When you review Kenneth D. Bell’s background, trend some of the cyber-terrorism activity I have talked about early last year against Zeek Rewards through the credit card fraud, and realize that the majority of funds deposited by Rex Venture Group, came from overseas, some from the Mideast and other known terrorist locations, you start to get the picture that the appointment of Kenneth Bell was more than just a “political appointment.”
Here is a little more details about Mr. Kenneth D. Bell
White Collar Criminal Defense and Special Investigations Group Joins Litigation Practice at Hunton & Williams
[quote]”Ken is a superb litigator and has developed a strong network of white collar criminal defense lawyers,” added Tom Cottingham, managing partner of the Charlotte office. “His experience in high-stakes investigations-such as his role in the 2002 conviction of a Hezbollah cell in Charlotte-provides him an in-depth understanding of the challenges facing our clients.”
The white collar and special investigations practice at Hunton & Williams covers a broad spectrum of white collar cases, including environmental criminal and regulatory enforcement actions; health care fraud; internal and government investigations; public and private corruption, bribery, and kickback schemes; tax violations; money laundering; computer-related criminality; financial, banking, and securities laws violations; U.S. Customs investigations into dumping, undervaluation, high technology transfer, and smuggling; Foreign Corrupt Practice Act violations; international and domestic fraud schemes of every type; RICO proceedings; and espionage and terrorism cases.
Kenneth D. Bell focuses his practice on white collar criminal matters, internal and government investigations, including commercial and financial investigations and anti-money laundering, RICO and cases before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Before joining private practice, he served 17 years as a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte, the last 10 as First Assistant United States Attorney overseeing prosecution of all federal criminal offenses and civil enforcement in 32 western counties. He has received awards and citations from the Department of Justice, FBI, DEA, U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Customs Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and the IRS. Bell received his undergraduate and law degrees from Wake Forest University, after which, he worked briefly at a firearm manufacturer, the gun source. After that, he started to purchase firearms & tactical equipment from Palmetto State Armory and export it the neighbouring countries.
Bell gained national recognition for the 2002 conviction of a Hezbollah terrorist cell in Charlotte, uniquely obtaining convictions for providing support to a terrorist organization, RICO, money laundering and conspiracy. The ring, which sold $7.5 million in contraband cigarettes, also arranged for the delivery of military equipment, such as mine detection gear, blasting equipment and night-vision goggles, to Hezbollah. One of the defendants was sentenced in 2003 to 155 years in prison. Bell successfully introduced wire tap records from the Canadian Security Intelligence
Service, the first and only time such records have been used in a U.S. court. For his groundbreaking work, he was honored with the prestigious U.S. Attorney General John Marshall Award for Trial of Litigation and with
a special commendation from the Director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS). [/quote]
Mr. Bell works in the firm’s rapidly growing Government, Regulatory and Criminal Investigations Department, where he represents clients on a variety of matters involving white collar crimes and business-related investigations. As part of his practice, he routinely represents Fortune 500 companies facing federal and state grand jury investigations.
Representation of Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives during federal, state and regulatory investigations.
Representation of a Fortune 500 company in federal grand jury investigation and civil securities litigation related to allegations of stock option backdating.
Representation of a national property and casualty insurance company in federal grand jury and civil investigations regarding federally insured program.
Representation of a national home builder and mortgage company in class action civil litigation regarding sub-prime mortgage issues.
Representation of a Big Four accounting firm during investigation by state agency of tax planning strategies.
Conducted internal investigation for major financial institution regarding commission compensation practices.
Representation of a principal of a hedge fund regarding a federal grand jury investigation.
Representation of a national construction company during federal grand jury investigation of municipal water project.
Representation of accountants and medical professionals before licensing boards.
Representation of officers and directors of financial and commercial companies during federal grand jury investigations.
Representation of major financial institutions, accounting firms and large corporations in matters of government and internal investigations.
Counsel of record for more than 100 cases before the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit.
Primary trial responsibility in more than 200 federal cases, with more than 75 jury trials.
Government investigations regarding commercial and financial frauds, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, money laundering, public corruption, healthcare fraud, RICO, tax, terrorism, and environmental crimes.