Kenneth Rijock

Kenneth Rijock

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

FEDERAL JUDGE DECLINES TO TRANSFER RICARDO MARTINELLI TO MIAMI FCI

The Federal Judge assigned to Ricardo Martinelli's extradition has reversed himself, and vacated his prior order that transferred him from the downtown FDC facility, which primarily houses pre-trial inmates, to the Miami FCI, where convicted inmates serve out their sentences.

The US Attorney objected to the transfer order, and asked that it be set aside. The key filing, however was the final filing by Martinelli's attorneys, where they state that, if he will not be allowed to mix and mingle with the general prison population, they prefer that he stay at the FDC. It looks now like he just wanted to socialize with others. The Government did make the point that he would have better visiting accommodations with his attorneys at FDC, so his transfer request appeared to be a ploy.  

GANGS USE SOCIAL MEDIA TO RECRUIT MEMBERS IN TEXAS



While we are familiar with the widespread use of social media as an intelligence source for law enforcement investigators seeking information on criminal gang membership, the most powerful gangsters in Texas' Rio Grande Valley are reportedly using it extensively for recruitment purposes.These organizations are actively trolling for new members. Law enforcement has identified them as the Latin Kings, Texas Mexican Mafia, Tango Blast & associated cliques, and MS-13.

Local Sheriff's Departments and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) have been publicly warning parents to closely monitor not just their childrens' friends and their outside activities, but also to examine their social media walls. They are advising them to look on Facebook pages for gang signs & colors, and tattoos appearing on any photographs posted, whether in their friends' sites, or any other indications that there is gang influence intruding into the user's Facebook page or other social media.

DPS warns that gang members now advertise and glamorize their lifestyles, through their postings, and seek to attract new members to the so-called benefits. Many law enforcement agencies now routinely troll through social media sites of known gang members, especially those of suspected leaders, to identify all possible direct and apprentice members and associates.


In-depth analysis of gang members' social media sites can reveal indirect relationships that cannot be gleaned from routine and one-dimensional searches and that information thus obtained can then be directed towards still more data, which is either relevant or will lead to relevant information. It is possible to compile a complete order of battle of a criminal organization, using the appropriate effective social media search tools. Such details are rarely found using traditional investigative techniques and methods, but they can be accessed through the appropriate social media search device.    

  


DOMINICAN DIPLOMAT DENIED SHE STOLE $153m FROM NIGERIA


 Diezani Allison-Madueke, facing corruption, money laundering, and forfeiture charges in several countries, has arrogantly denied she stole any of the missing $90bn, including a $153.3m forfeiture to Nigeria. She further denied that she has been served with the order, or evidence supporting it. Property allegedly purchased in the United States is subject to a major Federal forfeiture action in the State of Texas. 

Madeuke, while known to have been engaged in the theft of massive amounts of petroleum funds that were the property of the people of Nigeria, amazingly received a diplomatic passport from Dominica's Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, by hand delivery in the United Kingdom. She is not a citizen or national of Dominica, and tendered an illegal cash payment to Skerrit.

The matter was arranged through Dominica's Baroness Patricia Scotland, who knew or should have known, as the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, that Madueke was totally unacceptable to receive diplomatic rank, for any purpose. Questions about the legitimacy of the transfer of the diplomatic passport to Madueke raise questions about Scotland's fitness to be Secretary-General.







 

BASEL COUNTRY RISK INDEX FOR 2017 IS PUBLISHED


Readers who use the Basel AML Index, to estimate Country Risk, are advised that the 2017 Report has been published. You may access it here. 

PALESTINIAN CONTACTS WITH NORTH KOREA COULD INDICATE A FINANCIAL CONNECTION



Notwithstanding the totally erratic, and dangerous, recent actions, of North Korea (DPRK), and the increased sanctions, the Palestinian Authority (PA) recently accepted the credentials of the DPRK ambassador to the PA, and issued congratulations to North Korea, on the anniversary of its independence day. The DPRK ambassador reportedly resides in Cairo. The apparent political affinity between the two parties could also be a covert financial one.

Given the strict financial sanctions currently in place, and the ample funding that the PA enjoys, from the West, there are potential opportunities for the PA to front for North Korea, by diverting cash flow. There is no evidence to support it at this time, but given the very recent anti-American posture of the PA, towards the US, it is something compliance officers should be aware of.

 North Korea desperately needs US Dollars, to make those European luxury goods purchases its leaders are famous for. Other players could acquire them, fronting for the DPRK, as well as purchasing other needed goods and services, especially those countries who are known to have relationships with it. North Korea will now be seeking alternative supply channels, and compliance officers at international banks should be alert to the possibility that its friends are assisting it.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

RICARDO MARTINELLI ASKS FOR DELAY TO ALLOW HIS EXPERT TO TESTIFY


Defense counsel for Ricardo Martinelli, awaiting the August 22nd final hearing on the pending extradition request of the Republic of Panama, has asked for a one day delay, to allow Dr. Roberto Moreno, whom Martinelli has designated an expert, to appear, due to a conflict. Martinelli has asserted that there are procedural flaws on the extradition proceedings in Panama, and Moreno is likely to be his expert on Panamanian law.



REPORT DETAILS HOW RADICAL GROUPS EMPLOY CLEVER TECHNIQUES TO FOIL SOCIAL MEDIA INQUIRIES



A report was released detailing how radical groups in America employed counter-surveillance techniques to prevent investigators using social media to identify their membership, during their anti-Semitic and anti-journalist attacks in 2016. This was in the middle of the Presidential campaign and contained an interesting observation. These groups intentionally hid their dark message in coded terms, whose true meaning was known to their peers, as well as typographical symbols with hidden meaning, to foil keyword, or keyword combination, searches of social media.

According to the report, entitled Anti-Semitic Targeting of Journalists during the 2016 Presidential Campaign*, which located 2.6 million objectionable Tweets, during the data gathering and analysis phase:

(1) Specific racial, religious or ethnic slurs were assigned tech-oriented code words, to mask their true meaning from readers outside the radical organization. The word skype was mentioned, to replace a commonly used (but profane) Jewish religious slur. Other terms known to be used include: google, yahoo, bing, skittle, butterfly, fishbucket, car salesman, reagans and leppo.

(2) Certain typographical symbols such as double or triple parenthesis were also used by radicals, to identify individuals being singled out for their religious beliefs.

Investigators, reacting to these techniques should follow these steps:

(A) Access the social media of a known member or associate of the radical organization, and extract any unusual, non-conforming, or suspicious terms or phrases, appearing there, using those keywords to identify others using those terms or symbols, and examining the content.

(B) Upon seeing such strange or unusual terms, which appear to be code words in postings of others, immediately institute a search for all direct or indirect relationships among the users, their families, friends and close contacts.

Criminal investigators, conducting gang-related or organized crime queries have known for years to recognize this type of slang, or internal jargon of the group they are probing.  Due diligence investigators, and other analysts, on the civil side, should adopt these techniques, to counter the efforts shown above, which are  being employed to confuse and foil their inquiries.