For additional articles covering OUR, please go to ACJ Investigates- Derailed: Operation Underground Railroad
Editor’s Note: Lynn Packer is an award-winning investigative reporter, television news consultant, law consultant and author of “Lying for the Lord: The Paul H. Dunn Stories“. Mr. Packer graduated from Utah State University with a broadcast journalism degree. He then served in the United States Army from ’68 through ’70 in Vietnam as a television news anchor and producer for the Armed Forces Vietnam Network (AFVN), Quang Tri detachment. He was awarded the Bronze Star. For 15 years Mr. Packer reported for KSL Television News in Salt Lake City. His teaching career spanned ten years as an adjunct journalism instructor at Brigham Young University and the University of Dortmund in Germany. We’d like to thank Mr. Packer for his service, dedication and contributions to journalism and ongoing quest for the truth.
In this video:
Lynn Packer’s five year investigation into Tim Ballard and Operation Underground Railroad
Award Winning Journalist Lynn Packer begins discussing whether the nonprofit charity Operation Underground Railroad (OUR) is a sham and whether its founder, Tim Ballard, is another Utah film-flam man. In this video Lynn also exposes the movie Operation Toussaint and Haiti’s well-known LDS connected adoption racket. While Tim Ballard continues to claim that Haiti is a “well known pedophile sex destination”, Haiti tourism is shambles. Just last year, Haiti attracted approximately 100,000 tourists globally. Most were passengers on cruises that docked at Port-au-Prince. Using Ballard’s own statistics on the number of pedophiles that visited Haiti out of 100,000 tourists means less than 500 were pedophiles.
Ballard may be running his own adoption racket out of Haiti
Before the 2010 Haiti Earthquake, UNICEF estimated that there were 400,000 children living in Haitian Orphanages. Many were abandoned by their families hoping that their children would be raised outside of poverty, often with the dreams of having their children adopted and raised in a rich Western nation.
Guesno Mardy, the father of Mardy Gardy whom Tim Ballard claims is abducted child that inspired Operation Underground Railroad and whom Ballard vowed was his life’s mission to rescue, currently runs an Latter-day Saints orphanage- Foyer de Sion. OUR appointed Jeff Frazier to run the orphanage.
Sadly, Frazier released a video plea begging for donations. An orphanage with almost 200 orphans, Frazier claims in the video that there in no electricity, the generator quit. The water pump quit and there is no running water. There is no washing machine.
All this, despite the fact that OUR has over $50 million in liquid cash.
The truth behind the documentary Operation Toussaint?
Just like in the documentary, Tim Ballard and congresswoman Mia Love met with Haiti President Jovenel Moise and the Haitian Attorney General Clame Ocnam Dameus.
In the documentary, Ballard complained that “pimps were freed after bribing multiple judges”. The documentary shows a photo of Haiti’s Minister of Justice Heidi Fortune as one of the bribe recipients. Ballard’s movie also accuses another justice official, Jean Danton Leger of accepting a bribe.
So did Haiti’s President Jovenel Moise and Attorney General Clame Ocnam Dameus fire the corrupt judges, Minister of Justice Heidi Fortune and Jean Danton Leger?
- Multiple scenes make the firing claim
- Two video segments name corrupt judges
- Three segments show fired judges who allegedly took bribes
- One purports to show fired judges getting in a car surrounded by an angry crowd
So is it true that Operation Underground Railroad and congresswoman Mia Love convinced Haitian President Jovenel Moise and the Attorney General to fire corrupt, bribed judges and re-arrest child sex slave traffickers?
Are the ones shown in the movie the one who accepted bribes?
The documentary asserts that multiple firings took place.
OUR’s firing and arrest claims are contradict by facts and evidence. These claims were likely used to deceive and defraud donors. When OUR’s Public Affairs Officer Emily Evans and their lawyers at Kirton McConkie were questioned via phone calls and emails by Lynn Packer and Damion Moore multiple times about the claims made in Operation Toussaint among dozens of other claims, they refused to answer or provide proof.
When Haitian journalists and then Haitian government officials were questioned about the claims made in Operation Toussaint, as usual they could not find records of the arrests.
Despite no proof or record of firings and arrests in Haiti, as the end of the film, OUR’s Founder and CEO Tim Ballard and Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes awarded Haitian Attorney General Dameus and his team for “fighting human trafficking and corruption”.
After the film, while using his office in another publicity stunt to help Tim Ballard and Operation Underground Railroad raise funds; Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes invited Haitian Attorney General Dameus and a delegation of officials to Utah for a public awards ceremony. Augmenting their in field medals awarded during the filming of Operation Toussaint, Reyes wanted to officially recognize them with nonexistent awards “for fighting human trafficking and corruption in their country”
Was Haitian President Jovenel Moise and Attorney General Clame Ocnam Dameus really righting corruption? Or were they corrupt themselves?
Was Haitian AG Dameus the fraud fighter Tim Ballard Utah AG Sean Reyes make him out to be?
- Dameus resigned from office in late 2018 after being accused of corruption and incompetence
- It was alleged that he had the home of one of Haiti President Moise’s political rivals demolished without legal authority
- He was accused of intentionally mishandling the investigation into charges the President Moises embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars earmarked for badly needed social programs. Such as the Haiti Orphanage crisis, that he and everyone else in Operation Toussaint profited off of- especially Tim Ballard
What about Haiti President Jovenel Moise?
- President Moise, besides being accused of corruption after he took office, he was suspected of fraud before
- Certainly Tim Ballard, Utah AG Sean Reyes and Congresswoman Mia Love would have known that before getting into a partnership and in business with him. Then they continued to portray him as an honest politician- despite his reputation of corruption
That and so much more: Tim Ballard Utah’s Flim-Flam Man