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New questions arise in response to money laundering allegations

Haiti’s Central Financial Intelligence Unit initiated an investigation on President-elect Jovenel Moise in 2013, but new details are coming to light in the weeks leading up to his scheduled swear-in. The investigation covers his transactions from 2007 to 2013, including the purchase of 45 vehicles and large cash deposits. Additionally, Moise faces a second allegation by the Unit for the Fight against Corruption, which highlights two delinquent loans totaling over $1 million that were approved outside of standard procedures. Many Haitians now fear that these money laundering allegations will hinder Haiti’s ability to receive foreign assistance and work with established banks outside of the country.

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Before Haiti’s president-elect even takes office, he’s battling money-laundering suspicions

Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald

January 24, 2017

A Haitian judge is investigating a report by the government’s financial crimes unit indicating that incoming President Jovenel Moïse may have laundered millions of dollars through at least one local bank, and a separate claim that he received special treatment to obtain thousands of dollars in business loans.

Just two weeks before Moïse, 48, is set to be sworn in on Feb. 7, Judge Brédy Fabien has begun hearing testimony “that it is possible Mr. Jovenel Moïse manipulated funds that have nothing to do with his businesses,” according to a 68-page report by Haiti’s Central Financial Intelligence Unit.

The investigation was initiated in 2013 after a bank contacted the financial crimes unit about suspicious transactions, said Sonel Jean-François, head of the unit that investigates money laundering. The administrative report was first leaked in the fall during Haiti’s presidential campaign.

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