Daily Check-In 10/18/2018

Thursday, October 18, 2018

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

A Russian billionaire who orchestrated the June 2016 Trump Tower meetingformed a new American shell company a month beforehand with an accountant who has had clients accused of money laundering and embezzlement.

The billionaire, Aras Agalarov, created the US company anonymously while preparing to move almost $20m into the country during the time of the presidential election campaign, according to interviews and corporate filings.

The company was set up for him in May 2016 by his Russian-born accountant, who has also managed the US finances of compatriots accused of mishandling millions of dollars. One of those clients has its own connectionto the Trump Tower meeting.

That’s right, it’s Aras Agalarov, the oligarch behind the June 9 meeting.  This just gets more and more interesting.  While his son Emin was coordinating a meeting through Donnie Jr., Daddy A was setting up a shell company.  In the time around that meeting, mysterious money payments flowed from Daddy A to this shell company.  Hmm… it’s almost like they were laying the groundwork for making payments of an illicit nature.

 

KHASHOGGI & SAUDI ARABIA

I posted John Schindler’s piece on this last week on Daily Check-In 10/10/2018, it’s nice to see the MSM catch up.

In a normal, non-corrupt administration, what’s supposed to happen is that when the USIC learns about an attack against an American, they’re given authorization from the White House to intervene and protect this person.  Also, the White House would “strongly encourage” the aggressors to not even think about it.

Instead, our Intel groups heard about this attack, and the White House did… nothing.  They didn’t take any action to stop it.  Worse still, it’s not unreasonable to think that Trump, Kushner, and the lot were working WITH the Saudis on this.

Something else to keep in mind, Khashoggi wasn’t blackballed from Saudi Arabia until AFTER Trump was elected President.

 

COHEN, NEW YORK, AND THE OTHER LAWSUITS

Projects Where a Trump Family Member Overstated Sales Numbers

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Claim: Donald Trump claimed $365 million in sales in a 2007 letter to The Wall Street Journal.

Reality: Trump reported $290 million in a 2009 project audit.

Result: Never built.

FORT LAUDERDALE

Claim: Trump announced the hotel/condo was “pretty much sold out” in April 2006, according to a broker who attended the presentation.

Reality: 62 percent of units were sold as of July 2006, according to bank records that emerged in a court case.

Result: Entered foreclosure. Trump’s name removed before construction completed.

LAS VEGAS

Claim: Condos “sold out,” Trump told The Associated Press in 2005

Reality: About 25 percent of units were sold by 2011, according to press accounts.

Result: Built.

PANAMA

Claim: “It’s a 1,000-unit building, we’ve sold over 90 percent of it,” Ivanka told Portfolio in 2008.

Reality: As of three months later, 79 percent of the units were pre-sold, according to Moody’s.

Result: Built, but went bankrupt; Trump name removed.

SOHO

Claim: In 2008, Ivanka told reporters that 60 percent of units had sold.

Reality: A Trump partner’s affidavit revealed that 15 percent had been sold at the time.

Result: Built, but went bankrupt; Trump name removed.

TAMPA

Claim: The building “sold out,” Trump told The Wall Street Journal in 2007.

Reality: The developers failed to sell a minimum of 70 percent of units, according to a Trump company letter that year, which deemed that a violation of its contract.

Result: Never built.

TORONTO

Claim: In a 2009 interview, Ivanka referred to the property as “virtually sold out.”

Reality: 24.8 percent of units had sold, according to a 2016 bankruptcy filing by the developers.

Result: Built, but went bankrupt; Trump name removed.

Projects Where the Trumps Suggested They Were Developers, Partners or Equity Owners (They Weren’t)

BAJA

More than 50 buyers claimed Ivanka said the Trump Organization was a developer on the project at a 2007 sales event, according to a lawsuit quoted by Univision.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

“I am excited to be building Trump at Cap Cana,” Trump was quoted saying in a 2007 press release, according to Univision.

FORT LAUDERDALE

Trump called the hotel and tower “my latest development” in a letter announcing the project.

REPUBLIC OF GEORGIA

“TRUMP INVESTS IN GEORGIA” read banners for the project, according to The New Yorker. Asked by a Fox anchor what he was “investing in,” Trump responded, “I’m doing a big development” in Georgia.

PANAMA

“I am honored to develop this extraordinary high rise with my partner Roger Khafif of the K Group,” Trump said in a 2009 marketing statement.

TAMPA

Trump claimed an ownership stake in a news article at the time, stating it was less than 50 percent, then adding: “But it’s a substantial stake. I recently said I’d like to increase my stake but when they’re selling that well they don’t let you do that.”

WAIKIKI

In the final episode of season five of “The Apprentice,” Trump announced the project on national TV, saying “that’s why I’m building the magnificent Trump Hotel and Tower Waikiki.” In 2007, he told The Wall Street Journal: “This building is largely owned by me and being developed by me.”

I talked about Trump’s Producers-like skill at killing projects in Money Laundering, and it’s time I think I restate that hypothesis.

Like the move, play, and move “The Producers”, the protagonists try to raise money for a play  that they know will bomb because that way they’ll make more money by selling the same shares to multiple people.  It’s like selling the same apartment to 5 people when there’s no chance that any of them will ever move in.  When the project fails, the investors can’t come back for their money.

Trump only builds when they absolutely have to.  A failed project is an easy way to launder funds.  Let’s say Ruslav Mafiafsky wants to convert $500 million into something he can use.  He’ll call up a real estate “developer” like Trump, who will work with them to create a project somewhere.  It will be announced that it’s a multi-billion dollar project, and that they’re raising funds.  RM’s money is put in escrow in some holding company, and some expenses are paid out of it. Once some fund raising deadline passes and the project goes belly-up, RM gets most of their money back, laundered.

One other thing I love about this story, it straight up calls Ivanka a crook.  Because she is.

 

SCOTUS 

 

#METOO

 

TRUMP THE RUSSIAN ASSET

 

TRAITOR TOTS

 

FIGHTING BACK

 

IMMIGRATION

 

COLD WAR 2.0

The problem is not Brexit. The problem is the people who sold it to us cheated, lied & broke our electoral laws RT if you agree

The problem is not Brexit. It’s that we don’t know who paid for it. We don’t know where Farage’s mate got his money from. And we don’t know why the government is refusing to say if the authorities are investigating

The problem is not Brexit. The problem is a police force that seems to have parked an investigation. The problem is the PM’s political secretary is responsible & compromised. The problem is a serving minister who oversaw electoral fraud

 

 

#NEVERAGAIN

 

FIXING THE INTERNET

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

 

TRADE WAR AND ECONOMY

 

STUDENT LOANS

 

GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD

 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

The former Director of Sports Marketing and Alliances at Microsoft was indicted today by a federal grand jury for five counts of wire fraud for his scheme to profit by stealing from Microsoft, announced U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes.  JEFF TRAN, a/k/a TRUNG TRAN, 45 of Seattle, is alleged to have used his position at Microsoft to attempt to steal more than $1.5 million through the creation and submission of fraudulent invoices and the unauthorized use of other Microsoft assets.  TRAN will be arraigned on the charges in U.S. District Court in Seattle in the next ten days.

According to the allegations in the indictment, TRAN oversaw Microsoft’s promotional relationship with the National Football League (NFL).  The indictment alleges that in March 2017, TRAN caused a fraudulent $775,000 invoice to be issued to Microsoft, supposedly for services related to the 2017 Super Bowl.  Tran caused the $775,000 payment from Microsoft to be routed through two Microsoft vendors and then to Tran’s personal bank account.  Tran then attempted to cause Microsoft to make a second payment for $670,000, based on another fraudulent invoice.  Tran intended to route that payment to a company Tran controlled.  When Microsoft vendors became suspicious of Tran’s activity and reported the conduct to Microsoft, Tran destroyed electronic communications and told the vendors to lie to Microsoft about the $775,000 payment.  After Microsoft confronted Tran, Tran returned the $775,000.

The indictment also alleges that Tran stole blocks of Super Bowl tickets belonging to Microsoft.  Because of his position, Tran was responsible for determining which Microsoft employees would receive Microsoft Super Bowl tickets.  However, instead of distributing all of the tickets to Microsoft employees, TRAN sold over 60 of the tickets through a ticket broker and pocketed more than $200,000.

Wire Fraud is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

The charges contained in the indictment are only allegations.  A person is presumed innocent unless and until he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The case was investigated by the FBI.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Seth Wilkinson.

 

 

PRIESTS

 

ENVIRONMENT & SCIENCE

 

ELECTION 2018

 

PROGRESS IS PROGRESS

 

RUMOR MILL

There was a mafia hit man known for his very specific way of killing people by luring them into a room, killing them, cutting them into pieces, then disposing of the bodies without a trace. His name was Roy DeMeo and he was part of the Gambino crime family.

He primarily served Paul Castellano. You might want to Google Castellano and his role in a certain golden tower in Manhattan.

If you’re wondering how in the hell these people could be so blasé about the torture, execution and dismemberment of an American resident, try looking at it through the lens of the mafia.

This was a human being. He was lured to his death. The guy chopping him up suggested to the others in the room to listen to music while he did it. And Trump’s lackeys were laughing and smiling and taking tourist selfies while they went to “look into it.”

 

That’s it for Thursday.  It would be nice for things to be quiet this weekend, but that’s not likely to happen.

I’ve got some ideas on stories I want to do, but I’m typing this with an infant in one arm and a bad shoulder on the other.  I’ll see how this goes.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

 

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