Haitian Government Sues Aristide in U.S. to Recover State Telco Funds

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Sunday, January 1, 2006
Bruce Zagaris
On November 3, 2005, several law firms representing the Haitian government filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Miami against Haitian former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, accusing him of stealing millions from the Haitian treasury and the state-owned telephone company. The suit alleges that Mr. Aristide and eight co-defendants violated U.S. law while transferring "tens of millions of dollars" in stolen public funds and revenues from Haiti Teleco to the U.S. The complaint demands damages for violations of the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), violations of state RICO laws in Florida and New Jersey, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, deceit, and conspiracy to defraud ? [more]