Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Toto... in New York

Emmanuel "Toto" Constant, one-time (some-time) CIA asset, founded the "Front pour l'Avancement et le Progrès Haitien" (FRAPH, or the Front for the Advancement and Progress of Haïti) a Haitian death squad accused of carrying out many rapes and murders of supporters of Jean Bertrand Aristide. After fleeing Haiti "Toto" was convicted in absentia and sentenced to life in prison. Having made his way to the U.S. "Toto" was arrested in 1995. A deportation order was set against him; however the Clinton administration ordered his release in 1996. The deportation was canceled ostensibly because "Toto" faced assassination if returned to Haiti, though some felt it was to prevent evidence of his CIA ties from being exposed.

So, "Toto" eventually got a job as a branch manager (in New York) working for New Jersey-based D&M Financial. In 2006 he was arrested and charged with mortgage fraud. He was convicted of mortgage fraud in July 2008. Sentencing will take place in September, and "Toto" faces the possibility of 5 to 15 years in prison...

Emmanuel Constant - Wikipedia
Former Haitian Strongman Found Guilty of Fraud
Haitian paramilitary leader Emmanuel Constant convicted of fraud
Return documents to Haiti; Deport death squad leader