We the innocent, led by the unknown, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful!
We have done so much with so little, so we are now qualified to do anything with nothing!
Thursday, October 25, 2012
AFC Financier arrested in U.S on corruption charges
Albert J Baldeo, Khemraj Ramjattan & Raphael Trotman
A Queens district leader and two-time candidate for the City Council
surrendered to federal authorities Wednesday morning to face corruption
charges, including mail fraud conspiracy and obstruction of justice,
stemming from what prosecutors said were campaign finance improprieties.
The district leader is also a close friend of Khemraj Ramjattan, Chairman of the Alliance For Change (AFC) and one of that party's main overseas financiers. He also hosted several fundraisers in the
U.S. in support of the party.
According to a New York Times report, the district leader, Guyanese,
Albert J Baldeo, a Democrat, is accused of using phantom donors to
funnel illegal campaign contributions to his unsuccessful 2010 campaign
for the City Council, to fraudulently increase the amount of matching
funds provided by the city, federal prosecutors said. He is being
charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud, attempted mail fraud,
conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice and obstruction of justice.
Baldeo, whose district includes Richmond Hill and Ozone Park,
surrendered at the headquarters of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
at Federal Plaza shortly after 09:00h.
He is expected to be arraigned Wednesday in Federal District Court in
Manhattan. The charges were announced by the United States attorney in
Manhattan, Preet Bharara, and Mary Galligan, the acting assistant
director of the FBI, who heads the bureau’s New York office. Galligan
said in the statement that Baldeo’s fraud, according to the government,
was fabricating contributions to his campaign to receive six dollars in
matching funds for every dollar he reportedly raised.