The First International Bank of Grenada will go down in history as one of the biggest banking swindles of all time. Aided and abetted by a corrupt government, Van Brink and his satraps lured hundreds of innocent investors to place their savings in a bank he claimed "had a vision." With evangelical zeal he preached the gospel of his bank, playing upon the religious and charitable aspect but also promising outlandish returns on investments.
From Oregon to Nauru, to Grenada, to Uganda, Van Brink left a trail of financial misery behind him.
One Big Fib is essential reading for anyone with an interest in the shady world of offshore banking.
Owen Platt lived and worked in The Caribbean for over 12 years in offshore finance and has served on the board of a number of financial institutions. He is the author of several books including a history of The Duke of Windsor?s wartime sojourn as governor of The Bahamas, The Royal Governor and His Duchess
He lives in The Loire Valley in France.