The source behind the Twitter handle @GSElevator Gossip, which has over 600,000 followers and chronicles ‘overheard’ elevator conversations at Goldman Sachs revealing bankers’ real attitudes towards money & women, is actually not even an employee.
The Twitter account prompted Goldman Sachs to open an internal inquiry to try and track down the tweet-happy employee, and it turns out that the Twitter author is 34-year-old John Lefevre, a former bond executive who was offered a position as head of debt syndicate at Goldman’s Hong Kong office in 2010, but never actually worked for the firm. 


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The source behind the Twitter handle @GSElevator Gossip, which chronicles ‘overheard’ elevator conversations at Goldman Sachs, is not actually a Wall Street insider, and not even an employee, US media has revealed.

A spin-off of popular sites ‘Overheard in New York’ or ‘CondeElevator’, @GSElevator has over 600,000 followers and chronicled the daily banter of Goldman Sachs employees, starting in the elevator, and later expanding to trading floors, lobbies, and bars and nightclubs. The comments were understood to be uninhibited and uncensored, to reveal employees true attitudes towards money and women.

The Twitter account prompted Goldman Sachs to open an internal inquiry to try and track down the tweet-happy employee, but since the author is 34-year-old John Lefevre, a former bond executive who now lives in Texas, it was hard to track him down.

Leferve worked for CitiGroup for six years in New York, London, and Hong Kong, but never at Goldman Sachs. He was offered a job as head of debt syndicate at Goldman’s Hong Kong office in 2010, but the offer was later revoked, according to people at the firm.

“I was never explicitly an employee of the firm,” the New York Times quoted him as saying. Leferve said he used the Goldman Sachs brand in the Twitter account not for revenge, but as a recognizable brand of Wall Street.

Overheard musings identify speakers as ‘Suit 1’, and ‘Suit 2’, who would make comments about flying first class, what types of attire are suitable for bankers, and ranking women on a scale of 1-10.

The pseudonymous account was started as a joke and was an idea formulated with a friend while at a bar, Lefevre said.
Social media success led the author to score a book deal based on the tweets. The forthcoming book, due in October 2014 is called ‘Straight to Hell’ and is a gathering of the “true tales of deviance and excess” on Wall Street. The book deal is reportedly worth a six-figure sum, New Yorker Magazine reported in January.

It is unknown at this point whether the book deal stands after the author’s authenticity has been discredited.

Lefevre isn’t the first ex-banker to gain fame and fortune from a Wall Street tell all. Greg Smith announced his resignation from Goldman Sachs with an Op-Ed piece in The New York Times ‘Why I’m leaving Goldman Sachs’, where he outlined the greedy culture that sidelined client’s interest for the company’s own. Smith was a director of equity derivatives and worked at the bank for 12 years. His book earned him $1.5 million from publishers, but didn’t fare well in sales.

 

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    Convicted Terrorist Worked as Obamacare Navigator in Illinois
    A woman involved in deadly terror bombings in Israel kept her past secret from authorities.

    By Jillian Kay Melchior

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    A terrorist from Jordan briefly worked as an Obamacare navigator in Illinois while authorities remained unaware of her conviction for involvement in a deadly grocery store bombing and two other attacks.
    Rasmieh Yousef Odeh was convicted in Israel for her role in several bombings, including the 1969 attack on an upscale Shufersol grocery store, which killed two Hebrew University students who had stopped in to buy groceries for a hiking trip in the Jerusalem hills. Leon Kanner and Eddie Joffe were killed by a bomb hidden in a candy box tucked on a shelf, which also injured nine or 10 others, according to a website maintained by the Israeli government to commemorate terror victims.
    The Illinois Department of Insurance quietly revoked Odeh’s certification as a Navigator In-Person Counselor on November 24, explaining in a disciplinary report that the decision was “based on an investigation which revealed that she had been convicted in Israel for her role in the bombings of a supermarket and the British Consulate in Jerusalem and failed to reveal the conviction on her application.”

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    The Illinois DOI conducts background checks on navigators. National Review Online obtained the comprehensive Federal Bureau of Investigation background report for Odeh, which does not note any past criminal offenses.
    According to the director of insurance’s Oct. 25, 2013, revocation letter, the Department of Insurance found out about Odeh’s history after the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Eastern District of Michigan, notified the public about her prior convictions.
    Odeh, who has as many as nine aliases, was indicted in October for allegedly lying on her U.S. immigration and naturalization application papers. On Dec. 9, 2004, she had been sworn in as a U.S. citizen in a district court in Michigan, the same state where bombing victim Kanner had spent six months studying English. If Odeh is convicted, she could lose her U.S. citizenship and serve up to 10 years in prison. Separately, the Illinois Insurance Code permits civil penalties to be levied after a hearing on any Obamacare navigator whose certificate has been denied, suspended or revoked. 
    Odeh declined NRO’s interview request.
    When Odeh was 21 years old, she was a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a Marxist-Leninist group and original member of the Palestine Liberation Organization, which the U.S. has designated as a foreign terrorist organization, according to the indictment.
    On Feb. 21, 1969, PFLP members planted bombs at the Shufersol supermarket, as well as the British Consulate in Jerusalem. “One of the supermarket bombs malfunctioned and did not detonate,” the indictment says, adding that “the bomb left in the courtyard of the British consulate was discovered and removed to a safe place.” Less than a week later, the indictment says, the PFLP members left another bomb at the British Consulate, which detonated but caused only structural damage. 
    On March 1, 1969, Odeh and four others were arrested for these bombings. According to a Nov. 19 discovery notice, a military court in Israel convicted her for membership in an illegal organization, as well as for participating in all three bombings. Odeh was sentenced to life in prison, the indictment says.
    In a 2004 documentaryWomen in Struggle, a woman named Ayesha Oudeh—identified in news reports as either Rasmieh Odeh’s sister or her “comrade” – said in an interview: “Rasmiyeh Oudeh was more involved than I was [in the grocery store bombing] … I only got involved during the preparation of explosives. We wanted to place two bombs to blow up consecutively. I suggested to have the second bomb go off 5 or 6 minutes after the first bomb so that those who get killed in it would be members of the army and secret service, but it did not explode. They diffused it 20 seconds before it exploded.”
    Rasmieh Odeh, who was also interviewed for the documentary, claims she was tortured after her arrest.  Describing one particular incident, she said: “This increases my hatred against those who were responsible. Why? I am not the person responsible, the occupation is.”
    After 10 years in prison and one failed escape attempt, Odeh was released and transferred to Lebanon as part of a prisoner swap, the indictment says.
    — Jillian Kay Melchior writes for National Review as a Thomas L. Rhodes Fellow for the Franklin Center. She is also a senior fellow for the Independent Women’s Forum
     

     

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