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Mar 13, 2020

Closing Arguments for U.S. Gov’t Case Against Lev Dermen

Lev Dermen

Closing arguments were heard earlier this weekend in the U.S. case against Lev Aslan Dermen.  He stands accused of defrauding the U.S. government of more than one billion dollars in a bio fuel tax fraud scheme. The fifty-three-year-old alleged fraudster was granted Belize nationality in September 2013 and was recommended for a c consular post in Las Vegas. The case in the U.S. shook the core of the ruling United Democratic Party and forced the Prime Minister to remove John Saldivar as leader elect of the U.D.P.  In the wake of the serious allegations of corruption and bribery against Saldivar, he resigned from Cabinet. Text messages between Jacob Kingston, C.E.O. of Washakie, who has pleaded guilty to fraud and Saldivar shows that Saldivar received fifty thousand U.S. dollars from Dermen. Investigators say that the monies were obtained from the tax fraud. After denying that he received the cash, Saldivar later accepted that he got the monies from Dermen. Saldivar remains a member of the House of Representatives and sits on the back bench.  Jurors will begin deliberations for Dermen on Thursday to determine his fate.

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