Van der Sloot Used FBI Sting Money for Peru Trip
June 9, 2010
(ChattahBox)—Well, someone dropped the ball here. The New York Post is reporting that an undercover F.B.I. agent paid Joran van der Sloot a total of $25,000, as part of a videotaped sting operation in his extortion demand on Natale Holloway’s mother. But before charges were filed, van der Sloot left Aruba for Peru. And days later, the Dutchman is charged with the gruesome murder of 21-year-old Stephany Flores in his Lima hotel room.
The NY Post reports that according to an unnamed source, the F.B.I. failed to alert authorities in Aruba to detain van der Sloot, allowing him to flee the country with the cash:
“The failure to stop van der Sloot shocked and infuriated Holloway’s mom, Beth Twitty. She had been “told that an arrest was going to happen before he left” Aruba, where he was the last person believed to have seen Holloway alive when she vanished, the source said. Van der Sloot took his payola from the feds — a $15,000 wire transfer and $10,000 in cash — and went to Peru to play poker, the source said.”
And it also appears van der Sloot was lying about having information on the location of Natale Holloway’s body. He directed the undercover F.B.I. agent to a home in Aruba that he claimed contained Halloway’s remains. But the house was not built until after the teen’s disappearance.
It’s unclear why the F.B.I. didn’t charge van der Sloot with extortion, while he was in Aruba. US Attorney spokeswoman Peggy Sanford, said “We did not obtain an arrest warrant until we had sufficient evidence to support the charges.”
After van de Sloot was captured in Chile and returned to Peru to face charges for the brutal murder of Flores, U.S. authorities charged him with extortion and wire fraud and instituted extradition proceedings. But it’s unlikely van de Sloot would be extradited when he faces more serious murder charges in Peru.
Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons/Mago17/Joran van der Sloot captured (June, 2010)