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FREDERIC CILINS, BSG RESOURCES LTD ADVISOR, SENTENCED TO 2 MORE YEARS IN US PRISON

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FRENCHMAN PLEADS GUILTY ONLY TO OBSTRUCTION + ESCAPES BRIBERY + OTHER CHARGES, REFUSED TO COOPERATE WITH AUTHORITIES

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FREDERIC CILINS

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2014-07-25/frenchman-tied-to-bsgr-s-steinmetz-sentenced-to-2-years

A Frenchman with ties to billionaire Beny Steinmetz and his BSG Resources Ltd. was sentenced to two years in prison for interfering with a probe into bribes allegedly paid to win rights to mine the world’s biggest untapped iron ore deposit.

 

U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III sentenced Frederic Cilins, 51, who admitted obstructing a grand jury investigation into corruption in the awarding of mining rights in Guinea’s Simandou region. Prosecutors said Cilins tried to bribe Mamadie Toure, the fourth wife of Guinea’s late President Lansana Conte, to destroy evidence and lie to U.S. investigators.

 

Prosecutors had asked Pauley to give Cilins more than three years in prison for his guilty plea to a single count of obstructing a government investigation. Cilins sought a sentence of the 15 months he’s already served in U.S. custody since his arrest in April 2013.

U.S. sentencing guidelines, which aren’t binding, called for a prison sentence of 37 to 46 months.

Prosecutors have said Cilins had a “very close personal relationship” with Steinmetz, Israel’s wealthiest person, who controls BSGR. The U.S. said Cilins was negotiating with Toure on behalf of BSGR and Steinmetz when he was arrested at the airport in Jacksonville, Florida.

BSGR has denied all wrongdoing.

Beginning in January 2013, the grand jury in New York has been investigating possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and criminal money-laundering in connection with the alleged scheme to bribe Guinean officials. The act allows federal prosecutors to charge people and companies doing business in the U.S. with corruption in other countries.

The case is U.S. v. Cilins, 13-cr-00315, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).

 

RODOLFO MCTURK, FORMER VENEZUELAN INTERPOL HEAD, IS FUGITIVE WANTED BY US FOR MONEY LAUNDERING, NARCO TRAFFICKING + OTHER CHARGES

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A 3RD TOP HUGO CHAVEZ ADVISOR WANTED BY US IS POSSIBLY HIDING IN VENEZUELA

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RODOLFO MCTURK – 2ND FROM RIGHT

http://www.ibtimes.com/us-arrests-venezuelas-former-chief-intelligence-drug-trafficking-charges-1638796

 

Venezuela’s former chief of military intelligence was arrested by the United States on charges of drug trafficking Wednesday night in the Caribbean island of Aruba.  

 

At the time of his arrest, Hugo Carvajal, a general in Venezuela’s military, was on diplomatic business on the island, according to a Reuters report. Carvajal will be flown to the U.S., where he will face charges related to drug crimes and helping Colombia’s FARC rebels, the report said. Carvajal ran Venezuelan military intelligence from 2005 to 2009 under late President Hugo Chavez.

 

“A soldier of the fatherland, in diplomatic service and protected by the Vienna Convention, has been ambushed,” Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro reportedly said in a speech. “He is kidnapped … As head of state I put my hand in the fire for Major General Carvajal and I will defend him with all the possibilities and strength of the Venezuelan state … We will not allow Venezuela’s honor to be stained.”

 

Venezuela, which has been trying to make Carvajal its diplomatic consul to the former Dutch colony of Aruba, blamed Dutch authorities for his arrest, which comes at a time when Benny Palmeri-Bacchi, another Venezuelan official, also faces charges in a Miami federal court, of taking bribes from South American drug cartels to help move large shipments of cocaine to the U.S.

 

Palmeri-Bacchi, 46, a former Venezuelan judge and attorney, was arrested on Friday after flying to Miami for a family vacation to Disney World, and is being held on charges of distributing cocaine in the U.S., conspiracy of obstructing justice, money laundering and extortion. He has reportedly pleaded not guilty to all charges.

 

Rodolfo McTurk, the former director of Interpol in Venezuela, has also been charged in the same case. In 2013, both men were declared as fugitives and McTurk is believed to still be in Venezuela.

 

They allegedly helped drug lord Jamie Alberto Marin Zamora, of Colombia’s North Valley Cartel, smuggle “thousands of kilograms of cocaine” from Venezuela to the U.S., a December 2013 federal grand jury indictment in the Southern District of Florida said.

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Jamie Alberto Marin Zamora – 2012 SENTENCED TO 16 YEARS IN US PRISON

 

A May 2013 indictment unsealed Thursday accuses Carvajal and McTurk of working with the cartel, and the late Wilber Varela, alias “Jabon,” of smuggling cocaine from Venezuela between 2004 and 2008, by bribing high-ranking military and law enforcement officials

 

U.S. prosecutors intend to seize $2.5 million from the men’s accounts in Wells Fargo and Espirito Santo Bank, Reuters reported.

 

 

 

HUGO CARVAJAL, FORMER VENEZUELAN MILITARY INTEL HEAD , JULY 23, 2014 ARRESTED IN ARUBA ON MONEY LAUNDERING, NARCO TRAFFICKING + OTHER CHARGES

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A 2ND TOP HUGO CHAVEZ AID DETAINED IN ARUBA UNDER ARREST WARRANT FROM US

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General Hugo Carvajal

http://lastgangstanding.blogspot.com/2014/07/arrested-venezuelan-general-hugo.html

General Hugo Carvajal was arrested in Aruba on Wednesday about 6 pm local time on arrival to the Caribbean island belonging to the Netherlands, which traveled on a false passport. Despite claiming immunity diplomatic , on his appointment as consul on the island by the government of Nicolas Maduro , border guards denied that status, because his appointment had not yet been accredited by the Dutch authorities .

These acted at the request of the United States , the Netherlands previously revealed the contents of an allegation that the Attorney for the Southern District of New York kept secret (“sealed indictment”) against Hugo Carvajal. The general and was included in2008 in the black list of the U.S. Treasury, for “assistance” to the FARC , the Colombian guerrillas. He was accused of “protecting Venezuelan counternarcotics authorities drug shipments and providing weapons to the FARC.”

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Sources in Washington involved in collecting evidence against Carvajal, ensure that the general, called by many the alias of”Chicken” , is the most central figure in the plot of druglaunched by the own Hugo Chavez and whose activities have led out several generals, known as the “sign of the Suns” .

” Carvajal was responsible for collecting the drug FARC and controlled the entire distribution process to the United States and Europe , and also took care of the money laundering through the PDVSA oil ‘say these sources, who believe their detention will “uncover large pot of money laundering conducted by PDVSA.” The general came to Aruba precisely in a plane owned by a figurehead Rafael Ramirez , president of the oil. Besides the extraordinary point Carvajal can provide information on the relationship of Chavez’s Venezuela with Hezbollah and Iran . “It’s like Pablo Escobar and Vladimiro Montesinos together, a chief of intelligence to put drug lord , “they say.

Carvajal was head of the Military Intelligence Directorate (DIM) for much of the Chávez era , between 2004 and 2011 . then returned to be appointed to the post by Maduro in 2013, although he remained a short time.

The processing of extradition to the United States can take to resolve between diez and fifteen days . The extradition will be confronted by the Venezuelan government, which said in a statement that “categorically rejects the illegal and arbitrary detention” of Carvajal, whom he described as “diplomat”.

BENNY PALMERI-BACCHI, FORMER VENEZUELAN JUDGE, JULY 24, 2014 ARRESTED IN MIAMI ON MONEY LAUNDERING, EXTORTION + OTHER CHARGES

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2-WEEKS PREPAID VACATION AT DISNEY WORLD IN ORLANDO FOR TOP HUGO CHAVEZ AID BECAME ARREST AT MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT BY FBI

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Benny Palmeri-Bacchi

http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/07/24/4252811/feds-charge-former-high-ranking.html

A former Venezuelan judge and his family flew into Miami International Airport with plans for a prepaid, two-week vacation at Disney World.

Benny Palmeri-Bacchi never made it to the Orlando theme park.

He was among three Venezuelans charged in federal drug-trafficking cases that for the first time link former high-ranking officials in the late President Hugo Chávez’s administration to Colombian cartel bosses, prosecutors said Thursday. The ex-officials are accused of accepting bribes in exchange for allowing traffickers to fly cocaine shipments from Venezuela to Mexico and the Caribbean for distribution in the United States.

On Thursday, Palmeri-Bacchi, 46, pleaded not guilty in Miami federal court to providing protection for a convicted Colombian drug trafficker who moved loads of cocaine from Venezuela to the United States.

The one-time judge, accused of impeding the trafficker’s extradition, is at the center of a long-secret criminal investigation targeting a former Venezuelan Interpol director, Rodolfo McTurk, as well as a former military intelligence chief, Hugo Carvajal Barrios, who was arrested in Aruba earlier this week.

Whether Carvajal, whose arrest was condemned by the Venezuelan government, ends up in federal court in Miami like Palmeri-Bacchi remains to be seen. He is Venezuela’s pending consul general to the Caribbean island.

In an indictment unsealed Thursday, Carvajal is accused of assisting Colombian kingpins such as the late Wilber Varela by allowing them to export their cocaine loads from Venezuela, protecting them from being captured, and providing them with information about Venezuelan military and police investigations. In return, Varela paid bribes to the former military intelligence director and other high-ranking military and law enforcement officials.

Carvajal and other unnamed Venezuelan officials are accused of investing in the cartels’ shipments to the United States, the indictment said. In particular, it alleges that Carvajal sold 100 kilos of cocaine to a member of Varela’s faction in the so-called North Valley cartel in Colombia.

Varela, who had moved his cocaine operation from Colombia to Venezuela in 2004 to avoid capture, was killed in 2008 — but the bribery racket between some of Chavez’s top military officials and the cartels continued through 2010, according to the indictment filed under seal in May 2013.

Carvajal is on the U.S. Treasury Department’s blacklist under the “foreign narcotics kingpin sanctions regulations.” He’s one of a handful of Venezuelan military officials on the list.

On Wednesday night, authorities in Aruba detained Carvajal, 54, on allegations of drug trafficking and aiding Colombian guerrillas. Carvajal was held at the request of U.S. authorities who have sought his extradition, the Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald have learned.

Prosecutors are expecting Carvajal to fight his extradition to face drug conspiracy charges in Miami.

Carvajal was a close confidant of late President Chávez, who died in 2013, and led the country’s intelligence apparatus from 2004 to 2009. Earlier this year, President Nicolás Maduro tapped him to be the consul general in Aruba, but reportedly the government of the Netherlands had yet to accept his posting.

On Thursday, the Venezuela government called Carvajal’s detention “illegal and arbitrary” and said the official was protected by his diplomatic status.

In a statement, Venezuela’s Foreign Ministry said it was “activating all of its diplomatic mechanisms to correct this grave violation of international rights” and asked the Netherlands for his immediate release.

“We hope this action does not lead to the deterioration of our current diplomatic, economic, energy and commercial relations,” the Foreign Ministry said.

The defense attorney for the former Venezuelan judge, Palmeri-Bacchi, declined to comment about his client’s case. Attorney Edward Abramson would only say Palmeri-Bacchi “walked into a bear trap” when he was arrested at Miami International Airport last Friday.

The ex-judge’s wife, brother and others gathered for his arraignment Thursday, but also declined to say anything outside the courtroom. The wife wept openly as the others comforted her.

Palmeri-Bacchi was indicted under seal in December 2013 on charges of conspiring with the former Interpol director, McTurk, who is still in Venezuela, to help move thousands of kilos of cocaine through that country to the United States for a now-convicted Colombian trafficker, Jaime Alberto Marin-Zamora.

Marin-Zamora, a lieutenant in Varela’s North Valley faction, was indicted in 2009 by a Miami federal grand jury. He was extradited the following year, pleaded guilty to a drug-conspiracy charge in 2011 and was sentenced to 16 years in prison.

Palmeri-Bacchi, who worked as a judge, prosecutor and attorney in Venezuela, was also charged with money laundering and obstruction of justice conspiracies, along with extortion. He allegedly threatened a man identified as J.C.S. and his family “with force, violence and fear” to obtain money and property from him. J.C.S. was described in the indictment as the owner of a realty company and real estate school.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Gregorie planned to put on a presentation for the Venezuelan’s bond hearing Thursday that would have shown Palmeri-Bacchi allegedly sent threatening emails to J.C.S. with attachments. Those attachments included a video of someone actually being murdered as well as pictures of prisoners being sodomized in a Venezuelan jail.

Magistrate Judge Chris McAliley postponed the bond hearing after the defendant’s attorney temporarily agreed to the prosecutor’s request for detention before trial, based on a risk of flight and danger to the community. No date has been set for the bond hearing.

Prosecutors are also trying to seize $2.5 million from accounts held by Palmeri-Bacchi and McTurk, the ex-Interpol director, at three Miami banks: Wells Fargo, Espirito Santo and Banco Santander International.

 

BIJAN MADJLESSI, FACING 29 FEDERAL COUNTS THAT INCLUDED MONEY LAUNDERING, FOUND DEAD IN CAR AT BOTTOM OF 400′ CLIFF

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CRASH INVESTIGATION FOUND NO HISTORY OF SUICIDAL THOUGHTS OR MALFUNCTION OF CAR.

 

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http://insurancenewsnet.com/oarticle/2014/07/25/death-of-controversial-mill-valley-developer-ruled-accidental-a-535422.html

 

The death of Bijan Madjlessi, the Mill Valley real estate developer mired in criminal fraud investigations and civil litigation, was accidental, authorities confirmed Thursday.

Madjlessi, a 58-year-old Strawberry resident, was found dead May 6 inside the wreckage of his car on Mount Tamalpais. His family had reported him missing two days earlier.

The car crashed about 400 feet down an embankment off Shoreline Highwayeast of Muir Beach.

Investigators, mindful of the controversy and litigation surrounding Madjlessi, looked for evidence of foul play but found none, said sheriff’s Lt. Keith Boyd, assistant county coroner.

Nor was there a history of suicidal thoughts on the part of Madjlessi, who had been indicted by a federal grand jury about a month earlier. Madjlessi was wearing his seat belt in the car when police found the wreckage, Boyd said.

The coroner’s division determined the death was accidental and the cause was multiple blunt-impact injuries. The toxicology tests showed no presence of drugs or alcohol.

The crash investigation by the California Highway Patrol found no evidence of mechanical failure in the car, said CHP Officer Andrew Barclay.

Madjlessi apparently drove the road frequently en route to hiking or recreation in the area, Barclay said.

Madjlessi was arrested April 9 on a federal indictment charging him with wire fraud, bank fraud, conspiracy and money laundering. He was released on bond.

Three other suspects were also indicted: David Lonich, a Santa Rosa lawyer, and two former executives at Sonoma Valley Bank, Sean Cutting of Sonomaand Brian Melland of Santa Rosa.

The charges involved a real estate project in Santa Rosa called Park Lane Villas East. Authorities allege that Madjlessi defaulted on a $30 million loan on the project, then conspired with the others to repurchase his own defaulted loan and regain the property by using a straw borrower.

The indictment lists 29 counts that carry decades in prison and millions of dollars in fines.

At the time of his death, Madjlessi also had a trial date pending in Marin Superior Court in a state insurance fraud case. Authorities allege he defrauded$1.4 million from two insurance companies by filing redundant claims after a fire at a Reno condo development in 2008.