Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Jovenel Moise financial crimes investigation began in 2013

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Samuel Maxime

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – The investigation into now-President-elect Jovenel Moise for alleged money-laundering began on April 22, 2013, when questionable activity was referred to the Central Financial Intelligence Unit (UCREF) by Haiti’s internal revenue service. This was among the revelations made during a press conference by UCREF Director Sonel Jean-Francois on Wednesday, who hoped to show his institution was operating in impartiality.

Mr. Jean-Francois, who served as government commissioner for a short stint under the former Michel Martelly administration, reiterated several times throughout the press conference that he came into office in April 2016, three years from when the investigation initially began, and found the case still open. The case of suspected money-laundering was en course back when Mr. Moise was an unknown, long before President Michel Martelly would tap him in 2015 to be his successor.

For four days, since the UCREF report, accompanied by three others from the ULCC, were forwarded to the district attorney’s office, members of Jovenel Moise’s political team and advisers had made declarations in the press that the UCREF report was erroneous. Specifically, they said the $5,552,000.50 that the report suggests would have crossed Mr. Moise’s bank accounts under questionable circumstances, was actually in Haitian gourdes (HTG). The Parti Haitien Tet Kale (PHTK) surrogates for the president-elect essentially claimed this amount, which would add up to $80,000 USD, is much ado about nothing.

But Director Jean-Francois would refute all claims that his institution’s report was based on HTGs and was in anyway erroneous. He presented to the press the actual bank records sent from the financial institutions, which were in U.S. dollars.

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Samuel Maxime is a Haitian-born citizen living in the United States. He founded The Haiti Sentinel to bring Haitian issues to an English language audience.