A dossier on the Tvind Teachers Group. Are Humana People-to-People, Planet Aid, the Gaia Movement and DAPP siphoning off cash through tax havens? Is it a cult?

A dossier on the Tvind Teachers Group. Are Humana People-to-People, Planet Aid, the Gaia Movement and DAPP siphoning off cash through tax havens? Is it a cult?

1. FAIRBANK, COOPER & LYLE (FC&L) – Isle of Jersey; Belize

A key offshore company in the Teachers Group (TG) offshore financial maze.  It is the ultimate holding company for most of the movement’s assets: thousands of hectares of plantations and farmland in Brazil, Belize, Ecuador, the Caymans, St Lucia and Fiji; the American used clothes recycling company USAgain; possibly other recycling businesses in the US; the Tvind movement’s school and college buildings in eight countries; and possibly much more that we don’t know about.

FC&L Group was formed by the merger of three separate offshore entities in 1995.  The six directors were identified by Danish police as managers of the TG’s so-called secret Economic Directorate and all are still running the group’s enterprises today.  One, Kirsten Larsen, is among the five TG leaders listed by Interpol as wanted for serious financial crimes in their native Denmark.

 

2. ARGYLL SMITH AND COMPANY LIMITED – Isle of Jersey

This is a subsidiary of FC&L Group, and owns land, property and boats connected with the TG colleges in three countries: Britain, the USA and South Africa.  The significance of this is that it is able to charge inflated ‘rent’, hire-fees and service charges to the various colleges, ensuring that as much money as possible from the supposedly charitable colleges goes to the offshore company and stays within the parent organisation.  This financial scam was one of the reasons the British Charity Commission closed down Humana UK in 1998.

Argyll Smith also owns TG Pacifico, the multimillion-dollar world headquarters building in Las Pulgas, Mexico. 

The company started in 1989 and, according to Danish press reports, one of its founding directors was Kirsten Fuglsbjerg — aka Christie Pipps — another of the five TG leaders wanted by Interpol.

 

3. FEDERATION FOR ASSOCIATIONS CONNECTED TO THE INTERNATIONAL HUMANA PEOPLE-TO-PEOPLE MOVEMENT – Switzerland

A tax-efficient ‘association’, one of three Swiss financial money-boxes set up by the TG in Switzerland, and central to the group’s money-go-round.  It is based in the famously secretive Swiss canton of Geneva.  The Humana Federation (which also has an address in Zimbabwe) is the parent body of nearly 40 different Humana, DAPP and Planet Aid charities and is able to levy a substantial undisclosed  ‘membership fee’ on all of them; every transaction is ‘approved’ by it.

 

4. THE GAIA MOVEMENT TRUST LIVING EARTH GREEN WORLD ACTION – Switzerland

The Gaia Movement Trust controls Gaia and, it appears, also Green World Recycling in the UK.  Every ‘Swiss flag’ logo on any of the bins throughout the world is charged a ‘license fee’ by the association in Switzerland.

 

5. HUMANA AND PLANET AID FINANCE SA – Switzerland

Humana and Planet Aid Finance is a Société Anonyme, a company with shareholders (all from the ranks of the TG); we don’t know exactly what it does.

 

6. GARSON & SHAW LLC – Delaware

A company operating out of Atlanta, Georgia but registered in tax-efficient and secretive Delaware.  This company is an international used clothing broker, wholly TG owned and operated (it may be a subsidiary of FC&L Group).  It can thus buy the used clothes donated to other TG enterprises (such as Planet Aid or USAgain) and then re-sell them, at any price it chooses, to other TG clothing companies and shops in the Baltic, eastern Europe, Russia or Africa.  This enables the TG to register its earnings in the most low-tax area possible, evade its tax liabilities and make as much profit outside the ‘charity’ zone as it can.  This is a well-known money laundering method called ‘transfer mispricing‘.

The office in Atlanta is staffed and run by long-established TG members.  A dormant, linked company is still registered in the United Kingdom, and once rented office space in the Canary Wharf financial district in London.

 

7. TRAYTON HOLDINGS LTD – Isle of Man

This offshore holding company is the parent company of the Trayton Group, a large furniture factory in Shanghai, China.  Although the China-based Trayton Group is clearly a well-established and popular commercial business, there is no doubt it is a part of the international TG financial structure.  Its manager, Simon Lichtenberg, is a long-established and senior TG member, widely regarded as the group’s ‘crown prince’ who will take over as ‘chief executive’ of the TG in due course.  Among the Trayton Group’s other named directors are other prominent TG activists.

The founding director largely responsible for setting up Trayton Holdings on the Isle of Man, according to Danish press reports, was our old friend Kirsten Fuglsbjerg, aka Christie Pipps, mentioned in #2.

 

8. HOBBHOUSE INVESTMENT CO LTD – Isle of Jersey

This Jersey-registered offshore company is the parent company of Fairbank, Cooper & Lyle.  It was identified by police as a key TG ‘money box’ as long ago as 2001, and is still in existence today.  It is mentioned in the 2001 Danish police report, but unfortunately restrictions on disclosure by Jersey companies mean it is difficult to know more about it.

 

9. CARIBBEAN FARMING and TROPICAL FARMING LTD – Cayman Islands

Several offshore companies registered in the tax haven of Grand Cayman that are most likely in some way connected with the TG’s lucrative agricultural landholdings — bought with money looted from its ‘Humanitarian Fund’ in the 1980s — and its worldwide trade in bananas, soya, soft fruit, grain and timber.  Other offshore companies with similar names and purpose are registered in Fiji, Jersey and the Netherlands.

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