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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
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.
"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.
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.