Where is Charles Fitzgerald? Day One
Charles Fitzgerald along with his partner Alan Abrams developed a scheme in which their companies would vastly overvalue loans statewide. 84 to be exact.
How did they allegedly pull it off?
Through forgery, identity theft and misrepresentation.
These forgeries, identity thefts and misrepresentations are also outlined in the $140 million dollar Lehman Bros suit against them.
Back in June 2003 KCAL did an investigation on Charles Fitzgerald and Abrams.
They were also spending money on questionable campaign contributions.
Abrams was a contributor to Mayor Hahn, according to the mayor's office -- enough to get a picture with the mayor inscribing on it, "Mark -- thanks for always being there supporting our beloved city. You're the greatest."
But behind the scenes, Abrams allegedly instructed his employees and their friends to donate to the mayor's campaign and others. And then he would reimburse them, sometimes in cash. "It was either a $500 or $1,000 check (that) we got back," Matthew Compton says.
That's illegal according to Robert Stern of the Center for Governmental Studies. "This is the ultimate sin in campaign financing."
But our investigation found at least seven instances of contributions from people who claim they were reimbursed or their check was forged. And insiders say there may be more...
...Since the Lehman lawsuit was filed, Fitzgerald, his wife and children have fled the country. Court documents reveal they've "moved to an island in the South Pacific where there are no extradition treaties."
Chief Parker knows where they are -- they live in the country of Vanuatu. Because there is no extradition process in this country - the FBI, the DA and the 2 grand juries are unable to question this felon on the run. Charles Fitzgerald is living on an Atoll in Vanuatu. There is only one on this set of islands.
The man who contributed over $70,000 dollars to James K Hahn Independent expenditures, the one man that can clear up all the innuendo and rumors, sits in a country known for harboring the worlds felons and tax cheats, he sits there buying his time. Waiting, patiently for his next order --- perhaps with all the extra time he has in this country that doesn't have a US ambassador or an extradition treaty with the US, perhaps he can erase from his memory all the criminal activities he did to investors, the real facts regarding the $140 million dollar lawsuit against him, and the truth behind James K Hahn and whether or not our mayor is a criminal.