Taiwan Civil Government held meeting with Washington lobbyists in wake of fraud arrests

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Neil Hare and Shelley Hymes are presented gold lapel pins with Taiwan Civil Government logo (credit: Taiwan Civil Government)

When investigating financial crimes the rule is to follow the money. In the curious case of Taiwan Civil Government the paper trail leads from Taiwan to Washington in perhaps the most ambitious swindle ever perpetrated if you believe prosecutors of the exiled Republic of China. Roger Lin and six others were arrested in May 2018 and charged with political fraud. According to Taiwanese news reports, ROC prosecutors claim $25 million was deceptively obtained from donors by Lin, founder of TCG, with false claims of future events, including American assistance expelling the ROC from Taiwan.

Two weeks after midnight raids and arrests in Taiwan, an eighteen member delegation of Taiwan Civil Government traveled to Washington for a round of meetings and TCG sponsored media events. The first meeting was with group lobbyist Neil Hare. The president of Global Vision Communications, a registered Foreign Agent, Hare brought along sidekick Shelley Hymes, head of public relations firm Angel Enterprises. In 2017, the pair were paid over a half-million dollars for their efforts to advance TCG in the world of Washington insiders.

The meeting to assure that Hare and Hymes would not jump ship was billed as a response to “ROC oppression” and included a presentation of gold lapel pins to signify unity. Taiwanese news sources say that prosecutors are looking at an unspecified number of unnamed, unindicted Washington co-conspirators. Hare and Hymes oversaw hefty TCG spending in Washington since the election of Donald Trump in a bid to buy influence within the White House and would be on a short list of suspected co-conspirators along with several Washington attorneys.

Confused yet? The whole scenario arises from Taiwan’s seven decades of unresolved international status commonly called a strategic ambiguity. The United States installed Republic of China troops on Formosa, as Taiwan was then called, at the end of World War II. However, sovereignty of the former Japanese territory was left undermined at the 1952 San Francisco Peace Treaty. The ROC claims to be the legitimate government of the island but is not recognized by the United States or most of the world’s nations. The murky situation has spawned a multitude of groups in Taiwan seeking a future without the ROC in control. Taiwan Civil Government, formed in 2008, is one of the most vocal and well funded advocacy groups.

The claims of the ROC in turn lead to claims by the People’s Republic of China for control of Taiwan. Taiwan’s unresolved status has created instability in the region with both the PRC and ROC laying claim to that which neither ever had sovereignty over. President Obama was urged by the District of Columbia federal appellate court to end Taiwan’s “political purgatory” and resolve the status as expeditiously as possible. Obama never acted. President Donald Trump could be the game changer.

The election of Trump saw a sharp increase in TCG spending hosting inauguration events, POLITCO receptions, Congressional Quarterly Roll Call Live shows, a Foreign Policy think-tank luncheon, a Heritage Foundation event, The McLaughlin Group show, advertising, junkets and consultant fees. Hare’s job was to coordinate the Washington campaign and everything was go until the fraud arrests, which included Julian Lin, wife of Roger. Three days after the lapel pin presentation the TCG delegation started to feel the repercussions of the arrests. Secretary of Commerce Wilber Ross abruptly dropped out of a TCG sponsored Heritage Foundation event just minutes before the start. Elsewhere in Washington, Roll Call Live canceled a scheduled Congressional panel on Asia after two Representatives pulled out after learning of the arrests.

Hare’s new contract with TCG, for $560,000, would turn his attention away from Washington and instead work the embassies of G7 countries for international recognition. Hare claims he remains on course and will complete his 2018 duties, business as usual. Hymes is more elusive. As Hymes works as a consultant to Hare her contract with TCG is not subject to disclosure under the Foreign Agent Registration Act and details of her involvement are not available. Neither Hare or Hymes are willing to discuss the fraud arrests.

Hymes, a longtime friend of Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway, was able to see Julian Lin and Conway connected in May 2017 at the POLITCO Powerlist reception, funded by TCG, which honored Conway as one of Washington’s most powerful players. Within weeks of the POLITICO session with Conway, a massive parade was staged in Taipei by TCG in an apparent effort to signal to Trump the pro-American slant to the group.

Was the United States ever going to expel the ROC? One clue might be if Roger Lin is able to gain freedom or continue to remain in strict pre-trial detention in solitary confinement, incommunicado and without bail. Innocent until proven guilty does not seem to be a concept that applies in this case as harsh punishment has already begun. If Lin really does have friends in high places, now is the time for them to act.

Correction Notice

The above content has been corrected.   Neil Hare was reported to be tardy filing a disclosure reportson spending.  Instead, Hare made a timely report and it was the Justice Department that was tardy releasing Hare’s report.  I regret the error.

Author: richardsonreports

Author of FRAMED: J. Edgar Hoover, COINTELPRO & the Omaha Two Story.

8 thoughts on “Taiwan Civil Government held meeting with Washington lobbyists in wake of fraud arrests”

  1. You forgot to mention that TCG has been selling TCG ID’s and claimed such ID’s alone allow the card holders to enter US as well as over 170 countries without ROC passport or visa. TCG has also promised that every Taiwan dollar donated to TCG will be paid back in US $1 once TCG takes over ROC. TCG promised that participants who complete its so-called legal classes will be appointed to prestigious government positions. Many people paid a hefty fee for those classes. TCG also sells license plates and claims such plates are authorized by the US government and allow the vehicle owners wave all license fees/taxes. TCG promised members that once TCG takes over ROC, each member will automatically become US citizen, US will pay US$1200 to each person, free US college tuition, free US housing.

    Their promotional tactics are pure scam. They claim those so-called G7 or G8 commercials are the proof that G7 and G8 countries have recognized TCG as government. They claimed they could use TCG ID to enter United Nation, because UN already recognized TCG as a country and legal governing body of Taiwan. They have been showing their registration as foreign educational entity in the US as the proof that US has recognized TCG as governmental agency.

    TCG’s lawsuit against US and ROC has been closed, and the appeal was also denied on 10/2/2017, but TCG has cooked up and announced a “translated” Chinese court document stating that TCG has won the case and continues encouraging people to donate money/buy TCG ID/take their “legal classes.”

    The following link is the REAL court document:

    Click to access 16-5149-1668595.pdf

    Here is the docket record:
    https://www.supremecourt.gov/search.aspx?filename=%2Fdocket%2Fdocketfiles%2Fhtml%2Fpublic%2F17-49.html

    ROC government does not charge Lin and his co-conspirators treason based on legal definition for treason. However, Lin and his group, by any definition, are bona fide fraud. TCG has targeted at under-informed, undereducated, marginalized population. Many of these people are already poor and in hardship. Lin and his group’s behaviors are not only legal, but immoral also.

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    1. Thank you for the comment. I was aware of a one thousand yuan fee for the identity card but have not seen a pricelist for other items. Were the representations of future benefits you discuss made orally or are they written in some promotional literature we can examine? If the representations were only oral, then I must reserve judgment until until the testimony of complaining witness can be cross-examined in court. If the representations were of a formal written nature then they should be online so the interested public may examine them.

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