Tucked away near the Louisiana – Texas border is a small old town whose main street harks back to French Colonialism. A historical marker indicates the French Catholic Cemetery. Numerous old homes seem to be centered around the town center. Walking across the street to the set meeting location, a café in what appears to be a very old building in marvelous condition. I note the water against the curb is over ankle deep and that curb, like all the curbs here appear to be very high. I don’t own a pair of boots. My thoughts return to over 20 years ago when one of my University Professor’s told me covering stories in small towns would get my feet wet. Today that is literally happening.
My contact, my source, my informant has insisted in more ways than one that they’re anonymity must be preserved at all costs. The contact I will refer to as “Source” explains quickly that the great danger they fear is not the actual crimes itself. But rather those behind them. High level people in California, Texas and New York City, prominent attorneys, businesses even elected officials are involved they say. Source has thus far refused to speak with anyone he does not feel comfortable with. Several years ago, Source says they tried contacting a writer who wrote about the conviction of his former employer Jong Mao who is also referred to at times as Kimberly Mao. We sit towards the back of the café in a booth Source chose where he sits back towards the wall in order to see out the front window and watch the front door. The inside of the café smells of fresh coffee and bread foods. Over that we discuss an international human trafficking operation, money laundering, die hard Christian fundamentalism and motocross.
“This entire story is absurd,” Source says.
It’s like something from a Tarantino Film without most of the violence. But don’t think violence did not happen, he adds. When Kimberly Mao paid a local doctor one summer a little more than a million dollars for a sprawling horse ranch in Palestine Texas, most of the locals thought she was just another wealthy city dweller seeking a rural retreat.
Are Satanic Forces at work here?
But after the 47-year-old Hacienda Heights California woman purchased the property and built a 4000 square foot custom home. Bulldozers began cutting a winding course of bumps and berms into the soil, turning the tranquil farm into a raceway for the fast-growing sport of motocross. Neighbors were outraged. “People move to the country for peace and quiet, not to live next to a motorcycle track,” said residents.
Then things got even more interesting.
She also purchased another large pristine horse ranch from an Insurance Executive in Madisonville along I45 for several more million dollars. Then paid bulldozers to create another motocross track. A large building was also erected with docks for semi-tractor trailers and apartments were even built on an upper floor.
Source claims to have worked directly for a man who began working for Mao and brought him with him. Mao had relocated from California to Texas and was allegedly going to expand operations in Texas. That in itself does not seem unusual based upon the current tax rate in California. In case you are not aware, not only are the taxes high but the state now has an “exit tax” for when you move or leave. Source states these people were organized crime figures who he believes operated Internationally. Source thinks they came to Anderson and Madison County because they knew people here who provided a safe environment to live and run they’re businesses. He also believes they were partners in the business.
On April 18, 2006 Jong Mao was arrested in Madisonville, Texas, for allegedly heading a multimillion-dollar prostitution and money laundering conspiracy. In a 40-count federal indictment, the government said she hid profits from her brothels in Inglewood, South Gate, Baldwin Park and Dallas in the East Texas property and four other tracks she owned in California, Texas and Florida, collectively named MX Oasis.