Money that was supposed to go to PREDICT, which funds laboratory equipment at the infamous Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) in China, ended up being siphoned into the Global Virome Project, which Carroll co-founded, according to reports.
U.S. federal law strictly prohibits the use of "official resources" for private gain, but this is exactly what Carroll did by redirecting the cash to his own little pet project, according to proof uncovered by investigative journalist Paul Thacker.
"While at USAID, Dennis Carroll oversaw a federal program called PREDICT, from which funds were used to launch another organization called the Global Virome Project," Thacker wrote. "After leaving USAID, Carroll then became chair of the Global Virome Project's board."
When shown emails made public by the nonprofit U.S. Right to Know (USRTK) group, Craig Holman of Public Citizen said that it appears as though Carroll violated federal law by taking the money and using it to promote himself and his own private endeavors.
"Official resources – including government means of communications, government-funded travel or even the use of one's official title – may not be used to promote private interests, such as the Global Virome Project," Thacker further wrote.
USRTK obtained the incriminating documents through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, revealing that Carroll first designed the PREDICT program as a proof of concept for the Global Virome Project while receiving six-figure paychecks from USAID.
While on the government dole, Carroll promoted and raised funds for the Global Virome Project, in some cases using USAID funding to do so. Read more about how the Global Virome Project is connected to Jeffrey Epstein and the Ukrainian biolabs run by the Pentagon.
Among the contractors funded through USAID PREDICT was Peter Daszak's EcoHealth Alliance, which also violated the law. In early March of 2022, several members of Congress sent a letter to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) asking for an investigation into EcoHealth for potential "contract irregularities and anonymous private donations, in violation of federal statute."
Meanwhile, the Global Virome Project was launched to supposedly hunt down and catalogue previously unknown viruses. The project is currently trying to secure $1.2 billion in funding to identify more than one million viruses obtained from wildlife, supposedly to see which ones might be infectious to humans.
USRTK and Thacker have both confirmed that USAID was funding overseas travel and promoting and fundraising for the Global Virome Project using money from the PREDICT program. And this was all taking place while Carroll was still the head of USAID.
Carroll's apparent goal while in this position was to build credibility for the Global Virome Project in order to get it off the ground. He exploited many opportunities to push for more funding in direct violation of the law.
"The law is clear that officials cannot use government resources to benefit themselves or prospective employers," says Kedric Payne, senior director of ethics at the watchdog group Campaign Legal Center.
"If Carroll was involved in decisions benefitting GVP while he was at USAID, it is likely that he needed approval from the agency's ethics officials. The public has a right to know if their public officials comply with conflict of interest laws."
Scott Amey, general counsel for another watchdog group called the Project on Government Oversight, agreed. "There's [sic] numerous conflict of interest laws that should be investigated here to ensure that Carroll didn't violate the laws on the books," Amey wrote.
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