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Former Official Found Dead ahead of Senate Testimony

Samuel Maxime


MIAMI, Florida, USA (sentinel.ht) – The former director of the Economic and Social Assistance Fund[1] (FAES), Klaus Eberwein, was declared dead by suicide by the Miami Medical Examiner after his body was found in a south Date motel on Thursday.

The following four paragraphs are modifications to three previous paragraphs. The modifications were made on July 18, 2017; 2:54 PM EST for clarity.

Eberwein’s death came during the start of a series of hearings in the Haiti Senate, hearings centered around the use of donor funds, particularly, PetroCaribe funds which come from Venezuela. Klaus Eberwein was to testify in those hearings.

According to YourNewsWire, Eberwein was widely expected to testify of alleged misappropriation of international donor funds by the Clinton Foundation following the 2010 earthquake. While evidence that a testimony on the Clinton State Department and Foundation would have been nearly impossible to predict or uncover, it is not outside the bounds of reality. The Haiti Sentinel could not independently confirm or refute this claim.

Furthermore, it was suggested in the Miami Herald that Klaus Eberwein may have fallen on hard times as cause for suicide. The sole evidence cited was the fact that he drove Uber for a time, as confirmed by a company spokesperson. The Haiti Sentinel cannot immediately connect this with having fallen on hard times. It is not novel for an entrepreneur to experience other services in the hopes of modeling a future project.

What seems for certain is that Veronica Lamar, Miami-Dade medical examiner supervisor did say that “he shot himself in the head.” She listed his time of death at 12:19 p.m. The address where Eberwein’s body was discovered according to police, 14501 S. Dixie Hwy., is a Quality Inn.

Eberwein was scheduled to appear in hearings before the Haitian Senate’s Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, the head of the commission, Sen. Evalière Beauplan (Nord-Ouest/PONT) confirmed. The commission is investigating the management of PetroCaribe funds. He was also widely expected to testify that the Clinton Foundation misappropriated Haiti earthquake donations from international donors.

A supporter of former Haitian President Michel Martelly, Eberwein served as director general of the government’s economic development agency, Fonds d’assistance économique et social, better known as FAES. He held the position from May 2012 until February 2015 when he was replaced. He was also a partner in a popular pizza restaurant in Haiti, Muncheez, and has a pizza — the Klaus Special — named after him.

“It’s really shocking,” said Muncheez’s owner Gilbert Bailly. “We grew up together; he was like family.” Bailly said he last spoke to Eberwein, 50, two weeks ago and he was in good spirits. They were working on opening a Muncheez restaurant in Sunrise, he said.

[1] Fonds d’Assistance Economique et Social

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Post source : Miami Herald, YourNewsWire

About The Author

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.