Asa Saint Clair, the close associate of Nancy Pelosi’s son Paul Pelosi Jr., has been convicted of wire fraud for his role in running a scam called the World Sports Alliance, which Paul Pelosi Jr. represented in the country of Ukraine. Saint Clair now faces 20 years in prison when he goes up for sentencing in July, giving him plenty of time to flip on his associates. The Campaign Show with Patrick Howley on Thursday discussed Asa Saint Clair’s conviction.
Damian Williams, a U.S. Attorney, stated, according to the Department of Justice: “As a jury has now found, Asa Saint Clair used lies to defraud everyday people out of their hard-earned money by promising them guaranteed returns if they invested in a IGObit, a digital currency he claimed the World Sports Alliance was developing. Saint Clair touted the WSA as working closely with the UN to promote the values of sports and peace for a better world, while in reality promoting only the balance of his bank accounts.”
National File has been leading the way in reporting on the Pelosi family’s Ukraine dealings. As National File reported in September: The criminal trial against Asa Saint Clair, a friend and business associate of Nancy Pelosi’s son Paul Pelosi Jr., formally moved into the discovery phase in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on September 21.
The wire fraud case centers on Saint Clair’s dealings as head of the World Sports Alliance, which Paul Pelosi Jr. represented on a business trip to Ukraine. What will discovery turn up in this case? (READ: Pelosi’s Son Tied To Fraud Ring That Tried To Sell Nancy’s Solar Tax Credits For Millions…Pelosi Jr. Associates Have Been Interviewed By The FBI). As Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman previously announced, “As alleged, Asa Saint Clair used World Sports Alliance, a sham affiliate of the United Nations, as a vehicle to defraud lenders” by offering them IGObit, a fake cryptocurrency. Records show that Paul Pelosi Jr. promoted IGObit.
As we reported: PELOSI JR. DOES BUSINESS IN UKRAINE WITH ACCUSED FRAUDSTER: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s son Paul Pelosi Jr. visited Ukraine in 2017 to meet with government officials in connection to a business initiative. Now, National Filehas learned from overseas that Pelosi Jr. was in Ukraine representing his business efforts with Asa Saint Clair, a close Pelosi friend and self-identified business associate who has been charged by the Department of Justice for wire fraud. Asa Saint Clair is under house arrest facing twenty years in prison.
Video evidence proves that Pelosi Jr. was in Ukraine representing his Corporate Governance Initiative (CGI) and promoting his endorsement from the World Sports Alliance, which shared leadership staff with Pelosi Jr.’s company CGI.
The World Sports Alliance was Asa Saint Clair’s front group that is accused of running a criminal cryptocurrency scam known as “IGObit” as well as international mining operations including in the diamond-rich, wartorn Central African Republic.
Paul Pelosi Jr. travelled to Kiev, Ukraine in July 2017 in his capacity as executive director of the Corporate Governance Initiative, a position that he accepted months earlier in February 2017. Pelosi Jr. said that he was in Ukraine to discuss a youth soccer partnership with the government, then led by former Ukraine president Petro Poroshenko.
The American Mirror, which flagged Pelosi Jr.’s appearance in 2017, preserved a clip of Pelosi Jr. on the Ukrainian station following the video’s removal from YouTube. Pelosi Jr. let slip that he was working in Ukraine with a group called the “World Sports Alliance.”
“Today we’re here to talk about soccer,” Paul Pelosi Jr. said in his television interview in Ukraine. “We recently got an endorsement from the World Sports Alliance and we’ve spoken with the Ukraine government about collaboration for soccer for young people. Ukraine has a great history in soccer and we hope to share in that tradition going forward.”
The World Sports Alliance is a front group run by Paul Pelosi Jr.’s good friend Asa Saint Clair, who served as president of the Alliance. Asa Saint Clair now faces 20 years in prison for allegedly running a fraudulent cryptocurrency scheme through the World Sports Alliance. Records reveal that Pelosi Jr. and Asa Saint Clair were directly working with one another during the period of Saint Clair’s alleged criminality.
Asa Saint Clair announced his endorsement of Paul Pelosi Jr.’s Corporate Governance Initiative several months before Pelosi Jr.’s Ukraine trip. A press release dated December 27, 2016 announced Saint Clair’s endorsement of Pelosi Jr.’s company, stating:
“When asked how he became aware of the Corporate Governance Initiative, Mr. St. Clair went on to say “Paul Pelosi Jr is a longtime associate, both business and personal, and when I saw him taking a stance on something my organization deems to be a corner stone of our prosperity, I reached out to him to learn more…
…Nevertheless, without the trust of the public itself, society will break down. That is what is going on in places our company is trying to affect change like Syria, Venezuela and even India tonight and is asymptomatic in the USA as well. Without the establishment of proper corporate governance while working with our member nations, our mission to support the World Sports Alliance IGO cannot even exists let alone succeed…”
When contacted for comment, businessman and activist Paul Pelosi Jr said, “It was in watching independent directors within TATA Starbucks resign for fear of retribution and then to observe others like Nusli Wadia be forced out of companies like Tata Chemicals even with positive performance evaluations and more than 50% of the independent vote. Not to mention the removal of Chairman Cyrus Mistry, from all evidence I’ve seen, was apparently coordinated by Director Nitin Nohira, Dean of Harvard Business School, who in my opinion, did not ensure a more thoughtful removal process such as proper corporate procedures for the removal of a director or chairman as set by the bylaws, or even attempt to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest and having a detailed successor plan in place.
“As I said before, it has even been suggested by others that Nitin Nohira’s cooperation and support of the instant firing of Mistry may have been influenced by his personal relationship with Ratan Tata and his $50 million donation to Harvard Business School in 2010 coinciding with Nohiras’ appointment. All that to say, this has caused me to take pause and question; is this truly proper corporate governance? I agree whole heartedly with Mr. St. Clair, in fact, I’m reminded of a recent conversation when he essentially said to me, “Society exists in its current condition because we as a whole allow it. We are expected to do our part as citizens; to follow certain rules and act in a way that is morally and ethically correct. When there is a breakdown in corporate governance, by the same line of thinking, what is to stop thieves and vandals from targeting this corporation? Society as a mob could easily overrun any corporation and eventually put the corporation out of business by ignoring the implied Social Contract we have all currently agreed to be bound by and destroying and stealing the corporation’s property, amongst other things.” I am honored Mr. St. Clair has followed the same path I’ve taken in attempting to ensure companies around the world have a sounding board to assist them in making the right decisions in regards to protecting the rights of all stakeholders in their current and future ventures.’”
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Here is a screenshot of the press release, still preserved on prweb.com:
The links don’t stop there. The citizen researcher who can be followed on Twitter at @defeattheelites provided assistance for this report. R. Rashaad LV Patrick, the official Global Communications Manager at the World Sports Alliance and member of Asa Saint Clair’s team for the cryptocurrency project IGObit, served as the president of Paul Pelosi Jr.’s Corporate Governance Initiative, according to a deleted “Our Team” page on the CGI website:
Here is Archived evidence from the IGObit “Team” that R. Rashaad LV Patrick was on the IGObit team at the center of the criminal case against Asa Saint Clair.
Records show that Pelosi Jr. endorsed and promoted IGObit, which the Department of Justice calls “The fraudulent bait with which to lure victim investors.” An archive of the IGObit website from January 27, 2018 shows Paul Pelosi Jr. actively promoting IGOBit in his capacity as executive director of the Corporate Governance Initiative. At the time, IGObit was about to make its fraudulent Initial Coin Offering. Pelosi Jr. states that “IGOBit is the absolute best offering I have ever seen.” (Archived)
Now Asa Saint Clair is under house arrest and facing hard time. The Department of Justice, through the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York, announced charges against Asa Saint Clair on November 6, 2019, declaring:
“Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Peter C. Fitzhugh, Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”), today announced charges against ASA SAINT CLAIR for his participation in an investment scheme tied to a purported digital coin offering called IGOBIT. SAINT CLAIR allegedly participated in a scheme to defraud victims into providing loans tied to the launch of IGOBIT by World Sports Alliance, a purported intergovernmental organization focused on promoting international development through sports, and falsely promised investors guaranteed returns and an ownership interest in IGOBIT.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said: “As alleged, Asa Saint Clair used World Sports Alliance, a sham affiliate of the United Nations, as a vehicle to defraud lenders. Saint Clair allegedly defrauded investors in IGOBIT, a digital currency he claimed WSA was developing, but which turned out to be the fraudulent bait with which to lure victim investors. What’s real is the felony charge Saint Clair now faces.”
Special Agent-in-Charge Fitzhugh said: “Saint Claire allegedly touted his company as promoting the values of sports and peace for a better world, yet defrauded all those who invested in his sham company. As alleged, Saint Claire used the money he earned through deceit to fund a lavish lifestyle for him and his family. Through the HSI New York El Dorado Task Force and its strong partnerships, Saint Claire will face time for his actions, and it won’t be in the luxury or comfort he has grown accustomed to.”
According to the allegations in the Indictment unsealed late yesterday in Manhattan federal courtand the previously filed Complaint:
From 2017 through September 2019, SAINT CLAIR solicited investors for the launch of IGOBIT through promised investment returns and representations about World Sports Alliance’s development projects around the world. World Sports Alliance did not in fact participate in any international development projects and SAINT CLAIR did not dedicate investor funds to IGOBIT. Instead, SAINT CLAIR diverted those funds to other entities controlled by him and members of his family, as well as to pay his personal expenses, including dinners at Manhattan restaurants, airline tickets, and online shopping.
SAINT CLAIR, 47, of New York, New York, is charged with one count of wire fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. The maximum potential sentence in this case is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the judge.
Mr. Berman praised the outstanding work of HSI on this investigation.
This case is being handled by the Office’s Money Laundering and Transnational Criminal Enterprises Unit. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kiersten A. Fletcher and Tara M. La Morte are in charge of the prosecution.”
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But the World Sports Alliance was not merely involved in cryptocurrency — it was principally interested in minerals around the world.
Wikileaks published documents directly implicating the World Sports Alliance in a global mining scheme.
“The World Sports Alliance (WSA): how the UN was indirectly implicated in a mining corruption scheme…These documents show the schemes used by a fake international organisation supported by the UN and numerous states in order to corrupt local elites and steal the natural resources of impoverished states and their populations,” Wikileaks wrote in an introduction to their recent document dump on the World Sports Alliance.
On Steemit, @deliberator listed ten documents dumped by Wikileaks, which pertain to the World Sports Alliance’s (WSA) mining work in the Central African Republic (CAR):
“1 WSA-CAR agreement on biofertilisers (fertilizers)
2 Electricity agreement between CAR State and WSA (energy rights)
3 Framework convention between WSA and the Central African Republic Ministry for Foreign Affairs (mining rights)
4 Framework convention between the World Sports Alliance and the Central African Republic (mining)
5 WSA-CAR agreement on infrastructure constructions (framework for corporations to mine)
6 CAR President permit for mining exploration (mining)
7 Ministerial note on the WSA-CAR agreements
8 WSA intermediation agreement (mining rights)
9 2013 CAR Presidential Permit given to WSA 1 (mining rights)
10 2013 CAR Presidential Permit given to WSA 2 (and again mining rights)”
According to @deliberator: “From gold to diamonds and everything in between, this organisation has its sticky little fingers in all the pies, also they have nothing to do with sports, sure maybe they put the odd bit of grass down on the floor, and maybe some goal posts and call it a football pitch, they say they do anyway, I found zero evidence of that though, but I found plenty of evidence/factual in paper form showing they are corrupt, deceitful and damaging Africa and other places, by leaving behind their poisons, their toxins, their radiation and polluted water, with not a care in the world via bribing other government officials.”
The Today Show reported in 2019 on the “mineral-rich” Central African Republic’s civil war, which has led to more than a million children facing risk of starvation.
The Today Show reported in 2019 on the “mineral-rich” Central African Republic’s civil war, which has led to more than a million children facing risk of starvation.
So, now we know what Pelosi Jr. was representing when he was name-dropping the “World Sports Alliance” during his trip to meet with government officials in Ukraine in 2017.
But that wasn’t Pelosi Jr.’s only business link to Ukraine, where his mother Nancy Pelosi appeared in a Happy Independence Day video for Ukraine in 2015. Nancy Pelosi led a congressional delegation to Ukraine in 2015 to discuss issues including “energy security.”
NRGLAB, UKRAINE, AND RUSSIA
Journalist Patrick Howley recently broke the story of Pelosi Jr.’s Ukraine business ties, including the fact that Nancy Pelosi appeared in a promotional video for NRGLab, another Pelosi Jr. company that did business in Ukraine.
Paul Pelosi Jr. previously held top positions with the energy-sector companies Viscoil Group and NRGLab, which did energy business in Ukraine.
Therefore, Pelosi Jr. was a board member of a company — Viscoil — registered to a Russian national based in Moscow.
On March 5, 2013, NRGLab New Technology posted two videos on Youtube. One video opened with a clip of Nancy Pelosidiscussing energy-efficient technology, followed by a direct-to-camera statement from her son Paul Pelosi Jr., filmed in Washington, D.C. in 2010.
“My name’s Paul Pelosi. Of course I’m on the board of Viscoil. And Viscoil is here today to talk about accelerating the future. It’s about using cars in a more efficient manner. It’s about utilizing natural resources, whether it be electricity, or gas, or fossil fuels in a more efficient way. And Viscoil is a part of that solution,” Paul Pelosi Jr. said in the video.
“That’s what Viscoil does. It utilizes technology to maximize the use of natural resources, like oil and other resources,” Pelosi Jr. said.
“Paul Pelosi Jr. is a member of management team of Viscoil Group of Companies and NRGLab. Paul Pelosi Jr. is interested in developing clean energy that can replace gasoline and diesel as transportation fuel sources,” read the description on the video.
Another video posted that same day confirmed that NRGLab was working in Ukraine.
“Walter Afanasieff, Brandon Stone, Mika Newton and other artists are actively involved in promoting the clean technology of Viscoil Group of Companies and NRGLab. For example, Mika Newton helped to secure the rights to build a plant for the production of SH-boxes in Ukraine,” read the description of an NRGLab & Research Council video.
Mika Newton, who brokered NRGLab’s deal in Ukraine, is a Ukrainian-born singer. Newton represented Ukraine in the 2011 Eurovision song contest.
A 2013 interview with NRGLab’s lead technician Zeev Drori reported that NRGLab was funded by environmental businesswoman Ana Shell, who writes about Ukraine energy issues on her blog. In the interview, Drori discussed gas generation techniques in Ukraine.
“Currently, Ana Shell Fund also provide finances and support to groom talented artistes like Mika Newton, a Ukrainian singer who represented Ukraine in the Eurovision song contest in 2011,” reported a 2013 interview with Ana Shell, referring to the singer who brokered the S-H box deal in Ukraine.
“In brief, SH-boxes are environmentally friendly generators which employs the use of poly-crystal technology to producing electricity from environmental heat. With the SH-boxes, electricity could be generated more efficiently and cleanly at a lower cost,” the interview with Ana Shell notes.
NRGLab’s website states that the company is based in Singapore and notes, “The company’s additional projects include a strategic partnership and investment from Viscoil Holdings to recycle waste materials into eco-friendly diesel fuel. NRGLab has obtained an exclusive license for the Viscoil Technology for the South East Asian region for all raw materials.”
Ana Shell has denied that Paul Pelosi Jr. was directly involved in the deal to sell SH-boxes in the region. A spokesperson for Speaker Pelosi confirmed that Paul Pelosi Jr. worked for the companies in question and said that the entity was later reconstituted and that Pelosi Jr. was not involved in the reconstituted entity, but provided no specifics. Viscoil has been re-constituted several times. Pelosi’s spokesperson did not deny that Pelosi Jr. did business in Ukraine.
Neither Shell nor Speaker Pelosi’s office have provided any documentation to show the dates or the extent of Pelosi Jr.’s well-documented involvement with both Viscoil and NRGLab. NRGLab still identified Pelosi Jr. on YouTube as an executive on the day it promoted its Ukraine deal.
Viscoil Holdings is currently suspended by the California Secretary of State. It was registered in 2009 to a manager named David Strawn in Escondido, California. As of 2010, it listed two managers: Strawn and an individual named Sergey Sorokin based in Moscow, Russia.
Strawn is business partners at Sand Hills Partners with John Ellis, cousin of Jeb and George W. Bush, according to SEC documents.
Pelosi Jr.’s ex-companion Karena Feng told National File that Pelosi Jr. conducts foreign business while identifying himself on the phone as “Office of Nancy Pelosi.”
Paul Pelosi Jr. co-founded the company Natural Blue Resources, which the SEC charged with securities fraud in 2014. In 2017, Pelosi Jr., who has done marijuana business in Canada, became the chairman of the board of Freedom Leaf Inc., the Marijuana Legalization Company.
Evidence also shows Pelosi Jr. overseas working in the People’s Republic of China. An email provided to National File shows Pelosi Jr. claiming that he planned to return to China in October 2016, following a previous trip there.
Reporting by The National File.