Skip to comments.Mark Jimenez release reset to December (Inprisonment of convicted Clinton donor extended)
Posted on 11/20/2005 11:13:01 PM PST by HAL9000
CHICAGO, Illinois The headline of another newspaper yesterday was a self-fulfilling prophesy: "No red carpet, no yellow ribbons for Mark Jimenez (MJ)."
If the information of the US Bureau of Federal Prisons is to be believed, the much-anticipated return of the former Manila congressman on Tuesday, Nov. 22, will have to wait. His projected release is reset to Dec. 13, 2005.
In a previous posting of Jimenezs release by the US Bureau of Federal Prisons, his original "projected release was Nov. 5, 2005." This was exactly the day of the 20th month of his imprisonment in the Federal Correctional Institution in Allenwood, Pennsylvania.
Although Jimenez was sentenced to 27 months in prison, the judge took off three months from his jail terms when he was placed under house arrest for three months. Jimenez also earned two months off for each of every year of good behavior. Since he entered prison on Jan. 5, 2004, his 20th month fell on Nov. 5, 2005.
It is not clear why his imprisonment is overdue by 39 days.
Jimenez did not respond to letters requesting interview sent by this reporter.
In his last interview by this reporter in Miami, Florida in Nov. 2003, Jimenez intimated that he planned to write a book while in detention.
United States Judge Patricia A. Seitz sentenced Jimenez to 27 months imprisonment and ordered him to pay the United States government $1.2 million restitution on charges of tax evasion and conspiracy to defraud the United States and commit election financing offenses.
The judge said Jimenez, as former chief executive officer and majority shareholder, used Future Tech International Inc. (FTI) to commit the fraud. He later pleaded guilty to two counts of tax evasion and one count of conspiracy.
Jimenez, who will turn 59 on Dec. 31, was a congressman of the sixth district of Manila. He was given a low end of the "level 18" of sentencing guideline that imposes a minimum of 27 and a maximum of 33 months in jail.
Shortly after his sentencing, Jimenez said, "Im very pleased with the decision." "Im probably the only person (from the Philippines involved in a highprofile case) who admitted his mistake."
"While most of the government officials in the Philippines were involved in committing corruption, Im the only one involved in giving (away money). And I am the only one man enough to accept the consequences of his action. I apologize for my mistake. I vow not to make the same mistake again."
Jimenez was originally charged with 47 counts of superseding indictment in April 1999 stemming from his creation of Kalisol S.A., an Uruguayan company, as part of his scheme to transfer approximately $5 million in income out of the United States without paying income taxes.
Jimenez admitted that he used Kalisol to create false invoices to FTI for services that Kalisol never performed, and thereafter directed FTI employes to conceal the true nature of the FTI payments to Kalisol from the accountants who prepared his 1995 and 1996 personal income tax returns.
After paying the first $400,000 installment during his sentencing, Jimenez said he intended to pay the second installment of $400,000 balance for the restitution within 60 days. Afterwards, he will pay the third and final installment of $400,000.
He was also ordered to perform 150 hours of community work and will be placed under supervised release two to three years after serving out his sentence.
Jimenez told the court that he had gained wisdom from the case as "I learned a lot from the court." "I am not a sinner or saint but I paid for it (mistake)," he said.
I misspelled 'Imprisonment' in the headline. Can you please correct that? Thanks.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17, 1998
FUTURE TECH INTERNATIONAL AND ITS CFO AGREE TO PLEAD GUILTY
TO TAX AND CAMPAIGN FINANCE CHARGES
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Future Tech International, Inc. has agreed to plead guilty to two counts of tax evasion stemming from campaign financing violations, and Juan C. Ortiz, FTI's Chief Financial Officer, has agreed to plead guilty to acting as a strawman or conduit for an illegal campaign contribution and participating in the reimbursement of eight other conduit or strawman contributions, all to Democratic campaigns, announced the Justice Department Campaign Financing Task Force.
The plea agreements, filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., are related to September's 17-count indictment of Democratic fund-raiser Mark B. Jimenez, FTI's Chief Executive Officer, for organizing, making and concealing illegal conduit contributions to a number of Democratic campaigns. Ortiz is the fifteenth person charged by the Task Force.
According to the statement of facts filed with the FTI plea agreement, the company reimbursed approximately 23 employees for conduit campaign contributions to the 1996 Clinton/Gore Primary Committee in connection with a September 19, 1995, fund-raising event at the Sheraton Bal Harbour in Miami. The company then falsely claimed these costs as deductible payroll expenses on its 1995 corporate income tax return. In addition, on its 1994 corporate income tax return, the company had reported as a charitable contribution deduction a $100,000 donation made by FTI to the Democratic National Committee. In reference to these false deductions, the company agreed to plead guilty to two felony counts of tax evasion. As part of the plea agreement, the company will pay the maximum allowable fine of $1 million, as well as all back taxes and penalties owed.
Ortiz, 34, was one of the conduits whose reimbursement by FTI had been claimed as a deductible business expense. In addition, Ortiz had participated in the reimbursement of eight other conduits, each of whom, like Ortiz, had made a $1,000 contribution to the Clinton/Gore Primary Campaign. Plea hearings will be scheduled for both FTI and Ortiz.
Ortiz is the fifteenth person charged by the Task Force, which was established to investigate allegations of campaign financing abuses in the 1996 election cycle. On November 24, Howard Glicken, a fund-raiser for the Democratic party, was sentenced to 18 months probation, an $80,000 fine, and ordered to perform 500 hours of community service for violating campaign finance laws. On November 4, Franklin Haney was indicted on more than 40 counts of conspiring with another to defraud the United States by impairing and impeding the FEC and conspiring to violate specific provisions of federal election law. On September 30, Democratic fund-raiser Mark B. Jimenez was indicted on 17 counts of organizing, and making and concealing illegal conduit contributions to a number of Democratic campaigns. On August 5, the Task Force indicted Yogesh Gandhi on mail fraud charges in San Francisco.
On July 13, DNC fund-raiser Pauline Kanchanalak and her business associate Duangnet "Georgie" Kronenberg were charged with conspiring to impair and impede the FEC, and causing the submission of false statements to the FEC. Trial is scheduled for March. Maria Hsia was indicted in Los Angeles on July 7, on four tax counts. The case is scheduled for trial in January 1999. On February 18, Hsia was also indicted in D.C. on charges of conspiring to defraud the United States and causing false statements to be submitted to the FEC. On March 16, Johnny Chung pleaded guilty to bank fraud, tax evasion and two misdemeanor counts of conspiring to violate election law. He was later sentenced to probation. On January 29, Charlie Trie and Antonio Pan were indicted on 15 charges, including obstruction of justice and various crimes relating to campaign financing. Trials in the Hsia and Trie cases have been postponed pending an appeal of the dismissal of some of the counts in the indictments. Last year, the Task Force obtained guilty pleas from Democratic fund-raisers Nora and Gene Lum, their daughter Trisha, and Michael Brown for illegal fund-raising activities after their cases were referred from Independent Counsel Daniel Pearson.
The charges made by the government are merely accusations. All criminal defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
I saw neither the Clinton name, nor the word "Democrat" (or even a "D") in the article....
Geez, how'd this schmuck manage to miss out on the Klintoon Presidential Pardons Fire Sale?
He didn't follow up his illegal campaign contributions with a generous donation to the Clinton Library.
* Associated Press has cited U.S. Secret Service records showing that Jimenez was invited to the White House 12 times between 1994 and 1996.
* Evidence obtained from Jimenez and his records in the Philippines linked illegal payments to Estrada to business partners of Moctar Riady of the Lippo Group and Chinese billionaire Li Ka-Shing. The payments reportedly totaled over $20 million.
* He created Mark Vision Holdings Inc., with headquarters in the British Virgin Islands, to conduct the same business that his Florida based Future Tech did in South America.
* Jimenez also set up two subsidiaries in Uruguay: MarkVision International Inc. and Mark Vision Zona Franca.
* Court documents also mention Kalisol, S.A., an Uruguay-based marketing firm purportedly owned by a Jimenez in-law, but which Jimenez allegedly controlled.
He might be on Clinton's "other" list...
Should have known Clinton's would be connected to him somehow.
I just wish we (the people) had a Justice Department, but instead, we got W's... and he likes Bubba too much to do anything about them!
Jimenez release reset to Dec 13
The release of former Manila Rep. Mark Jimenez from the US Bureau of Federal Prisons has been reset to December 13, ANC reported Tuesday.
ABS-CBN North America Bureau chief Ging Reyes reported that Jimenez, who was originally scheduled for release last November 5, would have to wait a few more weeks before being released from the Federal Correctional Institution in Allenwood, Pennsylvania.
Philippine Consul Lourdes Legaspi told Reyes that the Bureau of Federal Prisons had reset Jimenezs release to December 13 because he committed an infraction. Legaspi did not say what the infraction was, which could have been a violation of prison rules.
US authorities said he will be turned over to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after his release. They said the ICE will schedule Jimenez's return to the Philippines after he had served his sentence.
Jimenez, a former member of the 12th Congress, was extradited to the US last Dec. 26, 2002, on charges of tax evasion and conspiracy to defraud the US and commit election-financing offenses.
Jimenez was found to have illegally contributed millions of dollars to the presidential campaign of then President Bill Clinton. A US Federal Court sentenced him to 27 months of imprisonment and was ordered to pay the US government $1.2-million restitution.
Jimenez has accused Perez of extortion when the former justice chief allegedly demanded $2 million from him in exchange for the approval of a contract with the Argentine firm IMPSA.
The IMPSA deal was approved by the Arroyo administration just two days after President Arroyo was installed to power in January 2001.
The former Manila congressman claimed he gave P8 million to the Lualhati Foundation of Mrs. Arroyo and her husband Jose Miguel "Mike" Arroyo. Both have denied the allegations.
Jimenez a no-show at NAIA
By Nikko Dizon
Inquirer News Service
FORMER Manila Representative Mark Jimenez, imprisoned in the United States for making illegal campaign contributions, failed to arrive on his scheduled flight from South Korea on Tuesday morning.
Jimenez was not on board the Korean Airlines KE 621 that landed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila.
Angelito Magno, executive officer of the National Bureau of Investigation-NAIA, was at the airport terminal to document Jimenez's arrival but the former congressman was not among the passengers who disembarked from the plane that came from Inchon.
Magno had with him deportation papers from the US Homeland Security dated November 2 stating the Jimenez was to arrive in Manila on board that flight.
The NBI will call the US Embassy to inquire what happened to Jimenez.
Reference bump. Thanks. ;-)
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