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Earl Brian Convicted in California

by J. Orlin Grabbe


Earl Brian, the man who marketed the stolen PROMIS software all over the world, has been convicted of financial fraud. I reported on Brian's indictment in "Part 27: Allegations Regarding Vince Foster, the NSA, and Banking Transactions Spying."

Brian was convicted on 10 out of 13 counts on which he was tried. This occurred despite the efforts of convicted felon, and former Justice Department attorney, Webster Hubbell. Hubbell placed his man in the local U.S. attorney's office. This attorney was supposed to ensure that Brian did not get convicted on any of the charges. But the jury did their job, and the Justice Department thus screwed-up their intended screw-up. And Brian is going to jail.

Each count carries a minimum 9 years in prison, so the 53-year old Brian is facing 90 years in prison. He is also under indictment in Canada.

Think what this means. Faced with the prospect of spending the rest of his life in prison, Brian will undoubtedly want to cut a deal. If he cuts a deal, he will necessarily testify against former Attorney General Ed Meese, as well as Los Angeles mafia mogul George Pender.

If Meese and Pender then try to cut deals, they will testify against George Bush. This will mean the end of George Bush's drug-and-arms dealing career. George Bush, who recently threw his support to Bob Dole, will go the way of Bill Clinton and other dodo birds--as well he should.

There is a curious thing about this case. The court is not releasing any information on which counts Brian was convicted. The court is apparently under political pressure to make the convictions go away. That's why you haven't heard about it on some of the media Brian once owned, such as CNBC. (Brian was the previous owner of Financial News Network, which was merged into the present network. Come on Bill Griffeth and Sue Herera! Give us the news about your former boss! Hell, I used to watch you guys on channel 64 in Philadelphia.)

Brian marketed the PROMIS software--which was stolen by "trickery, deceit, and fraud," according to federal bankruptcy Judge George Bason--to intelligence organizations around the world. This included Israel and Iraq, the latter deal facilitated by arms dealer Carlos Cardoen.

He also made a sale of PROMIS to the government of Brazil. In the deposition of Charles Hayes, (Inslaw and Hamilton versus the United States of America, United States Court of Federal Claims, Congressional Reference No. 95-338X) is the following exchange:


Q. Do you have any documents in your possession that pertain to computer software called FOIMS? . . .

A. . . . What you call FOIMS is PROMIS Enhanced software, whether you like it or not. . . . Now, whether it's called FOIMS, TECS or whatever it's called, to me it--you can take a Chevrolet emblem off of a Chevrolet car, ma'am, and you can put Ford on it, but its still Chevrolet. . . .

Q. Do you know Doctor Earl Brian?

A. I met Earl Brian, yes, ma'am.

Q. When did you meet him?

A. In Brazil.

Q. When?

A. In the '80's.

Q. What did Doctor Brian look like?

A. Big tall fellow. Got a big foot on him too.

Q. How did you meet him?

A. He was selling some software.

Q. In Brazil?

A. Yes, ma'am.

Q. And what type of software was that?

A. PROMIS.

Q. So Doctor Brian was selling PROMIS in Brazil?

A. Uh huh (affirmative response).

Q. Who was he trying to sell it to?

A. Brazilian government. . . .

Q. So you--the reason you know it was PROMIS was because Doctor Brian said it was PROMIS?

A. In front of everybody there, yes, ma'am.

Q. Did he say it was INSLAW's PROMIS?

A. No.

Q. Are you aware of any other companies that developed a product called PROMIS?

A. For reasons of national security right now, I will not answer that.

Q. I am not talking about government programs.

A. What did I just say, ma'am?

Q. I'm talking about private companies.

A. Well, sometimes private companies, you might not believe this, Ms. Cook, that you think are private is owned by the United States government. Either that or my daddy or somebody told me awful wrong.

Q. So did you sign an agreement with Doctor Brian not to disclose anything about this?

A. No, ma'am, I signed no agreements at any time. Didn't ever, and never will as long as the day I live, sign a contract or anything else with Mr. Earl Brian.

Q. Which Brailian government agencies did he try to sell PROMIS to?

A. Well, you don't sell it to agencies. They are not like over here, ma'am, they don't have agencies over there. Brazil and the United States is totally different. And in Brazil you sell to the government, and they figure out which agencies get it.


That Earl W. Brian may have been fraudulently selling software becomes plausible when you realize he has just been convicted on ten counts of financial fraud. The California indictment of Brian was announced in September 1995, more than a year after the indictment was handed down in June 1994. The time delay was apparently part of the handwork of Web Hubbell's man in the local office of the U.S. attorney.

Now the court doesn't want to tell anyone what Brian was actually convicted of. But you can get the idea from the original indictment. (United States of America vs. Earl W. Brian and John F. Berentson, United States District Court for the Central District of California, June 1994 Grand Jury).

The indictment concerned ten of millions of dollars of fraudulent lease transactions, while Earl Brian was Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of three separate companies: Infotechology, Financial News Network (FNN), and United Press International (UPI).

The indictment claims that Brian and his co- conspirators engaged in some trick financing (worthy of Billy Sol Estes). In 1988 FNN (now CNBC) was losing money, so to hide that fact from its lending banks and from the investing public, Brian generated some extra "income" through false charges.

First FNN charged UPI $29 million to use a technology called the "vertical blanking interval". Next FNN charged another Infotechnology-related company called Institutional Research Network (IRN) millions of dollars (above actual costs) for a news product called FNN:PRO. Payments for these charges topped up FNN's income nicely.

But since neither UPI nor IRN had money to pay for these charges, the money had to come from somewhere else. The money came from leasing and finance companies, who bought broadcast and communications equipment from two affiliates of FNN, Telecommunications Industries and Micro Research Industries. (The equipment either did not exist or was sold to more than one leasing company at the same time, or was previously sold to customers of the FNN subsidiary Data Broadcasting Company.) The purchase price of the non-existent equipment was paid to FNN, who then made lease payments to the leasing and finance companies.

The indictment says that Brian also siphoned off $300,000 of the lease money to himself, by submitting a "bill" to FNN from another company he controlled, called Alton, Inc.

Charles Hayes gave Earl Brian the nickname "Cash" while Brian was in Brazil. The appellation appears appropriate.

October 21, 1996
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