By SANCHESKA BROWN
Tribune Staff Reporter
ANNETTE Cash, wife of FNM Chairman Darron Cash, was reportedly fired from Bank of the Bahamas, The Tribune understands.
According to well-placed sources, Mrs Cash, who worked in the Human Resources Department, was terminated on Monday after
being placed on administrative leave for several weeks.
In May, Mrs Cash was suspended pending the outcome of an investigation into the alleged leak of confidential information from BOB.
When contacted for comment, BOB’s Managing Director Paul McWeeney said it was not the bank’s policy to speak about “those type of matters.”
Mr Cash also refused to speak on the matter when contacted by The Tribune yesterday.
However in a statement released on Monday, Mr Cash denied his wife had any involvement in the leaks of the bank’s confidential information. Mr Cash said his wife does not have and never had direct or indirect access to clients’ credit information.
“And to be clear she has never received nor passed on any information for publication in The Punch newspaper or anyone else,” Mr Cash said in his statement.
“My wife is a human resources management professional who worked with Bank of The Bahamas for almost 10 years. As a certified HR practitioner, she is a consummate professional and she is committed to her craft. She believes in decency and order, best practices, consistency in the application of policies and procedures, and she has been one who has demonstrated skill in balancing the roles of member of the management team and an advocate for employees.
“As an employee advocate, she is not shy about speaking truth to power. She is not a politician. I am. The fact that the bank has chosen to wage a war against her about my public utterances is regrettable,” the statement said.
“My wife has never disclosed any confidential information to me about BOB. It goes without saying that I would never put her in the position of having to defend herself against any reasonable connection between information she had access to or controlled by virtue of her position and any statement made by me.
“In the course of my comments regarding BOB she has on occasions expressed her unease about the fact that members of the public might erroneously conclude that she is the source of information I address. I am satisfied that any meaningful review of the records of my public comments would dispel that myth. While acknowledging my wife’s uneasiness, I assured my wife that while I was fully cognizant of the possible ramifications that could befall us, I was confident that the greater good would be served by speaking about the allegations regarding BOB.”
Last month, police officers seized two laptops and a smartphone belonging to Mr Cash during a search of his home. The search was reportedly in connection with an investigation into the alleged leak of files from the bank.
Mr Cash’s lawyer Carl Bethel later filed a motion in the Supreme Court arguing that his client’s rights had been violated. A week after, Mr Bethel said the parties involved reached an “amicable” agreement on the matter.
Mr Cash received his seized items a few days later. The FNM has called the search and seizure a political witch hunt.
Mr Cash has been outspoken over the past few months about his concerns over management practices at the bank.