Chichakli had not been formally charged, however, till two weeks ago. Bout and Chichakli were indicted on February 17 in the Southern District of New York on federal charges of conspiracy, money laundering, wire fraud and violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) for allegedly trying to hide millions in profits from arms dealing. According to prosecutors, the men allegedly attempted to set up a front company and purchase two Boeing 727s for the air fleet Bout uses to run his arms trafficking.
On February 18, the day after that indictment was announced, Chichakli issued an on-line press release, asserting he was in Moscow. "It appears that the U.S. government is now trying a new technique to silence me after the failure of the repeated immunity offers I rejected," Chichakli said in the statement.
The latest indictment against Chichakli, unsealed Thursday, Feb. 25, does not mention Viktor Bout but charges Chichakli with false statements and failure to report a foreign bank account he held in Belgium at Fortis Bank. The indictment, which was brought in Dallas, was returned on July 22, 2009 bur kept sealed. The Justice Department decided to bring the Dallas case to light after the New York indictment was filed against Bout and Chichakli earlier this month.
In a YouTube video posted by Chichakli on February 24, two days before the Dallas indictment was unsealed, he insists that the U.S. government was unable to find any wrongdoing when they investigated him for his alleged connections to Bout from 2002 to 2008. He claims they have manufactured a criminal case.
"Everything in that indictment," he says, referring to the New York case, "everything, collectively and individually, nothing but lies. They want to invent a case."
On the video Chichakli denounces the case against him and also claims that the New York indictment contains a factual error, misstating the date when the UN Security Council listed him as an individual linked to the civil war in Liberia.
The indictment lists March 16, 2004 as the date when Chichakli and Bout were listed as being linked to Charles Taylor's regime in Liberia. UN documents show Bout and Chichakli were sanctioned by the UN on November 30, 2005.
"This US Attorney always tells the truth," says Chichakli, mockingly. "I'm going to show you that he lies. He lies worse than a dog."
Chichakli accuses the U.S. Attorney of perjury, and holds up a copy of the indictment, on which he has marked alleged mistakes in bright red pen.
"It is either this man is on drugs or lying or falsifying records," insists Chichakli. "They decided to change the dates."
Chichakli is presumably referring to U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara, though he doesn't name him.
If you cannot see this, you cannot see anything," says Chichakli to his on-line audience. "I wish you a good day. There will be plenty more coming up.
Chichakli, a former U.S. Army officer, says he became acquainted with Bout while working in the United Arab Emirates, but denies ever working for Bout's businesses as a manager.
Contacted by ABC News, Chichakli's U.S. attorney, Clay Scott, declined to address the specifics of the recently unsealed indictment. Scott did say that the allegation that Chichakli served as Bout's Chief Financial Officer is false. "I know that can't be true," said Scott. "It doesn't seem right."