release of evidence that was shared with a special prosecutor's office in Turk & Caicos, which is investigating local corruption.

It did not give details, but in 2011, Sandals counsel Dimitri Singh said a former senior Sandals officer was linked to "various unauthorized transactions" and said the Jamaica-based resort company was voluntarily cooperating with international authorities probing former islands officials.

Sandals media officers based in the U.S. and Jamaica made no immediate comment Wednesday.

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