THIS IS A TRUE STORY (Original date of Article: 2004-10-30)
700 million U.S. dollars allotted for “humanitarian aid” to Bosnia in 1990, are still circulating after 13 years. Transformed into $2,000 IMO’s , purchased at discount rates by well-informed “investment sharks” from Bosnian aid recipients unable to cash IMO’s for both a lack of banking services and top-level corruption, the IMO’s travel from country to country in a never-ending odyssey. When Rome businessman, begins investigating the IMO’s, he is impeded by “disinterested” government officials, who then accuse him of conspiracy to commit fraud. Here is how the story unfolded:
In April, 2001, Mr. Pinoci, one of three managing partners of a U.S.-based corporation, FreeCom.Net, Inc., is approached by a group of investors wishing to purchase 20 million dollars of stock in the company he represents with payment to be made in IMO’s.
(Mr. Alex Pinoci, a graduate of Rutgers University, a former U.S. Army commissioned officer and holder of the U.S. Army Commendation Medal with honourable discharge, has lived and worked for 25 years as a business consultant in the U.S. and Europe. He acquired Italian citizenship through his marriage to an Italian, and is the father of two grown girls.)
The first step taken is to ascertain the validity of the IMO’s. He proceeds to make inquiries with the Supervisor of the State Comptrollers Office in Sacramento, California. ( The IMO’s were originally issued in Brea, California, by the Security Pacific National Bank which, in 1993, was taken over by Bank of America.) He receives no reply from the comptrollers office.
The next step is to contact the FBI offices at the American Embassy in Rome, which he does, and is advised that “the only way to validate them is to deposit them in his company’s account”. Following their advice, he asks the would-be investors to send 100 (one hundred) of the IMO’s to his colleague in California.
The third step then is to deposit the IMO’s into an account which their company holds with the Los Osos, California, branch of Bank of America ( which, in 1993, absorbed all assets and responsibilities of the original bank which issued the IMO’s in 1990). The director of the bank refuses to accept them, informs Mr. P’s colleague that the IMO’s “are not a valid account” (writing as such on some of the IMO’s), refuses to put her refusal in writing, and refuses to call in the appropriate authorities as requested by Mr. P’s colleague. ( As an official of a bank, it is the duty of the bank official, in the event there is suspected foul play, fraud, or counterfeiting, to contact the appropriate authorities.)
Mr. Pinoci is left to conduct investigations on his own initiative and in doing so amasses a most intriguing list of distinguished persons and organizations including (to name a few):
Ms. Leticia Duarte, Supervisor, State Comptrollers Office, California
FBI agents in Rome, Italy, John Casenza and Linda Vidi,
Ms. O’Loan, Director of Bank of America, Los Osos, California
USAA Federal Savings Bank represented by Mr. Michael, Broker
Internal Revenue Service
Mr. Randy Evans, Chief Financial Officer of W.B.M.B. Enterprises Ltd.
Mr. Richard, Jablonski, RICO Fraud Investigator
FBI agent Mr. Kurt Schmidt of El Paso, Texas
Mr. John Cornyn, Attorney General of Texas;
Mr. John Ashcroft, U.S. Attorney General;
Mr. Ken Lewis, Chairman of the Bank of America
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer of California
The Comptroller of the Currency-Administrator of National Banks in Washington, D.C.,
The PRIVREDNA BANK, ZACREB, CROATIA,
Some of the above-mentioned responded with conflicting information, others sent courteous but meaningless responses unrelated to the problem, and some did not even respond. In any case, all of which demonstrate behaviour flagrantly in contrast with their professional responsibilities.
In a last attempt to validate the IMO’s, Mr. Pinoci sends two ( 2) of them to the Internal Revenue Service for payment of his personal taxes with a written note stating that “the IMO’s may not be valid”. On the contrary, they were accepted as payment for his taxes! What better proof of validity than acceptance by the IRS? Well, one would think so but here’s where the fun begins:
On July 9th, 2003, the Rome Police arrest Mr. P at his home without a warrant or explanation.
At the same time, and on the same warrant, two other persons are arrested: Mr. Zoran Petrovic, Managing Partner of FreeCom.Net, Inc., resident of Los Osos, California. He is arrested and jailed in Croatia where is is still incarcerated and waiting extradition to the U.S.A.
John Oliver Butner of Texas, business partner/associate of Mr. Randy Evans, representative W.B.M.B. Enterprises Ltd, Clackamas, Oregon. (Mr. Butner is the son of an El Paso policeman and was released on minimal bail. Bail has been denied to Messrs. Pinoci and Petrovic. )
On July 11th, after 2 days, Mr. Pinoci is served with a warrant citing “Criminal procedure of extradition….as demanded by the Attorney General of El Paso, Texas …… based on an international arrest warrant dated 27 January, 2003, by the same Attorney General for Conspiracy to Commit Bank Fraud, Bank Fraud, and Aiding and Abetting Bank Fraud”. As if this wasn’t enough…
On July 22nd 2003, Mr. Pinoci is released from prison on his own recognizance and ordered “to leave Italy within five days, being that he has been judged an illegal alien from Yugoslavia”. A most challenging feat being that Yugoslavia no longer exists and that Mr. Pinoci is a citizen of Italy.
On July 29th, 2003, the expulsion order is cancelled (with, of course, no explanation).
On the 11th of August, Mr. P he is arrested again on the same warrant with the same demand for extradition to the U.S.
On August 14th, 2003, Mr. P is released with no explanation but with orders to “sign in” at the local police station 3 times a week to insure that, this time, he doesn’t escape from the country.
On October 11th, 2003, his legal counsel in Texas informs him that “It seems that the U.S. District Attorney’s Office is not interested in talking to you until you are in the United States. It is advisable that you stay close to your extradition attorney and if he can continue to be successful in thwarting the extradition, that may be the best defence to any action here in the U.S.”
On November 6th 2003, Mr. P is informed that the extradition documents have finally arrived and have been deposited with the Appeals Court in Rome … exactly 120 days after his first arrest, in violation of the extradition treaty provision which provides a time limit of 45 days after arrest!
The Provisions of the Bilateral Extradition Treaty with Italy dated 13 October,1983, Article X, paragraph 3 clearly state that “A request for extradition which relates to a person who has not yet been convicted shall also be accompanied by:
a. A certified copy of the arrest warrant or any order having similar effect;
b. A summary of the facts of the case, of the relevant evidence and of the conclusions reached, providing a reasonable basis to believe that the person sought committed the offence for which extradition is requested; “Article XII, paragraph 4, states: “. Provisional arrest shall be terminated if, within a period of 45 days, the Executive Authority has not received a formal request for extradition and the
supporting documents required .”
Today, 5 months after his first arrest by Italian police agents, as no evidence has been produced to show that the IMO’s are counterfeit, nor has there been a legitimate warrant issued listing the accusations and evidence of fraud, Mr. Pinoci is still fighting extradition to the U.S. He has yet to be seen or heard by an Italian judge or court which, instead has set a deadline of February 24, 2004, for whatever court hearing may occur, all clearly in violation of the Bilateral Extradition Treaty of 13 October, 1983.
What are the options for citizen Pinoci?
If the hearing does not take place, the U.S. request expires in Italy. However, U.S. authorities can re-submit their request, repeating the whole process.
If a hearing does take place and the Italian courts reject extradition, U.S. authorities can still re-submit the request for extradition.
In both cases, should Mr. P set foot outside the EU, he will risk being arrested for extradition to the U.S.
If Mr. P files a court action for personal damages in Italy, it is most probable that the Italian courts will reject it.
This would leave only one other option…
To seek a trial on the American charges in the Italian courts. If found innocent, he would be a free man and able to sue for personal damages in the Italian courts against the U.S. and Italy, but most probably not in an American court. Such action might create difficulties in the future if he should need to enter the U.S. on business, even though he is an Italian citizen.
Today, Mr. P is simply waiting for the next wave of U.S. “orders” to arrive in the hands of an ill-prepared Italian police force which receives its orders from a misinformed and disinterested Italian judiciary, struggling with its own chaos. How long will U.S. authorities continue to abuse their leverage in other countries? What is at the core of this story (which has the makings of a Ludlum spy novel) in which honest citizens become enmeshed in the nightmarish …………. of unscrupulous manipulators of public funds?
while the principal protagonists are still at large, dancing to the tune of 700 million dollars.
Is this just another example of scandal and incompetence on the part of U.S. government officials? Or perhaps a glaring abuse of U.S. government power exerted over a confused and bumbling Italian judiciary, in order to cover up past intrigues? Possibly both.
Chronology of the events. (All documentation listed is available on request through email@example.com)
[As told to Mr. Pinoci by Croatian investors.) The Security Pacific National Bank of Brea, California USA, issues, on order of the U.S. government, $700.000.000 of International Money
Orders, undated, in denominations of $2.000, payable on right, for humanitarian purposes, destination Bosnia . (Doc. A)
The Security Pacific National Bank of Brea, California USA, is absorbed by
the Bank of America. All its assets and obligations become the responsibility of the Bank of America.
Mr.Pinoci is one of three managing partners of an American corporation, FreeCom.Net, Inc.(formed in July, 1997) seeking funds for several company projects. His offices are located in his home in Rome, Italy. He is approached by a group of Croatian investor, Messieurs Nicholas Smolcic, Mirko Bacak and Nebojsa Milinkovic (Doc. B) who indicate their interest in acquiring 1,000 shares of stock in Free.Com.Net, Inc. for $20,000,000 (twenty million USA dollars), paying with International Money Orders (IMO) issued in 1993 by the Security Pacific National Bank (now Bank of America) (Doc. A)
Mr. Smolcic explains that the IMO come from American humanitarian aid to Bosnia and that they have been acquired at a discount from the original beneficiaries. Mr. Pinoci asks and obtains the serial numbers of all the IMO listed in the proposal transaction. (Doc. D)
Mr. Zoran Petrovic, Managing Partner of FreeCom.Net, Inc., transmits the serial numbers to the Bank of America, which confirms that the numbers are valid. In addition, Mr. Petrovic transmits the same serial numbers to Ms. Leticia Duarte, Supervisor, State Controllers Office, Sacramento, California USA, to which he receives NO answer. (Doc. E)
23 April, 2001
Mr. Pinoci takes the list of serial numbers to FBI agents John Casenza and Linda Vidi, at the American Embassy in Rome, Italy, for verification. (tel. American Embassy in Rome: (0039-06.4674.2779)
18 May 2001
Agent Casenza calls Mr. Pinoci to tell him that his investigation was inconclusive and that “the only way to ascertain the validity of the IMO’s is to deposit them in a bank”. ( A recording of this conversation should be available at the U.S. Embassy in Rome, Italy.) FreeCom.Net, Inc., signs an agreement to cede 1,000 shares to the Croatian investors ( Doc. F )
A set of 100 of the aforesaid IMO’s is sent from Croatia to Mr. Zoran Petrovic, Managing Partner of FreeCom.Net, Inc. Los Osos, California, (via DHL Shipment Airway bill 614 2086 661).
8 June, 2001
Mr. Zoran Petrovic, takes the 100 IMO’s to the Bank of America, Los Osos, California Branch. The director, Ms. O’ Loan, not only refuses to accept them, she refuses to put her refusal in writing (though she writes, by hand on some IMO’s, “not valid account “, and refuses to call the authorities. ( Doc. G) Please note that “not valid account” is not synonymous with “counterfeit” and that IMO’s are prepaid banking instruments and as such cannot have a “non-valid account”… unless they have been taken out of circulation, in which case the funds in the account must be transferred to the State for safe-keeping (See California State Codes 3160-3162 and 33900-33903). ( If the money orders were suspected to be counterfeit or stolen, then the bank had the obligation to confiscate them and to call in the competent authorities as specifically requested by Mr. Petrovic at the bank.)
Mr. Petrovic then contacts the offices of the State of California, but is told that there is no record of such funds.
After a telephone consultation with the legal office of USAA Federal Savings Bank, Mr. Pinoci instructs his colleague, Mr. Petrovic, to deposit, via mail, one IMO ( worth $2,000) into his private account with a letter warning the bank that the IMO “could be invalid”. The IMO is processed and paid by the bank. (Doc. H).
On Mr. Pinoci’s insistence, Mr. Michael Broker at the USAA Federal Savings Bank, conducts a more detailed investigation. (For results see June 21, 2001)
11 June, 2001
Mr. Pinoci sends two IMO’s to the Internal Revenue Service for payment of his personal taxes with a letter warning that the enclosed money orders could be counterfeit .”. ( Doc. J)
15 June, 2001
Mr. Pinoci receives notice from the IRS that the IMO was applied to his account for payment of taxes due in the year 1999. The IMO are valid!!! ( Doc. K)
June 21, 2001
Mr. Broker of USAA Fed. Savings Bank, sends and e-mail notifying Mr. Pinoci that the Bank of America confirmed that the routing and transit numbers on the money orders identify Bank of America but that their bank has not processed items routed by those numbers since 1993 .” (Doc. I )
Mr. John McMullan, Managing Partner of FreeCom.Net, Inc., establishes contact with a financial group, W.B.M.B. Enterprise Ltd. which declares its interest in negotiating the money orders. A meeting is arranged between the managing partners of the FreeCom.Net, Inc., Mr. Nicholas Smolcic of the Croatian group, and Mr. Randy Evans, Chief Financial Officer of W.B.M.B. Enterprises Ltd. (tel.1-503-266-7469). The meeting will take place at the Hilton Garden Inn, San Francisco Airport North (tel. 1-650-872-1515), on 6-9 July 2001. ( Doc. L)
11 July, 2001
FreeCom.Net, Inc., signs an agreement with W.B.M.B. Enterprise Ltd, (tel. 1-503-266-7469) represented by Mr.Randy Evans, Senior VP and CFO and Garry Bollyard II, President, (1-503-722-1273). ( Doc. M)
As specified in the agreement, Mr. Zoran Petrovic, transfers $194,000 of these IMO’s via mail, from Free Net.com, Inc.’s California office to Mr. John Buttner at UNI-FUND, Texas (Tel. 1-915-544-6226).
W.B.M.B Enterprise Ltd. Informs FreeCom.Net, Inc., that their bank has declared the IMO’s counterfeit, has confiscated them, and delivered them to agent Kurt Schmidt of the FBI, El Paso, Texas. ( tel. 1-915-832-5000).
FreeCom.Net, Inc. officially contact Agent Schmidt via telephone and fax asking for written confirmation of the seizure. They receive no answer and Agent Schmidt refuses to talk to them. (No Documents are available on this as agent Schmidt refuses to either respond by fax or to speak to them on the phone.)
26 July to 3 August, 2001
Mr. Randy Evans of W.B.M.B. Enterprises Ltd., in several e-mails, advises FreeCom.Net, Inc., that his group is collaborating with a certain Mr. Richard Jablonski, RICO Fraud Investigator (tel. 1-626-483-6882), to resolve the problem with the competent authorities. Moreover, Mr.Evans asserts that the investigator, Mr. Richard Jablonski, “has, in the past, dealt with these same money orders and had Bank of America issue new money orders for a total of 40 million dollars. He feels this is possible in our situation as well”. Thereafter, silence! ( Doc. N)
15 August, 2001
Mr. P. files a formal complaint against Agent Kurt Schmidt for illegal detainment of private property with the Attorney General of Texas, Mr. John Cornyn (with copy to U.S. Attorney General, John Ashcroft, (tel. 1-202-307-6777), and copy via fax to the office of the FBI in El Paso). No answer received. (Doc. O)
22 August, 2001
Mr. P. sends a fax to the Chairman of the Bank of America, Mr. Ken Lewis, tel.1-704-386-1845, asking for clarification. To date, no answer has been received. ( Doc. P )
29 August 2001
Mr. P. contacts U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer of California, asking for a Congressional Investigation. He receives a courteous but meaningless reply totally unrelated to his letter. ( Doc. Q)
Mr. P files a formal complaint with the Comptroller of the Currency, Administrator of National Banks. A reply arrives on the December 19th , 2001. (File Number 282826).
The Croatian Group, owing money to Mr. Pinoci for services rendered, mails $8,000 ( in normal U.S. dollars) directly to Mr. Pinoci’s personal account with the USAA Federal Savings Bank in San Antonio, Texas. Contrary to Mr. P’s instructions, the Group sends the payment in IMO’s which are subsequently seized by the FBI. His bank freezes his accounts but when Mr. Pinoci asks for an explanation and a copy of the court order for seizure, and/or a formal receipt from the competent authorities, he receives no reply.
November 15, 2001
The IRS confirms the receipt of only one IMO of $2,000 No mention is made of the other IMO. (Note that on 11 June, 2001, two (2) IMO’s were sent. What happened to the second IMO is unknown.) (Doc. J)
Decembers 19th , 2001
Mr. P receives a written answer from the Comptroller of the Currency who informs him that “… it was determined the items are not valid documents .” No explanation is given as to how the invalidity was determined! Note: “not valid documents is not synonymous with counterfeit”. ( Doc. R)
22 Decembers, 2001
Mr. P makes formal demand to the Comptroller of the Currency, Washington DC, for the complete documentation on File Number 282826 citing the FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT. He receives no answer. ( Doc. S)
31 Decembers 2001
FreeCom.Net, Inc. ceases all business operations.
28 January, 2002
Mr. P. obtains evidence that there are still 520 million dollars of International Money Orders in circulation ( Doc. C)
12 February, 2002
Mr. P obtains evidence that, on the 7th of November, 2001, 49,480 of the IMO’s, in denominations of $2,000, were on deposit with the PRIVREDNA BANK, ZACREB, CROATIA. ( Doc. C-b)
1 March, 2002
Mr. P. forwards a second formal request for complete documentation to the Comptroller of the Currency.
22 April, 2002
Mr. P receives the complete “documentation” from the Comptroller of the Currency, from which he is able to ascertain that the Comptroller simply accepted the word of the Bank of America that “the IMO’s are not valid instruments “. ( Doc. T )
9 July, 2003
Mr. P is arrested, without warrant, on the basis of an extradition request from the United States. No details! He appoints an Italian lawyer ( Mr. Gaetano Scalise, tel. (0039-337.720.608) as his defence counsel in Italy.
11 July, 2003
Mr. P is served with the arrest warrant (two day after the actual arrest) The warrant cites “… criminal procedure of extradition n. 35/03… extradition demanded from the AG El Paso (Texas)
USA… based on an international arrest warrant nr. EP 03 CR 108, dated 27 January 2003 by the AG of El Paso (Texas), for “.criminal association with intent to defraud .”. Mr. P deducts that the charges are somehow connected to the IMO’s! ( Doc. T-1)
15 July, 2003
Mr. P appears in front of the Appeals Court of Rome, Sez. IV, Penitentiary, and
opposes extradition. ( Doc. U)
22 July, 2003
Mr. P is released from prison in his own recognizance, ( Doc. V), and is ordered “to leave Italy within five days as he has been judged an illegal alien from Yugoslavia .” ( Doc. W) ( It is wise to point out here that Mr. Pinoci is an Italian citizen. How can he be ordered to leave his own country?) He then must prepare his first-draft defence document, without having seen any accusations or documents. (Doc. X)
29 July 2003
The expulsion order against Mr. P is cancelled. (No explanation is given). ( Doc. Y)
11 August 2003
Mr. P is again arrested on the same warrant and same demand for extradition to the United States
( Evidence is in the hands of Mr. Gaetano Scalise, Italian defense counsel. tel. (0039-06.3600.3632/337.720.608.)
13 August 2003
Mr. P appears before the Appeals Court of Rome, Sez. IV Penitentiary, for the second time on the same warrant and for the second time oppose extradition. ( Doc. Y-2)
14 August 2003
Mr. P. is released from prison for the second time, but this time is ordered to sign in at the local police three times a week. ( Doc. Y-3) He appoints Mr. David J. Ferrell of El Paso, Texas (tel.1-915-594-800), as his defence counsel in the U.S.
22 August 2003
Lawyer Ferrell, obtains a copy of the indictment against Mr.P. which contain the following information:
There are three arrest warrants, but none dated 27 January 2003 (basis of
his arrest). Why?
Of ten persons involved “in the transaction”, only three have been
singled out! Why?
Out of 15 events mentioned, Mr. P is aware of only seven. The facts presented are incomplete, out of context, and out of sequence! The indictment claims that Mr. P was informed that the IMO’s were “without value”, “account not valid”, and “not valid documents”. Since when are these terms synonymous with “counterfeit” and “fraudulent”?
No evidence or indication of evidence is provided as to how it was determined that the IMO’s are counterfeit and fraudulent!
Mr. P prepares a detailed rebuttal of the charges (copy available – Y4)
Mr. P learns of a similar case in California. On 25 April 2003, two Americans of Yugoslavian origins were sentenced to 90 days in jail for attempting to cash counterfeit international money orders drawn on the Security Pacific National Bank of Brea, CA USA (Article by Edgar Sanchez, The Sacramento Bee, 26 April 2003). According to Dale Lee, chief investigator for the State of California controller’s office in Sacramento, “the roots of the case go back to the early 1990’s when the Security Pacific National Bank suffered a ”security breach”. Before being purchased by Bank of America, Security Pacific contracted out for the destruction of its international money orders, to be done in the Philippines.” According to Mr. Lee, some money orders became templates for counterfeiters and counterfeit money orders drawn on Security Pacific began circulating in Eastern Europe in 1992.” ( article-Doc. Y-5)
11 October 2003
Mr. P’s U.S. attorney informs him that “It seems that the US Attorney’s Office is not interested in talking to you until you are in the United States. Stay close to your extradition attorney and if he can continue to be successful in thwarting the extradition, that may be the best defence to any action here in the U.S..” (Doc. Y-5a)
21 October 2003
In response to an article written by Mr. P and placed on Internet, he receives a telephone call from Ms. Eva Pacello (tel. 49(171)83.414.85) in Germany. She informs him that she represents a financial institution that has received $200.000.000 of these Money Orders from Montenegro and is conducting an investigation in merit. Mr. P asks her to specify their interest via email.
24 October 2003
Not having received an email from Ms. Eva Pacello, Mr. P calls her. She informs him that, through banking channels, they received an official answer: “The Money Orders in question were issued for humanitarian purposes, but in 1993, they were misappropriated by persons not better identified and placed in circulation. The bank became aware of this fact and stopped accepting them… “. That same day Mr. P writes to Mr. Randy Evans asking for additional information. He receives no answer (see contract signed with W.B.M.B. Enterprise Ltd. in July 2001)
26 October, 2003
Mr. P receives a telephone call from Ms. Eva Pacello, informing him that she has sent him two emails with an interesting proposal. The e-mails read as follows: “… as of yesterday evening we have the possibility to discount the Money Orders at 50% payable in Switzerland .” The second e-mail provides me with their coordinates: FiPa-International, Eichendorffstrasse 5c, D-84478 Waldkraiburg, tel. 49(8639)4765, fax 49(8638)67834, cellular Eva Pacello 49(171)8341485 and Loredana Pacello 49(179)8398569 ( Doc. Y-6 and Y-7)
1 November, 2003
Mr. P again receives a telephone call from Ms. Eva Pacello, to inform him that “… FiPa-International… has concluded successfully the transaction and is now looking for more money orders to negotiate.”
6 November, 2003
Mr. P is for the first time given access to the documents and evidence against him. Despite the fact that the treaty requires the requesting party to submit relevant evidence, there is no proof that the Money Orders are counterfeit, and if they are, how was this determined? Since when is an affidavit issued by an FBI Agent (Allen Luke Miller) “relevant evidence”? In fact, Agent Miller’s affidavit is nothing more than a summary of events and does not indicate in any way how the invalidity of the Money Orders was determined. ( Doc. Y-9)
14 November, 2003
At the suggestion of his Italian attorney, Mr. P asks his American attorney to contact the American authorities and offer his (Mr. P’s) collaboration to remove the money orders from international circulation ( Doc. Y-10)
24 November, 2003
Mr. P’s Italian attorney files a defense document with the Italian court . He requests the dismissal of the extradition request on the basis that no crime was committed, stating that the American accusations do not constitute a crime in Italy and that, if a crime was committed, then the jurisdiction is Italy. ( Doc. Y-11) The same day he asks his American attorney to challenge U.S. jurisdiction in the matter. ( Doc. Y-12)
7 December 2003
The U.S. attorney advises Mr. P that “… the federal judge assigned to your case will not allow us to proceed unless you are here in the jurisdiction …”. Essentially, this means that Mr. P is being denied his right of defense and representation! ( Doc. Y-13)
8 December, 2003
Ms. Eva Pacello informs Mr. P that money orders from the same batch as the ones confiscated in Texas have been judged by an Swiss bank expert as valid documents! ( Doc. Y-14) The same day, Mr. P receives an e-mail from a Mr. MARTIN MIZERA, stating that his group is considering a purchase of these money orders. So they are still in circulation? ( Doc. Y-15)
17 December 2003
Mr. P receives an e-mail from Mr. Randy Evans (in reference to his inquiry dated 24 October, 2003) stating that he knows nothing about the accusations against Mr. Pinoci and John Buttner, and that the money orders were deposited with the Chase Bank, El Paso. The indictment sent to the Italian judiciary by the officials in El Paso instead speaks about the J.C. Morgan Bank. It is important to note here that Mr. Randy Evans is the financial officer of the same company, W.B.M.B. Enterprises, in which John Buttner is a director. Is it possible that he knows nothing about the indictment? ( Doc. Y-16 )
30 December 2003
Mr. P receives notification that on 28 October 2003, the Court of Appeals in Rome,
rejected his appeal against extradition on the basis that the 45 day period provided for in the treaty had expired. According to the opinion of the court, the documents arrived within the terms provided by the treaty, that is, on 18 September, 2003 after his arrest of 11 August 2003. No mention is made of his arrest on 9 July, 2001 and the 17 days Mr. P spent in prison. ( Doc. T-1 and Y-17)
2 June 2006
Order of Dismissal. The U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, El Paso Division, dismissed all charges against Alexander von Pinoci and Zoran Petrovic, without trial, without motivation, without apology! (Doc. Z)