Today News – A Series Of Suspicious Money Transfers Followed The Trump Tower Meeting | Trending News

2018-09-17T11:47:17+00:00 September 17th, 2018|

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the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower has become one of the most famous gatherings in American political history a flashpoint for allegations of collusion the subject of shifting explanations by the president and his son countless hair on fire tweets and boundless speculation by the press but secret documents reviewed by BuzzFeed news reveal a previously undisclosed aspect of the meeting a complex web of financial transactions among some of the planners and participants who moved money from Russia and Switzerland to the British Virgin Islands Bangkok and a small office park in New Jersey the documents show aerosol Aarav a billionaire real estate developer close to both Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump at the center of this vast network and how he used accounts overseas to filter money to himself his son and at least two people who attended the Trump Tower meeting the records also offer new insight into the murky financial world inhabited by many of trumps associates who used shell companies and secret bank accounts to quickly and quietly move money across the globe now for federal law enforcement officials told BuzzFeed news investigators are focused on two bursts of transactions that bank examiners deemed suspicious one a short time after the meeting and another immediately after the November 2016 presidential election the first set came just 11 days after the June 9th meeting when an offshore company controlled by Aguilar have wired more than nineteen point five million dollars to his account at a bank in New York the second flurry began shortly after Trump was elected the aguillera family started sending what would amount to 1.2 million dollars from their bank and Russia – an account in New Jersey controlled by the billionaires son pop singer Emma Naga Lara and two of his friends the account had been virtually dormant since the summer of 2015 according to records reviewed by BuzzFeed news and bankers found it strange that activity in Emma Naugle ARBs checking account surged after Trump’s victory after the election that New Jersey account sent money to a company controlled by rock Lee at Cavallo say a longtime business associate of the Eagle Arabs and their representative at the Trump Tower meeting Avalon’s a’s company meanwhile had long funded a music business set up by the person who first proposed the meeting to the Trump camp MN abdullah reeves brash british publicist Rob Goldstone SOT balbirr an attorney representing the Eagle arms and calves Allods a said their transactions were wholly aboveboard I’m actually perplexed why anybody is interested in this or why anybody in their right mind would treat this as suspicious he said these are all transactions either between one of mr. Alcala Reeves accounts and another of mr. auda larvas accounts are one of mr. alarums accounts and an account in the name of one of his employees Goldstone’s spokesperson David Wilson dismissed the notion that his clients transactions were suspicious is ridiculous prosecutors have not charged the Eagle arives Cavill as a or Goldstone with any wrongdoing the transactions came to light after law enforcement officials instructed financial institutions in mid 201 7 to go back through their records to look for suspicious behavior by people connected to the broader Trump Russia investigation the bankers filed suspicious activity reports to the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes enforcement Network which in turn shared them with the FBI the IRS congressional committees investigating Russian interference and members of Special Counsel Robert Muller steam suspicious activity reports are not evidence of wrongdoing but they can provide clues to investigators looking into possible money laundering tax evasion or other misconduct in the case of the Eagle arms and their associates bankers raised red flags about the transactions but were unable to definitively say how the funds were used federal prosecutors have used suspicious activity reports not only to investigate possible election interference and collusion but also to charge people such as Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort and his former national security adviser Michael Flynn with financial and other white-collar crimes mana Ford was convicted last month of bank and tax fraud and Flynn has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his communications with Russia over the past nine months BuzzFeed News has reported on the financial behavior of Manafort former Russian ambassador Sergei kis lack accused foreign agent Maria Bettina GOP operative Peter W Smith’s and others in the case of the Aguilar’s and their associates the documents show funds moving quickly between accounts across the globe often banker said with no clear reason and with no clear purpose for how the money was supposed to be used by collecting such detailed banking records US law enforcement officials are trying to figure out how Russia’s interference campaign was financed but in doing so they are also pulling back the curtain on an opaque financial system controlled by the world’s wealthiest people when Donald Trump hosted the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow in 2013 Aras Aguilar was his host the two men toward the capital and hatched plans to build the tallest building in Russia together a gleaming new Trump Tower in Moscow the adelaar have spent about 20 million dollars to host the pageant at crocus City Hall their glitzy mega mall and Eminem Goliath a part-time pop singer scored it too when Trump agreed to film a cameo for one of his music videos given his close ties it wasn’t difficult for goldstone Emmons publicist to line up a meeting in the midst of the presidential campaign on june 3rd 2016 gold stone sent Donald Trump jr. an email asking to get together gold stone was explicit a top Russian prosecutor had given Aras a glare of damning information about Hillary Clinton part of Russia and its government support for mr. Trump he wrote hoggle Arab is one of the Kremlin’s favorite developers having tackled complicated and costly projects such as a superhighway ringing the Capitol and two soccer stadiums built for the 2018 World Cup in 2013 Putin awarded Rs Aguilar of the order of on earth one of Russia’s highest civilian awards after Trump jr. spoke by phone with Emma Naga Lara the meeting was set at about 4 p.m. on June 9th Goldstone Cavill odds a a Russian lawyer with ties to the Kremlin and at least two others arrived at Trump Tower in a conference room on the 25th floor with sweeping views of midtown Manhattan they met with Trump jr. Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and mana fort then an advisor to the campaign by most accounts the 40-minute meeting during which mana four checked his phone and kuschner emailed his assistant didn’t result in usable information on Trump’s rival fact the Kremlin connected attorney Natalya vessel Nadia pivoted off Clinton and spoke at length about overturning US laws meant to stop Russian financial misconduct look Trump jr. reportedly told the group we’re not in power when we win come back and see us again eleven days later on June 20th the day fired campaign chief Corey Lewandowski input man afford in charge aris Aguila refused a company called Silver Valley consulting to move millions that bankers flagged as suspicious silver Valley’s only address is a post office box in the capital of the British Virgin Islands a country seen as a haven for money laundering in tax evasion On June 20th silver valley sent through its zurich based account associated general suites a wire transfer for a little more than nineteen point five million dollars to add alarms account at morgan stanley in the US that same day another entity controlled by a Galera sal crocus international and arm of his business empire sent a wire transfer a through sociated Generale Suisse for about forty three thousand dollars to the same Morgan Stanley account in mid-2017 after US banks and law enforcement officials had already begun scrutinizing the financial records of dozens of individuals connected to the Trump Russia probe bankers at sociated General in New York tried to learn more about the Silver Valley transactions but got nowhere Swiss employees of the bank told their American colleagues that the account was closed in May 2017 but that due to Swiss confidentiality laws the requested information cannot be provided Switzerland is known to have some of the strictest bank secrecy laws in the world it is a crime for bankers to release the identity of account holders between 2006 and 2016 Silver Valley made nearly 200 transactions for 190 million dollars bankers believed that most were illegitimate and were part of odd alarms global construction business but some of the transactions raised red flags bank officials said they found high round dollar amounts sent to or received from shell companies round dollar wire transfers often trigger alarm bells because most transactions are not that clean bankers also noted that some of the transactions pass through multiple companies the process that can indicate layering a way to hide the original source of funds u.s. bank examiners also found that silver valley received nearly $900,000 in 2012 from a russian investigated in the past for tax evasion and embezzlement balbirr Big Al Araf attorney said that the company wasn t immediately able to find a record of a transaction with that individual the following year Silver Valley received two payments from an aviation firm that were flagged by bankers because they learned that a shareholder was involved with a suspected Russian money-laundering scheme balbirr said the payments were for a land purchase and that it was crazy that bank examiners would label a transaction as suspicious because of a shareholders involvement I have spoken to all kinds of investigators in all kinds of agencies about the Trump Tower meeting said balbirr and I have never heard anybody ask me a single question or say a single word about one of these transactions as the brutal presidential campaign hurtled toward Election Day it was clear that even Trump’s own campaign think he would win top advisors planned their post-election careers the candidate reportedly didn’t have a victory speech written even pro-kremlin forces were ready for a lost the prepped ax after Trump won as people scrambled for jobs influence and riches a chain reaction of bank transfers started among the Eagle Arabs and their associates beginning 13 days after the election via gala Roth’s bank account in Russia made 19 separate wire transfers to a New Jersey personal checking account belonging to him in Aguilar even to friends from high school that checking account held at TD Bank had been opened in 2012 bank examiners thought it was unusual that the account had never before received a Russian wire transfer and that it’s only deposits since the summer of 2015 was for $200 in January 2016 the post-election transfers to the checking account were in large round dollar amounts ranging from $15,000 to $175,000 between November 2016 and July 2017 the sum topped 1.2 million dollars but what triggered alarms wasn’t just that activity in the account had jumped since Trump’s election it was also how the checking account handled the money while some of it went toward credit card bills mortgage installments and other run-of-the-mill payments TD Bank officials also saw the checking account quickly passed funds to an account controlled by another participant in the Trump Tower meeting on November 21st 2016 emma Naugle ARBs checking account received 165 thousand dollars from an account based in russia belonging to his family the following day the account sent $170,000 de Courcey international a company run by Cavill odds a the longtime ally of associate who attended the Trump Tower meeting bankers were suspicious for a number of reasons for one Cavill odds a was an employee of the a gala Roth’s crocus group their sprawling construction and real estate empire based in Russia why bankers wondered with the funds start in Russia briefly make a pit stop in M in Abdullah Reeves New Jersey account and finally be sent to core C international balbirr the attorney for Cavallo’s a and the Eagle Arabs would not address questions about specific transactions but said they were all legitimate second bankers noted that Cavanaugh is a who after the election pushed for an additional get together with the trumps and some of the original tower meeting participants had previously been investigated for money laundering according to a Government Accountability Office report published in 2000 cavil adds a established more than 2000 corporations in delaware for russian real estate brokers then set up bank accounts for them in the US the brokers used these accounts to launder about 1.4 billion dollars the report found Cavill odd say was never charged with a crime and he referred to the GAO SPRO visit witch-hunt finally bankers focused on the new jersey address of course he international a small windowless office in an unremarkable building near the Hudson River it was suspicious officials reported that such large sums flowed through such a nondescript location when examiner’s began investigating this address they discovered at least eight other companies located there all of them controlled by Cavallo’s a MN angle ara are their associates that quarters for these companies is Suite 309 there is no sign on the door when a reporter visited last month a man refused to open the door and said he was unable to talk or even accept a business card in the earliest days of trumps presidency the AG alarms and their associates managed to remain out of the spotlight even as money changed hands behind the scenes it took about seven months for their roles to become public but in July 2017 after the New York Times broke the news of the Trump Tower meeting there was another flurry of financial activity this time it centered around the man who first reached out to the Trump campaign Rob Goldstone Emma Naga Lara’s publicist Old Stone a former journalist who found his niche in the music world had helped guide out alarms pop career and was on hand when Trump visited Moscow in 2013 for the Miss Universe pageant he was the main point of contact for the Trump Tower meeting though he complained afterward to the ugh alarms that the get-together was one of the most embarrassing things they had asked him to do during his congressional testimony Goldstone said that Emma Naga Lara was his only client but he said he didn’t know the chain of command of who paid him the documents reviewed by BuzzFeed news showed that most of the funds flowing into gold stones music business we to Entertainment and his personal checking account came from korzy international Cavill ad sales company between July 2015 and January 2017 we too received more than half a million dollars from Corsi international bank examiners found this suspicious because Corsi was an import-export business while we too was involved with music he didn’t make sense bankers reported for these two companies to conduct transactions with one another bankers were also concerned that Goldstone set up the meeting and received money through Cavallo’s a who had previously been investigated for money laundering involving Russians while they couldn’t explain these transfers bankers flagged additional suspicious behavior in gold stones account shortly after the Trump Tower meeting came to light by July 24th 2017 about two weeks after the New York Times broke the story about the meeting Goldstone had left for Bangkok he told congressional investigators that he wanted to take time off acquainting it to a college students gap year so he could write a book but bank officials questioned his financial behavior there particularly a series of 37 ATM withdrawals totaling about eight thousand four hundred dollars blast of those withdrawals was made in November 2017 his business partner David Tom anello appears to have traveled to Bangkok as well making 51 withdrawals during the same period for about seven thousand six hundred dollars bankers noted that the withdrawals came shortly after news broke about Goldstone’s role in the Trump Tower meeting on August 31 2017 while they were still overseas Goldstone and tal Manila tapped into a home equity line of credit to withdraw money the two received the on an apartment in New Jersey and used the funds to transfer about $32,000 to we two examiners said the two men were essentially using a loan to make payroll which bankers thought was unusual especially when they had such a lucrative source of income through catalogs as company they also found it concerning that the home equity line of credit funded at TM cash withdrawals in Bangkok after calling it ridiculous that any of the financial behavior would be flagged as suspicious Goldstone’s public relations representative referred further questions to his attorney who did not return detailed messages tommy nello also did not return detailed messages seeking comment