Petraeus scandal includes local connection
Julia Roberts Goad
A man who is investing billions of dollars in the local coal industry has been implemented in the ever widening Gen. Petraeus scandal.
Petraeus resigned as head of the CIA after admitting he had had an affair with Paula Broadwell. Broadwell had allegedly sent threatening emails to a woman in Florida, Jill Kelley, who she thought may be a rival for Petraeus’ affections.
The plot has thickened to include a local connection.
Adam Victor, president and CEO of TransGas Development Systems, is a New York businessman who was managing a multi-billion-dollar Korean business deal related to coal gasification plants. He is also investing $4 billion in Adams Fork Energy, a coal-to-liquid plant planned for Mingo County.
When constructed, the facility that will convert 7,500 tons of regional coal into premium grade ultraclean gasoline, producing 18,000 barrels per day (756,000 gallons).
The project is a post-mine-land-use project of the Mingo County Redevelopment Authority (MCRA).
Victor met Kelley at the Republican National Convention in Tampa in August. According to ABC News, Jill Kelley dropped Gen. Petraeus’ name, saying that Petraeus had arranged for her to become an honorary consul for South Korea in order to promote free trade.
Victor said he Kelley requested fee to help him broker a deal with Korea. While Victor thought it made sense to have a trusted aide in charge of promoting free trade, trouble came when when Kelley named her fee for brokering the deal. The entire deal was worth $4 billion.
Kelley requested Victor pay a 2 percent fee. Victor said he felt the fee, $80 million, was exorbitant and terminated their relationship.
Kelley has also been accused of running a bogus charity allegedly to fund political parties all the while living a lavish lifestyle.
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