Skip to comments.DoJ silences Obama associate Daniel S. Mahru with his freedom
Posted on 09/20/2012 4:20:00 PM PDT by Nachum
Illinoispaytoplay.com (IP2P) has learned that Daniel S. Mahru, former business partner of Antoin "Tony" Rezko, made a deal with the Department of Justice (DoJ) for his silence. IP2P is the first to report that on, October 4 2012, Daniel S. Mahru will receive probation at his sentencing hearing.
IP2P has also learned that this is being done to insure Mahru will not speak of crimes, of which he has knowledge, that implicate Barack Obama, Valarie Jarrett, Allison Davis, Tony Rezko and others. (Remember Tony recently saying he committed crimes for which Fitzgerald did not charge him.)
IP2P is also investigating the circumstances surrounding meetings that took place where Daniel T Frawley and Daniel S Mahru (both convicted felons) met with author Jerome Corsi in Chicago to discuss secret meetings between Barack Obama, Nadhmi Auchi, Tony Rezko, (now Governor) Pat Quinn, and others.
Mahru is unwilling to talk about what was discussed at those meetings. Could that have anything to do with his probation deal?
The DoJ and (now former) U.S Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald protected Eric Holder, Barack Obama and a host of other criminals that occupy high offices in our state and federal government.
Brenda J Elliot at rbo2.com recently posted an article suggesting how important Mahrus silence is to the DoJ.
Where's that special prosecutor when you need him?
Ask Media Matters.
Obama’s partners-in-crime should also be fair game this election cycle...
10 1/2 years is a long time to spend in the pokey.
UNLESS, he was promised a pardon???
“The Won” has successfully transplanted, wholesale, the corruption of ILL-ANNOY into the White Crib. You can thank us later.
Damn Chicago thugs ... jeeeeeeeeesh!
Pay to play, indeed! There WILL be
justice .. in this life or the next.
What a sickening, criminal whitewash!!
Former Rezko partner says he gave Tony $400K for Obama
Hugo Floriani, Investigative Reporter
Daniel T. Frawley, a former business partner of Antoin Tony Rezko, claims he gave Rezko $400,000 that Rezko gave to then U.S. Senator Barack Obama.
This claim comes through Frawleys emails to, and conversations with, Robert Bob Cooley, former Chicago mob lawyer turned government informer and author of the book on Chicago corruption entitled When Corruption Was King.
Cooley was the star witness in a series of trials in the early 1990s as part of an F.B.I. investigation named Operation Gambat. Those trials led to the convictions of over a score of Chicago crooks, including First Ward Alderman Fred Roti, a made-man; the Chief Judge of Cook Countys Chancery Court; the Assistant Majority Leader of the Illinois State Senate; and the only Federal Judge in U.S. history convicted of fixing a murder trial.
About April 2011, Frawley, along with Daniel Mahru, a former business associate of Rezko dating back to 1989, and a former business partner of current White House Advisor Valerie Jarrett, began conversations with Cooley concerning collaboration on a book about Chicago corruption.
Frawleys claim that the money he gave Rezko went to Obama is alluded to in a December 1, 2010 deposition executed in the context of a legal malpractice complaint filed by Frawley, on July 9, 2010, against his former attorney and long-time friend, George Weaver.
Frawley alleges that Weaver was not representing his best interests when Weaver interrupted a March 2006 phone conversation, supervised by the U.S. Attorneys Office, between Frawley and Rezko who were scheduling a face-to-face meeting.
Frawley cooperated with U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgeralds investigation of Rezko by wearing a wire.
On page 21 of the deposition, this exchange is recorded between Weavers attorney, Daniel F. Konicek, and Frawley:
Konicek: And Tony Rezko was where when you were speaking to him?
Frawley: He was on the other end of the phone. I dont recall where he was.
Konicek: Okay. Now, that answers one part of the question is who was present when Mr. Weaver made a gesture across his neck with both hands [signaling that the conversation should cease]. But my question was a little different because your complaint specifically alleges he [Weaver] told you to withhold certain information, right.
Konicek: Im assuming the information is about the payments made by Rezko to Obama, so we know were talking about the right conversation, right?
Franklin: (Charles Franklin, representing Frawley.) Im not going to make any objection. I think thats you may make that assumption, but I think its unfair to make the to have Mr. Frawley make the assumption. Also, it doesnt go to who or where or the forum non conveniens issue.
Konicek: Theres going to be multiple conversations, I want to make sure I understand where each occurred. So you said he (Weaver) withheld information. Am I correct it was about Obama being paid by Rezko?
The Witness: (Frawley) Im not answering that question based upon my attorneys instructions.
Less than two months later, on January 26, 2011, the feds charged Frawley with bank fraud, although the statute of limitations on his crime had expired. He pled guilty on February 14, 2011 and was ordered to make restitution of $4,000,000. He awaits sentencing in mid-April after four previous sentencing dates were postponed.
Frawleys claim, that he passed money to Rezko that went to Obama, is referenced in an email to Cooley dated May 31, 2011, wherein Frawley outlines his thoughts on how to bring this to the publics attention.
From: Dan Frawley (address deleted)
Date: Tue, 31 May 2011 08:08:15 -0500
Subject: Frawely [sic] vs Weaver
To: Robert XXXXX (Cooley address deleted)
I think the best way to bring this to the public and media is to fact plead the malpractice case against Weaver.
I have discussed this with my attorney’s and they are willing to do it at the right time and way. Instead of a news conference being called like the gay guy did with Obama.
PUT AS THE GUTS OF THE SUIT THE MEETING AT THE FOUR SEASONS AND THE 4OO GRAND GOING TO YOU KNOW WHO AND THE USE OF THE MONEY.
I would bring this out in the for [sic] of a legal action not a personal vendetta. The media with the right reporters would make sure that was national news. When the usual denials are made or the old I don’t remember I hit him with the second naming names dates and places.
Punches are always more effective when thrown in combination. know [sic] we figure out the best timing.
Cooley confirmed to a source that YOU KNOW WHO refers to then U.S. Senator Barack Obama.
Cooley also told a source that, Dan was wearing a wire for a couple of years on Tony Rezko, and he told the feds he was giving money to Rezko for Barack Obama. They told him over and over again never to discuss Obama and wires with the FBI, the U.S. Attorneys office, and never even mention Obamas name.
Another undercover operative for the feds in the investigation of Rezko, Bernard T. Barton, Jr., alias John Thomas, was also prohibited from taping conversations concerning Obama.
According to the source, Cooley added that Frawley told him in several emails, during multiple phone conversations, and in a face-to-face meeting in Chicago, that he gave more than $1 million to Rezko who said that he wanted it for Obama.
Cooley speculated to the source that the indictment of Frawley ten years after the commission of bank fraud was intended to keep him quiet, to keep him from talking.
Despite his long association with Rezko, Frawley was not called as a prosecution witness in Rezkos 2008 trial.
From Boston.com June 27, 2008.
Grim proving ground for Obamas housing policy
The candidate endorsed subsidies for private entrepreneurs to build low-income units. But, while he garnered support from developers, many projects in his former district have fallen into disrepair.
The squat brick buildings of Grove Parc Plaza, in a dense neighborhood that Barack Obama represented for eight years as a state senator, hold 504 apartments subsidized by the federal government for people who cant afford to live anywhere else.
But its not safe to live here.
About 99 of the units are vacant, many rendered uninhabitable by unfixed problems, such as collapsed roofs and fire damage. Mice scamper through the halls. Battered mailboxes hang open. Sewage backs up into kitchen sinks. In 2006, federal inspectors graded the condition of the complex an 11 on a 100-point scale a score so bad the buildings now face demolition.
One of the largest recipients of the subsidies was Rezmar Corp., founded in 1989 by Tony Rezko, who ran a company that sold snacks at city beaches, and Daniel Mahru, who ran a company that sold ice to Rezko. Neither man had development experience.
Over the next nine years, Rezmar used more than $87 million in government grants, loans, and tax credits to renovate about 1,000 apartments in 30 Chicago buildings. Companies run by the partners also managed many of the buildings, collecting government rent subsidies.
Rezmar collected millions in development fees but fell behind on mortgage payments almost immediately. On its first project, the city government agreed to reduce the companys monthly payments from almost $3,000 to less than $500.
By the time Obama entered the state Senate in 1997, the buildings were beginning to deteriorate. In January 1997, the city sued Rezmar for failing to provide adequate heat in a South Side building in the middle of an unusually cold winter. It was one of more than two dozen housing-complaint suits filed by the city against Rezmar for violations at its properties.
People who lived in some of the Rezmar buildings say trash was not picked up and maintenance problems were ignored. Roofs leaked, windows whistled, insects moved in.
In the winter I can feel the cold air coming through the walls and the sockets, said Anthony Frizzell, 57, who has lived for almost two decades in a Rezmar building on South Greenwood Avenue. They didnt insulate it or nothing.
Sharee Jones, who lives in another former Rezko building one block away, said her apartment was rat-infested for years.
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It’s ALL been a well constructed, organized and executed coup d’etat, with a thoroughly brazen heathen thug at the top and his equally corrupt Atty. General running defense. Lord, have mercy.
#VetThePrez : Its Dan Mahrus turn to sing
Posted on March 21, 2012
Shortly after yesterdays release by WNDs Jerome Corsi of the Postman video about Barack Obama and the Ayers family, IllinoisPayToPlay.com announced that Corsi also has in his possession another possibly damaging video, one in which Corsi videotaped several hours of an interview he conducted during late summer 2011 with former Tony Rezko associate, Daniel T. Frawley.
Coincidentally, I had started reposting updated versions of a number of articles from the 2008 primary timeframe, starting with one about a real estate deal and loans gone sideways between Barack Obamas long-time friend and confidant, convicted political fixer and personal real estate fairy, Tony Rezko; one of Rezkos top campaign donors and investor, Semir Sirazi; and Iraqi-British billionaire businessman, Nadhmi Auchi.
In a follow up, I added a lengthy article, Guess Whos Coming to Dinner? Nadhmi Auchi, Illinois State Elites, the Obamas, which details events surrounding Auchis April 2004 visit to the U.S. and both a reception and a dinner coordinated and hosted by Rezko in Auchis honor. At the heart of the story is the lack of memory by both Barack Obama and Auchi that they were (1) there and (2) ever met each other.
Late yesterday, following the IllinoisPayToPlay.com announcement, I reposted another article already in the works, Its time for Dan Frawley to sing.
The series would not be complete without todays addition with what I think is a most appropriate title originally posted in February 2009 as a Daniel Mahru reader.
Ask yourself as you read the following what Mahru might have to sing about.
1-1-1-a-temp4Daniel Mahru Tony Rezkos former development partner was bankrupt, Tim Novak had reported in the Chicago Sun-Times.
Dan Mahru a lawyer who became an ice peddler and real estate developer has filed for bankruptcy, declaring that he and his business partners, including Rezko, owe as much as $95 million to creditors.
Mahru estimates his personal debts could be as high as $50 million.
Mahru and Rezko split a few years ago . But theyre still fighting dozens of lawsuits filed over housing developments they built. I couldnt handle all the multitude of lawsuits involving Mr. Rezko, Mahru says.
Mahru lists $48,970.61 in assets in the bankruptcy case he filed shortly before Christmas.
His creditors are a whos who of Rezkos world, including:
auch-portrait A company owned by Nadhmi Auchi took control of 62 acres in the South Loop that Rezko and Mahru hoped to develop [in 2002].
Joseph Cacciatore, a lawyer and developer who says hes owed $5 million from the South Loop project.
John Thomas, a developer and FBI mole who helped authorities document the repeated visits former Gov. Rod Blagojevich and Obama made to the offices where Rezko and Mahru ran their Rezmar Corp.
Fortunee Massuda, a podiatrist who invested millions in Rezmar projects.
Mahru had stopped paying the $1.5 million mortgage on his Glencoe home, then in foreclosure. He owed $5.4 million on mortgages for his company, Automatic Ice, which provided icemakers to restaurants and hotels. And he owed more than $480,000 in legal fees to eight law firms including $5,075.28 to the law firm of Ald. Edward M. Burke.
Crains reported December 17, 2008, on Mahrus bankruptcy filing:
Mahru, who now has his own company, blamed [Tony] Rezko for his financial troubles, saying Mr. Rezko has not lived up to the terms of a September 2005 buyout of Mr. Mahrus stake in Rezmar.
Im forced into this position because of Mr. Rezko, said Mr. Mahru, CEO of Chicago-based Radian Development LLC. The bankruptcy filing is not my first choice, its my last choice, he added.
As part of the buyout agreement, Mr. Rezko agreed to reimburse Mr. Mahru in connection with any Rezmar-related litigation, Mr. Mahru said. Mr. Rezko also agreed to pay a $2-million promissory note, Mr. Mahru said, and make an additional payment, which Mr. Mahru declined to disclose. [...]
Mr. Mahrus bankruptcy petition comes as he says he faces collection efforts by creditors on several Rezmar ventures, including a 4.4-acre site in Sauganash on the Northwest Side, where nearly four years ago Rezmar planned to build 35 homes.
The plan collapsed, and Wisconsin-based lender M&I Marshall & Isley Bank last year obtained a judgment for about $13 million, property and court records show.
Mr. Mahru said creditors have obtained several other judgments against him in connection with Rezmar projects, which he declined to identify.
In March, National City Bank filed a $1.5-million foreclosure lawsuit on Mr. Mahrus Glencoe home. Mr. Mahru says the case is in limbo.
Crains clarified the little matter of whether or not Mahru had been cooperating with federal prosecutors in Rezkos criminal cases. (In 2008, both Mary Wisniewski at the Chicago Sun-Times (Rezko accuses ex-partner. Mahru denies claim he turned informant to avoid arrest) and I (at RBO) wrote about Rezkos power plantbribe allegation.) Crains wrote:
There is little love between Messrs. Rezko and Mahru.
In December 2005, after Rezmars breakup, Mr. Mahru began cooperating with federal investigators against Mr. Rezko, according to a document filed by Mr. Rezko in one of his two criminal cases. Mr. Mahru ultimately was not called as a witness in Mr. Rezkos case.
Mr. Mahru declined to comment about the investigation except to say, Ive had no discussions with the federal authorities in a very long time.
Tim Novak, who has followed and reported extensively on Rezko, wrote a pair of articles April 23 and 24, 2007, from which I have borrowed heavily below.
Novak reported on April 23, 2007, that [f]or more than five weeks during the brutal winter of 1997, tenants shivered without heat in a government-subsidized apartment building on Chicagos South Side.
It was just four years after the landlords Antoin Tony Rezko and his partner Daniel Mahru had rehabbed the 31-unit building in Englewood with a loan from Chicago taxpayers.
Rezko and Mahru couldnt find money to get the heat back on.
But their company, Rezmar Corp., did come up with $1,000 to give to the political campaign fund of Barack Obama, the newly elected state senator whose district included the unheated building. [...]
Obama, who has worked as a lawyer and a legislator to improve living conditions for the poor, took campaign donations from Rezko even as Rezkos low-income housing empire was collapsing, leaving many African-American families in buildings riddled with problems including squalid living conditions, vacant apartments, lack of heat, squatters and drug dealers. [...] Eleven of Rezkos buildings were in Obamas state Senate district.
Chief among them was Obama mentor Tony Rezko. Born in Aleppo, Syria, home of strongman Bashar al-Assad, Rezko migrated to the U.S. in the late 1970s and built a political and financial empire in Chicago and Springfield, the Illinois capital.
Rezko was a generous financial supporter of Chicago-based Arab-American activist groups, including the Arab American Democratic Club, or AADC, and the Arab American Action Network, or AAAN.
The Obamas attended several AAAN dinners, including one honoring Khalidi. More recently, Hatem Abudayyeh, AAAN's executive director, attended an April 22, 2010, Obama policy briefing, according to White House visitor logs.
In September 2010, FBI investigators raided Abudayyeh's Chicago home reportedly seeking evidence of AAAN being used as a conduit for funding to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and other Middle Eastern terrorist groups.
Rezko Connections: More Reasons Obama Should Worry
3/6/2008 03:01 AM
Why does Barack Obama need to worry about a previously unknown court filing that revealed, on the second day of jury selection in the trial of Antoin Tony Rezko, that a prosecution witness accuses Mr. Rezko to have bribed the Iraqi Coalition Provisional Authority Minister of Electricity Aiham Alsammarae with $1.5 million for a bogus contract in 2005?
The reason Mr. Obama need worry is that the contract at issue, $50 million for an Illinois-based private security guard enterprise called Companion Security, turns up in Iraqi government court documents in the pursuit of $650 million stolen from the CPA between 2003 and 2006 by Mr. Alsammarae.
There are lots of names of companies in the States that they used to steal from us, a Baghdad official with full knowledge of the case says of the four-inch-thick file of court documents that convicted Mr. Alsammarae in October 2006; and here is Companion.
The reason Mr. Obama need worry is that Mr. Rezkos accuser,
is not only a government witness in this present Rezko trial, but also was the lawyer for the original Companion Security deal and is reported to have pushed another Rezko partner in Companion Security, Daniel T. Frawley, to revive the Companion contract in the spring and summer of 2006 in conversation with both Governor Rod Blagojevichs office and Senator Barack Obamas office.
The reason Mr. Obama need worry is that, according to the same court filing, Mr. Mahru has been cooperating with the Federal investigation of Mr. Rezko since December 2005, ten months before Mr. Rezko was indicted.
Mr. Mahru was Mr. Rezkos partner in the real estate development company Rezmar for 16 years until the two men broke in December 2005. Mr. Mahru then became partners with John Thomas in a troubled Miami real estate deal; and it is well established that Mr. Thomas has been a cooperating federal witness who wore a wire as a mole for the FBI in 2004 and 2005, including in many visits to Mr. Rezkos offices, where frequent callers included Governor Blagojevich and State Senator Barack Obama. The government states that Mr. Thomas did not record the governor or the state senator.
The reason Mr. Obama need worry is that Mr. Mahrus accusation means that federal prosecutors were watching what Mr. Rezko was doing the Rezko-Auchi deal with the 62-acre Chicago site from 2003, the Rezko-Auchi-Alsammarae deal with the CPA Ministry of Electricity plant at Chamchamal, Kurdistan, from 2004, the Rezko-Frawley-Mahru-Alsammarae Companion Security deal from 2005 while Mr. Rezko was fundraising for Mr. Obama in his successful campaign for the U.S. Senate in 2004 and then into Mr. Obamas first term.
There is no evidence of wrongdoing by Senator Obama, nor none alleged; however, there is an unsavory tale of how the Chicago political machine works for its friends and supporters, stretching from the South Side of Chicago all the way to Baghdad.
There is also now alleged a direct link, the bribe, between Mr. Rezko and Mr. Alsammarae for the Companion Security deal of 2005. This raises questions about the contract that may be difficult to answer for those who became involved in trying to revive the contract in 2006, such as the offices of Governor Rod Blagojevich and Senator Obama.
There are large holes in the narrative, and some inconsistencies. For example, if Mr. Rezko broke with Mr. Mahru in December 2005, does that mean that Mr. Rezko continued to participate in the revival of the Companion Security deal that he had bribed Mr. Alsammarae to obtain?
And did the fact that the protracted communication between Companion Securitys representative, Daniel T. Frawley, and Senator Obamas Moline office aide, Seamus Ahern that was broken off sometime in late 2006 have anything to do with the indictment and arrest of Mr. Rezko in October 2006 or the Baghdad conviction for fraud of Mr. Alsammarae in October 2006?
Governor Blagojevichs office and Senator Obamas office both have stated that they did not know of the connections among Companion, Mr. Frawley and Mr. Rezko. But did they know of the connections among Companion, Mr. Frawley and Mr. Mahru, a long-time partner with Mr. Rezko, who was with Mr. Rezko when the alleged bribe was made?
(The bribe was allegedly paid by an escrow account at the esteemed Bryan Cave Law firm, which has a well-established legal practice in the Middle East, including Iraq.)
An additional concern for Senator Obama with regard these tangled criminal allegations against his longtime patron and friend Mr. Rezko, is that while Mr. Rezko is visibly on trial detained by federal prosecutors as a flight risk since it was revealed that he tried to deceive the court about $3.7 million dollars paid to him by his Rezmar business partner, the London billionaire investor Nadhmi Auchi is that the alleged recipient of the Companion Security bribe, Aiham Alsammarae, is not available and may be overseas.
Mr. Alsammaraes family told the AP on Tuesday, when the bribe was revealed, that Mr. Alsammarae was overseas and could not be reached for comment. My efforts to reach Mr. Alsammarae for the last week through his Chicago engineering firm, KCI Engineering Consultants, have not been successful either.
Messages left on Mr. Alsammaraes voice mail as recently as Wednesday have not been returned; the mobile phone number Mr. Alsammaraes message gives in his excellent English is disconnected; a paper message left with the receptionist, who said he was away and would return his calls, has not been answered; the receptionist no longer answers in person and calls to her go to her voice mail.
What is most worrisome about Mr. Alsammaraes absence is that, while he is alleged in a federal court filing in the Northern District of Illinois to have taken a bribe for a U.S. firms contract with the Iraqi CPA, he is also a convicted thief in Iraq with a nine year sentence pending, from which he has been a fugitive since December 2006. There exists an Interpol warrant online for his arrest and return to Iraq.
Until Mr. Alsammarae returns to answer questions about his awarding the proven-fraudulent Companion Security contract when he was Minister of Electricity in 2005, this matter will hang over the opinions and perhaps fates of Mr. Rezko, Mr. Mahru, Governor Blagojevich, and Senator Obama.
Mr. Alsammarae has information vital to clearing the suspicions, or deepening them, about Chicago political actors involved in a presidential campaign.
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Apparently: ‘cooperating’ with a Chicago-based US attorney
when it involves one of the in crowd, means .. you will do what we want you to do with an an offer you can’t refuse.
“Mr. Mahru has been cooperating with the Federal investigation of Mr. Rezko since December 2005, ten months before Mr. Rezko was indicted.”
Grim proving ground for Obama's housing policy
"About 99 of the units are vacant, many rendered uninhabitable by unfixed problems, such as collapsed roofs and fire damage. Mice scamper through the halls. Battered mailboxes hang open. Sewage backs up into kitchen sinks. In 2006, federal inspectors graded the condition of the complex an 11 on a 100-point scale - a score so bad the buildings now face demolition."
The MOST TRANSPARENT administration ever!!!!
Sure it is.
Wonder what Jesse Jackson Jr. will have to add to this,
once he “recovers” from whatever is ailing him today?