川普集会“贵宾”刘涛, 持有美国护照, 被控伙同六名中国籍人士, 贩毒洗钱
 
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NBC新闻调查小组作者Tom Winter ,  2020年10月15日, 在美国 全国广播公司(NBC)新闻 报道 根据本周早些时候提交的法庭文件,一名在社交平台 Instagram 页面上张贴在2018年唐纳德·川普总统集会上佩戴着“贵宾”(VIP)通行证照片的中国公民,被指控密谋分发可卡因和清洗非法资金。这个人现在正在美国本土。



刘涛(Tao Liu,音译)的别名是安东尼·刘(Antony Liu),目前被亚历山大(Alexandria,弗吉尼亚)警长办公室(Sheriff's Office)羁押。他将被关押在那里,等待他可能在下周某个时候的首次出庭。

起诉书说,刘是被指控的六名中国公民之一,据称从2008年到上个月末,他们合谋净赚了至少3000万美元,并涉及向拉美毒贩输送非法毒资。

联邦检察官指控,这些人通过在美国购买产品并将其运往中国,部分清洗了毒品收入。起诉书说,这些产品然后通过中国的“黑市商人”出售,钱通过中国的人民币寄回给拉丁美洲的毒贩,“通常是墨西哥人”。

起诉书说,这种资金转移在洗钱方面“需要特别的小心和技巧”。

刘涛还被指控试图贿赂两名男子,以获得伪造的护照。这两名男子原来是缉毒局(Drug Enforcement Administration)的卧底。

属于刘涛的一个社交平台 Instagram 页面上有几张他在2018年9月川普在维州惠勒(Wheeler)的集会上的照片。

他的 Instagram 页面上有许多集会上的照片,以及戴着一顶红色“USA”帽子的图片,上面的签名似乎是总统的。

照片所附带的文字写道:“感谢川普总统先生的礼物。”

全国广播公司新闻没有发现任何记录显示刘涛曾向川普竞选团队捐款,作为外国公民向政治活动捐款是违法的。

白宫和川普竞选团队均未回应置评请求。



刘涛在弗吉尼亚州亚历山大市被拘押,无法联系到他。目前还不清楚他是否已经聘请了律师。

其他五名男子在法庭文件中的身份是:李希志(Xizhi Li,音译)、陈建兴(Jianxing Chen,音译)、李金燕(Jingyan Li,音译)、吴永(Eric Yong Woo,音译)、陈家玉(Jiayu Chen,音译)。根据起诉书,这些人都出生在中国,但现在居住在纽约、加州和几个拉美国家。

联邦检察官指控,李希志化名李璜(Juan Lee),微信名“JL 007”和“SUPERKING 99”,与墨西哥、哥伦比亚、危地马拉等地的毒贩和组织建立了密切联系,以获得为毒贩转移毒品收益的合同。

起诉书称,其他5人被指控与李希志合作,在2008年开始的一个计划中帮助清洗毒资,该计划一直持续到上月底。

据称,李希志在佛罗里达州迈阿密的“BBVA Compass”公司有银行账户,他将这些账户作为行动的一部分。

在2019年缉毒局对 BBVA 在田纳西州账户的扣押申请中,调查人员告诉法庭,在调查当地一个贩毒团伙的过程中,他们确定大孟菲斯(Memphis)地区的可卡因是由西诺拉(墨西哥的一个州)的组织提供的,而这些交易的洗钱工作据称是由李希志指挥的。

“BBVA Compass”公司拒绝发表评论。

起诉书还称,李希志在危地马拉危地马拉城拥有并经营一家赌场,他利用这家赌场洗钱,并为他提供了与毒贩见面的场所。

刘涛被指控在4月试图为多人骗取护照。据称,他与卧底达成交易,卧底告诉他,他们认识国务院的某个人,可以非法提供护照,每个人的费用为15万美元。

起诉书称,刘涛同意将大约5000美元的加密货币和5000美元的现金存入原来由缉毒局控制的账户,以便开始获得护照的过程。

刘涛还因涉嫌通过加密货币转移部分受贿资金而被单独提出了洗钱指控。

据媒体报道和社交媒体帖子显示,他与川普关联人(乔·欣柯)Joe Cinque一起参加了纽约市及周边地区的一些活动。当刘涛为他的投资公司“蓝海资本”(Blue Ocean Capital)举行揭幕仪式时,乔·五克向他颁发了奖项。关于蓝海资本,据称位于洛克菲勒广场1号,公开的信息很少。

该公司的一个网站现已失效。在洛克菲勒广场1号并没有刘涛公司的名字,至少有一家刘涛在公司视频中吹捧的公司表示,他们从未听说过这个人。

乔·欣柯没有回应置评请求。

附件为Tom Winter 2020年10月15日报道 , 引文原文如下:  

Trump rally 'VIP' among six Chinese nationals charged with drug money laundering

An Instagram page belonging to Tao Liu features several photos of him at a September 2018 Trump rally in Wheeler, W.Va.
 
 

A Chinese national whose Instagram page features pictures of him wearing a VIP pass at a 2018 rally for President Donald Trump, is now on U.S. soil after being charged with conspiring to distribute cocaine and laundering the illicit funds, according to court documents filed earlier this week.

Tao Liu, whose alias is Antony Liu, is in the custody of the Alexandria (Virginia) Sheriff’s Office, where he will be held pending his initial appearance likely sometime next week.

 

Liu is one of six Chinese nationals charged in a conspiracy that allegedly netted at least $30 million from 2008 to late last month and involved funneling illicit drug money toLatin American traffickers, the indictment says.

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Tao Liu with a VIP pass at a Trump rally in Wheeler, W.V., on Sept. 29, 2020.via Instagram

Federal prosecutors allege that the men, in part, laundered their drug proceeds by purchasing products in the U.S. and shipping them to China. The products were then sold through “black market merchants” in China, the indictment says, with the money sent back to drug traffickers in Latin America, “often Mexicans,” through Chinese currency.

The effort, the indictment says, “required special care and skill” in money laundering.

Liu was also charged with trying to bribe two men, who turned out to be undercover Drug Enforcement Administration agents, in order to get fraudulent passports.

An Instagram page belonging to Liu features several photos of him at a September 2018 Trump rally in Wheeler, W.Va.

The Instagram page includes numerous photos from the rally as well as an image of a red USA hat with a signature that appears to be the president’s.

“Thanks for the gift from Mr. President Trump,” reads a post that accompanies the photo.

NBC News found no records indicating that Liu donated to the Trump campaign and it would be illegal for Liu, as a foreign national, to donate money to a political campaign.

Neither the White House nor the Trump campaign responded to requests for comment.

Liu, who was taken into custody in Alexandria, Va., could not be reached. It was not immediately clear if he had hired a lawyer.

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Tao Liu.Alexandria Sheriff's Office

The other five men were identified in court documents as Xizhi Li, Jianxing Chen, Jingyan Li, Eric Yong Woo, Jiayu Chen. The men were all born in China but now reside in New York, California and several Latin American countries, according to the indictment.

Federal prosecutors allege that Xizhi Li, who went by the aliases Juan Lee and had a WeChat name of “JL 007” and “SUPERKING 99,” developed close ties with drug traffickers and cartels in Mexico, Colombia, Guatemala, and elsewhere to obtain contracts to move drug proceeds for the dealers.

The other five men are accused of working with Xizhi Li to help launder the drug money in a scheme that began in 2008 and lasted up until late last month, the indictment says.

Xizhi Li allegedly had bank accounts with BBVA Compass in Miami, Florida, which he used as part of the conspiracy.

In a 2019 DEA seizure application for BBVA accounts in Tennessee, investigators told the court that in the course of investigating a local drug gang they determined that the cocaine in the greater Memphis area was being supplied by the Sinaola cartel and the money laundering efforts for those transactions were allegedly directed by Xizhi Li.

BBVA Compass declined to comment.

The indictment also says Xizhi Li owned and operated a casino in Guatemala City, Guatemala, which he used to launder money and provided him a place to meet drug traffickers.

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Tao Liu at a Trump rally in Wheeler, W.V., on Sept. 29, 2020.via Instagram

Liu is accused of trying to fraudulently obtain passports for multiple people in April. He allegedly struck a deal with undercover agents who told him they knew someone at the State Department who could illegally provide passports at a cost of $150,000 each.

The indictment says that Liu agreed to deposit about $5,000 in cryptocurrency and $5,000 in cash into what turned out to be a DEA-controlled account in order to start the process of getting the passports.

Liu was also hit with a separate money laundering charge for allegedly moving some of the funds for the bribes through cryptocurrency.

He attended several events in New York City and the surrounding area with Trump associate Joe Cinque, according to press reports and social media posts. Cinque presented him with an award when Liu held a kickoff for his investment company called Blue Water Capital. Little about Blue Water Capital, purportedly located at 1 Rockefeller Plaza, is known publicly.

A website for the firm is now defunct. There is no listing at 1 Rockefeller Plaza for Liu’s company and at least one firm that Liu touted as a business connection in a company video says they’ve never heard of the man.

Cinque did not respond to a request for comment.

Monica Alba and Sally Bronstoncontributed.