"Serious doubt about completeness and truthfulness" of the the wealth declaration of Louis-Constant Fleming.
The Haute Autorité pour la transparence de la vie publique (High Authority of transparency in public life) proceeded with the review of the wealth declaration status submitted by Louis-Constant Fleming, former Senator of Saint Martin.
This non-public declaration was made by the person concerned after his resignation on December 31, 2013. According to the law, any parliamentarian must state his wealth at the end of his term.
After investigating the case and collection of his observations, “the High Authority considers, in the light of the different elements which it has knowledge, that there is a serious doubt as to the completeness, accuracy, and truthfulness of that declaration, due to the obvious undervaluation of some assets and the omission of certain assets held abroad”, stated a press release from the institution.
"Pursuant to Article 40 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, the High Authority has found necessary to bring these facts, which may constitute criminal offences, to the knowledge of the Financial Public Prosecutor of the Republic and the entire case file was transmitted to him."
As a reminder, Louis-Constant Fleming had resigned from his position as Senator on December 31, 2013, or nine months before the end of his term, for several reasons. At a press conference, he explained that he wanted to take care of his mother, he was suffering from health problems making his trips to Paris difficult, and that he did not want to state his wealth. At that time, a new law had been passed to strengthen the objectives and the means available to the High Authority in charge of analyzing the wealth of parliamentarians. This law came into force on December 19, 2013.