Volume No. 2 Issue No. 24 - Monday December 17, 2007|
Former Dominican Ambassador Charged with filing a $2.7 million false claim with the IRS
By Jason Webb
A federal jury in the U.S. has charged Mr. Rudolph King, whom U.S. prosecutors said has been using the alias Klever Rosales, with filing a false $2.7 million claim with the Internal Revenue Service.
King presents his credentials as Dominica's special envoy to the Prime Minister of Bahrain on August 29, 2006.
The charge is the result of an investigation by the IRS. King remains in a California jail awaiting trial.
King was first introduced to the Dominican public when he was featured in theDominican.net presenting his credentials to Prime Minister Shaikh Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa of Bahrain on Tuesday August 29, 2006.
At the time, King presented himself as Dominica’s Prime Minister Special Envoy, and conveyed regards of his country's Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit to Shaikh Khalifa and wished him good health and happiness.
At the time, further investigation by theDominican.net revealed that King was involved in several questionable activities in the past including owing $400 000 in credit card charges to American Express. He also pretended to have succeeded in getting Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu and actress Halle Berry to visit the Bahamas.
In late 2006, King was reportedly given responsibility to research and promote trade, cultural and investment opportunities for Dominica, particularly in the Middle East.
Prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit first said he had severed ties with him, and then fiercely defended him, despite numerous questions about his character. The prime minister went on national radio to forcefully defend King’s appointment as one that was good for the country.
King was appointed a goodwill ambassador in January 2006 after a little known organization which he headed, King Humanitarian and Global Vision Foundation, promised to deliver several projects, including a library.
The organization also presented Skerrit with its “Salute to Greatness Award” to honor the prime minister’s “contribution” to education.
King’s appointment was never publicly revoked, and he continued to refer to himself as His Excellency Rudolph King.
According to details of the most recent indictment, around September 20, 2007, in the Northern District of California, Mr. King, presented a claim to the IRS for refund of taxes in the amount of $2.7 million, knowing that it was false.
Prosecutors are relying, in part, on an affidavit by an IRS-CI Special Agent.
"The false claim asserted that Rosales is the president of Salute Greatness, Inc., a company located in Beverly Hills, CA. On or about July 26, 2007, Mr. King, using the name Klever Rosales, submitted a fraudulent international money order payment to the IRS in the amount of $2.7 million," the district court said in a statement.
"Mr. King, again using the name Klever Rosales, contacted the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) and requested an expedited refund for $2.7 million. He claimed the payment was made in error and wanted the funds returned as soon as possible," it added.
On September 20, 2007, he faxed a fraudulent claim to the TAS in the amount of $2.7 million, along with additional documents which appeared to be fraudulent, in order to substantiate his false claim, according to U.S. authorities.
Mr. King was arrested on November 16, 2007 in Los Angeles, CA and made his initial appearance in federal court on the same day. He is still in custody.
The maximum statutory penalty for each count of making or presenting a false claim is five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. However, officials indicated, any sentence following conviction would be imposed by the court after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statute governing the imposition of a sentence.
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