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After OneCoin Trial Tweets Armenta New Company Exposed By Inner City Press

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, see below. There was Gilbert Armenta, who because a cooperator with the US Attorney for the SDNY and recorded Ruja Ignatova. Inner City Press has repeatedly asked the US Attorney's Office for more information; it continues to withhold even the exhibits it flashed on the screen at trial. Inner City Press has had to file a FOIA request.

Now we can report this: the US Attorney's Office has allowed money launderer Gilbert Armenta to remain at large and still incorporating companies as of July 2019, records found by Inner City Press (even pending the FOIA response) show.

  ESOL B.V. LLC was incorporated on July 8, 2019; the manager is Gilbert Armenta and the agent is Giselle Valentin, both of 500 E. Broward Boulevard, PH 2, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33394. See here. And here.

   Armenta's Tblisi, Georgia-based money laundering bank JSC Capital Bank had as its parent a company of exactly this name. See KPMG review of Georgia banking sector here. More on Armenta's ongoing companies on Patreon here.

  Is the US Attorney's Office allowing its cooperator to keep on money laundering? Or looking the other way while whatever cooperation agreement exists is openly violated? In other news, Inner City Press is informed that Mark Scott, ostensibly under home incarceration, was spotted on November 27, with bodyguards, in Seasons 52 restaurant in Coral Gables, Florida. Does the US Attorney's office have a side deal on this, too?  The withheld documents, and now FOIA response, should show. Watch this site.

  Another was and is Irina Dilkinska, who worked closely on OneCoin money laundering with detained and cooperating Konstantin Ignatov and now-convicted Mark Scott.

   Inner City Press has launched a series into another branch of OneCoin's laundering, perhaps not surprisingly with Venenzuela's PDVSA oil company which Inner City Press has separately been reporting on in the SDNY courthouse, here, and at the UN or at least in front of the $15 million mansion of involved UNSG Antonio Guterres while he bans the Press from the UN.

  It starts with a contract between Bulgaria based ALECO and H&H Ca, registered to Ruja Ignatova's then right hand woman Irina Dilkinska. PDVSA lists the contract, for oil wells in Maracaibo. Even then it was noted that ALECO was registered in the country of origin, but it does not have physical offices, it is only a website so it is presumed to be a "briefcase company," a term applicable to many of OneCoin's money laundering schemes.

  H&H CA ran afoul of even Venezuelan law: it said it was based in and working from the residential complex Villas Delicias, but the nation's contractor chamber states that companies must own their physical space. H&H CA had capital of 10 million Bolivars, with which it could not cover the investment established in the contracts with PDVSA. It was another OneCoin special, h/t Brazen Capitalist, now defunct but being followed up on by Inner City Press even as it pursues its FOIA request to the US Attorney's Office press office to stop withholding documents provided in other cases like those of 6ix9ine and Honduras. Other names in the H&H Ca / Venezuela web, laying out a marker for purpose of further crowdsourcing: Boris Hernández Vidal and and Michael Hernández Vidal, and ICOPVE CA. Watch this site. More on Patreon here.

    As Inner City Press also 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.

  Abdulaziz for example was outed as not paying for three horses, with it being for uncredited reported that Fasig-Tipton had not received payment for grade I winner Crisp and the broodmares Little Bonnet and Sky Mom, who were sold for more than $1.9 million combined... Dubai-based agent Ajay Anne purchased the three horses for a group of Dubai-based investors headed by Amer Abdul Aziz. Crisp (by El Corredor ) brought $900,000 while the stakes-placed winner Little Bonnet (by Coronado's Quest), who is the dam of grade I winner Boys At Tosconova , and grade III winner Sky Mom (by Maria's Mon) brought $725,000 and $320,000, respectively.  Little Bonnet was sold in foal to Bluegrass Cat , and Sky Mom was sold in foal to Tiznow .  Bluewater Sales, agent, consigned Crisp while Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, consigned Little Bonnet and Sky Mom.  Fasig-Tipton president Boyd Browning, reached by telephone March 7, declined to comment. But Abdul Aziz, in a March 3 interview [that he apparently later claimed was off the record and reportedly paid to get removed from the Internet], indicated the transactions were close to being finalized.  “We purchased the horses because they are very exciting horses, top quality,” he told the Post. “There have been some delays because of the formation of the investment company and that is being finalized. We are just liquidating the funds into the company’s account. As we speak the payment is being made.  “Everything was finalized two days ago so we are looking at closing the deal in the next couple of days. There was some delay with the licensing, there was some delay with the investors."

   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.

 "It's the perfect front for money laundering," one horse-breeding industry participant told Inner City Press on condition of anonymity.

     During the trial, Inner City Press tweeted its surprise the Amer Abdulaziz was, unlike Ruja Ignatova, living in plain sight. It has continued: he has re-tweeted as recently as November 20.

   While some say he is going into hiding, it would seem that the US FBI or its overseas partners could easily bring him in.   So why haven't they? This is the seventh in an exclusive Inner City Press series. More on Patreon here.


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