I previously debunked a claim about Laura Silsby.
Now I will show that Pizzagate connection of James Alefantis to Laura Silsby is highly dubious.
From the Executive Summary
Laura Silsby was got off the hook by Jorge Puello, who was later convicted of sex trafficking, and was wanted on charges of sex trafficking in four countries. Izette Folger, a close friend of James Alefantis,... is the daughter of Michael Maccoby, who coaches leaders of Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos, or NPH, a large organization that runs orphanages all over the world. His son, Max Maccoby, is on the Boards of Directors of an NPH orphanage called Friends of the Orphans, which ... happens to be the orphanage from which Silsby was caught trafficking children.
This begins with a falsehood as Silsby was not got off the hook. She was convicted of a lesser charge and served time. And Jorge Puello certainly didn't do it. He was not even her lawyer at trial. He was already exposed as a con man and a fraud months before her trial even started.
Feb 15 Puello facing charges
May 13 Silsby's trial starts
I plan to prove this statement is false and demonstrate there is no connection between Silsby and Alefantis.
Max Maccoby, is on the Boards of Directors of an NPH orphanage called Friends of the Orphans, which ... happens to be the orphanage from which Silsby was caught trafficking children.
So Silsby got her kids from an orphanage that Max Maccoby helps run? The summary links to
VAN SUSTEREN: Where did they find these 33 children? How did they get these children?
PUELLO: There was an orphanage that collapsed in Haiti. It was called friends of the orphans of Haiti. And there was somebody over there that told them that the orphans had no place, no room to place them.
So here's the issues with this.
A. Puello is the only source of this. If Puello is telling the truth, we would be able to find evidence of an orphanage called Friends of the Orphans that collapsed.
B. Puello is not exactly a reliable source. We know he is a liar and a con man and anything he says needs to be backed up from other sources.
C. Where did the children come from? The AP severely undermines Puello's claim because they tracked where Silsby got everyone of the 33 children.
D. There is no orphanage called Friends of the Orphans in Haiti. It's a US based organization.
Let's take a look at each of these.
Puello's claim and reputation. (A + B)
If you do a Google search for the first 6 months of 2010, for silsby and the exact phrase "friends of the orphans" you get no results for the exact phrase.
So Puello's claim looks dubious. This is not surprising as Puello was revealed to be a conman and not a licensed lawyer. Several warrants were out for his arrest included for sex trafficking and in 2011 he was sentenced to three years in prison
So nothing can stand on Jorge Puello's word alone.
Do we know where the 33 children did come from? (C)
We do. The AP went and found out exactly where all 33 children came from
Although a U.S. Baptist group said it was trying to rescue 33 "orphans" by taking them out of earthquake-ravaged Haiti, all the children have close family still alive, The Associated Press has found.
A reporter's visit Saturday to the rubble-strewn Citron slum, where 13 of the children lived, led to their parents, all of whom said they turned their youngsters over to the missionary group voluntarily in hopes of getting them to safety.
Similar explanations were given by parents in the mountain town of Callabas, outside Port-au-Prince, who told the AP on Feb. 3 that desperation and blind faith led them to hand over 20 children to the Baptist group.
We know who the people who helped her were. The AP says she was helped by an American nondemennational pastor associated with the Haiti Sharing Jesus Ministry, not "Friends of the Orphans" not "Nuestros Pequeno Hermanos."
She was led to Citron by Pastor Jean Sainvil, an Atlanta, Georgia-based Haitian minister who recruited the 13 children in the slum. ....Sainvil, a former orphan who says his nondenominational Haiti Sharing Jesus Ministry has 25 churches in the countryside,
She was also helped by an orphanage worker in Haiti
The Haitian parents told The Associated Press they surrendered their children on Jan. 28, two days after a local orphanage worker acting on behalf of the Baptists convened nearly the entire village of about 500 people on a dirt soccer pitch to present the Americans' offer.
The orphanage worker, Issac Adrien, The orphanage worker, Issac Adrien, said he told the villagers their children would be educated at a home in the Dominican Republic so that they might eventually return to take care of their families.
What orphanage did he work at? House of Blessings, not "Friends of the Orphans" not "Nuestros Pequeno Hermanos."
The Associated Press reported on Wednesday that the Baptist Americans, led by Laura Silsby of Meridian, Idaho, met Isaac Adrien in Port-au-Prince on Jan. 26. Adrien was raised in the House of Blessings orphanage and now is coordinator for a program called Children of Promise, Murphy said. Silsby said her group wanted to take orphaned and homeless children to an orphanage in the Dominican Republic.
Adrien took Silsby’s group to House of Blessings, which houses about 20 children, but the director, Joana Jean Marie Desir, turned them away, Murphy said.
None of the 33 children came from "Friends of the Orphans" or "Nuestro Pequenos Hermanos."
There is no orphanage called Friends of the Orphans in Haiti. (D)
Max Maccoby, is NOT on the Boards of Directors of "an orphanage." Friends of Orphans is a US based group that raises funds. They DO NOT RUN orphanages in Haiti or any place else. They are affiliated with Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos that does run orphanages, but they are a legally distinct organization, they have different boards of directors. They don't have a say over how NPH runs its orphanages.
For proof that Friends of Orphans is legally distinct from NPH, you can check their tax forms.
When you check their 990 form, you see that they have no expenses in Haiti or any foreign country.
The distinction that Friends of the Orphans from NPH is listed on page 2 of the 2012 990. They spell out how they achieve their mission "THROUGH SUPPORT OF NUESTROS PEQUENOS HERMANOS." You can also see on page 2 that almost all of their revenue is giving out in grants meaning, they are not paying for maintaining and staffing an orphanage and housing and clothing orphans. They simply don't do that.
If you go to the Schedule I of the 990, you can see what they do do. Friends of the Orphans provided cash grants of $8.5 million and noncash grants of $5.5 million to NPH. If you go the next page, in section IV, you can see what exactly the relationship was. They had an affiliation agreement and the CFO of Friends of the Orphans sits on the NPH Finance Committee to review how grant monies are spent. Otherwise they have separate boards. An affiliation agreement is used in the nonprofit world to spell out how independent organization achieve a common mission.
The point of all this is Friends of the Orphans is a US-based fundraising organization. They have no buildings in Haiti. They raised funds for Nuestro Pequeno Hermanos, which runs orphanages and of course, Nuestro Pequeno Hermanos DOES NOT translate to Friends of the Orphans. The local chapter of NPH is Haiti is known by their French Name, Nos Petits Frères et Sœurs which also does not translate to Friends of the Orphans.
To confuse matters Friends of the Orphans later changed its name to NPH-USA. (They explain the reason for the change here https://www.nphusa.org/timeline/))
2013 Friends of the Orphans changes name to NPH USA in order to create a global brand with consistency to our donors, to more closely align the brand with our mission and the children we serve, and to expand the focus to both the children and programs that we support.) NOTE: If you look at the recent 990 tax forms it's clear that they are still a separate legal entity.
Due to space limits, I address the claims around Silsby's first attempts in Haiti, in this comment. https://voat.co/v/pizzagate/2153386/10615474
In that comment, I explain where NPH/NPFS operated and why the claim of collapsed NPH/NPFS orphanage is false. Taken together we can see there is no relationship between Nuestro Pequeno Hermanos and Silsby, no relationship between Friends of the Orphans and Silsby, no relationship between the Maccoby's and Silsby and thus no relationship between Alefantis and Silsby.