Time Running Out on Nevada Crime Boss – Sheldon Adelson Looking at Options
Las Vegas – Federal authorities have been placed on alert as a Secret Federal Grand Jury has convened somewhere in the U.S. to consider charges that Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson, has personal involvement of crimes admitted to by the Sands Corporation. Sands is a group of Nevada based, International gaming companies.
The possibility of this scenario came to my attention while being held in Miami Federal Detention Center. The Federal prisoner in the cell next to mine came to me for advice.
He had been approached by the Las Vegas FBI with the requirement to testify against his former associate, Sheldon Adelson, or face additional prosecution which could land him in Federal Prison for an additional 25 years.
He further explained that his other former associates were being summoned to testify. He feared for his life and the life of his wife. Alderson is known for biting when cornered. And he has a very long reach!
I advised my neighbor that to spend 25 years more in Federal prison was a death sentence for him as his health was poor to begin with and the health care system was very poor in prison.
I received a message early this week that the process has begun. My friend, since released from Federal Prison after serving his term, was taken back into federal custody by authorities. His wife has been placed in the Federal Witness Protection Program to protect her from any attempts to silence her and her husband by the Adelson Organization.
A little history concerning the Adelson Organization is appropriate here for those of you who are unaware of his empire. Federal Money Laundering charges where settled by the Sands Corporation in August 2013. Sands Corporation agreed to repay the federal government more than $47 million to resolve a money-laundering investigation which cast an unwanted glare on Mr. Adelson and his gambling empire. See Article
However, during the course of the investigation, numerous references to additional activities by the Gaming Boss and his staff led prosecutors to open investigations into those and other activities. His involvement in the Payday Loans arena and processing of internet gaming proceeds came into focus.
Credible sources from within the Department of Justice have stated that investigations have proven fruitful to the point that a Federal Grand Jury has been convened in secret. At the Federal level, Grand Juries can, and do, investigate criminal activity, especially organized crime.
Due to the Gaming Bosses purported past activities and tie into organized crime, Grand Jury witnesses have been entered into the Witness Protection Program, and stepped-up surveillance of the targets is in place.
Sources from within the Adelson organization have stated that, “There is a lot of movement going on. Attorneys and political contacts are involved in moving monies, selling assets, and preparing a backup to move them to a safe jurisdiction”.
It is reported that the Adelson organization is using Israeli contacts to arrange flight to one of nine destinations. Negotiations with those countries are currently underway. These actions on the part of Adelson’s employees indicate that there may be an attempt to flee prosecution on the Adelson organization’s part.
Federal officials have beefed upsurveillance of the members of the Adelson organization.
“He has the contacts and ability to move quickly”, a Federal source has stated.
Adelson has a fleet of Boeing 747′s and other aircraft with the ability to fly to hundreds of international destinations, including the destination on the top of Adelson’s amnesty list, China
Sources tell us that among Federal criminal violations currently being considered are:
- 18 U.S.C. § 201 Bribery 18 U.S.C. § 1961–1968 RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act,)
- 18 U.S.C. § 1956 Money Laundering• 18 U.S. Code § 1343 Wire Fraud
- 18 U.S.C. § 158 et seq. Human Trafficking
- 22 U.S.C. § 611 et seq. Violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA)
- 26 U.S. Code § 7201 – Attempt to evade or defeat tax
But the goings on behind the closed doors of the grand jury room have remained a secret. Grand juries — first recognized in the Magna Carta, the English legal charter, in 1215 — have been around for centuries. But their procedures are unfamiliar to most people outside the legal system.
The concept of the grand jury was so firmly established in the law that the Founding Fathers provided for grand juries in the Bill of Rights. The Fifth Amendment says that “no person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury…”
There are several reasons why grand jury proceedings are a secret. Witnesses appearing before a grand jury have a right to an attorney, but the lawyer must stay outside the room. Like trial juries, grand jury deliberations are conducted in secret. Only the grand jury, the prosecutor, the witness under examination, the court reporter and an interpreter (if one is required) may be present in the grand jury room.
But unlike a trial jury, a grand jury does not determine guilt or innocence — only whether there’s probable cause to believe a person or persons committed a crime. Whereas a trial jury reaches a verdict on whether the accused is convicted or acquitted, a grand jury can decide whether to bring charges via a written indictment. The federal grand jury hears evidence presented by a federal prosecutor. Download the Federal Grand Jury Handbook
The grand jury has no investigative staff of its own, so it relies on the prosecutor’s information and expertise. The prosecutor shapes the case before the grand jury, deciding which witnesses will be called and what evidence to present. The grand jury may ask to call additional witnesses if necessary.
It is customary for the prosecutor to question a witness first, followed by a grand jury foreperson. Then, other members of the grand jury may question the witness. Often the jurors will ask the prosecutor to ask a question, rather than asking it themselves.
A witness may ask to leave the room to speak with their attorney but the lawyer is then at a disadvantage, having not heard the proceedings. A witness may also invoke the Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination and refuse to answer a question.
Federal grand juries are composed of 16 to 23 individuals selected at random “from a fair cross section of the community” in the district in which the grand jury convenes, according to the Federal Grand Jury Handbook. The names are generally drawn from lists of registered voters. Twelve of the minimum 16 members required to be present must vote in favor of an indictment before it can be returned.
The Grand Jury is set to hear testimony from a large number of witnesses. The witnesses being brought in from around the world include former associates of Adelson. Many former associates are serving time in Federal Prison, State Prison and/or are in the Witness Protection Program.
On specific information received, the U.S. has summoned foreign and domestic officials who were found receiving monies for favors from Adelson and his special interest group. Several foreign law enforcement officers and politicians involved with Adelson in various illegal activities have also been summoned.