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After OneCoin Trial Tweets Named Alex Ortega Inner City Press Follows Trail to Latin America

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive Patreon
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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Dec 1 –  As Inner City Press covered the OneCoin trial this month, a number of names of indicted co-conspirators emerged on which we are now following up.

  One of them was Amer Abdulaziz Salman, whom Inner City Press exclusively exposed, see below. Now we turn to an even shadowier person named as a money launderer: Alex Ortega. See Inner City Press Nov 6 tweet here.

   Inner City Press can now report that his full name is Alexandro Marco Vinicio Ortega Mejia, a director of One Network Servicos Brazil LTDA and Network One Servicos Eireli (Brazil) - the country in which he was mentioned at the Mark Scott trial as money laundering in - and also a director of SERVICIOS DE EDUCACION ONLINE, S.A. (Panama) and One Life Servicios República Dominicana.

  The bank accounts in Brazil:

Bank: ITAÚ Bank Bank account holder: Network One Servicos  CNPJ (company ID number): 24.064.905/0001-93 Ag: 6328  CC: 14440-4

Bank: Banco Do Brasil Bank account holder: Network One Servicos  CNPJ (company ID number): 24.064.905/0001-93 Ag: 1744-2  CC: 23,548-2 

Bank: Caixa Economica Bank account holder: Network One Servicos CNPJ (company ID number): 24.064.905/0001-93 Ag: 2995  Op: 003  CC: 00001361-8 

  So why is the US Attorney for the SDNY withholding the exhibits, which has made Inner City Press file a FOIA request? And what have the regulators been doing? More on Patreon here. Watch this site.

    As Inner City Press exclusively reported on November 6, surprise cooperating witness Konstantin Ignatov brought up Amer Abdulaziz during his testimony, live-tweeted @InnerCityPress, and see here.

  On November 24 those tweets were used without any credit in a derivative article by the Racing Post's Peter Scargill - apparently dodginess pervades this part of the industry.

  Inner City Press has been contacted from Dubai of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, from Amer Abdulaziz's native Bahrain and elsewhere by whistleblowers in the horse racing industry, with extensive information about Amer Abdulaziz's previous schemes and sudden windfall with OneCoin money.

   After some delay, and not insubstantial humiliation for Ajay Anne with his connections to Dubai Sheikh Mohammed's Darley and the repeat promise that an Abu Dhabi sheikh was coming in, investment in Abdulaziz by OneCoin and Ruja Ignatova occurred.

    As we've previously noted, through his Phoenix fund, Amer Abdulaziz has been buying up thoroughbred horses. Among those he's worked with, and with whom authorities may wish to speak and even play lets-make-a-deal are not only Ajay Anne but also (why not?) Sheikh Mohammed, Tom Ludt and, having broken with Phoenix Thoroughbreds as with her husband who trained all the horses, Kerri Radcliffe.

  As to Dubai and the UAE and Inner City Press' ongoing focus on the regulatory failures that allowed all this, including OneCoin, after the disgrace of Abraaj with its SDNY connections and the real failings of DIFC/DFSA (Dubai's offshore center and regulator), the fact that Amer Abdulaziz managed to open up companies under their jurisdiction should be something that Dubai should be ashamed of - and should be noted and acted on by supra-national regulatory bodies. More on Patreon here.

  Phoenix Thoroughbred's horses have included "Advertise," the son of Showcasing, set to begin a stallion career projected to be lucrative at the National Stud in New Market in 2020.

  But is it all based on money laundering for OneCoin? And what of the royals who have been linked in, not only Queen Elizabeth through the Jockey Club but also the al Thani family of Qatar, the Saudi royals and the the Maktoum family of Dubai, whom some sources tell Inner City Press have harbored Ruja Ignatova herself . We'll have more on this. More on Patreon here.

 This is the ninth in an Inner City Press series. More on Patreon here.


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