On Oct. 28 former Haitian right-wing paramilitary leader Emmanuel (“Toto”) Constant was given a 12 to 37 year prison sentence for his role in a mortgage fraud scheme in New York state. Justice Abraham Gerges of State Supreme Court in Brooklyn said schemes like the one by Constant and his associates “played a role” in “the nationwide economic meltdown and the foreclosure crisis.” In asking for leniency Constant said he worked for the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in Haiti from December 1991 to December 1994. (New York Times, Oct. 29; Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Oct. 28)
From Weekly News Update on the Americas, Nov. 2
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