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1983- Lippo Finance & Investment

Mochtar Riady forms Lippo Finance & Investment in Little Rock. A non-citizen, Riady hires Carter’s former SBA director, Vernon Weaver, to chair the firm. The launch is accomplished with the aid of a $2 million loan guaranteed by the SBA. Weaver uses Governor Clinton as a character reference to help get the loan guarantee. First loan goes to Little Rock Chinese restaurant owner Charlie Trie.

State regulators warn McDougal’s Madison Guarantee S&L to stop making imprudent loans. Gov. Clinton is also warned of the problem but takes no action.

According to a later account in the Tampa Tribune, planes flying drugs into the airpot in Mena, Arkansas controlled by then-Governor Bill Clinton, in coolers marked “medical supplies.” are met by several people close to the Governor.