The Tastie Fish newsroom has spoken with numerous sources in regards to a report that Ike Kaveladze graduated from the University of New Haven in 2003 after immigrating from the Republic of Georgia.
Ike Kaveladze was implicated(as the 8th person) earlier today in a clandestine meeting between senior campaign officials for Donald Trump, and an envoy of citizens connected to the Russian federation.
After a series of high level figures were confirmed to have attended the meeting, Ike Kaveladze’s name surfaced after his lawyer Scott Balber confirmed to the Washington Post and the New York Times that he was attendance for now infamous gathering on June 9th.
Ike Kaveladze is a Vice President for the Crocus Group, a Russian owned real estate company that is controlled by Aras Agalarov.
The same Oligarch that brokered the meeting.
It turns out that Ike Kaveladze also attended the University of New Haven shortly after immigrated to the United States.
But how he did so without a student VISA, or why he was admitted to UNH after being the subject of a massive congressional probe has been difficult to manage.
His lawyer contended in the article that he has lived in America for many years, that he is a citizen, a fluent English speaker.
The problem is nobody can seem to verify when this person entered the United States, or what the nature of his citizenship status was when he attended the University of New Haven.
When reached for comment by Tastie Fish, UNH communications director Marcia Graves would only confirm that Ike Kaveladze graduated from the University with an EMBA in 2003, but would not confirm that the University sponsored his VISA, in fact, Mrs. Graves could not explain how or why Ike Kaveladze was in New Haven in 2003, which seems odd considering his status as a native Georgian.
The EMBA program differs greatly from a run of the mill MBA program, such a program requires experience vetting according to the application.
When pressed for comment, Mrs Graves claimed that Ike Kaveladze was an American citizen, “the reports I am reading, is that he is an American”.
Government sources could not confirm to Tastie Fish that Ike Kaveladze was an American citizen at the time he enrolled into the University of New Haven.
Ike Kaveladze was not a low profile student, he was the subject of a federal money laundering probe prior to the University of New Haven admitting him into the institution to study business management.
The federal probe alleged that over 1 billion dollars was illegally moved from eastern European sources to Citibank accounts controlled by Ike Kaveladze.
From the New York Times
“In a a nine-month inquiry that subpoenaed bank records, the investigators found that an unknown number of Russians and other East Europeans moved more than $1.4 billion through accounts at Citibank of New York and the Commercial Bank of San Francisco.
The accounts had been opened by Irakly Kaveladze, who immigrated to the United States from Russia in 1991, according to Citibank and Mr. Kaveladze. He set up more than 2,000 corporations in Delaware for Russian brokers and then opened the bank accounts for them, without knowing who owned the corporations, according to the report by the General Accounting Office, which has not been made public.”
The University of New Haven did not provide comment as to why they would admit an allegedly hostile foreign actor who was the subject of a Congressional probe less than 2 years before he applied the University.
A US State Department spokesperson released the following statement to Tastie Fish in an email late Tuesday afternoon after being questioned about the exact circumstances of Ike Kaveladze’s VISA, or why he was in New Haven in 2003.
“Section 22(F) of the Immigration and Nationality Act(INA) forbids us from discussing individual VISA cases”.
When pressed for comment on whether or not Ike Kaveladze is a US citizen, or if he was a citizen at the time he enrolled into the University of New Haven, the US State Department spokesperson declined to comment
“Unfortunately we cannot comment, Citizenship is the purview of the Department of Homeland Security”
The University of New Haven has refused any further comment on the citizenship status of Ike Kaveladze at the time he attended the institution, or the manner in which he was admitted if he had been the subject of a congressional probe.
It’s unclear to Tastie Fish at this time if Ike Kaveladze neglected to include the Congressional scrutiny in his official application to the school.
How or why a Soviet state actor(that was accused of smuggling a billion dollars to US Shores) could live within the city of New Haven, be educated(in business management no less) at one of it’s institutions, and slip away with little to zero scrutiny will be a focus of investigation in this newsroom.
An EMBA allows you to grow your business while you learn, it’s for working professionals with 10 to 15 years of experience, and allows for more time away from class than an MBA does.
What was Ike Kaveladze growing?
A year after he was educated in New Haven, he went to work for the Crocus group as an analyst, and was promoted to his current position of Vice President five years later.
This disconnect raises questions about how he could have secured such an important job abroad so quickly after attending the University of New Haven
Phone calls to the Department of Homeland Security proved unsuccessful Tuesday afternoon.
More on this story as it develops