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“Dig Deeper” the headline read…
So I did.
When I first snagged this recent #CDAN entry to repost on Social Media, my initial thought was this had a lot to do with “The Church,” which is that Mormon-offshoot we went over in deeper detail during my recent article.
Turns off… that connection was somewhat tangential, and the real story here is much more involved.
But first things first, guys. Yes, I know there’s been a lot of #NewQ lately. Yes, I’m very much aware of the whole Mueller debacle (I watched the whole thing – both disastrous sessions), and the manifold “happenings” going on right now.
I’ll cover those all, soon.
But we’ve simply got to talk about this Blind Item because this is so much bigger than people understand right now.
Initially, I thought this had to do with the recent food stamp eligibility requirements being altered by the Trump administration. To be sure, I wasn’t the only one. But something about that answer just didn’t fit, so I returned to dig more, the next day. And so, I started over from square one, mentally erasing all my previous assumptions and starting from square one.
As with any good Blind Item, the first question we have to answer is who is this really about?
We have a few hints to help get us started:
- The event happened recently, but was overshadowed by all the other news.
- It’s connected to a religious cult (most likely “The Church” – that is, FLDS – in some way).
- They stole a HUGE amount of money from the government.
- They were involved in human trafficking.
- They have a presence in the Middle East.
And then, of course, there’s always the comments section (Hey, any good detective always tries to listen to the chatter he overhears in the “streets) “where one comment in particular stood out:
Washakie Renewable Energy?
I had never heard of it. I’m sure most reading this haven’t, either.
A bit of digging later, and my jaw hit the floor. Read on:
Two executives of a Salt Lake City biodiesel company linked to a polygamous group have pleaded guilty to charges filed in what prosecutors have called a $511 million tax credit scheme, according to documents made public Friday. Washakie Renewable Energy once described itself as the largest producer of clean burning and sustainable biodiesel in Utah, but prosecutors said the company was actually creating fake production records to get renewable-fuel tax credits, then laundering the proceeds from 2010 through 2016. Prosecutors plan to seize items including a $3.6 million home in Huntington Beach, California, as well as a Bugatti and Lamborghini…
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two executives of a Salt Lake City biodiesel company linked to a polygamous group have pleaded guilty to charges filed in what prosecutors have called a $511 million tax credit scheme, according to documents made public Friday.
Washakie Renewable Energy once described itself as the largest producer of clean burning and sustainable biodiesel in Utah, but prosecutors said the company was actually creating fake production records to get renewable-fuel tax credits, then laundering the proceeds from 2010 through 2016.
Prosecutors plan to seize items including a $3.6 million home in Huntington Beach, California, as well as a Bugatti and Lamborghini as a result of the pleas.
Company CEO Jacob Kingston pleaded guilty Thursday to more than three dozen counts, including mail fraud, money laundering and obstruction of justice. His brother and company CFO Isaiah Kingston pleaded guilty to more than a dozen similar counts.
What’s unusual about all this is the involvement of yet another hyper-polygamous Mormon sect known as the “Latter Day Church of Christ,” “The Co-op,” or more commonly, “The Kingston Group.”
As I was piecing this story together, I went to the boards to see if Q had any input:
Q didn’t have anything to add, but one Anon directed my attention to this recent, “coincidental” tweet from 1st Daughter Ivanka:
HAHAHAHA IT WAS TOTALLY JUST AUTOCORRECT LET ME DRAW MORE ATTENTION TO IT BY SAYING IT WAS AUTOCORRECT.
Ya did good, Ivanka.
Now I knew I was on the right track.
So what is the Kingston Group?
The Kingston group is a splinter group that spun off by Charles Kingston from the more mainstream Mormon church (much like the FLDS) in the wake of them banning polygamist practice. It’s possible in the Kingston group for some men can have a double-digit number of wives, with each having that dozens of children to their name.
The two Kingston brothers charged here are, I believe (though without explicit records it’s hard to verify, given the size and scope of these families), 5th or 6th generation Kingstons. They are definitely the sons of John Daniel Kingston, who is one of the more prominent members of the sect today.
And this guy… is not a nice guy at all… Deseret News reported on the abuse taking place within his own family, when two of his daughters fled to the authorities and gave their testimonies against their father:
Details of an abusive, dirty and neglected Kingston home surfaced Tuesday as transcripts of the testimony of two of polygamist John Daniel Kingston's teenage daughters were released.
Details of an abusive, dirty and neglected Kingston home surfaced Tuesday as transcripts of the testimony of two of polygamist John Daniel Kingston’s teenage daughters were released.
According to testimony from his 13-year-old daughter, Kingston beat her, her mother and her siblings and forced his children to eat rotten food he dug out of the garbage, drink rotten milk and worse.
“He’s . . . let them throw up and (made) them drink it,” the girl said. “Arrest my dad and have him be in jail forever, or else do to him what he’s done to us.”
Kingston was in 3rd District Court on Tuesday with one of his wives, Heidi Foster, for a third day of child abuse and neglect hearings. The next hearing is scheduled for June 3.
In her testimony, the 13-year-old alleges that when she was just 4 or 5, Kingston hit her in the face for neglecting to say “hi” to his mother. And on one occasion, Kingston hit his children one at a time with a 2-by-4, the girl said.
According to testimony, Kingston once grabbed a 5-year-old son by the hair and slapped the boy for scratching the family’s van. When asked what happened to the boy’s face, the girl responded, “(It) got bruised for a while.”
On another occasion, the 13-year-old testified, Kingston slapped her sister, resulting in a bloody nose and a blood-smeared face.
Kingston allegedly dragged Foster, who was pregnant, down a set of stairs by her hair, according to the 13-year-old. When confronted about the incident in February, the girl said Kingston told her, “Oh, are you sure it wasn’t a dream?” The girl later testified she had seen Kingston hit Foster with an open hand.
The girl also testified Kingston regularly slaps children when they are crying, saying, “Quit crying or I’m going to do it again.”
Girls in the group are often forced into marriages as young teenagers, and sometimes to first cousins.
Currently leading the Kingston group is Paul Elden Kingston – and this is why I’m not sure whether the men being charged in this case are 5th or 6th generation, because I’m not sure if John Daniel Kingston is Paul’s brother, or his son. It’s at least a 4 generation minimum with John Daniel, though, because Paul Elden Kingston is the son of John Ortell Kingston, who was the son of Elden Kingston, who was the son of the founder of the sect, Charles W. Kingston.
Currently, Paul Elden Kingston has at least 27 wives, and has sired up to 300 children.
Of course, this kind of system inextricably leads to systemic poverty among those in the “lower ranks” (read: the laity, and not the church leadership), where one man could feasibly sire tens, of not potentially hundreds of children between dozens of women. There’s a standard practice in the community where all the wives will “go gardening” when supplies run short, which really means… they pick through local garbage bins for anything edible, as a group.
And while the Kingston leaders of the group are quite well off, the systemic poverty has also caused the group to engage in something akin to pooling all their resources, but at a sort of “macro” communal level – like a kind of pre-first-Thanksgiving-at-Plymouth-Rock, “Religiously inspired” Socialism. This practice is called a “United Order.”
Proceeds from businesses, and often individual paychecks, are pooled in the Kingston version of the old Mormon practice known as a united order. Prosecutors believe money fraudulently obtained by Jacob and Isaiah Kingston went to lending companies that lent money to other members of the sect to purchase the properties.
This also leads to them having a kind of… for lack of a better term, business and investment fund, wherein they buy up tons of businesses in the area, which ostensibly makes the group “stronger” but which never seems to actually solve the systemic poverty the women and children endure – even as the Kingstons’ coffers grow fatter:
Prosecutors have said both men are members of the northern Utah-based Davis County Cooperative Society, also known as the Kingston Group, which practices polygamy and owns hundreds of businesses. Group leaders have condemned fraudulent business practices.
Wikipedia actually gives us a decent sampling of some of the businesses they own:
The Utah holdings of the Davis County Cooperative are estimated at more than $2 million, including the following:
- A-1 Disposal
- AAA Alarm
- AAA Security
- Advanced Copy (located next to Family Stores True Value)
- Advance Vending
- AM Security Alarm Co.
- American Digital Systems
- ANR Company Inc.
- Arrow Real Estate
- Bail Bond Specialists
- Best Distributing Amusement Games
- C.O.P. Coal Development Co.
- C.W. Mining Co. (Related entities: Co-Op Mine; CoOp Mining Co.)
- Coalt Inc.
- D.U. Company Inc.
- Davis County Cooperative Society Inc.
- Desert Tech
- Johns Market
- Family Stores True Value
- Fidelity Funding Corp.
- Fountain of Youth Health & Athletic Club
- Garco Industrial Park
- H.K. Engineering Inc.
- Hiawatha Coal Co. Inc.
- Holtz Inc.
- IA Castle Corp.
- Kalvin Property Company
- Kingston Dairy
- Little Red School House Montessori
- L.P.M. Corporation
- Men’s Shoe Repair and Men’s Store
- Mountain Vendors Machine Distributors
- Mountain Coin Machine Distributors
- N.U.B. Corp.
- National Business Management Inc.
- P.M.C. Inc
- PGAC Inc.
- Premier Catering
- RE Company Inc.
- Speciality Consulting Services Inc.
- Spezialized Inc.
- Sportsman’s Bail Bond Specialists
- Sportsman’s Fast Cash
- Sportsman’s Pawn Shops
- Standard Industries Inc.
- Standard Restaurant Equipment Company
- Stevens Wearhouse (located also by Family Stores on the opposite side)
- The Larken Ranch
- U.P.C. Inc
- North Low Creek Irrigation & Power Co.
- Westmark Inc.
- Western Enterprises
- Washakie Ranch
- Washakie Renewable Energy
Everything from retail, to mining, to security companies, and more.
And then there’s Washakie Renewable Energy (WRE).
(Keep in mind, as you’re watching this, that pretty much everything this company is presenting in this video is a lie):
Furthermore, businesses owned by the sect generally put the profits from the businesses (minus the operating expenses) back into a church fund – where it can then be sheltered and used for whatever the church leadership (read: the Kingstons) deems fit. So is this a way of laundering money? Well, the charges would indicate so.
The story about Washakie broke in 2016, when a Kingston-employee-turned-whistleblower exposed the tax scheme:
KUTV When several businesses inside the Kingston polygamist empire, including Washakie Renewable Energy, was raided by federal agents Wednesday, officials where tight lipped. But in a 2News exclusive, a former employee, with intimate knowledge of the inner
The Kingston clan has dozens, possibly even more than 100 businesses that they run across the Salt Lake Valley, many of them in South Salt Lake City. Washakie, is one of the biggest. It claim to produce a bio-diesel, known as B-99. The company can get a dollar in tax credits for each gallon they produce, but this former employee says she isn’t even sure the company was producing any of the fuel.“There was very little fuel that came out of Washakie while I was there,” said the woman, who wants to remain anonymous out of fear of reprisals from her former bosses.
She says the company would purchase B-99 from outside vendors, store it, repackage it, sell it, then get the tax credits.
“I think initially they might have done some production in bio-diesels but when they realized it wasn’t as profitable as they were trying to make it. They found they had more profits off the tax credits,” said the former employee. She also says her bosses, Washakie founders Isiah and Jacob Kingston, would sell one shipment of B-99 to an outsider company, then turn around, and on paper only, resell the same shipment up to four more times to a Kingston shell company.
The company would get not one, but five times the tax credits.
The woman, who worked for the company for a year, before quitting when she felt the company might be involved with illegal activities, provided us with documents that appear to substantiate her claims.
It’s since come out that the whistleblower’s name was Mary Nelson, a former member of the Kingston Group:
Her testimony lead to a raid on Washakie Renewable Energy in 2016 – literally about a month after Trump took the oath of office (give or take a few days) – but inserted into the first article is this troubling line, which indicates that perhaps something much bigger is going on behind-the-scenes with this group:
Jacob Kingston also had an unidentified contact who tipped him off ahead of a federal raid 2016, allowing the brothers to remove their hard drives from their computers and one belonging to their mother, according to plea documents.
That tip-off means someone in Law enforcement knew about the whistleblower and the raid beforehand – and was working with the Kingstons to keep their criminal activities under-wraps.
Which, well, as you’ll see later, this is human trafficking-related. So that shouldn’t come as a complete surprise that corrupt government officials would want to keep this up and running.
Details emerge about how the fraud was carried out in the first article. Essentially, the company maintained a number of fuel depots around the world and simply moved their supply of B99 around these different depots in order to make it look like they were producing this biofuel fuel, for which they would then receive tax credits. But really, it was just a shell game.
The men’s mother, Rachel Kingston, would help “the men rotate the same fuel between tanks in Texas, Louisiana and Panama to create the false appearance of buying biodiesel, then helping them launder the money and purge records.”
So now we’re talking about John Daniel Kingston’s 62-year-old wife facing up to 40 years in prison. (Are we really going to pretend he didn’t know what was going on?)
Now these guys stole 500+ mil in tax credits, laundered it, and then used it to buy playthings for themselves. From the first article:
Prosecutors plan to seize items including a $3.6 million home in Huntington Beach, California, as well as a Bugatti and Lamborghini as a result of the pleas.
The article also notes, further down:
The money was used to buy houses and property in Turkey and Belize as well as Utah and Arizona, according to plea documents.
Turkey and Belize??
Buying an LA mansion with your stolen tax dollars is pretty much a cliche at this point. But buying properties in Turkey and Belize??
What’s going on there?
Tuck that question in the back of your mind, moving forward, because, as our first article tells us… there’s another man charged in all of this. Thus far, everyone who plead guilty to all this has been a member of the Kingston clan… but this guy…
This is where things get really interesting.
A fifth person charged in the case, California businessman Lev Aslan Dermen, has pleaded not guilty to charges including mail fraud and money laundering.
Lev Aslan Derman is also know as Levon Termendzhyan (he had his name changed in 2019). Normally, at this point I’d ask “Who is this guy, and how does he connect to all this?”
But then… I read the next line in the report:
That hasn’t changed, his lawyer Mark Geragos said.
Wait, MARK GERAGOS is involved in this case?!?
(Oh, and the emphasis here is mine, in case that wasn’t clear).
For those who don’t know who Geragos is, he’s a big-shot Hollywood lawyer who has repped all manner of celebrities over the years, including Michael Jackson and Winona Ryder. He first rose to prominence during the Whitewater scandal, where he secured a presidential pardon from Bill Clinton for his client, Susan McDougal.
who is currently representing Clare Bronfman in the #NXIVM scandal
AND he’s currently listed as unindicted co-conspirator (CC-1) in the SDNY case against Michael Avenatti.
YEAH. You get all that?
I’ve highlighted the relevant sections of that indictment below:
(Fun fact: Geragos was ALSO Colin Kapernick’s attorney).
So, let’s just review:
The guy who got a presidential pardon for his client who was convicted during the Whitewater scandal, repped numerous celebs, repped Kapernick, who is currently involved in the defense of the NXIVM sex-and-human-trafficking-cult, and who is also trying to protect Kamala Harris and Cory Booker (through his proxy defense of Smollett), AND who is implicated in a plot to extort Nike…
Is also representing this random guy in this case… which Enty says is really about cover for human trafficking.
What are the odds?
So now back to our original question: Who is “Lev Derman?”
Well, the guy doesn’t exactly hide out, at least online. He’s got a number of online profiles that read roughly like the example below:
And from his CakeResume page, we learn he was born in Armenia:
I’m sure it’s entirely coincidental that, just a few years ago, Geragos was producing and acting in a film called Lost and Found in Armenia, which was also shot in LA and Armenia, by a production company calling itself “Red Tie.”
Note the plot, first. A senator’s son gets mistaken for a spy in Armenia.
HMMMM, wonder how they came up with that zinger of a plot!
Honestly…. This is the kind of crap film you make when you have someone who wants to sleep with the lead actress – or if you need cover for other nefarious deeds, like money laundering, “sex tourism,” etc.
(And just for those who may be joining us now, who don’t realize the significance of this, Q told us back in early 2018 that Armenia is the foreign nation with the highest amount of CIA [Clown] activity):
As for the “Red Tie” mention, well… think red scarf, red tie, red belt.
Think celebrity “suicide.”
New details on Kate Spade's death suggest that the fashion mogul may have used a scarf to commit [...]
I’m sure this is all just coincidental, however.
So what does the actual indictment say in all this, but especially in regards to Derman?
First thing to note, the indictment was previously sealed and comes to us directly from the desk of none other than the walking special counsel himself, John Huber, Destroyer of Worlds:
Points five and six are where we learn some specifics about Derman and his history:
So one of the Kingston brothers first owned this SBK Holding company, and then then transferred it over to Derman.
SBK Holdings USA is the US-based “sister company” of SBK Holding, based out of Istanbul.
So Lev Derman ultimately answers to the owner of SBK Holding.
And who owns SBK Holding?
SBK Holding is owned by Sezgin Baran Korkmaz… whose name may sound familiar, because it’s precisely who Mueller subpoenaed in order to try and get at Flynn back in 2017, supposedly because Mueller was hoping to find out how Ekim Alptekin paid Flynn for his work with FIG.
Turkish multimillionaire Sezgin Baran Korkmaz has denied alleged business links with another Turkish businessman believed to be under investigation over the hiring of former U.S....
Turkish multimillionaire Sezgin Baran Korkmaz has denied alleged business links with another Turkish businessman believed to be under investigation over the hiring of former U.S. National Security Advisor Mike Flynn’s company to research Turkey and the Gülenists. Korkmaz was reportedly subpoenaed by the U.S. Special Counsel investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential elections.
“I have no business partnership with Ekim Alptekin whatsoever. This is completely false. We are just friends,” Korkmaz said in a phone call.
A spokesman for Ekim Alptekin also said the two businessmen weren’t partners.
Except… that contradicts his earlier testimony:
The special counsel wanted to question a Turkish businessman with interests in Turkey, Russia and the U.S. — and ties to people with criminal records.
Since 2013, Korkmaz’s SBK has managed $500 million of investments in Turkey from another of Termendzhyan’s companies and from a third American company called Washakie Renewable Energy. The latter is part of a conglomerate controlled by the Kingston Group, a fundamentalist Mormon clan.
In a radio interview, Korkmaz said he convinced the Kingstons to invest in Turkey, and Alptekin is on the board of a Kingston entity that invests in Turkey. Kingston Group did not respond to requests for comment.
Here’s a photo from September 2017 where Jacob Kingston met with Sezgin Baran Korkmaz, Turkish President Erdogan, and the president of Mega Varlik Corp, Caglar Sendil.
So yeah. These guys are all connected.
And this is really where you should go back and read my previous article on Flynn if you haven’t already, because it will give you enough background on the case here (and because both Gen. Flynn’s brother and sister both liked the article on Twitter, with his sister proclaiming that it was “TRUE!!!):”
I… realized something today… Let me set this up: My readers know, I post a lot of Gab – and I love doing so because the 3000 character-limit is a happy medium between the constric…
I think we’re beginning to see the anatomy of this sting operation Flynn was running, and how much of a long-term play this has been.
To put it succinctly: I firmly believe that Flynn was running a government-sanctioned sting against the Clinton Foundation and the Obama administration.
By working with the “white hats” (if you can call them that) aligned with Erdogan, Flynn gained intel on the joint operation/dark money kickback scheme perpetrated by the Clinton Foundation and this radical Islamic cleric Fetulleh Gulen.
I believe Flynn was bound by an NDA, and therefore couldn’t defend himself/had to lie when questioned in order to protect the sensitive info obtained by this operation.
Later in the comments of the article I had to clarify that I didn’t believe Erdogan was a good guy by any stretch of the imagination. It’s just that he wasn’t aligned with the Clinton Cabal. I assumed that since Obama and Clinton were working together, they must have both approved sheltering Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen.
That may have been a poor assumption on my part.
Remember, the Cabal is not monolithic. As much as we like to chalk evil happenings up as the responsibility of “the Cabal,” these bad actors are rarely functioning as a unified front. What I now think is more likely in this scenario is while the Obama faction was sheltering Gulen, the Clinton faction (and Foundation) was working with Erdogan.
That also doesn’t mean the Obama faction was working against the Clinton faction. Rather, I think quite the opposite. All these federal biofuel credits came into existence during the Obama years.
If anything, I wouldn’t be shocked if Obama was knowingly facilitating this kind of fraud, in order to pay off Washakie Renewable Energy for the trafficking they were conducting – if indeed, CDAN is right (and CDAN is pretty much always right, folks).
So now, allow me to heavily speculate on what’s really going on, once again:
Obama sets up biofuel credits in order to “legally” fund human trafficking operations (and other nefarious endeavors).
Washakie sets up their operation to defraud the government with the help of government insiders (a fact attested to by the tip-off they received about the raid), and with foreign help/investment from Turkish businessmen and elites.
Why do they do this? Because they know of what the FLDS group has been doing, and think they can not only replicate it, but surpass it. (There are connections between the Kingston group and FLDS, which are outside the scope of this article).
Lev Derman is the US point of contact/man-on-the-ground for Sezgin Baran Korkmaz.
Korkmaz is aware of all that is going on, and Alptekin must too, since he sits on the board of one of a Kingston-owned investment company.
Given Alptekin’s proximity to the Turkish Government, its likely Erdogan knows about all that is going on, as well.
Washakie proceeds to launder minors to Turkey for years, where they are raped, tortured, and executed – most likely.
They get most, if not all of these minors, from their home-grown population of child-bearing women, who pop these babies out with extreme regularity. Because when your founder himself has over 300 children, who is really going to notice or care when one or two “troublemakers” disappears overseas for “mission work” or “rehabilitation” or whatever excuse they use.
The wealth of the Kingston clan explodes, since white children fetch higher prices on the human trafficking markets.
Meanwhile, Korkmaz launders his share of the money from the US Gov’t biofuel credits and trafficking operation through his holding company in Turkey.
Some of this money goes to Alptekin.
Alptekin hires Flynn to help with the Gulen Issue, since megalomaniacs are always trying to deal with perceived threats to their power.
But really, Flynn knows about the trafficking, and dives in to attempt to route out all this evil.
Which means… Mueller’s interview was probably an attempt to control the narrative. IF he had to charge someone with something in order to get at Flynn, it would have been some relatively minor crime, like, idk, money laundering or something. It certainly wouldn’t have been for human trafficking.
Which means, follow me here:
Mueller was working to keep that supply line of minors from Utah to Turkey open and operational.
Do you see now why Q calls Flynn a hero?
Now look, it’s highly highly highly probable I’m missing some chunks of information here. I’m doing the best I can with an internet connection at my disposal, but I’m willing to bet there are at least a few pieces missing from what I’ve managed to assemble here. As such, this last section where I speculate on the nature of this case should not be read authoritatively, but as (informed) speculation.
Remember, the only reason we’re even tipped off to the fact that this is a human trafficking operation in the first place is because Enty over at CDAN said so.
And while the evidence I’ve laid out here today certainly seems to support that – such as this being one of Huber’s sealed indictments, and Flynn’s proximity to the whole thing – we definitely need to keep our heads on a swivel and watch for any emerging details about this particular story and the players involved.
Because this, frankly, has gotten completely lost in all the hustle and bustle surrounding Mueller and other happenings. And it shouldn’t have, because it’s one of the most important developing stories right now.
Because this is the kind of story which, if revealed to the public in its entirety, could bring down the entire American Cabal in one fell swoop.
This is a sprawling topic with many facets to it, and while I’ve done my best to synthesize everything into something understandable and digestible, there’s much more research that can be done. And I can’t do it all by myself.
So here are some related articles which have some leads inside that some Anons may feel are worth pursuing: