‘DSP Alamieyeseigha Steals $700,000 Bayelsa State Money’-United States Govt
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*Says “Ex-Gov used Corruption Proceeds to purchase properties in America”
*Acquired 4 Properties in UK for $8.8m, had money in Bank Accounts around the World
*Investigation Initiated by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Asset Identification & Removal Group (AIRG) in Baltimore
* Met Police found $1.6m Cash in his house, Bought Properties in USA *Civil forfeiture of his Mansion in Maryland worth $600,000 and Closure of $400,000 in Fidelity Brokerage Account concluded
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*His Untold Escape out of America, wired abroad Bayelsa State Monthly Security Votes-INVESTIGATION
* US Dept. of Justice: “From 1999-2005 when Impeached, his entire official salary was $81,000 and Declared Income $248,000”
*Evidence from US Dept. of Justice Attached
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BY SAMSON SHOAGA/MANAGING EDITOR/NORTH CAROLINA
DIEPREYE Solomon Peter Alamieyeseigha, an erstwhile Governor of oil-rich Bayelsa State where President Goodluck Jonathan came from, is regarded “One of Nigeria’s most corrupt former governors” due to his kleptomaniac behavior, squandering and pilfering away tax payers money in Bayelsa State while in power to the tune of $700,000 whereas his total accumulated salaries from 1999 to 2005 when he was impeached was $81,000.
Diligent investigation conducted by our reporter revealed that while at the helms of power, Alamieyeseigha, recently granted amnesty by Jonathan, better known as ‘Alams’ or DSP allegedly wired abroad monthly ‘Security Votes of Bayelsa State’, huge sums of money meant to constantly ensure security, law and orderliness by the executive. Everywhere and among security operatives in United States, he is classed ‘a fugitive’, due to the manner of his alleged escape from America to Nigeria in a bid to evade arrests and prosecution.
How America’s Kleptocracy Team unveiled him
Noted for accuracy and excellence, the United States government put in place few of their best, intelligent, dutiful and crack detectives under the acronym ‘Kleptocracy Team’ whose responsibilities include and not limited to tracking ‘money laundering and financial crimes’ committed by politicians or public office holders who steals money meant for those states or countries’ development to keep in United States.
The Kleptocracy Team recently brought its first cases, and we expect more to come in the near future. Naija Standard gathered that Alamieyeseigha, also known as DSP, was the elected governor of the oil-producing Bayelsa State in Nigeria from 1999 until his impeachment in 2005. According to court papers, DSP’s official salary for this entire period was approximately $81,000, and his declared income from all sources during the period was approximately $248,000. Nevertheless, as governor, DSP accumulated enormous wealth through corruption and other illegal activities. He acquired at least four properties in the United Kingdom worth approximately $8.8 million. He had money in bank accounts around the world, and he also acquired property in the United States. When he was ultimately arrested at Heathrow Airport in 2005, the Metropolitan Police Service in London found approximately $1.6 million in cash in his house.
In March and April of this year, United States Department of Justice brought two separate civil forfeiture actions to recover over $1,000,000 in what the team alleged are DSP’s ill-gotten gains. In Maryland, the team sought and got judgment for forfeiture of a private residence worth more than $600,000, and in Massachusetts this team sought and got forfeiture of close to $400,000 in a Fidelity brokerage account.
They were able to bring these cases, even though DSP long ago absconded to Nigeria, because the law permits them to bring a civil action against the corrupt proceeds themselves rather than against the person to whom they belong.
How DSP Escaped from United States
Undercover investigation by Naija Standard confirmed that Alams escaped via Mexico, nearest neighbor to United States when financial crimes suites were filed against him regarding the properties he acquired through the verifiable proceeds of corruption. To avert the shame that may follow his arrest, DSP allegedly escaped before corruption charges were brought directly against his person.
EDITOR’S NOTE: We attach below for your perusal evidence by United States Department of Justice which legally exposed Alams, detailed his financial crimes and how his properties were confiscated by American Government. Yet, this man is still in Nigeria, walking in Aso Rock, Nigeria’s seat of power so proudly.
Department of Justice
Office of Public Affairs
Friday, May 31, 2013
Rockville, Md., Property Purchased with Nigerian Corruption Proceeds Forfeited Through Justice Department’s Kleptocracy Initiative
A forfeiture judgment was executed today against real property with an estimated value of more than $700,000 in Rockville, Md., that had been purchased with corruption proceeds traceable to Diepreye Solomon Peter Alamieyeseigha, a former Governor of Bayelsa State, Nigeria, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman of the Criminal Division and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton.
“Foreign officials who think they can use the United States as a stash-house are sorely mistaken,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Raman. “Through the Kleptocracy Initiative, we stand with the victims of foreign official corruption as we seek to forfeit the proceeds of corrupt leaders’ illegal activities.”
“This investigation was initiated by ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Asset Identification & Removal Group (AIRG) in Baltimore, in an effort to recover the criminal proceeds from Diepreye Solomon Peter Alamieyeseigha’s assets, whose shell companies were convicted of money laundering offenses in Nigeria,” said ICE Director Morton. “HSI’s AIRG will continue working with the Department of Justice to seek to recover illicit proceeds gained through foreign corruption and to protect the U.S. financial system from being utilized by criminals.”
Alamieyeseigha, aka DSP, was the elected governor of oil-producing Bayelsa State in Nigeria from 1999 until his impeachment in 2005. As alleged in the U.S. forfeiture complaint, DSP’s official salary for this entire period was approximately $81,000, and his declared income from all sources during the period was approximately $248,000. Nevertheless, while governor, DSP accumulated millions of dollars’ worth of property located around the world through corruption and other illegal activities. The complaint alleges that DSP acquired the Rockville property during his first term as governor of Bayelsa State with funds obtained through corruption, abuse of office, money laundering and other violations of Nigerian and U.S. law. Title to the property was transferred to Solomon & Peters, Ltd., a shell corporation controlled by DSP and on whose behalf the former governor entered a guilty plea to money laundering in Nigeria in 2007.
On May 24, 2013, U.S. District Court Judge Roger W. Titus of the District of Maryland granted a motion for a default judgment filed by the Criminal Division’s Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section and issued a final decree of forfeiture. The order extinguishes all prior title and authorizes forfeiture to the United States of the private residence located in Rockville, Maryland, estimated to be worth more than $700,000 and allows the United States to liquidate the property in accordance with federal law. In a related action in the District of Massachusetts, the Department of Justice and ICE Homeland Security Investigations successfully forfeited approximately $400,000 from an investment account traceable to DSP.
Both actions were brought under the Justice Department’s Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative announced by the Attorney General in 2010. Through this initiative, the Department of Justice, along with federal law enforcement agencies, seeks to identify and forfeit the proceeds of foreign official corruption, and where possible and appropriate return those corruption proceeds for the benefit of the people of the nations harmed by the corruption.
The case was investigated by the HSI’s Asset Identification & Removal Group (AIRG) in Baltimore. The case was prosecuted by Assistant Deputy Chief Daniel H. Claman and Trial Attorney Tracy Mann of the Criminal Division’s Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section, with assistance from the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the District of Maryland.
Individuals with information about possible proceeds of foreign corruption in the United States, or funds laundered through institutions in the United States, should contact Homeland Security Investigations or other federal law enforcement, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org