Leon Charles was with the FAdH Marine unit when he was appointed Police Chief with the Aristide government after Pierre Denize stepped down. He had some problems with Aristide and was replaced by Mario Andresol. Charles, and his family, traveled to the Washington area where he took up a position with the embassy there.
He would claim to be Central Intelligence Agency, a claim which seems to have been untrue.
When the Martelly government was inaugurated, Charles ingratiated himself with tales of his CIA involvement and intelligence background. In a short time the Martelly/Lamothe team saw through the stories and fired Leon Charles.
Now there are suggestions that the Government of Haiti is investigating Leon Charles, There are suggestions that the Americans are also looking at him, as are the Canadians.
Some suggest $1,500,000 US is involved with his illegal dissolution of the CICC, Haiti’s drug unit. Others suggest that the Americans gave CICC $200,000 and this is missing.
No matter what the case may be, Leon Charles had better declare his total income – legal and illegal – to the American Internal Revenue Service since the law requires all resident aliens to declare their global income, even if taxes are not due. Al Capone was finally convicted by the IRS for tax evasion. If charged, and convicted, Charles could be deported to Haiti.
The focus should be on Charles, and his alleged partner Audain.
The money involved could buy a lot of rice-and-beans for Haiti’s hungry kids.
He is just another cog in the Martelly/Lamothe’s team in their effort to end impunity and endemic corruption.