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“We went down to the convention to spread our message about coal gasification and I met someone who seemed to be very well connected in Tampa” — and was described as a friend of Petraeus and someone who could deal with the president of South Korea.

In an interview, Victor continued: “It was Jill Kelley. She was a very vivacious woman. She seemed eager to assist us in our project and she confirmed that she was very close to Gen. Petraeus …”

Victor said she talked about helping with a non-competitive bid. “And so that if the (South Korean) president liked it, as a favor to Gen. Petraeus, there would be one no-bid contract. Every developer likes a no-bid contract, or sole source. This certainly seemed worthwhile pursuing.”

Victor said his company flew Kelley to New York, first class, for meetings, and then she flew to Hawaii, allegedly for meetings on the deal.

They discussed her compensation, Victor said. “I said, ‘what do you think a fair fee would be?’” And she emailed me back, 2 percent of the deal,” which he said could have amounted to tens of millions of dollars.

The company decided to work through others on the deal. “We decided that she simply was not a skilled negotiator in these large projects, she’s never been in these large projects and I sort of felt that I wasted my time,” Victor said.

In 2005, the Kelleys established Doctor Kelley Cancer Foundation Inc., with themselves and Khawam as its sole directors, according to the Florida Department of State. Its mission statement says the organization, which was based out of the Kelley home, was created to “conduct research studies into efforts to discover ways to improve the quality of life of terminally-ill adult cancer patients.”

In 2007, the last year for which it filed paperwork, the foundation reported revenues of $157,284 to the Internal Revenue Service, all from direct donations, according to its tax filing. The document lists expenses totaling precisely the same amount, including $43,317 for meals and entertainment, $38,610 for travel, $25,013 in legal fees, $8,067 for supplies and $5,082 in phone bills.

The filing claims $58,417 of its expenses went toward program services, but it’s unclear what those services entailed.

Christopher Pietruszkiewicz, dean of the Stetson University Law School and expert on nonprofits and taxation, said the foundation’s filing “raises a lot more questions than it does provide answers.”

“I’m not sure that we can come up with any conclusions about how the money was spent by the organizers of the charitable organization, but it does give us a sense about how $157,000 was spent,” he said. “And I do think it raises some issues that either the Internal Revenue Service or the State of Florida may be interested in looking at.”

The Tampa Bay Times reported Wednesday that as late as February 2010, Jill Kelley was soliciting contributions in the foundation’s name to fund a dinner for the homeless. The paper cited an email in which she asked prospective donors for “in kind’ donations (i.e. more food, drinks, banners, decorations)” and noted that the charity was a “tax write-off.”

As the Pentagon looks into up to 30,000 pages of emails and other documents — some characterized as “inappropriate communications” — between Jill Kelley and Allen, MacDill’s commander on Tuesday revoked her access pass.

Kelley was issued the pass, one of about 800 handed out under a program to promote interaction with the civilian population, in November 2010, according to a military source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to comment on the situation. It was renewed this past February.

Several months ago, Jill Kelley was appointed an honorary local consul for South Korea, said Kristen Smith, executive assistant at the South Korean consulate in Atlanta, which also covers Florida. The license plate on Kelley’s silver Mercedes-Benz reads, “Honorary Consul 1JK.”

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