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Lawyer: Piracy Suspect is No Longer Vice President of CallDirek

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Wednesday, 17 August 2011 21:48

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MIAMI, USA (defend.ht) - As an ongoing investigation into a multimillion dollar per year telecommunications bypassing operation continues, a high profile suspect, Charles Gentil is being distanced by his former company CallDirek for his alleged involvement in the unlawful acts.

The most recently filed annual report with the State of Florida, dated June 30, for CallDirek’s parent company Unitel Inc, omitted declaring the position of Vice President to the state. Prior reports, those available as the news of the crimes were being made public, named the company’s Vice President to be Charles Gentil.

Lawyers for Call Direk contacted DH to clarify that Mr. Gentil is no longer, and has not been, the Vice President of the company for a time that at least precedes the June 30 filing date. Circumstances surrounding the removal of the former VP were not elaborated on.

Counsel for the company, Attorney Ralph Kénol, also refutes any implication that CallDirek, “a company with a longstanding reputation for quality service to the Haitian community and beyond” would be involved in the crimes, adding that “CallDirek has never been involved in fraudulent bypass activties and only terminates its Haiti traffic directly to Digicel and Voila.”

On Tuesday the whereabouts of the former CallDirek VP was unknown to justice officials and Government Commissioner Jean-Francois Sonel expressed worries that time may have allotted his suspect time to flight the country.

The commissioner held sternly that there were more arrests to come. On last Wednesday law enforcement officers raided the Haiti home of Mr. Gentil. Commissioner Sonel insists it is still early in the investigation.

On August 4 officials from the National Council of Communications (CONATEL) and the Haitian National Police Anti Telecommunication Fraud (PNH ATF) division received a series of suspicious numbers from communications carrier, Digicel, that led to two raids on properties in Port-au-Prince. A hoard of telecom bypassing equipment was seized by authorities as five arrests were made and several warrants were issued. Government officials estimate the bypassing cost to carriers on the order of $750,000 [US].


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