Our current President, Donald Trump, declared a national emergency recently due to the burgeoning crisis of opioid addiction in all 50 states in America. The crisis is not one that can be laid at his feet, since it has been festering and growing over the course of the last 10 years 20 years. It is not a partisan issue, more one of big pharmaceutical companies and the US healthcare industry as a whole.
The crisis can mostly be attributed to one drug in particular: OxyContin, the brand name for the synthetic opioid Oxycodone. It is loosely related to morphine and in part based on the opium poppy. In the mid to late 90s in began to be aggressively marketed by US Big Pharma to healthcare professionals as a new treatment for people with lasting pain. These conditions could be as simple as lagging back pain or even pain as a result of a car or work related accident.
These painkillers were remarkably effective (as most opioids are) in the treatment of pain. Doctors were even offering a free 30 day trial to unsuspecting patients who were unaware of the long term addictive properties of the drug. Don’t forget that heroin was first marketed in the UK as a treatment for morphine addiction, mostly to soldiers with injuries coming home after World War One.
It is into this theatre that people like David and Jonathan Dardashti have chosen to enter. Their motives are simple. Make as much money as possible from the health crisis by offering desperate addicts a drug that will cure them in a matter of weeks. Ibogaine is the unlicensed drug they prefer to treat people with: a state altering drug with hallucinogenic properties that anyone can buy in China and get shipped to Mexico for a few bucks. The Ibogaine scam clinic works out of Cancun, Mexico, when the authorities there are not closing it down.
The lack of proper treatment for addiction in the US means that there is no shortage of people willing to believe that this scam will work for them. Despite this state of emergency, Donald trump has so far committed just $57,000 to the cause. This figure is in stark contrast to the $430 Billion that the US pharmaceutical; industry turned over in 2015 alone.
The only problem faced by David Dardashti and his fake Ibogaine scam clinic is: How do we get this money into the US legally? The answer is that they cannot. Money laundering is not just about changing money from illegal enterprises into money from supposedly legal businesses, it is as much about showing just cause for your personal wealth and income stream. No one is following the serial numbers on companies Dollar bills, but any police force in the US can confiscate money in any amount if they decide that you cannot show just cause for having it. If you are stopped by a traffic cop in Florida for example, and you have $10,000 in cash in your car, they are legally entitled to confiscate that money and never give it back unless you can convince them that you have just cause for having it in the car.
The same is true of the IRS. You have to submit just cause for every dollar in your personal and business accounts. The problem for David and Jonathan Dardashti and their Ibogaine scam in Cancun is that they cannot do this. They need to be careful in the way that they show that their personal wealth is legally earned.
How is this possible? It is simple. Misdirection and complication is the key. First, you set up a myriad of limited liability companies in Miami, Florida. You then get legitimate business partners to allow themselves to be named on the boards of these companies. The companies themselves may be legitimate, as may the named business partners. You then pump illegal cash and credit card payments into these companies who then bill non-existent “customers “for non-existent services or services at vastly inflated prices. You pay taxes on these “profits”. Congratulations! You have just successfully cleaned your money.
Jonathan Dardashti (real name Yehonatan Yoel) is on the board of at least 15 Limited Liability Companies in Miami FL alone. Not one of them has ever turned a profit and at least 2 of them have had to fight allegations of money laundering in the past 10 years. Companies like Goldstar holdings, PiroPay and Intermotech (a sub holding of Sabra Enterprises) Have long been the targets of the IRS for these very reasons.