Charles Kokesh indicted over tusk sales

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Posted: Friday, May 24, 2013 7:00 pm | Updated: 9:27 pm, Fri May 24, 2013.

Santa Fe businessman Charles Kokesh has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pensacola, Fla., on charges of violating the Endangered Species Act by selling two elephant tusks — the latest in a litany of legal problems for the venture capitalist.

According to the three-count indictment returned Wednesday, Kokesh legally imported a “sport-hunted elephant trophy mount” from the African country of Namibia, but illegally sold the two tusks to a buyer in Florida for $8,100, to be paid with a combination of currency and guns.

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  • Francisco Carbajal posted at 8:28 am on Sun, Jun 2, 2013.

    FranciscoCarbajal Posts: 221

    On separate matter relating to this Kokesh scandal, I have several families and relatives who live down south of the Polo Grounds in Santa Fe County. What is interesting about this Kokesh dude is that when he purchased the Polo Grounds from Santa Fe Attorney Jim Alley, he did not pay his effluent treatment bill with the City and voided the contract altogether. So, the City terminated the effluent agreement with him and this Kokesh dude started using the old Hageman Well illegally to irrigate the Polo Grounds. He began claiming that this Hagerman Well belong to him and without a fight with the Santa Fe County officials, the County people allowed him to use the fresh ground water resources to irrigate the Polo Grounds south of Santa Fe. When the First National Bank of Los Alamos foreclosure became an issue, this bank made a deal with the County to use the fresh potable water to irrigate this Polo field without protecting the water resource for the property owners in La Cieneguilla. To this date, the Santa Fe County officials are wasting this precious potable water to appease the First National Bank of Los Alamos. In the first place, Kokesh and the First National Bank of Los Alamos have no legal water right of ownership to this Hagerman Well. The County illegally paid for a private well that the SEO should of capped many years ago when PNM owned it in the early 1960's and nevered used it under the state forfieture law. But the County believed Kokesh and gave him 25% of ownership without conducting an accurate legal water-right investigation of who actually owned this well. Now, who is protecting the groundwater resources for the property owners of this NM Land Grant south of the city limits? So, where is the State Engineer's Office in this matter? Who is watching the chickens at this time? Is there any county, city or state official listening and watching on what is happening to this precious groundwater resource south of this NM Land Grant? [sad]

  • henry griswold posted at 6:31 pm on Fri, May 31, 2013.

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  • Lutawin posted at 9:23 am on Tue, May 28, 2013.

    Lutawin Posts: 5

    OK so since his wife is an enrolled tribal member of a Chippewa band and she lived there as well- does that meet kelpbottle's criteria for who should be allowed to be a squatter and receive special treatment? Truly - only when all ethnicities are able to work the system will society be equal - right?

  • maarrthascott posted at 12:40 pm on Sat, May 25, 2013.

    maarrthascott Posts: 8

    So charge the loser $750 a day for the past 5 years.. obviously he has the money with all his dirty deeds!!

  • Sabine Strohem posted at 7:15 am on Sat, May 25, 2013.

    Sabine_Strohem Posts: 119

    The word: megalomaniac comes to mind when I think of both of them.

  • Earl James posted at 7:00 am on Sat, May 25, 2013.

    kelpbottle Posts: 13

    “I certainly wouldn’t oppose shooting all of the corrupt lawyers ..."

    Hmm... he sounds a bit suicidal, in addition to his other significant issues.

    Perhaps the real question here is how in the world can someone live in a house rent/mortgage-payment free for five years following a summary judgement against them that orders them out? Is something wrong with the laws governing these issues, or does a 'wealthy' white lawyer receive special treatment in our system of justice? How long would an African American/Native American/Hispanic/Vietnamese American, etc. squatter be allowed to live in a home rent free under these same conditions? Or even me, a very much less than wealthy white? Well, perhaps I'm too suspicious of race-based biases, and this is a normal course of events. Maybe I'll stop paying rent.

    And the fact that this Kokesh flim-flam man is father to the publicity-hound and anti-everything protester Adam Kokesh somehow comes as little surprise - there is a similarity in their willingness to push the limits of the law, which as we see in these two gentlemen, can be for good or bad. Adam the younger dabbles in progressive/libertarian causes such as legalizing marijuana while simultaneously advocating an 'open-carry' - your rifle march on DC on July 4th. Seems to be conflicted...

    Family therapy, anyone?


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