dtl_montanamomcodyweb_170519-nbcnews-fp-360-200Dateline NBC, March 21,  featured a story on the murder of Kalispell native Nicole Waller.

Investigators believe Johnston, a native of Fairview, killed Waller and put her body in a barrel. Then, according to his cellphone records, he lied about his whereabouts on the day Waller went missing and turned off his phone for three hours to prevent law enforcement from tracking him.

A witness testified during Johnston’s trial that during that time he helped Johnston move Waller’s car, and others said Johnston asked them to make fake social media posts from Waller’s account to make it look like she was still alive.

Prosecutors said the last time anyone heard from Waller was when she contacted her family on Valentine’s Day 2013 saying she was breaking up with Johnston and returning to Kalispell.

Waller’s body was never found

 

June 11 2015 ]

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Cody Johnston, 36, was found guilty of deliberate homicide and tampering with evidence at trial. The trial was anticipated to last eight days, but a verdict was pronounced after just three days of testimony.

Jurors determined that Johnston had killed Nicole Waller, 31, during a visit she made to see him at his home near Sidney. Prosecutors believe the murder occurred on Valentine’s Day.

Waller’s body has never been found.

“It’s extremely difficult, it’s a small victory,” said Waller’s sister Carmen Keibler.. “we still don’t have Nicky, we cant give her a funeral. All we have is to know that he got convicted. A lot of mixed emotions today. I’m heartbroken because this is a man my family knew, a person that has a wife and kids. It’s destroyed a lot of lives, not only for my family but also his family.”

[June 2015 Nicole Waller still missing unlike Sherry Arnold]

]two years since anyone has seen or heard from Nicole Waller; the mother of three mysteriously vanished on February 14th, 2013 while driving from Fairview to Kalispell, Montana.

Nicole Waller

Nicole Waller

Nicole Waller

Name: WALLER, NICOLE YVONNE
Aliases: WILLIS, NICOLE YVONNE
Gender: FEMALE
Date of Birth: 05/22/1981
Race: WHITE
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: HAZEL
Height: 5′ 0”
Weight: 165 LBS.

Incident Information
Date of Last Contact: 02/14/2013
Age Now: 33 YEARS
Other Reported Dates of Birth:
Investigating Agency: FLATHEAD COUNTY SHERIFF,(406) 758-5610

[February 12 2014
On Valentine’s Day 2013, 32-year-old Nicole Waller packed her car in Fairview – on the Montana-North Dakota border – and headed home to see her three young children in Kalispell.

She never made it back to them.

Waller’s 1999 Ford Expedition was found the same day on the side of U.S. Highway 2 near Poplar – only about an hour’s drive from where she started her journey.

Inside the car, officers found her children’s guinea pigs – still caged – and her clothes and other belongings.

But there was no sign of Waller.

Agent Mark Hilyard with the Montana Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation said foul play is suspected in the disappearance of Nicole Waller,

[March 23 2013]

FBI finds Sherry Arnold body in Williston, 50 miles from her home

FBI finds Sherry Arnold body in Williston, 50 miles from her home

The remains of Ms Arnold, a high school maths teacher who disappeared in Sidney, Montana during a morning run more than two months ago, were buried outside Williston, North Dakota.
The recovery effort started on Tuesday in western North Dakota about 50 miles from Sidney, and the body was found by the FBI early on Wednesday.
The location of the body across the state line from where the alleged kidnapping occurred means there could be federal charges against the two suspects in the case, Michael Keith Spell, 22, and Lester Van Waters Jr., 47, both of Parachute, Colorado.
[March 22] By the early morning hours of March 21, 2012, special agents had recovered the physical remains of a female. While a positive identification has not been made at this time, it is believed the remains are those of Sherry Arnold of Sidney, Montana. Further efforts to verify the identity of the remains are currently underway by law enforcement. After a positive identification is made, a news release will be issued. Due to the ongoing investigation, no further details about the case can be released at this time.

Ms. Arnold went missing Saturday, January 7, 2012 at approximately 6:30 a.m. while on her morning run in Sidney, Montana.
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One of the alleged murderers

One of the alleged murderers

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French financial prosecutors have launched an investigation into a 6.7 billion euro ($7.5 billion) 2008 contract between naval supplier DCNS and Brazil that included the sale of five submarines..

The investigation, started in October last year, concerns potential “corruption of foreign officials” and is linked to a Brazilian inquiry dubbed Lava Jato, or Car Wash, that was initiated in 2015 to investigate alleged bribery involving hundreds of politicians and public figures.

In the current climate, where Asian countries are buying submarines from is nearly as important as the fact that they doing so—so that Australia’s decision last year to choose French contractors over the Japanese, for instance, was seen as a win for Beijing and a blow to Tokyo.

 

[February 2 New Justice Justice Edson Fachin]

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Lula da Silva

 

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-brazil-crash-idUSKBN1532WH

Justice Edson Fachin was chosen by random electronic selection from among a group of five of the court’s 10 members and will take over the corruption cases from Justice Teori Zavascki, who died in a plane crash two weeks ago.

[October 16 2016]

Report  Zavascki, Minister of the SFC (Supreme Federal Court), gave authorisation, October 6, for Operation Lava Jato to be split into several targeted investigations. He agreed that one of these would specifically focus on the role ex-President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva may have played in the alleged corruption scandals.

One part of the investigation, so-called the “Quadrilhão” (“The Big Gang”), looks in particular at the political nucleus involved in the Petrobras corruption scheme. In response to a plea by Brazil’s Attorney General of the Republic, Rodrigo Janot, SFC Minister Zavaski divided the trial into four separate investigations.

[February 25 2015 HSBC Swiss accounts: $110m  belonged to individuals linked to Brazil’s  “Operation Car Wash” ]

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Lily Watkins Cohen Monteverde Bendahan Safra

Brazil haslaunched an investigation into whether accounts included in the files are linked to a major corruption scandal which in recent months has engulfed the Brazilian government and state-owned oil company Petrobras.

Analysis of the files indicates that 11 accounts held at HSBC Suisse between 2006 and 2007, which in 2007 had deposits totalling in excess of $110m (£71m), belonged to individuals linked to the investigation, known as “Operation Car Wash”.

Separately, Brazil’s tax authority said on February 13 it would probe 6,600 undeclared accounts with HSBC’s Swiss private bank linked to Brazil.

[February 14 Link between HSBC Swiss accounts, Petrobras scandal and Lily Safra?]
Operation Carwash . Police and prosecutors believe Petrobras contracts were overinflated and the cash either creamed off for personal use or paid off to political parties, including the Workers Party of newly re-elected President Dilma Rousseff. So far more than 40 people have been detained over their involvement in the scandal, which is known in the country as “Operation Car Wash.”
The second source said that “there is a clear link between ‘Operation Car-Wash’ and the HSBC Swiss bank accounts.” He declined to elaborate further and Reuters could not independently verify his account

HSBC’s Swiss unit was largely acquired as part of its purchase of late Brazilian-Lebanese financier Edmond Safra’s Republic New York Corp and Safra Republic Holdings. HSBC (Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation) bought Republic New York Corporation and its sister company Safra Republic Holdings for $10.3 billion (£6.3 billion) – In 1972 Safra used the $40M of capital that he accumulated from dealings in Italy to buy into a small Geneva finance house and, propped up by the assets of his wife, the former Brazilian heiress Lily Monteverdi. The business was eventually to expand and grow into the Trade Development Bank, a large private and trade finance bank, The Safra Group, which comprises a number of European private banks and Safra National Bank of New York, Republic’sTDB French operations and London-based banknote business were sold back to Safra. Safra left 50% of his assets to several charities, with the remainder divided up between his family members and wife who received $ 800 million
Aug 9 13 HSBC Private Bank International has charged Safra National Bank of New York for allegedly poaching seven bankers liable for $4 billion in private banking assets and attempting to steal clients. HSBC has sued Safra and five of the former HSBC bankers, who provided wealth management services for HNW clients in Central America, for allegedly conspiring to help Safra build a Latin American private banking business to compete directly with HSBC. HSBC said that Manuel Diaz and Jose Ortega, presidents of the bank’s Latin American private banking business based in Miami, had been talking with Safra since May 2013, about helping the competitor build a Latin American business. According to the lawsuit, Ortega and six other employees resigned between July 15 and July 31 and Safra has met 11 HSBC employees to offer them a job with a better compensation package. The lawsuit also names former HSBC bankers Jorge Hine, Jessica Valera and Diana Saludes as defendants along with Diaz and Ortega.
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