Serial 2302

[Editor’s note: The names deleted from this serial were released in FOIA document RYMUR 89-4286-R-1-B-2. They are denoted in red type below.]

FBI Airtel

Date 9/21/79

TO: DIRECTOR, FBI (89-4286)
FROM: SAC, SAN FRANCISCO (89-250) (P) (SQ 2)
SUBJECT: RYMUR

Re San Francisco telcall to Bureau, 9/20/79.

Enclosed are two copies of Declaration of Teresa Buford.

Bureau is requested to forward copy of enclosed Buford Declaration to Jim Hergen, Office of Foreign Litigation, Civil Division, Department of Justice, for his information and assistance in litigation of PT funds in foreign accounts.

Armed and dangerous. Suicidal tendencies.

[Page 2 – photocopy of manila envelope]

[Page 3]

Declaration of Teresa Buford

I, Teresa Buford, hereby declare:

[Timothy O. Stoen and] I worked jointly on all major money matters for Peoples Temple. On one occasion [Timothy O. Stoen and] I smuggled over 1 million US dollars out of the United States. We had it both packed in our suitcases and strapped to our bodies. [Timothy O. Stoen] told me before this was done that it was illegal to smuggle any sum over the amount of [$]5000.00 out of the country but felt strongly that we should proceed in spite of that regulation. [Timothy O. Stoen] gave me required reading assignments weekly on the subject of laundering money. He would go out to restaurants with me on a regular basis and discuss how to successfully launder money in off-shore corporations outside of the United States. [Timothy O. Stoen and] I, went to Panama together and [Timothy O. Stoen] showed me the articles of incorporation for corporations that he had set out in Panama. The money that [Timothy O. Stoen] and I illegally smuggled into the country was deposited in a bank account for one of these corporations. [Timothy O. Stoen] told me that should either of us get arrested in leaving the country that we should call [Patrick Halinan [Hallinan]] for legal assistance.

I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct.

Executed on October 23, 1978 at San Francisco, California.

/s/ Teresa Buford
Teresa Buford

Originally posted on November 9th, 2020.

Last modified on March 28th, 2022.
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