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Wife charged in mystery of missing US Vice-Consul to Curacao

American officials and the government of Curacao and the Kingdom of the Netherlands opened an investigation into the disappearance of Hogan, whose body is yet to be found.

Last Thursday, Abby Beard Hogan, a Gainesville, Florida lawyer, was charged in a seven-count indictment filed in the Northern District of Florida for her alleged role in the obstruction of a multi-national investigation into the disappearance of her husband, according to a report in the Curacao Chronicle.

Abby Hogan, 50, was charged with two counts of making false statements to federal law enforcement officials, one count of witness tampering, and four counts of obstruction of justice.

The indictment alleges that, during the course of the investigation, Abby Hogan repeatedly provided false information to US law enforcement about the time period before James Hogan’s disappearance and withheld relevant information.

Abby Hogan allegedly denied, among other things, that she was having an extramarital affair and that she and her husband had argued about the affair on the night of September 24, 2009.

The indictment also alleges that Abby Hogan deleted multiple e-mails discussing the events leading up to and surrounding her husband’s disappearance. Additionally, the indictment alleges that Abby Hogan instructed at least one person to conceal information from investigators.

Hogan faces a maximum of five years in prison for each false statement count and 20 years in prison for each count of witness tampering and obstruction of justice.

James Hogan’s disappearance remains an unsolved mystery.

The case is being prosecuted by Senior Trial Attorney Teresa Wallbaum of the Criminal Division’s Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section and Assistant US Attorney Frank Williams for the Northern District of Florida. The Criminal Division’s Office of International Affairs provided assistance. 

The case is being investigated by the US Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service and the FBI’s Miami Field Office and Legal Attaché Office in Bridgetown, Barbados. Assistance was also provided by Curacao law enforcement authorities. 

Reprinted from Caribbean360




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