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COI tarnishing my reputation — Skelton Cline

Claude Skelton Cline

Government consultant, Claude Skelton Cline has accused the ongoing Commission of Inquiry (COI) of tarnishing his character by mentioning his name in a bad light during its hearings.

In a broadcast of his Honestly Speaking radio show on Thursday, Skelton Cline alleged that COI attorney Bilal Rawat’s pattern of questions about his interactions with the government was meant to be malicious.

Skelton Cline said he felt it was ludicrous and outlandish of the COI attorney to suggest in his questions that he (Skelton Cline) and the former Communication & Works Minister, Mark Vanterpool were the ones unilaterally making decisions regarding the controversial Cruise Pier Project.

The Auditor General’s report on the project is heavily referenced in the COI and has been the basis of most of the questions. However, Skelton Cline said he believes the report was not based off the finished product of the project, and at best, could only be viewed as being “completely incomplete”.

“It (the COI’s questions derived from the report) is designed to besmirch, to tarnish your reputation and me as a private citizen, in particular, who served as a consultant with certain terms and conditions of which I’ve always fulfilled.”

“Here, Mr Rawat, wilfully and wickedly, using my name when I have no political responsibility, no political fiduciary responsibility, no other kind of fiduciary responsibility,” said Skelton Cline who further reasoned that the COI’s line of questions ought not to be made on the basis of an incomplete report.

Skelton Cline, a clergyman, argued that he had no role in the government’s caucus or Cabinet where decision-making about the cruise project was concerned.

His Neighbourhood Partnership Program

The government consultant also took aim at the COI’s line of questioning surrounding an audit report of the 2008/2009 Virgin Islands Neighbourhood Partnership Program, which he was hired to run, and which is reported to have yielded no result.

Skelton Cline claimed he was never allowed to complete that project.

The Clergyman said he felt the program, at the time, was used as a political football between members of the then Virgin Islands Party administration and former Second District Representative, J. Alvin Christopher. This, Skelton Cline said, was because persons believed he intended to run against Christopher in the 2011 general elections.

Skelton Cline ultimately contested that election as the National Democratic Party’s Second District candidate but lost to Christopher.


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  1. Jeep Commander says:

    It’s not about your reputation. What matters is your deeds.

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    • Check the Blogs says:

      All the lawyers for to do is check the blogs before COI was even a thought and they’d see the scoundrel this man has been

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  2. FMP says:

    Sue him and the UK for slander. Thank me later a small fee. 😉

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  3. Rubber Duck says:

    Funniest thing I have heard this week.

    His reputation was part of the reason the COI arrived.

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    • @ Rubber Duck says:

      Most of your post have left a sour taste BUT this one here mehson you get an A+. If I could like this a 1000 times.

      He need to search deep within his heart and deeds concerning government project he had been involved to see if what he is claiming make sense. No body can tarnish anyone character even if they try.

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  4. Cato says:

    Hmmmm, sometimes the less we say is better for us. He said what the COI is claiming about his and Mark’s involvement in the pier park, but while he was not a member of the government’s caucus, he is not saying that the remarks are untruth only that the AG’s report was based on unfinished product.

    What happens in darkness comes to light.

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  5. smh says:

    Making the popcorn now! Somebody bring on the beer!

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  6. confused says:

    ….nahhh…you tarnished your reputation all by yourself….did you find the contract yet?

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  7. What Reputation ? says:

    Mr Skelton Cline, if you think the commissioner is tarnishing your reputation by stating facts and trying to ask witnesses about your qualifications for various posts and consultancy positions you were gifted with, then you are not as intelligent as you think you are !

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  8. Lmao says:

    Tarnish his name and reputation. CSC you have done that all by yourself. No need for anyone to assist you. You are a c**ok and a r—-t in your heart and sole. That can never change.

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    The man has not performing to his contracts although paid hundreds of thousands of BVI tax payers dollars and he blames the COI for his bad reputation! Please put him on the first boat back to his co***pt friends in Detroit!

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  10. Buss out Laughing says:

    No Sir! You did that all by yourself. You were tarnished way before COI. The nerve of you.

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  11. Seriously? says:

    Seriously? How can the Rev. suggest his rep has been “tarnished”, especially when we were all very much wondering what exactly he’s been doing to earn his $100K government handout.

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  12. 007 says:

    I sincerely hope that one of the results of the COI is that Skelton Crime or any company he is involved in , is banned from all government contracts

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  13. ??? says:


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  14. LISTEN BRO says:


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  15. TruDat! says:

    What reputation u got? Allegedly the whole territory knows you as Claude Skelton-Crime!!!

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    • Lol says:

      You funny????. These blogs does truly cheer you up when down.

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    • Indigenous says:

      No, we know him as Fr**d Cline!

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    • Anonymous says:

      Bvi is known for ist religious and spiritual heritage. Praying,singing and worshiping were the practices that kept our enslaved foreparents hopeful and lasting until freedom was granted to them. However it is activities and practices that give religion a

  16. LOL says:

    He mean to say he tarnishing the Skelton and Cline family names. From the time Claude Skelton Cline arrive on Tortola, he using these two popular last names to see what he can gain. He quickly became a bi-party member switching to whatever party would give him the most at the moment. The public has every right to know what qualifications a pastor has to earn these major contracts. What did he even go to school for? And isn’t being a pastor fulfilling enough why are you so mixed into politics? Ah so much you like money?

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    • Lawdy says:

      I am hearing he is a Vincie and a whole lot of other things.
      A biography of these public folks should be publicly and readily available.
      I have never heard anyone claiming to be his relative and he is the first and one and only Cline Iknow of in the BVI.

  17. Windy says:

    Just leave, back to Detroit

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  18. haha says:

    thats like a bum-hole complaining about hard toilet paper

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  19. American Greed says:

    This man got some kind of nerve to be suggesting that the CoI has damaged his reputation. Let’s a trip back to Detroit and ask who damaged

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  20. American Greed says:

    This man has some kind of nerve to be suggesting that the CoI is damaging his reputation. Let’s take a trip back to Detroit and see who will take the blame. It is always the norm for us to shift blame on other people when the tables overturn instead of accepting responsibility for our own actions. In this instance there’s no one else to blame except your own self.

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  21. Jokes says:

    Claude they mentioned your name based on the facts and the monies you got from both party governments over the years. The fact that you think it’s in a bad light says it all! If you have other information about the projects worked on and you so love the BVI then share them with us, put up or SHUT UP. You are becoming a sickening noise in people’s head lately.

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  22. Oh? says:

    Skelton Cline claimed he was never allowed to complete that project.

    Well WHERE IS THE F**KING MONEY THEN! Over $500K for nothing? NOTHING?

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  23. LB says:

    The COI didn’t do that…you did that yourself! Also it is the Attorney General report is what talking not the COI. Our own watchdog is who call you out!

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  24. @ CSC says:

    mr honestly speaking/ when was the last time you made an attempt to speak the truth ? THIS AINT HOLLYWOOD – you can
    fool man but you cannot fool GOD / since in school you always believe you were the greatest / and your actions shows that you really believe it ???

  25. Strupes says:

    These Yankee boys does come back to the VI with them slick talking thinking folks here would be mesmerized with their accents.

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  26. really? says:

    Dude, your reputation was already destroyed before you even came here. Only your cronies saved you. Now you pay!

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  27. Guest says:

    ROTFLMAO ………wait What!!????????

  28. 2 Timothy 3 says:

    For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.

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  29. Wow says:

    Out of 12 months two reports what happen to the other 10 reports…make he pay back all the government movies he stole….10 months worth of money

  30. heckler says:

    Boy go fry some johnny cakes

  31. Sad says:

    First we had to deal a pastor grind and a pastor lie. From day one I done know this guy here to try milk the government. And milk he did very well.

    I personally believe all monies was used to clear his in USA.

    This guy is bad news a wolf in sheep clothing and using the name of God to clear his dirty deeds.

    Coi please deal with this personally

    Dig deep get all details. And like others say let him pay back everything he did not complete

  32. BuzzBvi says:

    COI confirms c.o.s-c’s reputation.

  33. I have to Disagree CSC says:

    A wise man always look at himself and his behavior when things start going wrong in his life to see where he went wrong before starting to blame others…Mr. CSC, You are a great contributor to all thats going on not only in your life but in the country with the COI. Think!!!

  34. Hahaha says:

    Sorry to tell u this but ur reputation was tarnished from time I was mixed up with that politician in USA before u run come back home to BVI

  35. VINO 2016 says:

    Background to Claude O. Skelton-Cline

    Mr Skelton-Cline, an indigenous Virgin Islander and Pastor who was living abroad, returned home around 2009-2010 to make his contribution. He lived and worked for many years in Detroit, Michigan. His last employment before returning home was as an Executive Assistant to former Detroit Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick.

    Mr Kilpatrick resigned in his second term as Detroit Mayor after being convicted on state felony counts, including perjury and obstruction of justice. If that was not enough, Mr Skelton-Cline’s former boss was also in 2013 convicted on 24 federal felony counts, including mail fraud, wire fraud and racketeering, and was sentenced to 28 years in federal prison

  36. wow says:

    The ghost from Detroit..troubling the mayors personal assistant… lordy lord.

  37. Is true says:

    CSC you fit the description of proverb 29:11, you talk too much, everything you yap yap like a Chihauhau. You may have some tricks but you talk too much to be a wise man….

  38. Truth Teller says:

    Greedy Skelton Cline

  39. Froggy says:

    Honestly Speaking – Fr**d Cline showed us who he really is from the time he returned home. As far as I know only women opt to carry two surnames after they get married. This fr**d, when he first returned, only used Skelton as his surname, but quickly went into stealth mode and usurped the “Cline” to expand his cr**e web.

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