In sunny Turks and Caicos, 'political amorality' forces Britain to retake control
Misick's estranged wife, American model and sitcom star LisaRaye McCoy, testified that she spent up to $200,000 a month on clothes for her "first lady lifestyle" and that her husband, who was also the territory's tourism minister, arranged for the government to pay her $300,000 a month to be the face of an international tourism campaign.
She said they used a private jet to take personal vacations to Africa, Europe, and the United States and that she was led to believe the Gulfstream G-1159 belonged to them, and had even designed a family crest to be embroidered into its carpet. In fact, the public treasury of this territory of 32,000 people was paying for the jet, which was leased for $100,000 a month from a company owned by the country's US lobbyist, Jeffrey Watson, a personal friend of Misick who stayed at their $8 million Providenciales home.
After coming to power, Misick's salary and allowances doubled to $288,000 a year, which investigators pointed out was more than that received by British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. ("I submit I have done more for Turks and Caicos than Gordon Brown has done for England," Misick responded at the inquiry.)