The Malta Independent 5 December 2020, Saturday

John Dalli’s daughters, four others to be charged with money laundering

Rachel Attard Thursday, 2 November 2017, 07:47 Last update: about 4 years ago

Former EU Commissioner John Dalli’s two daughters, along with four other foreign nationals, are expected to be arraigned in court, where they will face several charges related to money laundering.

The charges, which were seen by The Malta Independent, were filed in court earlier this week but the six are yet to be arraigned.

The persons in question are Louise Dalli and her sister Claire Gauci Borda, Elouise Marie Corbin Klein, who has at least seven aliases, including Mary Swan; and Charles Ray Jackson, Elizabeth Jean Jackson and Robert Mitchell McIvor.

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They are expected to be arraigned by summons but it is not yet clear when will this occur. The accused are to be charged in their personal capacity and/or in their capacity of employees or officials of a number of companies.

All six are to be charged with money laundering, misappropriation of funds, fraud, making a false declaration to a public authority, falsifications of documents and the use of said documents.

Separately, Claire Gauci Borda (above), Dalli’s eldest daughter, will also be charged with breaching the money laundering and financing of terrorism act and failure to carry out her duties as an accountant and auditor.

Elouise Marie Corbin Klein and Charles Ray Jackson will be separately charged with falsification of passports and being in possession of falsified identification documents.

The case concerns two companies that are alleged to have swindled a group of elderly American investors out of their life-savings.  The two companies – Tyre Ltd and Corporate Group – are registered at John Dalli’s Portomaso address and the directors and shareholders of the latter company are Dalli’s two daughters, Claire Gauci Borda and Louisa Dalli, while Louisa Dalli was director and accountant for the former.

The eight elderly American investors had wired a total of US$600,000 to a Maltese bank account held by Corporate Group.

It is understood that Gauci Borda was interrogated and placed on police bail in 2015 and the transcripts of the interrogation were sent straight to the FBI, which is investigating the alleged misappropriation in tandem with the Maltese police.

The Maltese police had also seized computers and files from a number of people involved in the alleged scam.

Mary Swan, John Dalli and Louise Dalli

One of the duped investors – Regina Hayes – had told this newspaper that the instructions on how and where to wire the money were given by Claire Gauci Borda.

Hayes, who is a pensioner, told this newsroom how she had wired $75,000 – her life savings – to an HSBC account in Malta and received confirmation from Gauci Borda that the money had been received.

This newsroom has seen various documents bearing Gauci Borda’s signature confirming the transfer of funds.

The documents bear Tyre Ltd’s letterhead, together with what is apparently the company’s slogan which reads ‘Restoring the precious things of the earth’ alongside Dalli’s Portomaso address.

Once the investors suspected they had been conned, they confronted Gauci Borda who warned them that involving “third parties would result in everybody losing everything”.

Also implicated in the case is alleged fraudster Mary Swan (real name Corbin), who accompanied then EU Commissioner Dalli on a number of dubious trips to the Bahamas in 2012 to discuss “charitable” investment opportunities.

A spokesperson for the group of defrauded investors had told this newsroom that the investment plan was offered to them by an intermediary acting on behalf of alleged international fraudster Mary Swan.

Swan is believed to have operated a Ponzi scheme, which is believed to have run into millions, and with the money being filtered through Tyre Ltd and Corporate Group, from a Sliema apartment. The property was raided by the police in May 2015.

She duped scores of elderly Christian investors – including the eight who filed the complaint with the FBI – into handing over their savings in order to fund African miners who were supposedly unable to get financing from banks.

By playing on their Christian sensibilities, they were led to believe that part of the funds would be used to help orphans in Africa and The Philippines.

John Dalli has repeatedly denied any involvement in the whole affair.

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