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Reports: Jet loaded with millions in gold & cash seized by Congolese authorities linked to Southlake

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posted on Feb, 9 2011 @ 10:57 AM

Reports: Jet loaded with millions in gold & cash seized by Congolese authorities linked to Southlake philanthropist

A Gulfstream jet seized by Congolese authorities suspected of being used to smuggle gold from rebel-controlled strongholds is apparently owned by a North Texas aviation firm owned by Southlake philanthropist David Disiere, records show.

Dow Jones reported today that the tail number on the jet is N886DT, which FAA records shows to be owned by Southlake Aviation LLC. Disiere is that company's director and president.

Disiere did not return phone calls to his house in Southlake today. It's unclear whether he was leasing the plane to someone else or had any knowledge of the African incident
(visit the link for the full news article)

posted on Feb, 9 2011 @ 10:57 AM
Hahaha....Why anyone is still referring to this person as a "philanthropist" is beyond me...Sounds like he has a history of doing the opposite of philanthropy, i.e. being involved in gov corruption and pulling funds from a school of disadvantaged kids.

And if he is directly tied into this latest escapade, then he is removing wealth from an already severely impoverished country, and contributing to their mining ops, which are well known to create slave-like, oppressionary environments.

Looks like someone just got caught with their hand in the proverbial cookie jar, big time.

But I'm betting he'll pull a Dick Cheney, and bribe the congolese gov to drop all charges, since his gold-smuggling routine has likely ALREADY netted him a fortune prior to getting caught in this latest criminality.
(visit the link for the full news article)
edit on 9-2-2011 by DimensionalDetective because: typo

posted on Feb, 9 2011 @ 10:59 AM
He was probably leasing the plane to the CIA.

But I'm sure if that's the case, the CIA will deny all knowledge and throw this guy under the bus.

posted on Feb, 9 2011 @ 11:41 AM
I agree it stinks to high heaven of CIA. But I could find no official links.

Here's what I can find on David Disiere:

He was convicted (plead guilty) of felonies connected to a former Governor of LA Edwin W. Edwards who was convicted of extortion/bribery and wiretapping.

David [Judd] Disiere, owner of a now-defunct insurance company, pleaded guilty Thursday to failing to report a felony.

Under the plea agreement, Disiere will get no prison time. He could have faced a 200-year sentence if convicted of the original charges, which included conspiracy, insurance fraud and witness tampering.

Disiere also agreed to cooperate with the government in its case against Edwards, Insurance Commissioner Jim Brown and a Disiere attorney. Two others in the case pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy.

The case, set for trial Sept. 18, centers on allegations that Brown and the others set up a sweetheart liquidation deal for Disiere's insolvent company. Prosecutors say the state should have been paid much more than the $2.5 million it received.

Edwards is accused of offering to help the judge who oversaw the liquidation with an unrelated matter if the judge agreed to treat the insurance company favorably.

Edwards and Brown are under a court-imposed gag order and have limited their public comments.

In a separate case, Edwards was convicted May 9 of fixing casino licenses. He could get up to 250 years in prison at sentencing. No sentencing date has been set.

Edwards also faces charges in a third case involving allegations that he and his son planned to wiretap the telephone of an FBI agent who was investigating them. No trial date has been set in that case.


So quite a bit of corruption in the highest levels of LA. This guy is connected to the mafia and maybe Congalese government corruption according to the original news report it is unspecific to U.S. or Congalese:

"My men collaborated with the security services to stop them," he said.

In response to allegations he'd heard that he was involved, Ntaganda said: "Never; I am a soldier, I am not a businesssman and furthermore, mining activities are prohibited on our premises."

Government spokesman Lambert Mende confirmed the arrests, but did not give more details.

"The Congolese government is determined to put an end to the mafia in the east of the country," he said.

David then moved to New Mexico and paid a bribe to get a new insurance liscense. Of note is that this guy is very well connected possible even to John McCain. What is amazing to me is not that this happens, but that the guy got caught twice. This serves to illustrait how this corruption

Most recently Serna was in the news when he resigned his post as N.M. Superintendent of Insurance after coming under investigation by the state’s Attorney General. One of the many questionable acts that was being given scrutiny was Serna’s 2004 grant of a controversial waiver allowing a Dallas businessman by the name of David Judd Disiere (who had been convicted of insurance fraud in Louisiana) to do business in New Mexico.
A few months later an oil production firm owned by the Dissiere’s wife (Southern Management Services Inc.) serendipitously donated $20,000 to the nonprofit foundation which Serna been using his position to promote.
Just doing bidness.
When the shady deal all came to light, who should rush into the breach to assure state regulators that everything was on the up-and-up, but Disiere’s attorney – gold-plated lobbyist and former Texas Congressman, Kent Hance.
Today Hance is right there on the list of 126 corporate lobbyist bagmen who are bundling campaign cash for Republican presidential candidate John McCain.

source source

This is the connections I could trace, I am sure there are a lot more that never made the news.
edit on 9-2-2011 by pianopraze because: added omitted source on last article

posted on Feb, 9 2011 @ 12:32 PM
Sounds like an all-around low-life piece of garbage. Wouldn't it be nice to hear about someone from Texas with political connections who wasn't a shady crook? This guy needs to be strung up.

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