Estate of Denial news clips (5/22/17)

House IT Scandal Figure Threatened Kidnappings of Stepmom’s Pakistani Kin (VA)

The Daily Signal

May 04, 2017

A former congressional information technology (IT) aide allegedly threatened to have his stepmother’s Pakistani relatives kidnapped if she talked to U.S. law enforcement authorities, according to court documents obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation’s (TheDCNF) Investigative Group.

“Imran Awan threatened that he is very powerful and if I ever call the police again, [he] will … kidnap my family members back in Pakistan,” Awan’s stepmother, Samina Gilani, claimed in the documents filed April 14 in Fairfax County, Virginia, in the case of Americo Financial Life and Annuity Insurance Company v. Abid A. Awan and Samina Ashraf Gilani.


Ex-judge Casey Moreland set for trial in June (TN)

The Tennessean

May 12, 2017

Former judge Casey Moreland has been scheduled to go to trial on obstruction of justice charges in June.

A federal judge’s order sets the trial date for June 27, and says if Moreland wants to take a plea deal, that should happen by June 4.


Zapata Trial: The Prosecution Rests (TX)

San Angelo LIVE!

May 13, 2017

SAN ANGELO, TX – The first week of Ray Zapata’s trial concluded just after lunch Friday when the state rested their case with the final testimony of Stephen Thompson, a research specialist with the State’s Office of the Attorney General’s office, in charge of following the very complicated money trail. Thompson presented a flow chart that detailed how the money made its way from account to account and into the hands of defendant Ray Zapata.

The transactions began when John Young was given control over the entire Sullivan estate in probate, including several bank accounts with a substantial amounts of money. He proceeded to transfer $1 million dollars to a Sterne Agee capital fund account from which he immediately withdrew $235,000 and deposited to his personal account.