FALL FROM GRACE

Stanford's Island Paradise

Sir Allen Stanford was on the way to to being bumped up on the Forbes list of the 400 richest people in America when everything came crashing down. In a story published in GQ, Stanford himself reflects on the magnitude of the accusation that he swindled thousands of investors by running a multi-billion dollar Ponzi scheme, likening it to losing a loved one. Whether or not Stanford ends up being convicted, there is little doubt that he was top dog on Antigua. His influence over all facets of public life on the island are remarkable, and he used his connections to U.S. politicians to affirm this status. In the good old days before the SEC swooped in, Anituga was a white collar criminal's paradise, with Stanford as its esteemed host.