Part II: Money Laundering 101 with Ann Mills-Griffiths

Good Afternoon and thank you for reading.

Today we are going to present the second of two parts on the money laundering scandal that involved Ann and Carol Bates and most likely others.  Collectively these folks worked behind the scenes funneling money from the Support Our POW MIAs non-profit to, basically, as you read yesterday, various recipients in various parts of the world, per AMG’s specific direction.

In early June of 1987 AMG most likely sensed Ron Martz, a journalist with the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, inquiring about the laundering. He wrote this expose which lays out the way AMG used Support Our POW MIAs and their Board to funnel money wherever she pleased.  Read here: Ron_Martz_Article

Apparently, Earl Hopper, former Chairman of the Board of the National League of Families contacted Martz about his article and responded to Hopper here: Letter_from_Martz_to_Hopper  The most significant part of the letter appears at the bottom and was apparently highlighted.  By blowing up the document, the highlighted portion reads, “Griffiths seems to have been much more involved.  (This is) because she and Carol Bates helped set up the whole XXXX.   It was Anne (sic) not LeBoutillier, who knew all the details about the financial transactions.”

In yesterday’s article, we showed you a 1985  letter that Support Our POW MIAs sent to AMG at the urging of their VP Errol Bond, Sr. asking for clarification for two checks that AMG had told them to dispense to an individual and another corporation.  Here you have AMG’s response. Read here: AMGs_denial_of_knowledge_of_money_laudering_1985

AMG’s denial letter, as we said yesterday, lead to the resignation of Support Our POW MIAs’ VP Errol Bond, Sr.   Apparently, there were rough waters between the parties involved and the Support Our POW MIAs eventually saw their non-profit status suspended in the late 1980’s.  (The California Secretary of State website confirmed this, yet we could not confirm if it was in 1986 or early 1987.)

But the story doesn’t end there.

On June 8, 1987, AMG began feeling the pressure as journalist Ron Martz began his investigation for his expose.  Ann was compelled to attack.  Read here: AMG_letter_desperate_allegations.  Three weeks later the article was published.   Yet, most likely Ann,  and some even speculate former NSC official Richard Childress, designed a back-up plan to continue their money laundering.

On January 5, 1988, without the knowledge or permission of the NLF Board, AMG, Executive Director of the National League of Families, established another corporation in the state of Delaware called Foundation for Tomorrow, Inc.  You can see the initial pages of the incorporation paperwork, including the notarized signature of AMG as the sole corporation official.  Read here: Foundation_for_Tomorrow_Incorporation_Documents.

Since beginning to publish this information, we have had over 1,000 hits on the various articles that have been published over the past week.  We sincerely hope that those on the NLF Board will take a good hard look at this information and realize that it is time for a change.

Part I: Money Laundering 101 by AMG

Forgive the delay in posting.  We have been making sure that we have everything in order before delving into AMG’s extensive past of money laundering via a non-profit in her home state of  California called Support Our POW/MIAs.   This group, was organized to “… be used for the collection of POW/MIA information through interviews with indigenous forces in anticipation that such information will lead to the location and potential return of live hostages and or the remains of Americans who died or were killed in Southeast Asia.”

The officers were:

George Bartles, President

Errol Q. Bond, Sr., Vice President

Betty Bartels, Secretary & Treasurer

Collen Lucas, Director

Diane Collins, Director

You can find their 1981 Non-profit Tax return here: Support_Our_POW_MIAs_1981_Tax_Return

This group kept in regular contact with AMG via phone calls on a regular basis with updates on the amount of donations that had come in, from whom and then large “donations” as well.  Additionally, per instructions from AMG and Carol Bates at the NLF Office, Support Our POW MIAs sent various amounts of funds to places in the US and abroad (Thailand for example).  AMG may not have been aware but Treasurer Betty Bartles documented not just donations but also calls from both AMG and CB instructing her where to send the money and to whom.  (Update: A reader emailed asking if Carol Bates would have already been employed at DIA at the time this money laundering was taking place.  If anyone knows, please let us know.)

Here are some 16 pages of notes and communications between AMG, CB and Betty Bartels Communication_Records_between_AMG,_CB_and_Betty_Bartles

We hope you paid special attention to the last page of the previous document collection.  That was where things began to get interesting.   When Support Our POW MIAs was bringing in thousands of dollars annually to be used, quite often, as AMG dictated, things may have gotten a little too comfortable.  As you saw in the last page of the previous document link, the Vice President, the officer who was signing the annual tax returns started asking questions, questions that AMG didn’t want to answer.

On October 15, 1985 Support Our POW MIAs’ VP, Errol Q. Bond, Sr. resigned his post and left a resignation letter that would have made Col. Millard A. Peck proud.   Here is Bond’s letter of resignation.  Errol_Q_Bond_Resignation_as_VP_Support_of_POW_MIAs

This was the beginning of the end for AMG and CB’s money laundering gig.   Yet, as we all know, AMG always has a back-up plan … Expect to see that tomorrow afternoon.

While AMG has vehemently denied any involvement with the distribution of the monies of this California non-profit, the evidence is clear that she used all of these people for her own agenda and when things started to go bad, she did what she does best.

Support Our POW/MIAs would lose their non-profit status in the year following Bond’s resignation.