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Audio released: Florida millionaire describes missing child HaLeigh Cummings fraud - recounts death threats against Minnesota journalist that uncovered the truth

January 22, 2015

by Timothy Charles Holmseth

In February of 2010 the Minneapolis FBI interviewed Timothy Charles Holmseth, an award-winning newspaper reporter after he learned critical information regarding the high profile kidnapping of HaLeigh Ann-Marie Cummings, and death of the Orlando toddler Caylee Marie Anthony.

Holmseth acquired the information during recorded journalistic interviews he conducted with a shadowy group comprised of lawyers, private investigators, advocates, that were using impersonators of federal law enforcement, local police, and clergy, to operate a human trafficking operation.  

Holmseth interviewed licensed legal professionals that were active suspects and had been questioned by law enforcement regarding the interstate transportation of the missing child HaLeigh Cummings. 

In 2012, Maria Burgun, a millionaire from Plantation, Florida met with the FBI and provided information she possessed regarding the kidnapping of the missing child HaLeigh Cummings. Burgun asserts that she and her husband, John Burgun, were swindled out of some quarter of a million dollars, which was used to finance the staged kidnapping.

The Burgun’s claim they believed the money they loaned out was an investment in a biofuel technology company that would convert sludge into fuel.

The company was called Alternative Biofuel Technologies (ABT). John Burgun was the president, business partner, and major investor in the biofuel company, which was subsequently seized by federal authorities during the RICO investigation of convicted Ponzi schemer Scott W. Rothstein.

The never before heard audio, now released by Holmseth, captures William (Cobra) Staubs, the Broward County bail bondsman and private investigator who interjected himself into the HaLeigh Cummings and Caylee Anthony cases that was arrested on felony false imprisonment charges in May of 2009, discussing death threats that had been made against Holmseth.


Beginning in 2009, Holmseth received death threats, blackmail and extortion attempts, and was incessantly harassed after conducting journalistic interviews regarding the Florida cases. Holmseth consistently reported the threats to law enforcement, including reports to Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum and Pam Bondi, as well as Polk County Attorney Greg Widseth in Minnesota, and the East Grand Forks Police Department.

Public records show Polk County authorities and the EGFPD were in constant contact with individuals that were threating to kill Holmseth.

In 2012, the EGFPD seized Holmseth’s hard-drive and it disappeared for over three months with no chain of evidence records kept by the police or Polk County Sheriff’s Office. When the hard-drive was returned by order of the court, it had been damaged and rendered inoperable.

In July, 2014, Holmseth filed a lawsuit in United States District Court – District of Minnesota, Holmseth v. City of East Grand Forks et al. – alleging local elected officials, law enforcement officers, and judicial officials violated his constitutional rights under 14 – U.S.C. – 1983 (Deprivation of Rights). 

The civil rights action is being heard by the Honorable Leo I. Brisbois.


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