March 9, 2000 |
Frederick Johnston, an American executive convicted of hiring hit men to kill associates who ousted him for allegedly misappropriating company funds, has been temporarily prevented from retrieving $32 million in gold bullion stashed in Switzerland. A Delaware judge barred Johnston from asking British authorities to return the gold account's documents--seized after his arrest--until the judge hears arguments about who owns the bullion, according to court papers.
February 16, 2000 |
The former chairman of an Orange-based electronics company, who was convicted of hiring hit men to kill business associates, has stashed away $32 million in gold bullion, his former partners allege in court papers. Frederick Johnston, 72, who headed the holding company for Statek Corp., is serving six years in a British prison for paying Irish criminals to kill former business partner Miklos Vendel and others involved in lawsuits over control of Statek.
September 24, 1999 |
The former chairman of an Orange-based electronics company was sentenced to six years in prison Thursday after being convicted in London of hiring hit men to kill former business associates. The evidence against Hans Frederick Johnston, 72, of Stamford, Conn., included a letter he had written in which he admitted he had decided to "eliminate" his former associates.
September 20, 1999 |
Hans Frederick Johnston, who once controlled electronics manufacturer Statek Corp. in Orange and stands accused of allegedly plotting to kill five people, is expected to go to trial today in a London court. Last week, Johnston pleaded not guilty to the murder conspiracy charges, and guilty to two counts of using fake identification. Johnston was arrested in April 1998 by London police.
October 13, 1998 |
After prosecutors discovered what they believe is a written confession, a British magistrate ordered an Orange County businessman accused of plotting to kill five people to stand trial in London later this year. Hans Frederick Johnston, who once controlled electronics manufacturer Statek Corp. in Orange, was arrested in April by London police, who charged the 71-year-old with conspiring to kill three American attorneys and two Swiss citizens, including his former partner at Statek.
June 14, 1998 |
On the surface, American businessman Hans Frederick Johnston and Swiss engineer Miklos Vendel seemed like the perfect corporate match. Johnston's peers describe him as "ambitious and autocratic," a savvy deal-maker with an eye for ripe companies. Vendel fit the traditional scientific persona, studious and cautious, opting for a hands-off approach to his investments. Together, they decided to buy Statek Corp., a struggling high-tech firm in Orange.