Sunday, May 13, 2007

Wilkes' SCIF


Wilkes Makes Foggo the Trustee In Case He Dies

There are three other interesting new details in the superseding indictment.

First, in addition to helping Wilkes get the Air Services contract, Foggo was also trying to send business Wilkes' way for a Secure Compartmentalized Information Facility (SCIF) Wilkes had built on his Poway facility. So in addition to sharing sensitive information, Foggo was also trying to get people to store their sensitive information at Wilkes' business.

There are two details about efforts Foggo made to get someone an immigration visa:

  • On March 30, 2003, Foggo asked Wilkes if Cunningham could help him get an immigration visa for someone he just met
  • On January 25, 2004 Foggo asked a Wilkes employee to write a letter helping him get someone a visa

These details aren't related specifically to any of the charges. I do wonder, though, who this person was and why Foggo was so intent on getting this guy a visa (though it's not entirely clear the visa was designated for the same person). And I wonder why this detail was included among the charges. (Though it is the one thing where Foggo attempted to leverage Wilkes' control over Duke Cunningham to get something.

And finally, there's this weird bit. Twice during the span of the alleged crimes, Wilkes made Foggo trustee over his trusts in case Wilkes should die. And for one of these, Foggo was made the sole trustee, presumably over Wilkes family.

  • On February 21, 2003, naming Foggo the third trustee of the Wilkes family trust in case Wilkes died
  • On May 12, 2004, Wilkes made Foggo the sole trustee of his life insurance trust

Why was Wilkes making Foggo the trustee of his life insurance trust? And how much money was in there?"

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