A HOUSTON RACKETEERING RING OF “MINI-MADOFFS” HAS BEEN EXTORTING VICTIMS OUT OF THEIR LIFE SAVINGS FOR DECADES. THE SYNDICATE IS ALSO LINKED TO A TRAGIC 2016 MURDER-SUICIDE INVOLVING TWO CHILDREN

I spent several months tracking down victims of a far ranging ponzi ring that spent decades swindling numerous innocent people. Like a Mini-Madoff in Houston and Marlin, the story is tragic and heartbreaking and I’m so proud to share a byline with investigative reporter and true crime podcaster, Alissa Fleck on this. She did an astounding job of taking the interviews and some of my notes and tracking down more info to really flesh out this story.

So proud to finally see this go live. Hopefully having their story told is the first step to closure and peace for some people who lost everything, including family members in a few instances. The article below is just part one of a series, here’s hoping that law enforcement and other investigative reporters pick up some of the breadcrumbs we’ve left them…

Check out the first few paragraphs below and you can read the rest at Alissa’s site Crimescoop:

PART I: MURDER AND FRAUD IN TEXAS

Lakshimanarayan “Lucky” Srinivasan, Jeremy Raju Srinivasan, Gwendolyn “Gwen” Stone Stallworth-Sumrall, Alvar Chari, Anirban Haldar and their many co-conspirators, have conned individuals, families, businesses and other organizations out of multiple millions of dollars in cash and assets over the past several decades, leaving many of their victims destitute and their lives ripped apart. The racketeering ring has used a combination of check-kiting, reverse Ponzi and other fraudulent investment schemes to extort money from their hard-working victims, court records show. In 2016, under mounting financial pressure caused by his and his co-conspirators’ volitional fraudulent entanglements, Jeremy murdered his wife and two young children before fatally turning the gun on himself. Lucky, Gwen and the others continue to actively seek new investors to swindle.

BY ALISSA FLECK & PHILIP FAIRBANKS 

*Some names in this story have been changed where requested to protect victims’ identities. Their names are asterisked. 

LUCKY SRINIVASAN, NATALIE ALTIER-SRINIVASAN, MJ SRINIVASAN, JEREMY SRINIVASAN (SOURCE: FACEBOOK)
LUCKY SRINIVASAN, NATALIE ALTIER-SRINIVASAN, MJ SRINIVASAN, JEREMY SRINIVASAN (SOURCE: FACEBOOK)

Exactly five years ago today, on the morning of April 19, 2016, at 8:30 a.m., Jeremy Raju Srinivasan, 37, sent his father Lakshimanarayan “Lucky” Srinivasan a final text message: “Everything is not OK. Please call police. Goodbye.” What came next was a tragedy that would rock their quiet Houston, Texas suburb, leaving in its wake a trail of devastation and unanswered questions.

Within 15 minutes of sending that text message, Jeremy, his wife Natalie Altier Srinivasan, 35, and their two children, 5-year-old Sienna and 2-year-old Michael James (“MJ”), would be found dead by police inside their Katy, Texas home. One of the detectives who processed the scene, Detective Daniel Calvillo of the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Department, told family members that Natalie was found in bed with a single bullet wound to the head. Jeremy had killed his wife, then shot each kid twice in the head where they lay asleep in bed, before turning the gun on himself.

read the rest of part I directly at Crimescoop!

https://www.crimescoop.org/news/a-houston-racketeering-ring-of-mini-madoffs-has-been-extorting-victims-out-of-their-life-savings-for-decades-the-syndicate-is-also-linked-to-a-tragic-2016-murder-suicide-involving-two-children

Defense for the Prosecution: the trial of Kai the Hitchhiker

Kai the Hitchhiker has been the victim of an unfair system after years of unconstitutional detention, questionable and potentially illegal investigation methods, and a trial where even his own defense attorney seemed out to get him.

In the case of Caleb McGillvary, better known by many as Kai the Hitchhiker, the phrase “guilty until proven innocent” has been turned on its ear. Kai went from folk hero and living meme to accused of murder. However, an eyewitness for the trial confirmed disturbing discrepancies in the trial transcript. “Now, I’m going to go over some of the stuff that the State’s going to say well.” As he faced the Jury, his face contorted and his voice vehement with rage, Cito pointed accusingly at Kai. “That shows my client is full of crap,” he continued. “He did this intentionally. He purposefully ran out of the house.” This may sound a bit strange as if the defense were working hand in hand with the prosecution. As strange as it sounds, several moments in the trial support this possibility.

You can find part I of my series on some of the many issues with the trial at The Latest. Part II should be online soon and shooting for part 3 of 4 should be online next week. Follow my site for the latest of my coverage on this case and other stories.

Massive Miscarriage of Justice in Kai the Hitchhiker Case

Caleb McGillvary, better known as Kai the hitchhiker, is still awaiting trial. Almost four and a half years after he was accused of murder, he is currently still in the Union County Jail, held on $3 million bail. Currently, he’s locked down 23 hours a day in segregation. To top it off, there may be some extenuating circumstances regarding why he is being denied the “speedy trial” guaranteed by the Constitution in the Sixth Amendment.

Kai the Hitchhiker gained some major viral fame after he managed to save the lives of a utility worker and female bystander when a man he was hitching a ride with went off the rails. The man admitted to raping a young girl in the Virgin Islands, then told Kai he believed he was Jesus Christ and could do anything he wanted. At this point, he rammed into a man, pinning him to a truck and began chasing after a woman on the street. Kai took him out by smashing him with the handle of a hatchet he carries for protection. After appearing on Jimmy Kimmel’s show and being featured by Stephen Colbert and others, he became something of an online celebrity, so it wasn’t out of the ordinary that someone might recognize him and invite him to hang out.

That’s what Kai assumed was the case when he was picked up by lawyer Joseph Galfy in New York’s Times Square. Galfy offered him a ride to his house and Kai agreed. Kai alleges that Galfy drugged and raped him. From the time Kai was apprehended in Philadelphia and extradited to New Jersey, Kai has been faced with what basically amounts to a kangaroo court – issues being withheld, conflicts of interest, the brother of the deceased being allowed in the house during an active investigation. If you read Gardner and Suter’s reports, you’d see that in Gardner’s report, it’s noted that the dishwasher had been run between May 13 and 15. The report was written on the 15th and photos were being taken around that time. Why would you run a dishwasher in a house where an ongoing investigation into murder and rape is going on?

According to the Union County Sheriff’s Office, reports at one point during the active investigation noted the dishwasher was run with glasses and mugs found in it. In Edward Suter’s Union County Sheriff’s Office investigative report, it shows they rinsed the beer bottles with fresh water. The beer bottles, glasses, and mugs should have been examined in toxicology reports. Instead, rinsed with fresh water? This is especially disturbing considering the fact that Kai had already reported that he believed he had been drugged and raped. Also left out of the prosecutor’s case to the grand jury is the fact that the two eyewitnesses said Kai appeared glassy-eyed, drugged, and sporting fresh wounds.

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The prosecutor makes multiple claims that conflict with the official accounts as laid out in the autopsy, forensic reports, and Officers Adrian Gardner and Edward Suter’s UCSO investigative reports. For one, he notes that a rape kit was run on Galfy and came back negative. On Galfy? Of course, the rape kit run on the alleged rapist came back clear. In a proper investigation, the “unidentified blood” found on Galfy’s genitals would have been tested to see if it belonged to the alleged rape victim. In fact, within the UCSO reports, it is made clear that signs of a sexual assault were present at the scene.

At one point, the prosecutor introduces an “expert doctor,” Robert Pandina. Pandina refused to run a rape kit, and his claims about date rape drugs can be quickly disproved by anyone with a basic understanding of pharmacological agents. When Kai complained to the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners, they explained that Pandina was not a certified doctor in the state of New Jersey, and as a result, not under their jurisdiction. By the way, passing off someone as a doctor is a felony charge in New Jersey.

Not offering proper services and processing for a victim of sexual assault is also a crime in New Jersey. The prosecutor broke several laws, for one, undermining the New Jersey Attorney General Standards for providing services to victims of sexual assault (NJSA 45:9-18) by pretending Robert Pandina was a medical doctor capable of examining a survivor of sexual assault. In pages 91-93 of the grand jury testimony, the prosecutor commits fraud by passing Robert Pandina off as not only a doctor but an “expert doctor” at that.

The fact that the mugs and bottles of beer that were not washed in the dishwasher were ordered to be fumed with cyanoacrylate for prints and then to be washed out amounts to spoilation or destruction of exculpatory evidence, which is grounds for dismissal alone. As is denying the right to a speedy trial. With the improper handling of a sexual assault victim and perjury on the part of the prosecutor, there are multiple demonstrable crimes on display, which is why Kai has drafted a motion to dismiss along with a State and Federal civil suit against Union County officials.

His motion to dismiss should be heard. There are already ample grounds to throw out the case. The Federal civil suit itself should be a slam dunk, but can’t be heard until the criminal case is cleared, leaving Kai in a sort of catch-22 limbo for now.

By the way, New Jersey law says “sexual assault is a form of serious bodily injury, the threat of which would justify the use of deadly force in self-defense,” per N.J.S.A. 2c:3-4. If Kai wasn’t raped, whose “unidentified blood” is noted in the autopsy? In addition to the defense of self-defense, there is the mismanagement of evidence (quite possibly due to the fact that the alleged rapist was close friends with the prosecutor). Speaking of conflicts of interests, Kai is hoping to be able to receive a lawyer out of the city or state due to the large number of persons who are involved in this case who were good friends of Galfy. The primary criminal judge in Union County did not recuse himself, per se, but did change departments in order to not be a part of the case.

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