Kenneth Rijock

Kenneth Rijock

Monday, July 24, 2017

"DIPLOMAT" WITH DOMINICA PASSPORT USED HIS BOGUS STATUS TO EVADE DRUG POSSESION AND SEXUAL ABUSE CHARGES




If you thought that the Iranian oil sanctions evader and fraudster, Alireza Monfared, was only guilty of white-collar crimes, think again. Monfared avoided arrest, by Malaysian police, on charges of illegal drug use, and sexual offenses against staff, by claiming diplomatic immunity, and displaying the Dominica diplomatic passport that he had purchased.

It made no difference that Malaysia had not (and never would), accept Monfared as a legitimate, accredited, diplomat from Dominica, he still used the passport of evade justice. He also defaulted upon a number of six figure debts, incurred when hosted the Dominica government visit, of Prime Minister Skerrit, and his staff. Suit was filed on  some of those unpaid accounts.

 Monfared simply walked away from his obligations in Malaysia, with reported bags of cash, and relocated to Dominica, where the CBI project manager, Emmanuel Nanthan, accommodated him with a secluded residence, for Monfared and his mistress. This man is a diplomat, representing Dominica in an honorable manner ? Just one more career criminal with a CBI citizenship, and a diplomatic passport, from Dominica.

 

CONVICTED PONZI SCHEMER FRANCISCO ILLARRAMENDI SEEKS STAND-BY COUNSEL



Francisco Illarramendi, whose Federal conviction for running an unregistered hedge funds that was in actuality a Ponzi scheme, was affirmed on appeal, now has a 2255 Petition pending, alleging Ineffective Assistance of Counsel, due to his inability to have the attorney he wanted, to represent him. He alleges he was not made fully aware that he could potentially receive a long sentence, and was told his attorney was seeking a sentence of Probation.

The Court has afforded him the opportunity to obtain counsel; so Illarramendi has asked for the appointment of Stand-by Counsel. Such an attorney only advises him, and is not responsible for drafting pleadings, and arguing on his behalf. is Illarramendi now just setting the stage for another appeal, where he will allege that Stand-by Counsel was ineffective ?

The defendant's victims deserve closure; the evidence against Illarramendi, who stole billions from  PDVSA pension funds, broke the law while out on bond,  resulting in his rearrest, and pretrial detention, and who failed to admit his conduct caused the massive losses, was overwhelming. Now he is attempting to game the system once more. We trust that the Court will see through his tactics, and dismiss his petition, the last gasp of an unrepentant Ponzi schemer.      

HOW DO OFAC-SANCTIONED INDIVIDUALS ENTER THE UNITED STATES ?



Airbnb, the successful company that vets potential clients who wish to rent private rooms, homes, or apartments, on a short-term basis, notes in a recent article that it checks the names of applicants against the OFAC sanctions list*. This brings up a valid question; how can individuals who appear in the OFAC sanctions list, as Specially Designated Nationals (SDN), or any of the other OFAC categories, be in the United States ? They are not supposed to be here, as they cannot enter into business transactions with any US persons or entities; they cannot even buy a carton of milk.

Obviously, when international airlines book foreign travelers seeking to enter the United States, they require passport information. Since airline checking of its own databases, would pick up the name of a sanctioned individual, how do they gain entry into the United States ?

One of the primary methods is to secure a passport from another country, such as from one of the Citizenship by Investment (CBI) nations of the East Caribbean, with an altered name. Minor spelling changes, or even  a completely new alias, can be obtained, especially when corrupt local passport agents are earning an obscenely high commission intervene, and bribes are paid, to change identities.

For this reason, when the passport holder's place of birth is outside the country in which he holds a passport, the circumstances surrounding precisely how he came to be a citizen of a nation where he was not born, must be examined.  Remember that St Kitts conveniently omitted that little detail from its CBI passports, until global awareness forced it to cease that suspicious practice.

Unfortunately, the Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) does not provide photographs, to accompany its sanctions news releases, but Google Images can assist in ruling out an individual, as well as social media sites. You may even see a photograph, from newspaper sites, or crime articles, that will further assist you in identifying a possible OFAC-named individual. Run the individual on a cloud-based, second generation database, to better ascertain whether he is indeed named & shamed.

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* Airbnb is to be commended for its thorough, and effective, compliance program/

Sunday, July 23, 2017

IRANIAN SANCTIONS EVADER MONFARED PAID $200,000 TO US COMPANY PROVIDING SERVICES TO 2014 ELECTION CAMPAIGN OF DOMINICA LABOUR PARTY


After receiving email requests from Emmanuel Nanthan*, head of Dominica's Citizenship by Investment program, Alireza Monfared, a partner, with Babak Zanjani and Reza Zarrab, in the massive Iran oil sanctions evasion program, paid $200,000, to a company in Texas that was providing services to Dominica's Labour party, in the country's 2014 elections. Note the Labuan, Malaysia address on the Invoices.


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* I have copies of these emails, in which Nanthan, also known as "Mano," sent the above Invoices to a member of Monafred's staff for payment.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

IRANIAN SANCTIONS EVADERS ZANJANI AND MONFARED BOTH HAD BOGUS DANISH PASSPORTS



Two of the partners in the billion dollar scheme that artfully funneled sanctioned Iranian oil around global regulations prohibiting its sale, Babak Zanjani, and Alireza Monfared, are both in custody somewhere in Iran's warren of black prisons. Zanjani has been sentenced to death, for stealing billions, and Monfared, a suspected rogue Iranian intelligence officer, is detailed indefinitely, without trial; both are isolated from the world.

We know that both Iranians controlled a dodgy offshore bank, First Islamic Investment Bank, known to be OFAC-sanctioned, as is Zanjani; both also have another thing in common, which they obviously used, during the period in which they illegally moved Iranian oil. Both Zanjani and Monfared have bogus passports, credential that they employ to masquerade as citizens of Denmark . No, Denmark does not have a citizenship by investment program; these documents are fraudulent, though they do pass scrutiny. Who in Danish government was bribed to obtain official blank passport forms, and create the documents, I wonder, and how many Schengen Zone countries did they transact illicit business in, using those travel documents ?

CBI HEAD HAD DIPLOMATIC PASSPORT PAYMENT SENT TO PRIVATE BANK ACCOUNT



Wire transfer instructions, and email correspondence, confirms that payments made by Iran international oil sanctions evader, Alireza Monfared, to obtain a diplomatic passport from senior officials in Dominica, were diverted, by the head of the country's CBI program, to a personal bank account of one of the individuals who operates the illegal program. Emmanuel Nanthan, who is the senior CBI official in Dominica, ordered Monfared's  agent to send the money to an account of the "Portsmouth Service Station;" that is definitely NOT a government account; it belongs to one of people who operate the Diplomatic passport sales program, a scheme that violates the Vienna Convention on diplomacy, which was adopted by the United Nations, and is therefore binding upon Dominica, a UN member.




Perhaps a view of the documents might afford better understanding of the timeline. These documents speak for themselves, and are a damning indictment of the players, who are all government officials and leaders, at the highest level, an organized crime syndicate, using official positions for personal monetary gain.


Friday, July 21, 2017

TURKISH BANKER IN ZARRAB OIL SANCTIONS EVASION CASE SEEKS BOND FOR TRIAL PREPARATION



The attorneys for Mehmet Hakan Atilla, the Turkish banker charged with IEEPA violations, and bank fraud, in the Reza Zarrab Iran oil-for-gold sanctions violations case, in US District Court in Manhattan, have requested that their client be released on bail, citing difficulties that he has had, due to being repeatedly moved between pretrial detention centers, with assisting his counsel, and reviewing the massive amount of electronic discovery. Atilla's counsel has proposed a detailed set of conditions, including house arrest, with monitoring, in New York City, and mortgaging all his real estate assets, which they contend are sufficient to insure his appearance at future proceedings, and at trial.

The nine page letter to the Court also argued that there are both procedural and substantive defects in the indictment, which counsel states is "eminently defendable,"and appeared to minimize his involvement and culpability. The Government alleges that he participated in what has been described as "Economic Jihad," and that there there were forged or fraudulent documents, and incriminating emails chaeged to this defendant. Though Atilla's close connection to Zarrab is alleged. his ties to Alireza Monfared and Babak Zanjani have not yet been specifically alleged; most likely, we must wait for the trial for that information.

Thus far, there has been no bond granted to defendants in this case. We will report on the Court's ruling when it is handed down.