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July 29, 1973.-Peroff testified that on this day Bouchard called him, explained he was having trouble raising all the needed money Peroff was demanding, but said he felt he could come up with $5,000 by Monday, July 30. Peroff testified that "he and Bouchard agreed to meet the next day at noon."
July 30, 1973.-At 10 a.m. Peroff testified, he was awakened by Cpl. Claude Savoie of the RCMP. Peroff testified that Savoie told him to pack his bags because he was leaving Montreal "right away." Peroff objected, saying he was to meet Bouchard at noon. Peroff was taken to the airport, put on a plane and he was told that Dos Santos would be able to explain the purpose of this abrupt departure. Peroff was met at the airport in New York by Dos Santos. But Dos Santos, Peroff testified, did not have an explanation that satisfied him as to why he was abruptly ordered to leave Montreal at a time when Bouchard seemed ready to go forward with the heroin transaction. Peroff returned to his room at the Hilton Inn Hotel at JFK Airport and tried to contact Bouchard by telephone. He could not get through to Bouchard but he did reach Louis Cote and Cote explained that Bouchard's phone was out of order.
August 1, 1973.-Dos Santos called Peroff at the Hilton. Dos Santos said he was on his way over and not to call Bouchard until he got there, Peroff testified. Peroff testified that when Dos Santos arrived they equipped the telephone with a recording device and they successfully reached Bouchard. Peroff testified that Bouchard was "unbelievably enraged" because of Peroff's abrupt departure from Montreal, and Bouchard shouted that "the deal was as good as dead”. He accused Peroff of being to blame. Peroff testified that during the call Dos Santos told him to try to persuade Bouchard that due to his short cash position the Lear jet had been repossessed. Peroff testifield that Bouchard said that if he, Peroff, were in Montreal that Bouchard would have him killed.
August 1973.—Peroff worked under the direction of the Queens County District Attorney's Office in an undercover capacity in an effort by Queens authorities to capture 500 ounces of gold stolen in two recent thefts. While working with Queens County authorities. Peroff told them of his recent experiences with federal agents in the Bouchard case. Peroff related to Queens County authorities his account of the tape recordings with Bouchard, the alleged involvement of Vesco and LeBlanc, the disagreements with John J. O'Neill as to how best to fly to Costa Rica, the complaints he lodged at the White House and elsewhere in the Executive Branch and his allegation that DEA had set out to sabotage the case as soon as the name of Vesco surfaced.
September 1973.--Peroff played the Bouchard tapes for Queens County authorities. Queens County prosecutors then met with officials of the U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York, including Paul J. Curran, the U.S. Attorney. The date of this meeting was approximately September 26, 1973.
Late September 1973.-Paul J. Curran, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, designated two areas which he felt should be investigated by his office in connection with the Peroff allegations which had been brought to his attention by the Queens County
District Attorney's Office. First, Curran wanted to determine if the Robert Vesco lead could be "resurrected” in the Bouchard heroin case. Second, Curran wanted to determine if there was any proof to Peroff's allegation that Federal agents had set out to deliberately cover up the Vesco angle. To check out both these areas of inquiry Curran assigned Arthur Viviani, an Assistant U.S. Attorney in charge of Curran's criminal division.
September 27 to November 13, 1973.–Viviani conducted the inquiry into the two areas Curran had designated.
September 27, 1973.–Viviani and Peroff met for two hours. Peroff asked that his family be placed under protective custody. Viviani refused. Then Peroff explained to Viviani that the Vesco lead in the Bouchard heroin inquiry could not be resurrected. It was established then, in the mind of Arthur Viviani on the basis of what Frank Peroff had just told him, that the Vesco lead in the heroin case was dead.
October 4, 1973.-Frank Peroff made his first contact with the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.
Mid-October 1973.–Viviani recommended to DEA that DEA's inspection section conduct an inquiry into Peroff's allegation of government coverup.
October 16, 1973.—The U.S. Customs Service and the Drug Enforcement Administration began a joint inquiry into Peroff's allegations of government coverup concerning Vesco's alleged involvement in a heroin inquiry after being advised by this Subcommittee of Peroff's allegations.
Late October or Early November 1973.–Viviani arranged for a Grand Jury subpoena to be served on Peroff to appear November 9, 1973.
November 1-4, 1973.-At the request of the RCMP Peroff went to Montreal and introduced Secret Service undercover agents to Conrad Bouchard. Bouchard was arrested by the RCMP in this case which involved some $84,000 in Canadian counterfeit.
November 1973.-Wayne T. Valentine, DEA Assistant Regional Director for the New York area, testified that it was in November of 1973 that he first heard the name Vesco in connection with ne PeroffBouchard inquiry. Valentine did, however, testify that it was he who took the phone call from Morris Davis, the DEA agent with whom Secret Service Agent Peter Grant spoke July 17 in connection with Peroff's telephone calls to the White House.
November 9, 1973.-DEA Group Supervisor John J. O'Neill gave a sworn statement to the DEA-Customs inquiry into the Peroff allegations. In that sworn statement O'Neill asserted that Norman LeBlanc, the Vesco business associate, was also an associate of a Canadian mobster by the name of Cotroni. Following the November 9, 1973 sworn statement O'Neill gave, but prior to his testimony before the Subcommittee June 11, 1974, O'Neill learned that the so-called link between the man named Cotroni and Norman LeBlanc did not exist, and it was incorrect of him to have assumed that it did.
November 9, 1973.—Peroff appeared in Viviani's office under the terms of the subpoena for the grand jury appearance. Instead of a grand jury appearance, however, Viviani interviewed Peroff and tried to conduct the interview in the presence of the two agents who were
conducting the joint DEA-Customs inquiry into the Peroff allegations. At this time, Peroff turned in his cassettes containing recorded conversations of himself talking on two occasions to Conrad Bouchard and on one occasion to Harold Audsley. The tapes were rerecorded twice, one set for Peroff, the second set for the DEA-Customs inspectors. The originals were placed in a safe in the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
November 13, 1973.–Viviani concluded his investigation. His findings were that first, there was no possibility of resurrecting the Vesco lead. And, second, Viviani found there was no effort by DEA to protect Vesco by sabotaging the heroin case.
December 13, 1973.—The joint Customs-DEA inquiry was written up in a report entitled "Investigation of Allegations by Frank Peroff concerning Special Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the United States Customs Service." The report exonerated Federal agents of dereliction of duty. The report said that if anyone had failed to live up to what was expected of him it was Frank Peroff.
April 28, 1974.-Former Attorney General John Mitchell and former Commerce Secretary Maurice Stans were acquitted of Federal charges of conspiracy, obstruction of justice and perjury in a New York Federal Court.
SCHEDULE OF EXHIBITS
1. New York Daily News article of April 30, 1974 concerning statement by Paul J. Curran, U.S. Attorney, Southern District of New York, in which Curran said that Robert Vesco "is not off the hook".
2. Washington Post article of April 29, 1974 in which Assistant U.S. Attorney John R. Wing is quoted as saying had Vesco been at the trial "it would have been different."
3. Washington Post article of April 29, 1974 quoting Clarence Brown, a juror in the Mitchell-Stans trial.
4. Copy of “Investigation of allegations by Frank Peroff concerning special agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the United States Customs Service" report dated December 13, 1973.
5. Transcripts of hearings conducted by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations in Executive Session May 17 and 30 and June 7, 11, 12, 13 and 14, 1974.
6. Affidavit of Franklin Peroff dated April 1, 1974.
7. New York Times article of November 25, 1973 written by Wallace Turner concerning Frank Peroff.
8. Washington Post article by Morton Mintz concerning Frank Peroff dated November 26, 1973.
9. New York Times article by Wallace Turner concerning Peroff dated November 27, 1973.
10. New York Times article by Linda Charlton concerning Peroff dated November 29, 1973.
11. New York Times article by Michael C. Jensen concerning Vesco dated November 29, 1973.
12. Washington Post article by Suzanna McBee concerning Peroff and Vesco dated November 30, 1973.
13. Memorandum from Assistant U.S. Attorney Arthur Viviani to Mr. Mollo and Mr. Edwards concerning a November 9, 1973 interview with Peroff dated November 13, 1973.
14. Memorandum of November 12, 1973 from Viviani to Mollo and Edwards concerning “Surrender of two cassettes on November 9, 1973" to Viviani by Frank Peroff.
15. Wall Street Journal article of April 27, 1973 concerning Robert Vesco, Norman LeBlanc and the Bahamas Commonwealth Bank.
16. Fortune magazine article of March 1973 by Robert A. Hutchison entitled "The Looting of IOS”.
17. Wall Street Journal article of March 1, 1973, concerning the inquiry of the Justice Department and the General Accounting Office into the contributions made by Robert Vesco to the President Nixon reelection campaign.
18. MacClean, a Canadian periodical, article of February-March 1974, by Robert A, Hutchison entitled "The Sweet Smell of Norman LeBlanc."
19. Memorandum of October 16, 1973, from Julius Zamosky, Director, Division of Security, U.S. Customs Service, concerning Frank Peroff, written for the file.
20. Memorandum of October 24, 1973, from William Green, Special Agent in Security, U.S. Customs Service, to the Assistant Commissioner for Security and Audit, Customs Service, concerning an October 20, 1973 interview Green had with Richard Dos Santos.
21. Sworn statement of Richard Dos Santos given November 8, 1973 in the DEA-Customs inquiry.
22. Sworn statement of Wayne T. Valentine, Assistant Regional Director, DEA Regional Office, New York, given December 4, 1973 in the DEA-Customs inquiry.
23. Sworn statement of DEA Special Agent Morris H. Davis, Jr., given December 5, 1973 in the DEA-Customs inquiry.
24. Sworn statement of Albert W. Seelev, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, General Investigations, U.S. Customs Service, given December 12, 1973 in the DEA-Customs inquiry.
25. Sworn statement of Douglas A. McCombs, Special Agent U.S. Customs, given November 29, 1973 in the DEA-Customs inquiry.
26. Sworn statement of Paul Boulad, Special Agent, DEA, given November 27, 1973 in the DEA-Customs inquiry.
27. Sworn statement of Sidney C. Bowers, Special Agent, DEA, given December 6, 1973 in the DEA-Customs inquiry.
28. Sworn statement of Octavio D. Pinol, Special Agent, DEA, given December 6, 1973 in the DEA-Customs inquiry,
29. Sworn statement of Fortunato Jorge, Special Agent, DEA, given November 15, 1973 in the DEA-Customs inquiry.
30. Sworn statement of Ronald U. Seibert, Special Agent in Charge, San Juan, Puerto Rico office, DEA, given November 15, 1973 in the DEA-Customs inquiry.
31. Sworn statement of Jorge L. Marcano, Special Agent, Customs, given November 14, 1973 in the DEA-Customs inquiry.
32. Sworn statement of Rafael Rivera Rodriquez, Special Agent, U.S. Customs, given November 14, 1973 in the DEA-Customs inquiry.
33. Sworn statement of John 0. Brockman, Special Agent in Charge, San Francisco, U.S. Customs, given November 21, 1973 in the DEA-Customs inquiry.
34. Sworn statement of George C. Corcoran, Acting Assistant Commissioner for Investigations, U.S. Customs, given December 7, 1973 in the DEA-Customs inquiry.
35. Sworn statement of Harold F. Smith, former Assistant Commissioner for Investigations, U.S. Customs, given December 7, 1973 in the DEA-Customs inquiry.
36. Cable of July 19, 1973 from Sgt. P. E. Murphy, Warrant Division, Orange County, Florida, Sheriff's Office, Orlando, to New York Sheriff's Office in which it was requested of New York authorities that they arrest Frank Peroff on two outstanding warrants issued April 7, 1972 for allegedly writing worthless checks.
37. Memorandum of June 20, 1973 from Mario Cozzi, U.S. Customs Attache, Rome, to Agent Dos Santos concerning unpaid bills owed in Rome by Frank Peroff.
38. Letter of May 2, 1973 from Olaf S. Bonde, General Manager, Cavalieri Hilton Roma, to the American Consulate, Rome, concerning bills owed by Frank Peroff.
39. Cable of February 27, 1973 from BNDD Agent Ronald Swanson, Montreal, to BNDD Headquarters, Washington, D.C. concerning the Thomas Solarik inquiry.
40. Cable of February 13, 1973 from Customs Attache Cozzi, Rome, to the American Embassy, Paris, concerning Peroff and Conrad Bouchard.
41. Cable of February 2, 1973 from American Embassy, Paris, to BNDD, Washington, D.C., concerning debriefing of Peroff regarding the Solarik inquiry.
42. Cable of February 19, 1973 from American Embassy, Paris, for BNDD, Washington, D.C., regarding the Solarik inquiry.
43. Cable of February 27, 1973 from U.S. Customs Agent Sidney Bowers, Montreal to American Embassy, Rome, concerning arrival of Peroff in Rome.
44. Cable of March 19, 1973 from Cozzi, Rome, to Customs Headquarters, Washington, D.C., concerning the travel of Peroff March 16, 1973 from Rome to Washington.
45. Cable of January 24, 1973 from Cozzi, Rome, to American Embassy, Paris, concerning the inquiry into the presence in Rome of $400,000 in counterfeit U.S. currency.
46. Cable of June 14, 1973 from Cozzi, Rome, to Customs Headquarters, Washington, D.C., concerning capture of $436,750 in counterfeit U.S. currency.
47. Cable on January 24, 1973 from U.S. Department of State concerning Peroff's use by U.S. Customs.
48. Report of investigation, June 19, 1973 File No. RM07R0016500, U.S. Customs, concerning capture of $136,750 in counterfeit U.S. currency in Rome.
49. Memorandum of June 20, 1973 from Cozzi, Customs Attache, Rome, to Dos Santos, New York, concerning unpaid bills owed by Peroff in Rome.