Thursday, November 19, 2020

Indictment of former Huntsville defense contractor Paul Daigle has connections to Russia, Mueller, Balch and Bingham law firm, and the war in Afghanistan


The indictment Tuesday of the former CEO at a Huntsville defense contractor appears tied to a Birmingham advocacy group's calls for an investigation of the firm's ties to Russia and the scandal-plagued Balch and Bingham law firm.

Paul Daigle, once CEO of Black Hall Aerospace, faces multiple charges related to fraud and conspiracy. Black Hall was a one-time lobbying client of Balch and Bingham. From a report at

A former chief executive officer was charged in connection to schemes to defraud the United States Government in relation to the conflict in Afghanistan.

According to officials at the U.S. Department of Justice, 40-year-old Paul Daigle was charged with conspiracy, four counts of wire fraud and four counts of false claims in the  indictment.

According to a release from the U.S. Department of Justice, Daigle was the CEO of a company based out of Huntsville. The company served as a subcontractor on U.S. Department of Defense aviation contracts related to the war in Afghanistan.

The Huntsville business has not been released at the time.

To learn the company's  name, which is missing in the Department of Justice press release and all the mainstream media (MSM) reports we've seen, you must turn to, a Web site published by the public charity and advocacy organization Consejo De Latinos Unidos (CDLU). K.B. Forbes, CEO of CDLU and publisher of Ban Balch, writes under the headline"CDLU Provoked Probe: Ex-CEO of Balch and Bingham Client Charged With Afghan War Contract Fraud":

Late last year, we wrote an update about Black Hall Aerospace, a former Balch and Bingham client, that looked like it was headed to extremely turbulent waters. We wrote at the time:

[We] learned from our sources that Black Hall Aerospace allegedly is still being probed by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Our sources told us that Black Hall Aerospace and Leidos have an ongoing financial dispute headed to state court [in 2020]

Could this dispute have been caused by a forensic audit or the alleged probes by the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Defense and Military Criminal Investigations Command?

Our sources also confirmed that Paul Daigle, who has ownership in the aerospace company, has left as chief executive officer; and that Oleg Sirbu, the Soviet-immigrant that wrangled with Daigle and others in an ugly civil-court fight to control Black Hall, has settled all civil matters and is living comfortably in Dubai.

 CDLU's involvement in the Black Hall Aerospace story dates to the early days of the Robert Mueller investigation. Writes Forbes:

On May 18, 2017, the day after Robert S. Mueller III was named Special Counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice, we, the CDLU, sent him a letter that included this about Black Hall Aerospace:

Enormous Revenue Growth Raises Questions 

The revenue growth at the Russian-linked aerospace company has been enormous and raises serious concerns and questions. According to an online publication, the Russian-linked company, AAL USA, Inc. and/or Black Hall Aerospace, Inc., went from generating $6.5 million in 2014 with 15 employees, to over an estimated $100 million in 2016 with 450 employees. Likewise, according to a court filing on,  AAL USA Inc. had less than $1 million in revenue with fewer than 20 employees in 2014 but grew to over 400 employees and $50 million in revenue by 2016.

Something smells awful in this whole affair and we hope that you, Mr. Mueller, will take a deep and closer look.

 Where does the story stand now? Forbes reports:

Three years and 6 months after we originally wrote to Mueller, the shoe finally dropped.

Now we hope, federal investigators will look at why Balch and Bingham scrubbed their website of any references to having successfully changed Russian sanctions on behalf of Black Hall Aerospace.

Balch and Bingham lobbyists trotted Paul Daigle office to office on Capitol Hill earning over $300,000 in fees from Black Hall Aerospace and its affiliates between 2014 and 2016.


Anonymous said...

Maybe the feds didn't release the Black Hall Aerospace name because their investigation isn't finished.

legalschnauzer said...

That could be, @11:25. The DOJ press release certainly is worded in a strange way for some reason, and the MSM generally seemed to follow the DOJ wording.

legalschnauzer said...

There is a fair amount of information online about Daigle being affiliated with Black Hall, quite a bit of it coming from Ban Balch. So, it's not a secret if a reporter were to do a Google search.

legalschnauzer said...

A search turns up Daigle's LinkedIn page, which shows his affiliation with Black Hall:

BHA, Inc.
Huntsville, Alabama

legalschnauzer said...

Here is more from Daigle's LinkedIn page:

Black Hall Aerospace is an FAA 145 certified MRO, AS9100 REV D & AS9110 REV C Alabama-based aviation solutions company offering a wide variety of tailored fixed and rotary-wing aircraft services to customers around the world.

BHA applies the precept “Our Strength at Your Service” to everything we do and possess a wide spectrum of capabilities and solutions ranging from – scheduled/unscheduled maintenance to engineering and logistics – technology insertion from concept to airworthiness certification, product development to integration teams, maintenance training to flight operations – that allow us to responsively design support programs uniquely accommodating to meet any project's scope or budget.

We have managed work forces of up to 450 personnel globally and use this experience to deploy our solutions and services in a moment’s notice to support any governmental or commercial initiative, even in the most austere environments.

Anonymous said...

Have to give Ban Balch props for getting to the bottom of this story.

legalschnauzer said...

Absolutely, @11:41 --

K.B. Forbes has been on top of this story for several years, like no other reporter that I'm aware of. His reporting has been a true public service.

legalschnauzer said...

From a source:

Btw, it is standard practice not to mention companies in federal indictments of individuals.

legalschnauzer said...

From a Legal Schnauzer post that goes back a couple of years:

Monday, January 29, 2018
Robert Mueller interview with Jeff Sessions suggests Trump-Russia probe might be barging down 20th Street in Birmingham, thanks to Balch Bingham

legalschnauzer said...

Details from our 2018 post re: Jeff Sessions, Balch Bingham, and Black Hall -- much of it based on Ban Balch reporting --

Robert Mueller's investigation of the Trump-Russia scandal might be marching down 20th Street in Birmingham, according to a Web site that is playing an increasingly prominent role on stories that involve the intersection of Russia, Alabama, and corruption -- an intersection that seems to be getting pretty crowded.

According the, Mueller's interview with Sessions almost certainly involved the softening of sanctions against Black Hall Aerospace, a Huntsville-based defense contractor.that has connections to Russia. The Birmingham firm Balch Bingham, Sessions's No. 2 financial supporter, did the sanctions work, and apparently wanted to keep that under wraps.

Sessions' announcement and rally in support of Trump reportedly was set for Black Hall Aerospace. But the location was changed to Mobile when word got out of's reporting on the Black Hall sanctions. The Balch law firm's Web site then scrubbed all references from its Web site about work it had done on Black Hall's behalf. made sure the Mueller team knew about Balch Bingham skulduggery related to Black Hall:

As we told Mueller’s team:

“On or about March 2, 2017, after we had exposed them in our public education campaign, Balch scrubbed their website of all references to their successful lobbying in D.C. of changing Russian sanctions for Black Hall Aerospace. The website scrub not only created a cover-up, it magnified to what lengths Balch would go to sugar-coat the past. In addition, their [now former] top lobbyist in Washington changed his resume, removing all references to his success in changing Russian sanctions. What in the world is Balch hiding?”

From a post last week about the latest on the Mueller investigation, and its apparent ties to Alabama:

So did Sessions talk to Mueller about the Russians in his backyard and his cozy relationship with Balch Bingham?

Balch Bingham’s relationship with and lobbying efforts on behalf of Russian-linked, Huntsville-based aerospace company Black Hall Aerospace, Inc. a/k/a AAL USA, Inc. may be under a growing microscope.

In November of 2015, Balch successfully had Russian sanctions changed on behalf of Black Hall. As published, the sanctions “shall not apply to subcontracts at any tier with ROE and any successor, sub-unit, or subsidiary thereof made on behalf of the United States Government for goods, technology, and services for the maintenance, repair, overhaul, or sustainment of Mi-17 helicopters….”

ROE is the state-owned Russian defense conglomerate.

legalschnauzer said...

From a more recent article on Jeff Sessions, Russia, and Balch Bingham --

Wednesday, March 11, 2020
If Jeff Sessions' political career crumbles in GOP Senate race with Tommy Tuberville, his ties to Russia and Balch Bingham law firm likely will spell doom

Is Jeff Sessions' political obituary about to be written? The latest polling shows former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville with a 12-point lead heading into a March 31 runoff in the Republican Party runoff for Sessions' old U.S. Senate seat, the one he gave up to become Donald Trump's attorney general -- a seat now held by Democrat Doug Jones.

If Alabama voters finally boot "The Evil Elf" (as Sessions has become known to many), it will be --according to a new report at -- for two primary reasons: (1) His ties to the Trump-Russia scandal; and (2) His ties to Birmingham's corruption-infested law firm Balch Bingham. Writes banbalch publisher K.B. Forbes:

When he was a U.S. Senator, Jeff Sessions’ number 1 and number 2 lifetime political donors were, respectively, the sister-wives, Siamese twins of Alabama: Alabama Power and Balch Bingham.

Once the most powerful politician in Alabama, 68% of his party’s voters picked another candidate instead of Sessions on Super Tuesday.

Why has Sessions, who came in second, been so bluntly rejected?

Because of his ties to Balch Bingham and the corruption born at the embattled law firm.

legalschnauzer said...

More setails on Sessions, Black Hall, and Balch --

Forbes turns to the nation's No. 1 source of right-wing news for details:

Fox News reports:

President Trump has little sympathy for former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who now faces a runoff election after failing to secure a majority of votes in Tuesday’s Alabama Senate primary. Trump has a history of criticizing Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia investigation that cast a shadow over much of Trump’s presidency before ultimately resulting in a lack of evidence that his campaign coordinated with Moscow in the 2016 election. Now, Trump is implying that Sessions deserves his current electoral struggles for not having the president’s back.

So, why did Sessions recuse himself? Forbes has the details:

Because of Sessions' ties to Balch client Black Hall Aerospace of Huntsville and the changing of Russian sanctions in November of 2015 to benefit Black Hall.

After we, the CDLU, carbon-copied Sessions’ former Chief of Staff Rick Dearborn ( who was serving as the President’s Deputy Chief of Staff in 2017) in a letter to The White House in February of 2017, information about our efforts leaked.

On February 28, 2017 we met with lawyers of the alleged owner of Black Hall Aerospace, Oleg Sirbu, a Soviet immigrant who now lives in Dubai.

Two days later, on March 2, 2017, Sessions recused himself. On that very same day, Balch Bingham scrubbed their website of any reference to successfully changing Russian sanctions on behalf of Black Hall Aerospace.