The Asset Search Blog is authored by Fred Abrams, an attorney based in New York. Abrams writes on asset search, fraud investigation and the legal strategy needed for recovering hidden assets.
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A letter rogatory from Kenya and the February 24th return of Mayan artifacts to Guatemala. Following a money trail through multiple jurisdictions may necessitate letters rogatory. Such a letter rogatory was filed October 12, 2011 in In Re: Request from Kenya, U.S. District Court for the District...
The New York Post and Bloomberg wrote last month about the appeal pending in Cohen v. S.A.C. Trading Corp., et. al., (11-1390-cv). The Cohen appeal is over the trial court’s March 30, 2011 dismissal of Patricia Cohen’s Second Amended Complaint. The Second Amended Complaint accused Ms....
Todays “Asset Search News Roundup” mentions whistleblower programs: An Asset Search Via Whistleblowers & Other Tipsters comments on IRS and SEC efforts to sniff out fraudulently concealed assets with the help of reward programs. Forbes’ March 2nd article IRS Whistleblowers...
At “Hockey bid a factor in Beckman’s Ponzi trial”, the StarTribune analyzes the Second Superseding Indictment filed in the criminal prosecution against Jason Bo Beckman, Gerald Durand and Patrick Kiley. This StarTribune article explains the three are accused of money laundering and other...
The Financial Action Task Force updates its standards and two politically exposed persons are criminally charged in the Turks and Caicos Islands¹: The Financial Action Task Force has revised its 40 Recommendations for fighting money laundering and terrorist financing. A February 16th press release...
A February 3rd civil complaint filed against Forex dealer Peregrine Financial Group, (“PFG”), alleges “PFG ignored or failed to discern a myriad of objective red flags of fraud…” Complaint at pp. 5-6 ¶12. The complaint asserted a $48 million dollar claim under...
The February 6th “Asset Search News Roundup” concentrates on the possible abuse of attorney trust accounts: “Three UBS Clients Accused of Hiding Offshore Money From IRS” outlines the suspected tax fraud case against ex-San Diego tax attorney Christopher M. Rusch and...
It is no surprise that foreign trusts can easily be used as elements to fraudulently protect or conceal beneficially owned assets. In some jurisdictions a trust may however, be considered void if the trust was “self-settled” (i.e. the grantor and beneficiary were found to be one and...
A principal of PokerStars pleads guilty and Nigerian advance fee frauds: ? The May 9, 2011 Asset Search News Roundup and Secreting Money Via Internet Gambling On The Isle Of Man, discussed criminal prosecutions against the principals of three internet gambling businesses. One of the principals,...
Lawsuit Claims PI’s Could Have Illegally Accessed Bank Info, explained that plaintiff Victoria Florea had filed two lawsuits against private investigators Nicole Bocra and Terry L. Gilbeau, president of Checkmate Investigative Services, Inc. The first of these lawsuits was voluntarily discontinued...