I'm looking forward to presenting with other keynote speakers, including New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter, at the Nice-Actimize "engageLIVE" event on June 9 & 10, 2021. I'll share insights about my undercover journeys as a launderer for some of the world's biggest criminal organizations.
During the sentencing of former Honduran Congressman Antonio "Tony" Hernandez, Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Laroche and U.S. District Court Judge Kevin Castel proclaimed that Juan Orlando Hernandez, the current President of Honduras, was a co-conspirator with his brother, "Tony", in a massive drug conspiracy. In a word, they defined the President as corrupt. They accused him of being the leader of a narco-state that endangers countless U.S. and Honduran Citizens. Read about it in my latest article published by the Tampa Bay Times:
Tony Hernandez was central to a huge cocaine-trafficking syndicate that sent 200 tons of cocaine to the U.S., plunged Honduras into a narco-state, impoverished its people and contributed to the exodus of its citizens to the U.S. border.
LIFE IN PRISON + 30 YEARS FOR BROTHER OF HONDURAN PRESIDENT
Today, during a 2-hour hearing, U.S. District Court Judge P. Kevin Castel rendered his sentence on Juan Antonio "Tony" Hernandez, brother of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez. Just before revealing his decision, Judge Castel said, "Based on Juan Antonio Hernandez' free choice to engage in a life of trafficking over a 12-year period, which effected the lives and the people of the United States and in Honduras, a sentence of life imprisonment is richly deserved." He then sentenced Hernandez to life in prison on Count 1, a consecutive 30 year prison term on Count 2, A second concurrent life sentence on Count 3, and a concurrent 5 year sentence on Count 4. In effect, this means life in prison, plus 30 years. He also ordered that Hernandez forfeit $138.5 million, the amount he is calculated to have earned from his 12 years of drug trafficking.
During a lengthy presentation made by Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Laroche, emphasis was made on behalf of the government that "Tony" Hernandez' partners in crime included none other than his brother, Juan Orlando Hernandez, the sitting President of Honduras.
By the end of the week, I'll report significant details about what was said by the Judge, the prosecutor, "Tony" Hernandez' counsel, and "Tony" himself, who spoke at length at his sentencing. The people of Honduras should have hope that the bright lights being cast by America on their unfortunate plight will awaken the world to the horror they live every day. We will not turn a blind eye.
Corporate Compliance Insights published my latest article about the coordinated efforts by U.S. authorities to address the oppressive corruption, massive narco-trafficking, human rights violations, and other crimes occurring in Honduras. The article addresses the latest developments in courtrooms and Congress that signal to the people of Honduras that America cares about their plight and will vigorously fight against their oppression. At 2:00pm today, “Tony” Hernandez, the brother of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, will be sentenced. The U.S. government is asking the court to sentence him to life in prison, plus 30 years, and to assess fines and forfeitures against him in the amount of $148.5 million:
On a steaming tropical day, 13-year-old Anthony went missing. His 7-year-old brother, Kenneth, was concerned. He pumped his legs like pistons, peddled his bike to a known gang area in hopes of rescuing his brother. The next day, the tragic truth was revealed. Anthony was found, shot in the head. Kenneth had been tortured and beaten to death with sticks and rocks.
Around the same time, a morgue in the town received 60 bodies, all victims of violence, piled in a heap, each wrapped in a brown plastic bag. The coroner wept as he shared his normal, corpses of children under 10 years old, sometime as young as 2. Welcome to San Pedro Sula, the murder capital of the world.
Learning these facts, I was driven to discover how this horrific carnage could be a daily event. Where are the authorities? Where is government? What are they doing while the country’s poor population is slaughtered?
I devoted nearly a month, researching what the ruling party and highest officials in Honduras were doing. I poured through dockets, case pleadings, transcripts, reports by journalists, and more. What I discovered would horrify anyone. There is an answer to why a child in Honduras is 10 times more likely to be killed than your child in the United States. I found my answer and offered it to Thomson Reuters for publication. I’m grateful that they printed the story today. Here’s the link:
In this series of articles, international financial crime expert Robert Mazur explores the risks to financial institutions — and the United States as a whole — presented by the current administration in Honduras.