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Date: Mon, 24 Nov 1997 05:23:11 -0800
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From: Paul Andrew Mitchell [address in tool bar]
Subject: SLS: Newsweek: Pieces of the Chinese Puzzle (fwd)

>N E W S W E E K     
>December 1, 1997
>Nation/Scandals: Pieces of the Puzzle
>The Feds close in on the real flow of Chinese cash
>By Daniel Klaidman, Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball
>   Every week the FBI agent arrives at the Grand National Bank in
>suburban Los Angeles. Unfailingly polite, he hauls away documents
>pertaining to bank accounts connected to Ted Sioeng, an Indonesian-born
>L.A. businessman. Lately he's been getting a bit impatient, pressing the
>employees who process his subpoenas to turn over more
>documents--quickly. Why? Because the tiny bank has become ground zero in
>the Feds' probe into the Asian connection.
>   Sen. Fred Thompson's investigators couldn't produce proof of a
>Chinese plot to buy influence by illegally contributing to U.S.
>campaigns. But now Sioeng's bank accounts have yielded enough new
>evidence to prompt the Feds to convene a grand jury in L.A. to
>investigate Sioeng and other contributors. Confidential bank records
>examined by Newsweek show that Sioeng and his family received wire
>transfers from two Hong Kong holding companies at the same time he was
>giving to the Democratic National Committee. The companies, it turns
>out, handle Sioeng's business in China--which means Chinese money could
>have ended up in U.S. campaign coffers. Newsweek has learned that
>investigators also want to know why Sioeng was flying parties of Chinese
>provincial officials to the United States for "training courses" using
>Chinese money. And Sioeng was mentioned in intercepted Chinese
>communications in which Beijing officials discuss how to influence U.S.
>politics. Sioeng's lawyer says his client simply used real-estate
>profits to make political donations and that he adamantly denies being a
>Chinese agent. He won't discuss the criminal investigation.
>   Though he speaks no English and flashes a Belize passport, Ted Sioeng
>had little trouble becoming a player in the Democratic Party last year.
>He dined with Bill Clinton and Al Gore after giving the DNC $250,000.
>But Sioeng has close ties to Chinese pols, too. His extensive business
>with China included a deal to import Chinese-made cigarettes to the
>United States. And bank documents show that his account received at
>least $2.1 million in wire transfers from two of his Hong Kong companies
>last year--at the same time he and his daughter were giving generously
>to the DNC.
>   It's a classic case of following the money. On Feb. 19, for example,
>Sioeng's daughter wrote a check for $100,000 to the Democrats. Her
>account balance at the time was $10,000. Three days later she
>transferred $200,000 from her aunt's account into her own. Records show
>the aunt had just received $518,000 from Pristine Investments--one of
>Sioeng's Hong Kong outfits. Thompson's investigators say these
>transactions arouse suspicion that Sioeng's family broke a U.S. law that
>prohibits foreign campaign contributions. Last week the Feds also
>stepped up an inquiry into CCAID Executive Program Inc., a Sioeng-owned
>corporation that flies Chinese officials to California. Much of the
>money in that account came from the Bank of China, and the Feds want to
>know if it was used for donations. Sioeng's lawyer says Sioeng was just
>promoting closer ties between the two countries.
>   Sioeng wasn't just a friend to the Democrats. In 1995 a family-owned
>business gave $50,000 to an offshoot of the Republican National
>Committee, and one of Sioeng's biggest beneficiaries was California
>Treasurer Matt Fong, who received $100,000 for his campaign. Sources
>close to the Sioeng family say Fong visited them 10 times looking for
>money and even stood over Sioeng as he wrote the checks. Fong gave the
>money back, saying he thought it was legitimate, but the Feds are
>investigating. Unfortunately, the person they'd most like to talk to
>isn't around. Ted Sioeng took off for Hong Kong last winter--and he
>probably isn't coming back soon.
>Newsweek 12/1/97 Nation/Scandals: Pieces of the Puzzle

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