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The story of Yank Barry’s charity, the Global Village Champions Foundation, begins in the 1990s, when Yank Barry established a company called Global Village Market.
In one of several phone conversations with me, Yank went to lengths to say that the Global Village Champions Foundation and Global Village Market are “two very separate things,” but the Global Village Champions Foundation certainly grew out of Global Village Market, which Yank advertised as being not only a profit-seeking company, but also a charity whose goal was to deliver one billion meals to needy people everywhere.
Currently, when the Global Village Champions Foundation claims to have delivered nearly one billion meals to needy people, most of them children, included in that tally are meals that were allegedly delivered back in the 1990s by Global Village Market. In a moment, we will closely examine the claim that Global Village Champions Foundation has delivered nearly one billion meals to needy children, and we will see that the claim is a massive fraud, but first let us learn more about Global Village Market, which was also a massive fraud, later to be known as the Global Village Champions Foundation.
While Global Village Market advertised itself as a company that was also a charity (its motto was “Doing Good by Doing Well”) with a goal to feed one billion people, Yank Barry listed Global Village Market’s shares on the World Investors Stock Exchange. Also listed on the World Investors Stock exchange was a firm called the Global Prosperity Group, and Yank Barry was involved with that outfit as well.
According to Offshore Alert, a prominent publication that covers the world of offshore crime, Yank Barry was also involved with the World Investors Stock Exchange itself. In one of several phone conversations that I had with Yank, he denied having any involvement with the World Investors Stock Exchange, other than to have listed his company (Global Village Market) on the exchange, and he said Global Village Market sold only “around $79” worth of stock on the exchange.
It seems doubtful that Global Village Market sold less than $100 worth of stock (indeed, we will see that Yank is not being honest on that score), and multiple of Yank’s associates have told me that he was more closely involved with the World Stock Investors Stock Exchange than he is letting on. But even assuming that Yank was not a principal with the World Investors Stock Exchange, it tells us something that Yank chose to list Global Village Market on this particular exchange, and it is worth discussing the exchange briefly to understand why.
The World Investors Stock Exchange was, of course, different than, say, The New York Stock Exchange or the NASDAQ stock exchange. In fact, the World Investors Stock Exchange, based in the offshore money laundering haven of Grenada, was a sham stock exchange that specialized in listing sham companies. Most of the ordinary people who were induced to invest in these sham companies, including Global Village Market, lost all or most of their money. Some people lost everything they had.
The World Investors Stock Exchange was a unit of the First International Bank of Grenada, which was later indicted because it was a Ponzi scheme that stole $175,330,911 from hapless investors, at which point Gilbert Allen Ziegler, the founder of First International Bank of Grenada, changed his name to Van Brink and moved to Uganda. After moving to Uganda, Van Brink and the First International Bank for Grenada (which remained in business for a time despite the indictment) held a conference for 60 Congolese rebel leaders, and promised the rebel leaders millions of dollar in aid, according to a report from the U.S. State Department.
The First International Bank of Grenada and its subsidiaries (including the World Investors Stock Exchange) also had extensive dealings with organized crime. For example, another of the First International Bank of Grenada’s principals was a man named Gerald Burns, who was also a principal with the World Investors Stock Exchange and with an outfit called Cambridge International Bank and Trust, which was an offshoot of the First International Bank of Grenada, complicit in the Ponzi scheme. At the time, Burns controlled several brokerages, including an outfit called Centex Securities, in partnership with a man named Eugene Slusker. While Burns was a key figure behind First International Bank of Grenada and its subsidiaries, Slusker was involved with First International Bank of Grenada, using the bank to launder money, while trading in stock of companies listed on the World Investors Stock Exchange.
Slusker was sometimes known as Semyan Altman. At other times, he went by the names Evgeny Slusker, Eugene Kozin, Evgeny Lozin, Evgeny Kozin, and Eugene Shuster and Slushke and Sousker and Schuster and Shuskar and etc. Which is a lot of names.
His real name, however, was Evgeny Dvoskin, and he was a major Russian organized crime figure. He was, in fact, the chief lieutenant of Vyacheslav Ivankov, also known as Yaponchik (which translates as “the Little Jap”). Ivankov was, during the 1990s, the top boss of the Russian mafia in the United States.
Both Dvoskin and Ivankov were arrested in 1995 (they shared a prison cell together), but they were both quickly released. It has since been widely reported that when Ivankov was arrested, Ivankov told the FBI that there was, in fact, no such thing as the Russian mafia. Instead, according to Ivankov, there was only “one uninterrupted criminal swamp” controlled by the Russian intelligence services.
The Ivankov syndicate had gotten its start in the United States perpetrating fuel scams in partnership with a DeCavalcante Mafia family capo named Phil Abramo, who was known in some circles as “The King of Wall Street” because he operated numerous brokerages, and leaders of the Genovese Mafia family, including a Genovese Mafia capo named Alan “Baldy” Longo, who was Abramo’s brother-in-law. When Ivankov was briefly jailed in 1995, it was on charges of having perpetrated a fuel scam in league with his top lieutenant, Dvoskin (who was, in fact, a relative of Ivankov) and members of the Genovese Mafia family (including Longo).
As I mentioned, when Ivankov was jailed, he shared a prison cell with his lieutenant, Dvoskin, but as I also mentioned, both of these mobsters were quickly released. After they were released, Ivankov returned to Moscow, but Dvoskin remained in the United States and became involved with multiple U.S.-based brokerages.
Because the documentation to which I am linking describes Dvoskin by various different names, and I wish to avoid confusion, I will repeat that Dvoskin is the same person as Eugene Slusker. He has, at various times, also gone by at least 33 other aliases. By reading through the documents to which I have linked, you will see that in addition to controlling (partially) Centex Securities, Dvoskin (or the various aliases listed above) secretly controlled (with Burns) more than a dozen U.S. brokerages. The most famous of the brokerages secretly controlled by Dvoskin was an outfit called Barron Chase.
Barron Chase was later indicted for not only the usual crimes (i.e., market manipulation, securities fraud, and extortion), but also for conspiracy to commit kidnapping. Dvoskin, meanwhile, was implicated in multiple murders, and the boss of his crime syndicate, Ivankov, was widely known as one of the most ruthless killers in organized crime. It was even reported that Ivankov boiled his victims in vats of hot oil, and while those reports might have been apocryphal, it tells us something about these mobsters that Ivankov himself boasted that the reports were true.
However, with the exception of Robert Kirk (who served as president of Barron Chase, and who went to prison) none of Barron Chase’s principals suffered any fate worse than having to pay small fines, and most of them remained in business during the years that followed. Among Barron Chase’s other principals (aside from Dvoskin and Burns) were (as noted in the indictment) the following: Arthur Gunning, an associate of the Colombo Mafia family; Craig Marino, a soldier in the Genovese Mafia family; and Ronald Giallanzo, a soldier in the Bonanno Mafia family.
Those mobsters were also involved with Centex Securities and other brokerages secretly controlled by Dvoskin and Burns, while other organized crime figures involved with those brokerages included Abramo and his brother-in-law, Alan “Baldy” Longo.
Still others involved with those brokerages (including Centex and Barron Chase) were key figures in the Persico faction of the Colombo crime family, including a Colombo Mafia capo named Danny Persico and a Colombo Mafia capo named Joseph Baudanza. Danny Persico was the son of Alphonse “Allie Boy” Persico, the top boss of the Colombo crime family.
Yank Barry was not, to my knowledge, associated with all of those mobsters, but he did have ties to organized crime (see Chapter 1 of this article), and by way of introduction to our further discussion of Yank Barry’s ties to not only organized crime, but also people who have worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), it is worth nothing at this point that the chief of the FBI’s organized crime unit during the 1990s was a fellow named Lindley DeVecchio, a close associate of Yank Barry.
DeVecchio led the FBI’s investigation of First International Bank of Grenada and the World Investors Stock Exchange. DeVecchio also led the FBI’s investigation of numerous brokerages (including all those named above) that were linked to the First International Bank of Grenada. In addition, DeVecchio led all FBI investigations of the organized crime figures involved with those brokerages.
However, most of those organized crime figures were never jailed while DeVecchio was still with the FBI, and the few who were jailed (e.g. Dvoskin and Ivankov, the top two Russian mafia bosses in the United States, both implicated in multiple murders, in addition to securities fraud, conspiracy, extortion, and kidnapping, etc.) were quickly released from prison and allowed to remain in business.
This is perhaps unsurprising given that DeVecchio was later indicted on charges of having corrupt relationships with members of the Persico faction of the Colombo crime family (principals with the above-mentioned brokerages). DeVecchio was even charged with helping a Colombo Mafia capo named Greg Scarpa perpetrate (on orders from the above-mentioned Danny Persico) multiple murders during the so-called “Colombo Wars” that elevated Danny Persico’s father, Alphonse “Allie Boy” Persico, to the leaderships of the Colombo crime family.
However, the FBI brass and the DOJ rallied to DeVecchio’s support, and he was acquitted on all charges. In a subsequent interview on the 60 Minutes program, DeVecchio stated that he considered some Colombo crime family bosses to be his friends and that he was proud of those relationships, though he said the relationships were not corrupt. Therefore, we may assume that he was innocent, though it appears he let mobsters literally get away with murder.
And when DeVecchio was acquitted on all charges of corruption, one person who congratulated him for his victory was Buck Revell, who, during the 1990s, was the FBI’s associate deputy director (i.e. he was second in charge at the FBI). We will return to Revell in our discussion of Yank Barry’s charity.
It needs to be stressed that all of the organized crime figures involved with Barron Chase were also involved with Centex Securities and other brokerages principally controlled by Dvoskin and his partner Gerald Burns. It also needs to be stressed that those brokerages were linked (as were Dvoskin and Burns themselves) to the First International Bank of Grenada scandal. One component of that scandal was the World Investors Stock Exchange, a sham stock exchange that specialized in listing sham companies, including Yank Barry’s Global Village Market, a company that purported to be a charity (later known as Global Village Champions Foundation).
By way of further introduction to our discussion of Yank Barry’s ties to organized crime (and also Yank Barry’s ties to multiple intelligence officials), it is important to note that in 2009, Ivankov was gunned down on a Moscow street just days after he publicly announced that members of his crime syndicate had long been employed by elements of the Russian intelligence apparatus. A few months later, in June 2010, the FBI arrested ten Russian spies who had long been operating in the United States, at which point Novoya Gazeta, a prominent newspaper in Russia (actually one of the best newspapers in the world, far better than any U.S. newspaper) was the first to report that former Russian intelligence officials alleged that the ring leader of those ten Russian spies had been none other than Dvoskin.
In other words, Dvoskin was not just a major organized crime figure, but also a Russian intelligence agent, and as the Russian media has since reported, one of Dvoskin’s jobs was to perpetrate financial crimes in the United States on behalf of the Russian intelligence apparatus. That was also one of the jobs of the ten Russian spies who were arrested in 2010, and while there is not unanimous agreement that Dvoskin was, in fact, the ring-leader of the ten Russian spies, at least two of those spies, Mikhail Semenko and Christopher Metsos, were involved with Dvoskin’s brokerages.
The fact that the two Russian spies were involved with Dvoskin’s brokerages (including Centex Securities) was first reported to DeepCapture by one of Dvoskin’s business associates (also a business associate of Yank Barry), and later confirmed to me by an FBI agent who investigated Dvoskin (and who also investigated Yank Barry, though that investigation did not result in any charges being leveled against Yank).
Dvoskin had close ties to elements of the U.S. government, and many people, including that FBI agent, believe that Dvoskin was protected by FBI management. It is, at any rate, certain that Dvoskin never did more than a few months in prison, and operated in the United States with impunity for many years.
Much of this will prove pertinent when we discuss some of Yank Barry’s more recent business ventures, but first we need to continue reviewing the history of Yank Barry’s charity, the Global Village Champions Foundation, which, of course, grew out Global Village Market, described by Yank as having been both a charity and a business.
As we know, Global Village Market listed its shares on the World Investors Stock Exchange, as did another firm called the Global Prosperity Group. The World Investors Stock Exchange listed only a small number of companies, and Yank Barry was involved with at least two of those companies, namely Global Village Market and the Global Prosperity Group, the latter of which was a company that specialized in holding conferences at which “motivational” speakers instructed attendees in various get rich-quick-schemes.
Prior to publishing this story, I spoke with Yank Barry by phone on multiple occasions over the course of one week, and in one of our phone conversations Yank stated that he was never involved with the Global Prosperity Group, but this was another case where Yank was not being entirely forthcoming. Offshore Alert reported that Yank was involved with the Global Prosperity Group, and one of Yank’s associates described to me in some detail Yank’s involvement with the Global Prosperity Group.
Offshore Alert also reported that Yank had been directly involved with the First International Bank of Grenada (and its subsidiary, the World Investors Stock Exchange), but in a phone conversation with me, Yank denied that he was directly involved with First International Bank of Grenada, just as he denied that he had been directly involved with the World Investors Stock Exchange. Yank did, however, admit that he listed his company, Global Village Market, on the World Investors Stock Exchange, and in a later phone conversation with me he conceded that he did have some involvement with the Global Prosperity Group’s motivational speakers.
The Global Prosperity Group was, as I just mentioned, in the business of holding conferences where “motivational” speakers gave attendees investment advice. The attendees of these conferences were, more specifically, convinced that they could get rich quick by investing in various companies, including Global Village Market, that were listed on the World Investors Stock Exchange. And those companies, like the World Investors Stock Exchange itself, were scams.
Global Village Market (in addition to being a charity) was a multi-level network marketing scheme ostensibly set up to sell Yank’s dehydrated meat substitute, known as Vitapro. The dehydrated meat substitute was actually manufactured by other companies, none of them owned by Yank (Yank says they were “subcontractors”), but the dehydrated meat substitute was branded Vitapro, and Yank controlled a company called Vitapro International, also known as Vitapro Foods.
The operations of Vitapro International/Vitapro Foods were, of course, closely intertwined with the operations of Global Village Market (which was set up ostensibly to sell Vitapro’s dehydrated meat substitute).
A multi-level network marketing scheme is a scheme whereby a product is sold through distributors, rather than through retailers, and the distributors are encouraged to recruit other distributors, while each distributor in the chain earns commissions on the product he or she has sold, and additional commissions on the product sold by the distributors whom he or she has recruited. Global Village Market’s supposed product, of course, was the Vitapro dehydrated meat substitute.
Although neither Global Village Market nor Vitapro actually produced or sold much dehydrated meat substitute, Yank Barry told both his distributors and his investors that the more money that Global Village Market made, the more meals (in the form of Vitapro dehydrated meat substitute) Global Village Market would deliver as charity to needy children in underdeveloped nations all around the world.
It must be stressed that neither Global Village Market nor Vitapro produced much dehydrated meat substitute. It also did not donate much in the way of dehydrated meat substitute or anything else to the needy. It is, in fact, apparent that Global Village Market was not established principally to distribute dehydrated meat substitute or to donate meat substitute to charity. Global Village Market was pure scam, set up principally to lure in hapless investors, whose money was simply pocketed by Yank.
Meanwhile, Yank Barry paid the famous boxer Muhammad Ali to promote Global Village Market and Vitapro. Other celebrities, including the famous singer Celine Dion, were convinced to endorse Global Village Market believing that Global Village Market was not a business, but a charity that had been co-founded by Muhammad Ali, and whose goal was to deliver 1 billion meals to needy people around the world.
As of 1998, Yank was reporting that Global Village Market had already delivered 133 million meals to hungry children in poverty-stricken nations around the word, but that claim was false and Global Village Market was, to repeat, a massive scam.
In 1998, journalist Rod Macdonell of the Montreal Gazette (a rare journalist who actually practiced journalism) published (in the Montreal Gazette) a 3,300 word front-page story about Yank Barry, and this story reported that Global Market Village was a scam. Numerous investors in Global Village Market had been unable to get their money back, and many of those investors had invested thousands of dollars.
That is, many of these investors had purchased thousands of dollars of stock that Global Village Market sold on the World Investors Stock Exchange, and though it is not known precisely how much Global Village Market took in, it was certainly more than $79 (the maximum amount Yank Barry told me that Global Village Market had sold on the World Investors Stock Exchange).
The story in the Montreal Gazette (the same story that was briefly discussed in the first chapter of the story you are now reading) has since been wiped from the internet, but it can now be read in full here at DeepCapture.com, and it reports that while Yank Barry pocketed the money that unwitting investors invested in Global Village Market, that company (contrary to its advertising) did not deliver many meals to charity.
Macdonell, the author of the story in the Montreal Gazette, wrote: “Barry is nowhere near the 100 million meals he says he is delivering to those children this year—the philanthropic side of his company that he uses to attract the celebrity endorsements, which he uses in turn to promote the investment side. There is very little documentation of donated food.”
In fact, even the documentation that Yank Barry provides as supposed evidence that he had delivered large quantities of food to needy children shows that Yank and Global Village Market had delivered almost nothing to charity as of 1998, when Macdonell published his story.
Yank told me during one of our phone calls that he had filed a complaint against Macdonell before the Quebec Press Council, and Yank suggested to me that Macdonell had been fired from his job for having published his story in the Montreal Gazette, but Macdonell had not been fired from his job, and while it is true that Yank filed a complaint before the Quebec Press Council, the Quebec Press Council ruled in Macdonell’s favor because Macdonell’s story was true and MacDonnell had done what journalists are supposed to do by exposing Yank as a fraud.
By contrast, as we saw in Chapter 1 of this story, most journalists have done nothing other than take dictation from Yank and his public relations operatives. Nearly all of the major news organizations have, on multiple occasions, described Yank Barry as a billionaire and noted “humanitarian” who has donated most of his money to charity, who has fed nearly one billion needy children, and who is most deserving of the nominations that he has received for the Nobel Peace Prize.
In his story for the Montreal Gazette, Macdonell reported further that “Celine Dion’s lawyer has put Barry on notice to cease and desist in his claims that the singer endorses his investment scheme or anything beyond his campaign to feed children. Muhammad Ali’s lawyer also warns that if people have been led to believe that Ali is endorsing Barry’s investment plan, they are mistaken.”
Nonetheless, the website of Yank’s charity, the Global Village Champions Foundation (which grew from the earlier Global Village Market), continues to this day to show a picture of Celine Dion, along with the claim that the singer endorses the Global Village Champions Foundation. Yank told me that Celine Dion is a friend of his, and that her photograph would not be on the Global Village Champions Foundation website if she did not endorse the Global Village Champions Foundation and its work.
Meanwhile, of course, Muhammad Ali continues to endorse the Global Village Champions Foundation, and the warning of the champ’s lawyer notwithstanding, it is likely that Muhammad Ali knew all along that he was “endorsing Barry’s investment plan” because, after all, the former boxer had been paid to do just that.
Muhammad Ali’s photograph appeared on all of Vitapro’s marketing materials and packaging (while Global Village Market was ostensibly in the business of distributing Vitapro, also ostensibly delivering a portion of its profits and product to charity).
In recent times, the only journalist to recall that earlier story in the Montreal Gazette was John O’Conner, author of the story (title: “The World According to Yank”) that raised doubts about the seriousness of Yank’s first nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize by a lawyer in Bulgaria. As discussed in the last chapter of this story, Yank has filed a libel lawsuit against The National Post, but every word of that story was true.
In that story, O’Conner also cast doubt on Yank’s “alleged good deeds,” and reported some of what had appeared in the earlier Montreal Gazette story. When O’Conner asked Yank about the earlier Montreal Gazette story, Yank suggested that Macdonell, the author of the story, had been fired, and Yank was quoted by O’Conner as saying that Macdonell “had his license pulled.”
Yank, of course, told me almost the same thing, but the truth was that Macdonell’s former editor at the Gazette had nothing but good things to say about Macdonell, and, again, after Yank complained about Macdonell’s story to the Quebec Press Council, the council returned a verdict in Macdonell’s favor because Macdonell’s story was true, and the public had a right to know about Yank’s obviously fraudulent schemes.
Macdonell never had his “license pulled” (journalists do not have licenses), and he was not fired. After receiving multiple awards for his work with the Montreal Gazette, Macdonell moved on to other jobs, and was recently employed by the United Nations Development Program to create a guide for journalists covering corruption and criminality in underdeveloped nations.
However, Macdonell’s 1998 story about Yank Barry’s “charity” has, of course, been flushed down the memory hole and it could be found nowhere on the internet until now. Readers are encouraged to read the story in full (it is posted here at DeepCapture.com).
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As of this writing in November 2014, we know, Yank Barry is operating the Global Village Champions Foundation, which evolved from his earlier company Global Village Market. Actually, Yank has removed himself as a director of Global Village Champions Foundation, and he has also removed himself from the incorporation documents of his various companies, perhaps because Yank was recently named in a lawsuit alleging that Yank was part of a racketeering enterprise that sold millions of dollars’ worth of stolen and counterfeit art—a lawsuit to which we will return later in this story.
But Yank is still the man who operates the Global Village Champions Foundation.
Unlike Global Village Market, which was a for-profit corporation (listed on the World Investors Stock Exchange), the Global Village Champions Foundation is registered as a not-for-profit, tax-exempt charity, but just as Global Village Market was a multi-level network marketing scheme ostensibly set up to sell Vitapro (the dehydrated meat substitute), so too are the operations of Global Village Champions Foundation closely intertwined with the operations of Vitapro International.
Vitapro International was, at least until recently, based in Canada and controlled by Yank, but presently Vitapro’s website lists only two addresses for Vitapro, one in Bulgaria and one in Belize. The website provides no telephone number for Vitapro, and as I mentioned in Chapter 1 of this story, the photograph on the website purporting to be a picture of Vitapro’s corporate headquarters is a fake photograph, apparently made with Photoshop or some similar software.
When the Montreal Gazette published its front page story about Yank in 1998, that story reported that many of the supposed customers named on Vitapro’s website were not, in fact, customers, and a former employee of Vitapro says that at that time in 1998, Vitapro had sold no more than $133,000 worth of dehydrated meat substitute, though it had recently obtained the $33 million deal to supply Vitapro dehydrated meat substitute to the Texas state prisons (a deal that was voided when Yank was indicted for paying bribes to the director of the Texas state prisons).
The supposed “clients” presently listed on Vitapro’s website are mostly the same clients that were listed on Vitapro’s website back in 1998. Some of those clients were never actually clients of Vitapro, and it has proven impossible to verify whether the others (most of them identified only vaguely as, for example, “the government of Libya” and various other governments) are actually clients of Vitapro.
Yank also failed, despite my requests, to provide me with any documentation showing that Vitapro has actually sold large amounts of dehydrated meat substitute, much less the billions of dollars’ worth of product that Yank claims to have sold, and Yank did not reply to requests for documentation showing that Vitapro had any meaningful revenues or profits.
Nonetheless, the media often describe Yank as a “soy products tycoon” (a reference to the dehydrated meat substitute, which is made from soy). Meanwhile, as evidence that Yank is a philanthropist of the first order, the media and Yank report that Vitapro International donates 60 percent of its profits (or all of its profits, according to some of Yank’s statements to the media) to the Global Village Champions Foundation, which, according to Yank, uses the money to feed needy children, much as Yank previously reported that a significant percentage of Global Village Market’s profits from sales of Vitapro were delivered to charity.
Yank, of course, does not provide evidence that Vitapro has significant profits, so the question remains, 60 percent of what? As of this writing, the Global Village Champions Foundation’s website , meanwhile, reports that the Global Village Champions Foundation has donated 988,911,330 (nearly a billion) meals to needy people around the world, most of them children.
When I asked Yank if he had evidence that he had delivered large sums of money to charity, and that the Global Village Champions Foundation had delivered nearly a billion meals to needy people, he said all of the evidence could be found on the Global Village Champions Foundation’s website. When I told Yank that the evidence on the Global Village Champions Foundation website does not prove that Yank has donated much to charity, he promised to send me additional evidence, but he never did so, and in a subsequent conversation he said again that all of the evidence is on his website.
This is important because most “humanitarian” organizations willingly and quickly respond to any request to show proof of their charity, and again, neither Yank nor the Global Village Champions foundation was forthcoming with any proof other than the documents on the Global Village Champions Foundation website. Those documents, as will see momentarily, are nothing more than proof that the Global Village Champions Foundation and Yank have made only small donations to charity, while fraudulently describing the Global Village Champions Foundation as an organization that is striving to become “the undisputed world leader in private humanitarian delivery of nutrition to needy persons everywhere, sustaining life, and helping to eradicate world hunger…”
Yank operates another company, ProPectin, which, like Vitapro, claims to donate 60 percent of its profits to charity. ProPectin is based in Bulgaria, and ProPectin manufactures an apple pectin product under the brand name ProPectin.
It is, in fact, clear that one reason why Yank Barry operates Global Village Champions Foundation (a reason that has nothing to do with charity) is to convince distributors to sell more of his ProPectin product, much as he operated Global Village Market to convince distributors to sell his Vitapro product. Yank has sold much of his ProPectin product in partnership with a company called Jeunesse Global, which is a multi-level network marketing scheme similar to Global Village Market.
In November of this year (2014), Yank told me that he had cut off all relations with Jeunesse Global because the company is, according to Yank, crooked and it rips off its customers and distributors. He said, “I wouldn’t touch them [Jeunesse Global] with a ten foot pole.”
When I called the phone number that Jeunesse Global’s website lists as the number of its corporate headquarters, I got a recorded message that said “Thank you for your patience, we should be with you soon,” but no real person ever picked up the phone, and so I was unable to ask anyone about Yank’s comments, or confirm whether Yank was telling me the truth when he said he had cut off all relations with Jeunesse Global.
In any event, it is certain that Yank was working closely with Jeunesse Global as of early this year (2014), if not also later, and Jeunesse was closely involved with the Global Village Champions Foundation’s supposed charity. To this day, videos on the Global Village Champions Foundation website purporting to show Global Village Champions Foundation delivering food to needy people state that these missions of charity were conducted in partnership with “Jeunesse Kids,” an initiative of Jeunesse Global.
As of early 2014, if not also later, Jeunesse distributors sold just a few products, namely a few skin care products that allegedly could make your face look younger, and Yank’s ProPectin, which is also advertised as an anti-aging product.
Yank and his hired spokesmen say that ProPectin has various miracle properties. Not only is it an anti-aging product, Yank says, but ProPectin is able to cure diabetes, it is able to protect the body from cancer, and it is able to eliminate radioactive contamination from human bodies that have been exposed to radioactive fallout (and everyone, according to Yank, is a potential customer for such a product because everyone has been exposed to radioactive fallout from the Fukushima disaster in Japan, as well as other sources).We will see, though, that no credible medical professional has provided evidence that ProPectin has any of those miracle properties.
Jeunesse Global regularly holds conventions for its distributors, and Yank has appeared at those conventions. At all of these conventions, Yank has repeated the fraudulent claim that he was once the lead singer of the Kingsmen (see Chapter 1 of this article for more on Yank’s false claim to have been a member of the Kingsmen), and at some of the conferences, Yank has sung the famous Kingsmen song “Louie Louie,” backed up by famous musicians, including Gary U.S. Bonds (who endorses the Global Village Champions Foundation). See the following video of Yank singing “Louie Louie” at Jeunesse’s 2012 annual convention.
Yank has also given speeches at these conventions, telling Jeunesse distributors that the more ProPectin they sell, the more meals the Global Village Champions Foundation will deliver to needy people around the world. Have a look at this video of Yank speaking at another recent Jeunesse convention, held in early 2014:
As you can see in that video, Yank announced that the Global Village Champions Foundation had joined forces with Jeunesse (which, of course, was selling ProPectin via its multi-level network marketing scheme), and Yank stated: “Global Village started by mistake. I spent 33 years in the music business. Most of you are too young to remember ‘Louie Louie.’ I sang that when I was nine years-old.”
That was, perhaps, a veiled confession because far from having anything to do with “Louie Louie,” that song was written (by Richard Berry) way back in 1959, when Yank was indeed nine years old. The band known as the Kingsmen, which recorded the song “Louie Louie,” was formed in 1963, when Yank was 13, and the Kingsmen bought the song “Louie Louie” from Richard Berry, who, unlike Yank, was an elderly black man.
At the Jeunesse convention, Yank continued: “For some reason I ended up in the food business, and wanted a spokesperson, and at that time Muhammad Ali had become a recluse…I said, ‘Ali we’ve got this great food product, and if we take a portion of our profits, we can feed kids’….Ali opened up the world for us. We started feeding children really from the heart…All of a sudden we got a call from Celine. We got a call from Michael Jordan. And Bill Clinton. Buzz Aldrin…all of these people wanted to be part of this organization.”
When Yank said he got a call from Celine, he, of course, referred to her only by her first name, but everyone in the audience knew he meant Celine Dion. It was true that Celine Dion endorsed Yank’s “charity” back in the 1990s, when she thought it was purely a charity, but recall that in 1998, her lawyers issued a warning to Yank, telling him to stop using her name to promote his business (which was the same thing as his charity, a multi-level marketing scheme similar to the one Yank was promoting at the Jeunesse convention).
It was also true that astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, was involved with Yank’s charity, but more on him later in this story.
As for Michael Jordan, I have found no evidence that he was involved with Yank’s charity, but Yank does know Michael Jordon personally, and Yank has convinced other sports celebrities, including Muhammad Ali, to become involved with his charity.
And how about Bill Clinton? Did Yank “get a call” from the president of the United States back in the 1990s, when Yank founded Global Village Market (now known as Global Village Champions Foundation), and did the president subsequently become involved with Yank’s charity?
I have found no evidence that Bill Clinton has been involved with Yank’s charity in any way, but Yank’s scams are of such magnitude, and such is the depravity of our government, that I would not rule out the possibly that even multiple U.S. presidents, past and present, are involved in some way with Yank Barry. After all, multiple members of the U.S. Congress nominated Yank for the Nobel Peace Prize. And I can’t help but repeat that there was, for a time (and this tells us all we need to know about our Congress), an officially designated “Yank Barry American Flag” flying on top of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, DC.
At the Jeunesse convention, Yank continued: “The unique thing about Global Village is that we have never accepted a donation.” Which was not true; Yank has held all manner of raffles and charity fundraising events where he has sold stuff for his “charity,” though it might be true that the people who bought stuff from Yank were not so much donating to charity as donating to Yank Barry. Yank also told me that his charity had numerous “corporate sponsors,” the suggestion being that corporations were donating money to the Global Village Champions Foundation.
Later in his speech at the convention, Yank said, “Now, I said we don’t accept donations. But I’m going to tell you about this contest were having.” The contest being a contest to see who could sell the most ProPectin for “charity,” along with a raffle of various items Yank was selling for “charity.”
Yank continued: “We are the only 501-c [non-profit charity] that has zero administration. A dollar comes in, a dollar goes to the children…We’ve been approached by many, many, network marketing companies in the past….We’ve never accepted a network marketing company [with the exception of Jeunesse].”
Neither of those statements were true. If “a dollar comes in, and a dollar goes to the children” (he was referring to dollars coming in from sales of ProPectin), that means Yank is donating 100 percent of his revenues (i.e. every dollar) to “the children.” And, again, we will see that Yank hasn’t donated large amounts of anything to charity.
Yank says “we’ve never accepted a network marketing company” with the exception of Jeunesse, but, of course, the Global Village Champions Foundation was formerly known as Global Village Market, which was itself a “network marketing company.”
At the convention, Yank went on to say, “Some of our partners around the world are Rotary International, International Red Cross, Salvation Army, church groups around the world…”
That also wasn’t true. I called those organizations, and their spokesmen confirmed that none of those organizations are “partners” of Global Village Champions Foundation. We will, in addition, see that Yank has not been involved with those organizations in any way that would suggest that he is striving to be “the undisputed world leader” in providing nutrition to needy people.
At the Jeunesse convention, Yank continued, “We document it all. We don’t document it all because of the publicity. We document it all because no good deed goes unpunished. There’s always an investigative reporter that’s gonna go ‘Well, how do we know you fed this many people?’ So please go to our website: we have manifests, shipping documents, field reports, pictures, it’s all there. We have fed more than that [i.e. more than the nearly one billion people claimed on the Global Village Champions Foundation website]. We don’t keep count of all that we have done.”
I went to the Global Village Foundation Champions website and did not find shipping documents and manifests showing that the Global Village Champions Foundation had donated close to one billion meals to needy children. Instead, I found a number of shipping documents and receipts, along with letters from various charities and others, all of which, taken together, proved the scope of Yank Barry’s fraud.
It is evident from the documents on the Global Village Champions Foundation website that the Global Village Champions Foundation has delivered some food and other items to needy people, and I do not mean to disparage any act of charity, no matter how small, but it is also evident that the Global Village Champions Foundation has donated only just enough to keep up appearances–that is, to enable Yank Barry to portray himself as a leading humanitarian and to enrich himself by exploiting the plight of hungry children.
I will now provide a description of everything that I found on the Global Village Champions Foundation website, and as I do so, keep in mind that the Global Village Champions Foundation and the media have repeatedly reported that the Global Village Champions Foundation has delivered nearly one billion meals to needy people, most of them children, and that the Global Village Champions Foundation is (to quote the Global Village Champions Foundation website) striving to become “the undisputed world leader in private humanitarian delivery of nutrition to needy persons everywhere, sustaining life, and helping to eradicate world hunger…”
As we go through the evidence that I found on the Global Village Champions Foundation website, also keep in mind that the work of the Global Village Champions Foundation was the ostensible reason why Yank Barry has received multiple nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize, along with other honors, such as the “Yank Barry American flag” flying on top of the U.S. Capitol building.
As we saw in Chapter 1 of this article, the first person who nominated Yank for the Nobel Peace Prize was Kiril Gorianov, a Bulgarian lawyer who was the Global Village Champions Foundation’s representative in Bulgaria, so that nomination did not quite count as a real nomination, but this year (2014) Yank received nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize from no less than three members of the U.S. Congress, including Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, who, in a speech on the floor of Congress honoring Yank Barry, repeated the claim that the Global Village Champions Foundation was (to quote the congresswoman precisely) “striving to become the undisputed world leader in private humanitarian delivery of nutrition to needy persons everywhere, sustaining life, and helping to eradicate world hunger…”
As we go through the evidence that I found on the Global Village Champions Foundation website, keep in mind also that Yank Barry told me that this was all the evidence that he had, and that this was all the evidence I needed. When I asked Yank if he could provide additional evidence, he said that he would, and when he failed to do so, he repeated, in a subsequent phone conversation, that all the evidence that I needed could be found on the Global Village Champions Foundation website.
What I found on that website was supposed evidence sorted by year. I have downloaded all of the evidence that I found on that website, and am providing here links to documents that I found on that website. I encourage readers to view my links, and then view the Global Village Champions website, as there is a chance that Yank Barry will alter the website after I publish this article.
The evidence on the Global Village Champions Foundation was located in two sections, one entitled “Making a Difference” (which you can view by clicking this link), and one entitled “Letters of Appreciation” (which you can view by clicking this link).
The “Making a Difference” section of the website has a “Relief Timeline” link that takes you to a large number of documents sorted by year, so I will begin by discussing what was found under each of those years.
By far the most extensive documentation was provided for the year 2014, and most of the documentation was in the form of numerous receipts for items that the Global Village Champions Foundation allegedly purchased for charity. I have created a document (posted here at DeepCapture.com) that lists purchase prices found on each of the receipts, and provides links to the receipts themselves.
Most of the receipts are in Bulgarian currency and for relatively small purchases, ranging from less than a dollar to around $1,000 (converted from Bulgarian currency). The only exceptions are two receipts, one for around 24,000 Bulgarian Leva (around $15,000 U.S.), and one for around 22,000 Bulgarian Leva (around $14,000). The remaining receipts (more than 100 of them) add up to a total expenditure in 2014 of around $48,000 (converted from Bulgarian currency).
Most of those receipts were not for purchases of food (many of the receipts are for items like fuel and printer cartridges), but even if all the receipts were all for purchases of food, and even if all that food had been delivered to needy people, the total expenditures evidenced by those receipts suggest that the Global Village Champions Foundation, in 2014, spent around what one would pay for a high-end automobile. To put this in further perspective, consider that just one Rotary club, on average, can be expected to raise far more than $1 million for charity in any given year, and there are thousands of Rotary clubs around the world, while Rotary International, unlike the Global Village Champions Foundation, does not advertise itself as an “undisputed leader in private humanitarian delivery of nutrition…”
In addition, there is no evidence that the items purchased by the Global Village Champions Foundation in 2014 were actually delivered to needy people. Even if they were delivered, it must be stressed that the receipts provided by the Global Village Champions Foundation add up to what one would pay for a single high-end automobile, and most of the receipts were not for food. Again, though I do not mean to disparage any act of charity, I do mean to suggest that the Global Village Champions Foundation has taken in a lot more than $50,000 with its fraudulent claim to have fed nearly one billion needy people, and most of the money that the Global Village Champions Foundation took in was not delivered to charity.
Remember that Yank tells his distributors, among others, that he uses at least 60 percent of his profits from his sales of ProPectin alone to buy food for needy children. Yank also told me that he is selling ProPectin in 52 nations around the world, and he has suggested that he earns huge profits from his sales of ProPectin. But he is lying to his distributors when he says that at least 60 percent of those profits are used to buy food for needy children and that the evidence of this can be found on the Global Village Champions Foundation website.
Aside from the receipts shown for 2014, the Global Village Champions Foundation’s website contained a few shipping documents purporting to be evidence of items shipped for charity in 2014. One of these documents (posted here at DeepCapture.com) was a shipping document showing that Yank’s company, Vitapro, had shipped 500 kilograms of ProPectin product to ProPectin’s office in China.
The Global Village Champions Foundation website reports that this ProPectin was “donated to China for Radiation/Pollution victims,” but there is no evidence that it was, in fact, “donated” (rather than sold), and it is hard to imagine that any legitimate charity in China would accept a donation of ProPectin, which, contrary to Yank’s claims, has not been proven by any credible medical scientist to rid the body of radioactive fallout and pollution. ProPectin also is not food.
Aside from that, the Global Village Champions Foundation website shows, as evidence of its charity work in 2014, one shipping document (posted here at DeepCapture.com) indicating that around 20,000 kilograms of Vitapro was shipped from Aliments Ed Foods, a subcontractor that manufactures the Vitapro dehydrated meat substitute, to the Global Village Champions Foundation in Bulgaria under the name of Kiril Gorianov, the Bulgarian lawyer who nominated Yank Barry for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Gorianov is also Vitapro’s representative in Bulgaria.
A document purporting to show that Vitapro’s subcontractor shipped 20,000 kilograms of Vitapro meat substitute to Vitapro’s representative in Bulgaria is not evidence that the Vitapro was donated to needy children. If it had been donated to needy children, Yank would have provided me with additional evidence to prove that it had been donated.
Even if we are to assume that it was donated, that 20,000 kilograms of Vitapro was the largest shipment of food in 2014, judging by the evidence on the Global Village Champions Foundation website, and 20,000 kilograms of Vitapro costs less than $20,000. It is also a lot less than a billion meals.
As further evidence of its charity in 2014, the Global Village Champions Foundation includes on its website a shipping document (posted here at DeepCapture.com) addressed to “Saint Vincent de Paul” in Arizona from a company called Vican Trading. The space on this shipping document where one would normally write in what was shipped and at what price is entirely blank, and the shipping document is not signed, meaning it is likely, in this case, that nothing at all was shipped. This is just a random, blank document that Yank posted as supposed evidence of his charity.
Another document on the Global Village Champions website, purporting to be evidence of the Global Village Champions Foundation’s charity in 2014, is a shipping document (posted here at DeepCapture.com) showing that the same company, Vican Trading, shipped 1,270 pounds of “New Commercial Goods” to a man in Miami. Shipping new commercial goods to Miami is not an act of charity, and this document, like the one mentioned above, does not name the Global Village Champions Foundation.
Yet another shipping document for 2014 (downloaded from the Global Village Champions Foundation website, and posted here at DeepCapture) is also from Vican Trading, this one addressed to the “Las Vegas Rescue Mission.” But again, the space on the document that is supposed to identify what was shipped is entirely blank, and the signature line is blank as well, meaning that this document is not evidence that anything at all was shipped, and could well be just a random, blank document that Yank included as supposed (and entirely unconvincing) evidence of his charity.
Also posted as evidence of the Global Village Champions Foundation’s charity in 2014 is a certificate from the Red Cross in China thanking Yank personally for donating around $60,000 worth of rice, and a letter from an outfit in Bulgaria thanking the Global Village Champions Foundation for donating 50,000 gallons of water. Those are the two most convincing documents on the Global Village Champions Foundation website, and that $60,000 worth of rice, along with 50,000 gallons of water, is not evidence that Yank is the “undisputed world leader in private humanitarian delivery of nutrition.”
The only other documents that the Global Village Champions Foundation posts as evidence of its charity in 2014 are documents from a “charity” called the Universal Aide Society purporting to show that the Universal Aide Society received from Yank Barry and distributed to the needy 1,440 buckets of Vitapro dehydrated meat substitute. The Universal Aide Society, based in Yank’s hometown of Montreal, was operating illegally because the Canadian Revenue Agency, back in 2009, revoked the Universal Aide Society’s license to operate as a charity, and reported that the Universal Aide Society could not show that its activities were charitable.
The Canadian Revenue Agency stated in part that the Universal Aide Society “has not shown that through its programs and arrangements for the undertaking of activities, it devotes all of its resources to its own charitable activities.” The Canadian Revenue Agency stated further that the Universal Aide Society “has not shown that [its] activities are charitable…” According to the Canadian Revenue Agency, the Universal Aide Society’s principals were using money from their donors to fund their vacations in the south of France and other popular vacation destinations. The Universal Aide society also used money from donors to buy hand bags, smoked salmon, duty-free cigarettes and various luxury items unrelated to charity.
Soon after its registration was revoked, the Universal Aide Society was exposed in a big Forbes magazine article as a fraud that had falsely claimed to be delivering food to Serbian residents of Kosovo. Rather than rehash all of the facts contained in that Forbes Magazine article, I will simply encourage readers to see the article themselves (click here to read the article). See also a lengthy document from the Canadian Revenue Agency (posted here at DeepCapture.com) providing details of the reasons why the Canadian Revenue Agency determined that the Universal Aide Society was not engaged in any actual charitable activities, and why its license was revoked.
We will see that in years prior to 2014, far more of the Global Village Champions Foundation’s alleged deliveries of food to the needy was, more specifically, delivered (or not delivered at all) through the Universal Aide Society.
When, during one of my phone conversations with Yank, I mentioned to Yank that the Universal Aide Society’s license had been revoked in 2009, he assured me that its license had been quickly reinstated. But when I contacted the Canadian Revenue Agency to ask whether the Universal Aide Society’s license had been reinstated, I received an email from a Canadian Revenue Agency spokeswoman (the email is posted here at DeepCapture.com) confirming that the Universal Aide Society’s license had most certainly not been reinstated.
The Canadian Revenue Agency spokeswoman also confirmed that the Universal Aide Society’s license had been revoked because the Canadian Revenue Agency had determined that the Universal Aide Society was not engaged in any actual charity work. The spokeswoman sent me a long document (i.e. the document to which I provided a link above) outlining the many reasons why the Canadian Revenue Agency determined that the Universal Aide Society was not engaged in any actual work that could be described as “charity.”
I have just described to you every piece of documentation that the Global Village Champions Foundation provides as evidence of its charity in 2014, and keep in mind that Yank says that 60 percent of his profits from sales of not only ProPectin, but also Vitapro are delivered to charity through his foundation. When asked to provide documents showing what his profits were, Yank failed to do so, but he has stated that Vitapro alone has annual revenues of more than $1 billion dollars, and that he donates “most of it” to charity.
Clearly, Yank donated nowhere close to that amount of money to charity in 2014.
The documentation that the Global Village Champions Foundation website provides as evidence of its charity in earlier years is considerably sparser than even the paltry documentation that it provides for 2014. The evidence for charity in 2013, for example, includes little more than a number of random receipts for random purchases, and though the total expenditure is more than in 2014, while some of the purchases were of food, there is no evidence that most of the items purchased were delivered to charity.
One of the 2013 receipts is from a Subway sandwich shop. There are also: 1) several receipts for purchases of hamburgers from the local McDonald’s hamburger restaurant in Bulgaria; 2) a receipt for an extra-large pizza; 3) grocery store receipts showing purchases of potato chips and other junk food, and 4) a receipt from the luxurious Grand Hotel in Sofia, which is presumably where Yank stays during his visits to Bulgaria. (Yank has told the media that he is housing Syrian refugees in luxury hotels, and many journalists actually believed that Yank was housing Syrian refugees in luxury hotels, but that receipt for the Grand Hotel was not for housing Syrian refugees, and there are no other receipts from hotels that housed refugees of any kind).
The above receipts, it should be stressed, are presented as evidence that the Global Village Champions Foundation has fed close to a billion people. Yank’s companies, Vitapro and ProPectin, are based in Bulgaria, and it should be recalled that most of the receipts that Yank provides as evidence of his charity in 2014 are in Bulgarian currency, despite the fact that Yank claims to be feeding needy children in nations all around the world, “eradicating hunger from the face of the planet Earth.”
In addition to those receipts, the Global Village Champions Foundation provides as evidence of its activities in 2013 receipts from a Walmart in Sarasota, Florida, where Yank has a house. Those receipts show that Yank purchased at Walmart various items of clothing, including a pair of women’s panties, and a magazine.
Oddly, the Global Village Champions Foundation’s website posts multiple receipts for purchases of women’s panties at various stores. It could be that Yank was delivering panties to the girls in Bulgaria, but panties weren’t meals, and girls wearing panties are not hungry children.
Most of the other documents that the Global Village Champions Foundation provides as evidence of its “charity” in 2013 are shipping documents showing that Aliments Ed Foods, the subcontractor that manufactures the Vitapro dehydrated meat substitute product, shipped various quantities of Vitapro to Yank and/or his business partners, but there is no evidence that the Vitapro was donated to charity.
Again, most humanitarian organizations provide evidence that their shipments of food was actually delivered to hungry people, and shipping documents showing that Yank’s subcontractor shipped product to Yank does not count as evidence that the Global Village Champions Foundation has delivered significant quantities of food to hungry people, much less nearly one billion people, most of them children.
One of the shipping documents for 2013 shows that Aliments Ed Foods shipped around 17,000 kilograms of “Seasoning” to a company in India called Viva Enterprises. There is, of course, no evidence that the seasoning was delivered to hungry people, and it is, in any case, hard to imagine that hungry people would benefit much from seasoning rather than actual food. A large shipment of seasoning does not count as nutrition, much less show that the Global Village Champions Foundation is an “undisputed leader of private humanitarian deliver of nutrition to needy people everywhere.” And a shipping document showing that Yank’s subcontractor shipped product to Viva Enterprises, which is not a charity, does not count as evidence of anything.
The documentation that the Global Village Champions Foundation provides as evidence of its supposed charitable activities between the years 1999 and 2012 is even sparser (and you can find the full compendium of documentation posted here at DeepCapture.com). All told, the Global Village Champions Foundation website posts 42 documents purporting to be evidence of its charitable activities between 1999 and 2012, and of those 42 documents, a full 20 are documents provided by the above-mentioned Universal Aide Society, which, recall, was deemed by the Canadian Revenue Agency to be fraud..
It should be stressed that the Canadian Revenue Agency determined that the Universal Aide Society was engaged in no actual charitable activities, and so it is probably safe to assume that the Global Village Champions Foundation’s dealings with the Universal Aide Society did not, in fact, involve feeding hungry children. It should also be stressed that nearly half the documents provided by the Global Village Champions Foundation as evidence of its charity between 1999 and 2012 are Universal Aide Society documents.
Aside from those, there are only the following documents (all of which can be viewed here at DeepCapture.com): 1) a few more shipping documents showing that Yank’s subcontractor shipped Vitapro to Yank; 2) a few blank shipping documents that show that nothing was shipped; 3) a letter from a charity thanking Yank for donating a pair of Muhammad Ali boxing gloves (and nothing else); 4) a document showing that Yank donated around $500 worth of canned sardines to charity; and 5) documents showing that Yank did business with a company called United International, which was not a charity.
Aside from that, the only documents provided by the Global Village Champions Foundation as evidence of its charity between 1999 and 2012 (all of these documents can be viewed here at DeepCapture.com) are: 1) a few letters thanking Yank for attending charity events at various country clubs; 2) a letter thanking Yank for playing in a golf tournament that was for charity; and 3) numerous letters thanking Yank for attending parties at the Crystal Palace casino and nightclub in the Bahamas.
In other words, Yank has posted a bunch of letters showing that he went to parties at a casino as evidence that he has fed nearly one billion people, most of them children. We will see that Yank had other business with the management of the Crystal Palace casino in the Bahamas (some of the above-mentioned letters are addressed to “Yank Barry, c/o of the Crystal Palace”), and though the parties that Yank attended at the Crystal Palace were ostensibly fundraisers for charity, attending parties at a casino does not make Yank Barry an “undisputed leader in private humanitarian delivery of nutrition” worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize.
It is literally the case that aside from the documents showing his dealings with the Universal Aide Society, which was, according to the Canadian Revenue Agency, not involved in any activities that were actually charitable, and aside from documents showing that he attended various functions at country clubs and the Crystal Palace casino, Yank has provided almost nothing in the way of evidence that the Global Village Champions Foundation donated to charity between the years 1999 and 2012.
The documentation for the year 2014 was a bit more substantial, but only a bit, and not more than what I have described above, with little evidence that even those expenditures were for food that was delivered to needy children. In other words, we have shown that Yank’s charity is a massive fraud, but there is more.
As I already mentioned, there are documents showing that in 2014, for example, Aliments ED Foods, which manufactures Yank’s Vitapro product, shipped Vitapro product to Global the Village Champions Foundation in Bulgaria. There were no other shipping documents for 2014, other than those documents showing that Vitapro had been shipped to Bulgaria in the name of the Global Village Champions Foundation and its local representative Kiril Gorianov (who, recall, is also Vitapro’s representative in Bulgaria, and who was the first person to nominate Yank for the Nobel Peace Prize).
Since Bulgaria is where Yank’s company, Vitapro International, has its headquarters (Vitapro International being the company that markets and sells the Vitapro product, manufactured by, among other subcontractors, Aliments ED Foods), it is likely that these shipping documents show nothing other than the fact that the manufacturer of Yank’s product sent some of that product to Yank in Bulgaria, while Yank had the product shipped in the name of the Global Village Champions Foundation so that he could claim the product was for charity and not pay import or export taxes on the shipment of Vitapro product, which Yank then sold for a profit.
There is only one other shipping document that, if genuine, seems to show that the Global Village Champions Foundation has delivered at least some meals to charity. That document shows, more specifically, that around 38,000 kilograms of Vitapro was shipped to the government of the Philippines, and that document, at least, was evidence that the Vitapro product had been sent to someone other than Yank himself.
It might well be that the government of the Philippines delivered that Vitapro product onwards to hungry people, but that one shipment of 38,000 kilograms of Vitapro during 2013 is not evidence that Yank or the Global Village Champions Foundation has fed close to one billion people. (The Global Village Champions Foundation website does have a video showing Global Village Champions Foundation volunteers delivering some Vitapro to people in the Philippines, and maybe that was the Vitapro that Yank shipped to the government of the Philippines, but there is no evidence that the full 38,000 kilograms went to needy people).
Aside from what I have just described, the only other documentation provided by the Global Village Champions Foundation website (and, remember, Yank told me this was all the documentation we need, and he failed to deliver any additional documentation, despite multiple requests) were a number of letters and certificates, some of them from charitable organizations, others from friends of Yank, thanking the Global Village Champions Foundation (or, quite often, thanking just Yank alone) for donations. All told, there were 113 letters and certificates thanking Global Village Champions Foundation (or, in many cases, just thanking Yank Barry).
Presumably, these 113 letters and certificates (all of them to be found, as of this writing, in the Global Village Champions Foundation website’s “Letters of Appreciation” section (which you can view by clicking this link) represented the entirety of the Global Village Champions Foundation’s work over more than two decades since the 1990s, when the foundation was established, along with its supposed goal to feed one billion people.
A few of these letters and certificates at least appeared to be genuine, so, for example, there was a certificate from the Red Cross Society of China thanking Yank Barry for donating 377,000 Rmb (around $62,330) worth of rice to victims of an earthquake, namely the same $62,000 worth of rice mentioned above. But that donation of $62,330 worth of rice was one of the largest donations cited in the various letters and certificates, and while it was a generous donation, it didn’t quite add up to the one billion meals.
A number of the letters were handwritten notes, purportedly written by children, each child thanking Yank in general terms for being a nice guy. It was impossible to verify whether these children had really been helped, and it was impossible to verify whether the children even existed. Supposing that they did exist, their letters (13 letters out of the 113 letters posted on the website were these handwritten notes from children) certainly did not constitute evidence that the Global Village Champions Foundation had delivered nearly one billion meals to needy children.
Many of the certificates and letters on the website were the sorts of certificates and form letters that one receives simply for donating a few dollars to a charity on the charity’s website. As a typical example, the Global Village Champions Foundation posted a letter (the letter is reposted here at DeepCapture.com) from CARE Canada that begins “Dear Yank Barry” (suggesting that CARE Canada was not on familiar enough terms with Yank to address him as Dear Yank, or even Dear Mr. Barry). The letter thanks “Yank Barry” for making a donation (it doesn’t say how much was donated) and provides instructions on how one can donate more over the internet.
Anybody can obtain such a letter by donating $10 to CARE Canada, and if Yank had donated a large sum, he surely would have received a more formal letter. Certaintly, this letter and the many others like it posted on the Global Village Champions Foundation website are not evidence that the Global Village Champions Foundation has donated significant sums to charity, much less enough to buy one billion meals for needy children.
The Global Village Champions Foundation did post a somewhat more formal letter, allegedly from CARE Canada, thanking Yank Barry generally for delivering Vitapro food to Rwandan refugees, but this letter (which is posted here at DeepCapture.com) was written on Vitapro stationery (i.e. Yank’s stationery, not CARE Canada stationery). In other words, it is likely that someone at Vitapro wrote this letter, and Yank is trying to pass it off as a letter from CARE Canada.
A number of other letters were from various of Yank’s friends, including Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, and though Congresswoman Jackson Lee, in her speech on the floor of Congress, reported that Yank’s charity had fed nearly a billion children, her letter posted on the Global Village Champion Foundation website (and reposted here at DeepCapture) thanked Yank for nothing more than donating some undisclosed amount to a “Toys for Kids” event that was hosted by the congresswoman.
Some of the other letters were vague letters of commendation from various government officials in underdeveloped countries, and none of those letters cited any specifics as to what, if anything, Yank had donated to those countries. One of the letters was not a letter at all. It was just a business card of one Andre Azoulay. The business card identified Azoulay as “The Counsellor to His Majesty the King” of Morocco, but a business card is not, of course, evidence that Yank donated anything to charity.
One of the letters on the Global Village Champions website is a letter from a charity in Britain thanking Yank for donating a piece of paper with Evander Holyfield’s thumbprint (and nothing else). Another of the letters, from a general in the Thai army, was merely commending Yank for being a friend of the Thai armed services. Yank has also posted on his Facebook page letters of commendation from other foreign armed services, including a letter thanking him for being a friend of the Mexican Army.
Having lived in Thailand for a number of years myself, I know that it is possible to buy a letter of commendation from a Thai general, and it doesn’t cost much at all. I myself have received commendations from the Vietnamese military, and to earn these commendations, I had to do nothing more than promise to introduce American businessmen to the Vietnamese military. (I was, at the time, a consultant who specialized in helping U.S. companies do business in Vietnam).
Some of the other letters, as I mentioned, seemed to be standard “Dear Yank Barry” form letters that charities send to donors, no matter how small their donation, and the letters did not specify how much Yank had donated, much less constitute evidence that Yank had fed nearly one billion people.
The letters that did specify how much Yank and his charity had donated did not portray Yank as an “undisputed world leader in private humanitarian delivery of nutrition.” One letter thanked Yank for helping the Calgary Food Bank feed 65,330 bowls of soup to homeless people in Canada, but again, that was one of the largest acts of charity cited in the various letters and certificates on the Global Village Champions Foundation website, and around 65,000 bowls of soup (along with all the rest described above) does not add up to one billion meals.
Another letter, from a gospel church in Tokyo, thanked Yank for donating 33 boxes of ProPectin, and 33 boxes of ProPectin is a lot less than a billion meals. Indeed, ProPectin is not a meal at all, and nor is ProPectin in any other way useful to needy people. There was also a letter on the Global Village Champion Foundation website thanking Yank for buying a $2,533 ticket to the “Celebrity Chef and Wine Tasting and Golf Challenge” at the Long Boat Key Club and Resort.
In other words, Yank paid $2,500 to drink wine and play golf at a country club, and this (along with his many letters thanking him for attending charity fundraisers at other country clubs and at the Crystal Palace casino in the Bahamas) is what Yank means by “shipping documents” and “manifests” documenting that he has delivered nearly one billion meals to needy children everywhere.
Other letters posted on the Global Village Champions Foundation’s website as supposed evidence of Yank Barry’s charity came from the Young Presidents Organization and another outfit called The Russian Children’s Relief Fund Inc. Elsewhere, the Young Presidents Organization had stated its suspicions that Yank Barry was a fraud, and The Russian Children’s Relief Fund was not a real charity.
In 2002, the Young Presidents Organization withheld payment of $150,330 in contributions that it raised at a Yank Barry fund-raiser for the Russian Children’s Relief Fund because the Young Presidents Organization learned that the Russian Children’s Relief Fund did not legally exist anymore, having been dissolved the year before. In other words, the Russian Children’s Relief Fund was a fraud, and Yank attempted (but failed) to abscond with $150,330 that he raised for this “charity.”
The Russian Children’s Relief Fund had been operated out of a Miami condominium by a man named Gordon Stula, whose name appears on many of the Universal Aide Society documents discussed above.
Other letters on the Global Village Champions Foundation website were from charities that thanked Yank for nothing more than showing up at their premises with famous boxers, including Evander Holyfield and Mohammed Ali, and though those charities expressed hope that Yank was actually going to donate something to the charities, there is no evidence on Yank’s website that Yank made the hoped-for donations.
Notably, after I asked Yank whether there was evidence, aside from that posted on his website, that Yank had donated close to one billion meals to needy children, Yank posted a letter from the head of the Liberian consulate in Atlanta stating that the Liberian consulate had received from Yank a “bill of lading” for “5 million meals” that Global Village Market had ostensibly donated to Liberia.
It is doubtful that the Liberian consulate actually received a “bill of lading” for “5 million meals” (a typical bill of lading would specify the weight or size of the food that was shipped, not the number of meals that could be made with that food, and Yank did not post a copy of the actual bill of lading). Furthermore, the letter from the head of the Liberian consulate was dated 1999, when the Global Village Champions Foundation was still known as Global Village Market, and not long after the Montreal Gazette had reported that Global Village Market was a fraud that was not delivering significant quantities of food to charity.
Among all the remaining letters posted on the Global Village Champions Foundation website as supposed evidence that the Global Village Champions Foundation had donated close to a billion meals to charity, only a few thanked Yank for donating specific amounts of food. Three of the letters thanked Yank for donating “one container” of Vitapro, but again, those letters were dated between 1998 and 2001, when the Global Village Champions Foundation was still known as Global Village Market, and a few containers of Vitapro did not add up to 1 billion meals.
One of the letters on the Global Village Champions Foundation website was from a company in India called Viva Enterprises, namely the same company, mentioned above, that took a large shipment of “seasoning” from Vitapro’s subcontractor, if we are to believe the shipping document that Yank posted. When I first checked the Global Village Champions Foundation website, the letter from Viva Enterprises thanked Yank Barry for delivering “144 boxes” of Vitapro and “33 boxes” of ProPectin.
After I began asking Yank about the evidence on the Global Village Champions Foundation website, though, Yank removed that letter from Viva Enterprises and replaced it with another letter from Viva Enterprises, this one thanking Yank for shipping “154 containers” (a lot more than 144 boxes) of Vitapro and “13 boxes of Propectin (over 11,000 kilograms).” Yank also posted a letter from the “Late Shri. Vishnu Waman Thakur Charitable Trust” referring to this same alleged shipment of 154 containers of Vitapro and “13 boxes (over 11,000 kilograms)” of ProPectin.
The letter from the Late Shri. Vishnu Waman Thakur Trust stated that the Trust would “ensure that our volunteers distribute this aid to the most in need. We are also making arrangements for ProPectin to be included for distribution to type 2 diabetes patients through the mobile hospitals. We have been instructed…to ensure that pictures and video of the recipients of the products are taken and data on their reactions etc. are captured which we can send to you. We will ensure that this is done.”
Given that Yank removed the earlier letter from Viva Enterprises, and replaced it with a new letter, changing “144 boxes of Vitapro” to “154 containers of Vitapro,” it is likely that Yank simply asked his business partner to produce a new letter with different numbers. It is, in any event, highly unlikely that that the Late Shri. Vishnu Waman Thakur Trust, which is not a significant charity, had the resources to distribute “154 containers” of Vitapro, and nor is it likely that any “mobile hospitals” would accept ProPectin as a cure for type 2 diabetes.
Yank has also yet to show me the alleged video of needy people in India receiving their 154 containers of Vitapro or even evidence that Vitapro’s subcontractor has ever manufactured that much Vitapro meat substitute.
In addition, Yank has not posted any shipping documents showing that he actually shipped 154 containers of Vitapro to Viva Enterprises in India. He has posted only that one shipping document, discussed above, showing that he allegedly shipped “seasoning” to his business partners at Viva Enterprises, a company affiliated with the Late Shri Vishnu Waman Thakur Trust. If Yank actually delivered 154 containers of Vitapro to needy people in India, there would be far more evidence than a suspect letter from his business partner, and Yank has provided no such evidence.
The most impressive letters in Yank’s whole collection, meanwhile, were letters from the Universal Aide Society. The Global Village Champions Foundation posted a total of eight letters from the Universal Aide Society, one of which thanked Yank for donating 2 million meals worth of Vitapro, and another of which thanked Yank for donating 15 million meals worth of Vitapro.
There are good reasons to doubt any documentation provided by the Universal Aide Society or its affiliates because, as we know, the Universal Aide Society’s license had been revoked after it was shown to have been involved in no work that was actually charitable. (I called the Universal Aide Society’s number in Canada and left a message saying that I wished to give the Universal Aide Society a chance to respond to allegations in this story, but my call was not returned. A Universal Aide Society representative has stated elsewhere that the organization believes it was treated unfairly by the Canada Revenue Agency, and that the Universal Aide Society would have its name cleared in the courts).
It must be stressed that most of the letters and certificates posted on the Global Village Champions Foundation website either provided no numbers or suggested that Yank donated between “33 boxes of ProPectin” [which is not a meal) to one container of Vitapro, or, in no more than a few cases, around $60,330 worth of soup or rice, and a few containers of Vitapro back in 1998-2001 when the Global Village Champions Foundation was known as Global Village Market (a fraudulent company).
Those donations, assuming that they were real donations, were better than nothing, but they were a lot less than one billion meals, and a lot less than the billions of dollars that Yank says he has delivered to charity. It must, in addition, be stressed that the most important letters in Yank’s collection were the letters from the Universal Aide Society, including the letter stating that Yank had donated 15 million meals to charity.
No other letters stated that Yank or the Global Village Champions Foundation had donated anywhere close to 15 million meals, and with the exception of the letter from the head of the Liberian consulate (which was authored way back in 1999), and the dubious letter from Viva Enterprises, no other letters gave the impression that Yank was a major donor of anything.
It must also be stressed that in 2009, the Canadian Revenue Agency revoked the registered charity status of the Universal Aide Society because the Universal Aide Society was not engaged in any real charity work. Recall that not only those eight letters (namely, the only letters that thanked Yank for donating anywhere close to “2 million” or “15 million” meals), but also half of the documents posted by the Global Village Champions Foundation as evidence of its charity work between 1999 and 2012 came from the Universal Aide Society (which was engaged in no real charity work).
I will repeat that when I asked Yank Barry about this, he assured me that the Universal Aide Society’s license had been reinstated, and that the Universal Aide Society was now in good standing. He said if there were any suspicions that the Universal Aide Society were a fraud, the documentation from the Universal Aide Society would not appear on the Global Village Champions Foundation website. But I will also repeat that when I contacted the Canadian Revenue Agency, the Canadian Revenue Agency confirmed that the Universal Aide Society’s license had not been reinstated, and that the Universal Aide Society was still regarded as a fraud that had not engaged in any work that the Canadian Revenue Agency deemed to be charitable.
The Universal Aide Society’s fraud, though, pales in comparison to the massive fraud perpetrated by Yank Barry and the Global Village Champions Foundation, which has taken in a lot of money, but which has not used much of that money to feed the poor. If Yank Barry really had fed nearly a billion people, there would be evidence that he had done so, and Yank would make that evidence available to the public.
Assuming that the letters on the Global Village Champions Foundation website are authentic, Yank has made a few donations to charity, and again, I do not mean to disparage those donations, as some needy people probably benefited from them. But again, there is no evidence on that website that Yank has donated anywhere close to a billion meals to needy people, and though the Global Village Champions Foundation has taken in a lot of money with its claims to have fed close to a billion people, it is not clear what happened to that money, most of which was certainly not used to feed the needy.
Yank’s statements (at Jeunesse conventions and elsewhere) that his website contains such evidence is itself a fraud because the only evidence posted on that website is as I have described it. That is to say, there is no evidence whatsoever that Yank is “striving to become the undisputed world leader in private humanitarian delivery of nutrition to needy persons everywhere.” That statement, too, is a case of fraud, because it suggests that the Global Village Champions Foundation ranks up there with other undisputed leaders, such as Save the Children.
It is true that a few celebrities, including not only Mohammed Ali, but also the famous boxer Evander Holyfield, have endorsed Global Village Champions Foundation and its claim to have delivered nearly a billion meals, but it is possible that those celebrities were either duped, or that they are themselves conspiring with Yank to perpetrate the fraud. Yank certainly seems to have convinced other celebrities and prominent people (e.g. members of the Kingsmen and several members of the U.S. Congress) to make fraudulent statements on his behalf. (Muhammad Ali and Evander Holyfield did not reply to questions that I sent for this story to their official websites).
It is also true that the Global Village Champions Foundation appears to boast an illustrious board of advisors, all of whom endorse the claim that the Global Village Champions Foundation is “striving to become the undisputed world leader in private humanitarian delivery of nutrition to needy persons everywhere.” However, on closer inspection, the Global Village Foundation’s board of advisors is not so illustrious, and the few genuinely illustrious people on that board of advisors are arguably “illustrious” only in the light of our culture’s warped values.
The chairman of the Global Village Champions Foundation’s advisory board at the time of this writing is Oliver “Buck” Revell, who is the most decorated FBI hero in history.
Buck Revell was formerly the associate deputy director (second-in-charge) of the FBI, meaning he was formerly one of the highest-ranked law enforcement officials in the land. Surely, the Global Village Champions Foundation must be legit if the chairman of its advisory board is Buck Revell.
But another possibility is that Buck Revell’s position as chairman of the advisory board might partially explain why others involved with Global Village Champions Foundation, including Yank Barry, have not yet been arrested by the FBI. And while Buck Revell is the most decorated FBI hero in history, he was, more specifically, decorated for having led some of the more notorious FBI investigations in history.
For example, Buck Revell led the FBI’s investigations of: 1) the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI), an outfit that had business with numerous terrorists and organized crime figures, including Yank’s mobster associates in Canada. (See earlier DeepCapture stories for more on the BCCI enterprise, including details of BCCI’s business with the Commisso crime family in Canada. We will discuss Yank’s dealings with Cosimo Commisso in greater detail); and 2) the Iran-Contra scandal, which saw U.S. officials, in league with the BCCI enterprise, among others, selling sophisticated weaponry to the regime in Iran and using the proceeds to arm the so-called “contra” rebels in Nicaragua, while the contras and their business partners, including the leading Colombian drug cartels, laundered drug money through the BCCI enterprise.
Buck Revell also led the FBI’s investigation of the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, perpetrated by terrorists, including a terrorist named Omar Abdul Rahman, otherwise known as the Blind Sheikh, who had extensive involvement with the BCCI enterprise. The Blind Sheikh (who was not just a terrorist, but also a banker) co-founded BCCI’s most important affiliate, Faisal Islamic Bank, and earlier DeepCapture stories provided details of the FBI’s attempt to protect the Blind Sheikh from prosecution.
Revell also led the investigation of the 1988 terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, which was the most deadly terrorist attack in history prior to the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. It is now almost universally accepted that the perpetrators of the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing were terrorists with ties to the BCCI enterprise, though the FBI found otherwise, and a strong taint of scandal hung over not only the FBI’s investigation of the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing, but also all of the other FBI investigations mentioned above.
That is to say, all of those investigations were dogged by allegations that the FBI, under Buck Revell’s direction, had perpetrated cover-ups, protected criminals and terrorists, and persecuted honest U.S. government officials and others who tried to report the truth. It is not the purpose of this article to discuss all of those FBI investigations in detail, and others besides myself have already done excellent reporting on this subject, so it will suffice if I encourage readers to educate themselves by reading: 1) the many books reporting on the FBI’s protection of the BCCI enterprise, and subsequent cover-up of the BCCI scandal; and 2) the many books noting FBI management’s deliberate obstruction of attempts by others to investigate the Iran-Contra scandal
While the more famous protagonist Oliver North was the key figure in the Iran-Contra enterprise, Buck Revell oversaw an FBI operation to harass, surveil, and terrorize ordinary American citizens who opposed the U.S. government’s support of the contras and dictators in Latin America. For more on this subject, see the book “Break-ins, Death Threats and the FBI,” by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Ross Gelbspan. That book details Buck Revell’s involvement in a program that saw FBI agents terrorizing and surveilling thousands of innocent Americans.
See also the extensive literature (including three books on this subject by prominent journalist Peter Lance) about the FBI’s attempts to protect some of the terrorists linked to the 1993 WTC bombing; and the extensive literature that has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that FBI management and other U.S. officials protected the terrorists (including a BCCI figure named Monzer al-Kassar, who was also a U.S. government agent and key figure in the Iran-Contra enterprise) most widely suspected of involvement in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, while falsely pinning the blame on the Libyan government and persecuting all who tried to tell the truth. (The numerous books on this subject are cited in a DeepCapture story entitled “Monzer al-Kassar, Model Citizen;” the most recent book is “Cover-up of Convenience, The Hidden Scandal of Lockerbie”).
It was, of course, also Buck Revell who hired Lindley DeVecchio, chief of the FBI’s organized crime task force during the 1990s, later indicted for having allegedly corrupt relationships with members of the Colombo crime family. DeVecchio, like Buck Revell, is a close associate of Yank Barry.
It is, in addition, certain that Buck Revell knows that Yank Barry is a convicted criminal (recall that Yank Barry did jail time for his involvement in a Mafia extortion scheme), as does Chin Ho Lee, another member of Global Village Champions Foundation’s advisory board. Chin Ho Lee is a former FBI special agent and a partner in the Revell Group, a company founded by Buck Revell that specializes in “intelligence” gathering for corporate and government clients, though the Global Village Champions Foundation website names Chin Ho Lee only as “Chairman, Hyundai Aluminum Industries.” (He says he formerly worked as a high-level executive for that company).
When I contacted Buck Revell and told him that there were good reasons to believe that the Global Village Champions Foundation was making fraudulent claims, and that Yank Barry was a criminal, he said he had seen no evidence to support my allegations. I then asked Revell if he would disassociate himself from Yank Barry and the Global Village Champions Foundation if I were to send him evidence that Yank Barry was engaged in criminal activity and that the Global Village Champions Foundation was a fraud.
Revell said, yes, he would certainly do so.
I then asked Revell if he would report Yank Barry to his associates at the FBI if I were to send him evidence that Yank Barry was engaged in criminal activities, and he, Revell, said, yes, he would certainly do so. This was good news, and it suggested that maybe Buck Revell was going to do the right thing.
But when I sent Revell an email containing a great deal of evidence that Yank Barry was engaged in criminal activity and that the Global Village Champions Foundation was a fraud, Revell never answered my email. To this day, Revell has not disassociated himself from Yank Barry, and he continues to serve as chairman of the Global Village Champions Foundation’s “illustrious” advisory board.
In other words, the former associate deputy director of the FBI (formerly one of the highest ranked law enforcement officials in the nation) is failing to report Yank Barry to the authorities, and continuing to promote Yank Barry’s charity, knowing that Yank is a criminal and that his charity is a fraud. We will review much more evidence that Yank is currently engaged in criminal activity, and I sent this evidence to Buck Revell, but he ignored it.
Other members of the Global Village Champions Foundation’s illustrious board of advisors are not who they say they are. A screenshot from the Global Village website listing the members of the Global Village Champions Foundation’s advisory board and their supposed professions is posted here at DeepCapture.com, and make sure to have a look because this information might be removed from the Global Village Champions Foundation website soon after publication of the story you are now reading.
It might be removed because this story will now expose most of the members of the Global Village Champions Foundation’s illustrious advisory board as frauds and imposters. For example, The Global Village Champions Foundation’s website lists one Dr. Ibrahim Achmed Al-Sharef as a member of the Global Village Champions Foundation’s advisory board, and the website describes Dr. Ibrahim Achmed Al-Sharef as the “Coordinator, Doctors Without Borders, Tripoli, Libya.”
Doctors Without Borders is a prominent charity, but when I called Doctors Without Borders, a spokesman for that charity stated that the charity’s computers held no record of a Dr. Ibrahim Ahmed al-Sharef working in any capacity for Doctors Without Borders When I asked Yank Barry about this, he assured me that Dr. Ibrahim Ahmed al-Sharef was, in fact, the Coordinator of Doctors Without Borders in Libya, and that Doctors Without Borders would confirm this. He said I should check with Medecins Sans Frontiers, which, according to Yank, was the “original French organization” because maybe the French organization was different from the organization with the same name in English (“Medecins Sans Frontiers” translates as “Doctors Without Borders”).
Medecins Sans Frontiers is, in fact, the same organization as Doctors Without Borders, but I checked again with Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontiers, and a spokesmen for that organization confirmed again that Dr. Ibrahim Ahmed al-Sharef had never worked for Doctors Without Borders. The spokesmen sent me an email (the email is posted here at DeepCapture.com) stating that “There is no individual by the name Dr. Ibrahim Achmed Al-Sharef with the Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) team in Libya.”
As to what Dr. Al-Sharef’s real job might be, that is unknown, since his name is mentioned nowhere on the internet, other than on various Yank Barry websites that identify him as “Coordinator of Doctors Without Borders, Tripoli, Libya.”
Meanwhile, the Global Village Champions Foundation lists a man named James Shelley as being a member of its “illustrious” advisory board, and the Global Village Champions Foundation website describes James Shelley as “Former President/CEO, Bank of America Canada.” But James Shelley has never worked for Bank of America in any capacity whatsoever, much less as president of Bank of America in Canada.
When I asked Yank Barry about this, Yank assured me that Shelley had been president of Bank of America Canada, and Yank stated that Bank of America would certainly have records showing that Shelley was, at a minimum, president of Bank of America’s “farm and real estate” division in Canada. Yank said, “We have no reason to exaggerate.”
Clearly, Yank was telling me that Shelley really had been president of at least an important division of Bank of America, the big financial institution, so I did some further research, and I can now confirm that Shelley absolutely never worked for Bank of America in any capacity, much less as president of an important Bank of America division. However, I did discover that Shelley and few other people had incorporated a small company called Bank of America Canada Realty.
The fact that Shelley incorporated a small company called Bank of America Canada Realty is recorded on a website called businessprofiles.com (a screenshot from that website is posted here at DeepCapture.com), but the Bank of America Canada Realty incorporated by Shelley has absolutely nothing to do with Bank of America, the big financial institution. Most likely, Shelley incorporated this company precisely so that he could say that he was “President, Bank of America Canada,” while fraudulently suggesting that this means he was a president of Bank of America, the big financial institution. (He has stated in multiple forums that he was president of Bank of America, the big financial institution, and this statement is fraudulent).
To repeat: both Shelley and Yank Barry have stated unequivocally that Shelley was president of at least an important division of Bank of America, the big financial institution, but Shelley has never worked in any capacity for Bank of America, the big financial institution, and I have been made aware that Bank of America is going to go after Shelley for incorporating a company in the name of Bank of America, and fraudulently describing himself as being affiliated with Bank of America.
Yet another member of the Global Village Champions Foundation’s illustrious advisory board is Tony Lichaa, who is described on the Global Village Champions Foundation website as the President of the Lebanese Association for the Prevention of Disease. That sounds impressive, but there is no record that any such organization exists. If it does exist, it is not active in any way, much less in the prevention of disease, and it was founded by Tony Lichaa himself.
Elsewhere (see this screenshot from a company that Tony Lichaa co-founded, for example), Tony Lichaa is, at the time of this writing, describing himself as the “former head of internal medicine and cardiology” at the Montreal Heart Center, one of the most prestigious hospitals in Canada. When I called the Montreal Heart Center, I was told that Tony Lichaa never worked there in any capacity, much less as the “head of internal medicine and cardiology.” When I asked Yank Barry about this, Yank assured me that Tony Lichaa really had been the head of cardiology at the Montreal Heart Center, but again, I can confirm (and the Montreal Heart Center confirms) that Tony Lichaa never worked in any capacity for that prestigious hospital, much less as its head of cardiology.
Whether or not Tony Lichaa is even a doctor is unknown, but he seems to have spent most of his career working for fraudulent companies, offering products that fraudulently claimed to have various miracle health benefits. For example, Tony Lichaa co-founded a company called BioAesthetica, which purports to have a miracle anti-aging treatment that eliminates wrinkles and grows new hair.
While BioAesthetica is operated by, among a few others, Tony Lichaa, who claims to be president the Lebanese Association for the Prevention of Disease (which sounds like a big Lebanese medical association, though it seems to have no other members other than Tony Lichaa, and there is no evidence that this association is active in any way), the only address shown on BioAesthetica’s website is an address in Bangkok, Thailand (where Yank Barry has a house).
On the BioAesthetica website, Tony Lichaa, of course, describes himself not only as the president of the Lebanese Association for the Prevention of Disease, but also as the “former head of internal medicine and cardiology” at the Montreal Heart Center. Making false claims concerning medical treatments and professional experience in the medical world is a federal crime in the United States, and in Bangkok, where Tony Lichaa appears to have his base of operations, it is a crime as well.
But while Tony Lichaa is a frequent visitor to the United States, and offers his miracle anti-aging treatments to patients in the United States while falsely claiming to be the former head of cardiology at Montreal’s most prominent heart hospital, it is unlikely that he will be prosecuted in this county, where Buck Revell is the most decorated FBI hero in history, much admired by top officials of the American “justice” system.
It is unclear what products BioAesthetica uses to rejuvenate people, but one of BioAesthetica’s proprietors, Michael Nobel, also promotes ProPectin, the Yank Barry product that purports to have anti-aging properties. Yank, of course, says that the more ProPectin that his distributors sell, the more meals for the children are provided by Global Village Champions Foundation, and Michael Nobel is key figure in this scam, as we will see momentarily.
It is, in addition, probably no coincidence that Tony Lichaa (who never worked for the Montreal Heart Center, though he claims to have been “head of cardiology” at that prestigious hospital) was formerly chairman of a company called Biochem Solutions, which was co-founded by Yank Barry. We will return to Biochem Solutions when we discuss some of Yank’s business dealings with people linked to organized crime, but suffice it to say that Biochem Solutions was another massively fraudulent company that claimed to have a cure for AIDS and a cure for arthritis.
Biochem Solutions never had any product whatsoever other than a fake potion that had, according to Biochem press releases, been tested under “FDA protocols,” though it had never been tested by anyone other than a doctor in Kenya named Davy Koech, who falsely claimed that Biochem’s potion was an effective treatment for AIDS, and who was subsequently (in 2012) indicted for fraud and grand theft.
Again, we will discuss Biochem in more detail (and I will provide more links to documentary evidence supporting all that I have just reported), but for our present discussion, it is enough to know that Davy Koech was another member of the Global Village Champions Foundation’s illustrious board of advisors until he was indicted for fraud and grand theft. (Yank Barry told me that he did not know that Koech was a fraud and a thief until after he was indicted).
Yet another member of the Global Village Champions Foundation’s illustrious advisory board is the above-mentioned Michael Nobel, whom the Global Village Champions Foundation’s website describes as the “Executive Chairman of the Nobel Charitable Trust.” That is clearly meant to sound as if Michael Nobel is the chairman of a prestigious “charitable” organization affiliated with both the Nobel Prize and the Nobel Foundation, a philanthropic organization operated by the famous Nobel family.
Elsewhere, Michael Nobel has described himself as the “patriarch of the Nobel Prize.” Michael Nobel has also described himself (and Yank Barry has described him) as a direct descendent of Alfred Nobel, founder of the Nobel Peace Prize. But Michael Nobel was born Michael Oleinkoff (he only recently changed his name to Nobel, which was his grandmother’s maiden name, or so he says), and he has nothing to do with the Nobel Prize or the Nobel Foundation.
While it is true that he is chairman of the Nobel Charitable Trust, which he founded, that is not a prestigious organization, and nor indeed is it even active in any way.
Michael Nobel’s fraud has been exposed by various media organizations. Few of those media organizations were in the United States, which has no functioning media, but The Times of India, for one, reported that “Michael Nobel is the executive chairman of the Nobel Charitable Trust—which has nothing to do with the Nobel Foundation. He is not “the patriarch of the Nobel Prize” as his PR machinery describes him….Michael has had a number of run-ins with the [real] Nobel Foundation when he tried to institute a parallel award using the famous name. The [Nobel] Foundation even threatened legal action.”
The Times of India continued: “In an exclusive interview…executive director of the Nobel Foundation Michael Sohlman wrote from Stockholm: ‘Michael Nobel has no relation whatsoever with the Nobel Foundation…He is in no way entitled to represent or give any official information about the Foundation. He has taken several initiatives which could be seen as infringements on the goodwill built over 100 years by the Nobel Prize awarding institutions.’”
When the Times of India confronted Michael Nobel, he responded as follows: “I must admit that several advantages come with my new last name. However, I do not require the permission of the Foundation to use it, after all, my paternal grandmother was born a Nobel. There is no controversy. It is a civil matter that can easily be solved in the courts by arbitration.”
The Times of India reported that Michael Nobel was giving awards, suggesting they were related to the Nobel Peace Prize, and when asked about this, Michael Nobel said “Well, we do not have to call it the Nobel Prize, we could name it the Michael Nobel Award or Medal.”
No doubt, Yank Barry will win that award if he doesn’t win the real Nobel Peace Prize, for which he has, in fact, been nominated by three members of Congress.
When the real Nobel family began voicing complaints about Michael Nobel using the Nobel name, Michael Nobel stopped making the claim that he was a direct descendent of Alfred Nobel (founder of the Nobel Prize), though somebody recently informed The New York Times that he is, in fact, the “great grandnephew” of Alfred Nobel.
More often, now, he says he is a descendent of someone named Ludwig Nobel, and there have suddenly appeared dozens of websites (possibly created by Yank Barry and associates), along with a convincing Wikipedia entry (Wikipedia is routinely manipulated by con-artists and propagandists) describing Ludwig Nobel as having once been the richest man in the world because he single-handedly built the oil industries in multiple countries, including Russia and Azerbaijan.
Michael Nobel has also claimed to be one of the world’s most esteemed doctors and scientists, responsible for having invented magnetic resonance imaging, and Yank Barry has repeated that claim, but there is no evidence that Michael Nobel was the inventor of magnetic resonance imaging, and his most prestigious job was a stint at an obscure university in Azerbaijan (or possibly, he found a university in Azerbaijan that was willing to vouch for him when he said he was a resident scientist at that university).
The Global Village Champions Foundation, of course, describes Michael Nobel as the chairman of the Nobel Charitable Trust, which sounds impressive, but to repeat: not only does the Nobel Charitable Trust have nothing to do with the Nobel Prize or the Nobel Foundation, but there is no evidence that the Nobel Charitable Trust has ever done anything at all, other than give dubious awards, pretending that those awards have something to do with the Nobel Prize. There certainly is no evidence that the Nobel Charitable Trust has done much of anything that is “charitable.”
Presently, the Nobel Charitable Trust is not active in any way, other than to be affiliated with the Global Village Champions Foundation. (The Nobel Charitable Trust has no website or contact information listed on the internet, and I was unable to reach Michael Nobel for comment, nor even determine his present whereabouts).
Michael Nobel describes himself as a world renowned doctor, but like Tony Lichaa, the other supposedly prominent doctor on the Global Village Champions Foundation advisory board, Michael Nobel’s medical practice has consisted mostly of promoting bogus (fake) medical cures and fraudulent companies. Recall that Michael Nobel is involved, along with Tony Lichaa, in BioAesthetica, the outfit in Bangkok that offers miracle anti-aging treatments, while falsely claiming that Lichaa is the former head of cardiology at Montreal’s most prestigious heart hospital.
Aside from that, Michael Nobel’s most important job, apparently, is to promote Yank’s ProPectin product. I will repeat that no credible doctors have ever suggested that ProPectin has any health benefit whosoever.
Yank did find three supposed doctors in Bulgaria to produce reports stating that ProPectin might help prevent diabetes, but not even the Bulgarian doctors would hazard any proof of that, other than to note that ProPectin is made of apple-pectin, and some studies have suggested that eating apples might help prevent diabetes. The Bulgarian stooges also did not go so far as to say that ProPectin can actually cure diabetes, a claim that Yank has made repeatedly, and there is zero evidence from anyone that ProPectin has anti-aging properties, that it prevents cancer, or that it rids the body of radioactive contamination—three claims that Yank has made repeatedly, even telling people that ProPectin has saved millions of people from Fukushima’s radioactive fallout.
The only doctor who has endorsed ProPectin as having any of those miracle properties is, naturally, Michael Nobel. In a typical video, produced by Yank Barry’s publicists, a woman announcer repeatedly introduces Michael Nobel as a descendent of Alfred Nobel, founder of the Nobel Peace Prize, and describes Michael Nobel as an “award winning scientist and humanitarian.”
Then Michael Nobel (whose most impressive credentials include a supposed professorship at the “National Academy of Science in Azerbaijan”) appears in the video to confirm that ProPectin is “incredibly effective” and that it should be used to decontaminate people all around the world who have been exposed to the Fukushima nuclear fallout. Watch the video here:
Another member of the Global Village Champions Foundation’s illustrious advisory board is Dr. Ali Gadayye, whom the Global Village Champions website describes as the “Secretary General of the Community of the Sahel-Saharan States.”
Yank Barry and the Global Village Champions Foundation have also filled the internet with photographs of Yank and Dr. Ali Gadayye, always described as the Secretary General of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States, meeting with officials in Libya, and purportedly negotiating the release of five Bulgarian nurses whom the Libyan government jailed after convicting the nurses of infected 433 children with HIV. (Recall from Chapter 1 of this story that Yank’s supposed efforts to secure the release of those Bulgarian nurses was cited as a reason why Gorianov, also of the Global Village Champions Foundation, had nominated Yank Barry for the Nobel Peace Prize).
While “Secretary General of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States” sounds like an impressive position, Dr. Ali Gadayye was never the secretary general of that organization, and has not been involved with the organization since 2008. Furthermore, I have been unable to find much information about what this organization does.
The few places on the internet where the Community of Sahel-Saharan States is mentioned (see, for example, this website, allegedly created by the African Union, Advisory Board on Corruption) lists the Community of Sahel-Saharan States official website at cen-sad.org, but as of this writing, that website shows nothing other than marketing for a dodgy looking currency exchange company in Germany.
Aside from that, there are few descriptions of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States to be found anywhere on the internet other than on Wikipedia, which describes the Community of Sahel-Saharan States as working to establish a free trade area among Sahel and Saharan countries. Wikipedia also reports that this organization has observer status with the United Nations.
After a month of phone calls and emails to people at the United Nations, I could find only one person at the United Nations who had ever heard of the organization. This person was unsure of the organization’s purpose, but she was kind enough to give me the contact information of somebody who works for the Community of the Sahel Saharan States, a man who asked to be named only as a certain Mr. Issa.
I sent Mr. Issa an email asking if Dr. Ali Gadayye was the Secretary General of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States, and after a few hours, Mr. Issa called me from Libya. When Mr. Issa called me, he said that Dr. Ali Gadayye was not the secretary general of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States. Then he called me again, this time in a rage, because, he said, Mr. Ali Gaddaye “is NOT secretary general of Community of Sahel Saharan States. He NEVER was secretary general of CEN-SAD [apparently, the acronym for the Community of Sahel-Saharan States].He never was secretary general of our organization. He is not secretary general! He never was secretary general!”
Mr. Issa continued, shouting into the phone, “This man going all around everywhere saying he is secretary general. He is not secretary general! Why do you ask me if he is secretary general? What did he do? What trouble is he finding? Mr. Ali Gaddaye only worked for CEN-SAD many years ago. Not since 2008 does he work for CEN-SAD.”
“Was he secretary general in 2008?” I asked.
“Not secretary general! This man was never secretary general! He was, in 2008, deputy secretary general, but he is leaving our organization in 2008. And I am telling him, stop and desist to say he is secretary general! He is meeting people in Libya! Government officials of Libya! I see the photographs from the Mr. Yank Barry—he is saying he is secretary general, but he is NOT secretary general! He is nothing with CEN-SAD.”
“And what, exactly, is CEN-SAD? What does it do?” I asked.
“It is nothing!” said Mr. Issa. “We try to make something, but we have no success. Can you help us?”
So it went, another strange conversation in pursuit of the surreal truth so far as it concerns the famous Yank Barry, another stop on the magical mystery tour–and make no mistake: The Global Village Champions Foundation really is (to quote its website more fully) “striving to be the undisputed world leader in private, humanitarian delivery of nutrition to needy persons everywhere, sustaining human life and eradicating hunger from the entire face of the planet Earth.’”
The next chapter of this story will discuss some of Yank Barry’s recent business ventures with people tied to organized crime, showing that those business ventures were affiliated with the Global Village Champions Foundation. All claims in this story will be backed up with documentary evidence.
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