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Divorce & Hidden Money In Offshore Trusts

A) HOW MONEY IS HIDDEN IN OFFSHORE TRUSTS Your divorcing spouse may be hiding assets at an offshore trust. Your divorcing spouse may secretly transfer marital assets to the offshore trust.  The divorcing spouse could also make new purchases through the offshore trust. The trust could purchase: real property; jewelry; valuable automobiles; and almost anything…

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Asset Searches & Open Source Intelligence

I)  WEBSITES THAT CAN HELP YOUR ASSET SEARCHES This in my 12th post covering what private investigators can and can not legally do when conducting asset searches. One thing most private investigators do during asset searches is look for publicly available information a.k.a. Open Source Intelligence (“OSINT”). Websites that can help private investigators collect OSINT,…

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Divorce & Hidden Money: Ways To Hide Money & Commit Crimes

HIDDEN MONEY & CRIMES When one spouse uses different ways to hide money from the other spouse, criminal laws are sometimes violated. The spouse who has hidden money because of a divorce could conceivably commit one or more of these crimes: 26 U.S. Code § 7201 (tax fraud); 18 U.S. Code § 1341 (mail fraud);…

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Divorce & Hidden Money: Searching For A Spouse’s Beneficially Owned Assets

According to The Financial Action Task Force anti-money laundering group: Beneficial owner refers to the natural person(s) who ultimately owns or controls a customer and/or the natural person on whose behalf a transaction is being conducted. It also includes those persons who exercise ultimate effective control over a legal person or arrangement. Glossary of the…

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During Your Asset Search Always Look For Nominees

A divorcing spouse; judgment creditor; bankruptcy creditor; or a beneficiary under a trust or will; may face an adversary hiding assets through nominees (i.e. intermediaries). See cf., Fourth Inv. LP v. United States, 720 F.3d 1058, 1070 (9th Cir. 2013) (six-part test for nominee ownership applied to tax lien case). An adversary can hide real estate, automobiles, jewelry; and offshore bank accounts […]

Divorce & Hidden Money: How Ultra-High-Net-Worth Spouses Can Launder Assets

The November 30th New York Times Magazine article “How To Hide $400 Million” described the divorce between Sarah Pursglove & Finnish internet tycoon Robert Oesterlund. A document from Mr. Oesterlund’s lender allegedly indicated Mr. Oesterlund’s net worth was $400 million, “How To Hide $400 Million” said. This article also said Mr. Oesterlund claimed during the divorce…

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Private Investigators: An Asset Search Via Data Brokers Like IDI,Inc.

The August 5th Bloomberg article “This Company Has Built a Profile on Every American Adult,” brings up IDI,Inc. The article suggests that IDI has built a profile about you on its idiCore database. Private investigators, debt collectors, lawyers & government authorities might access this database to search for your assets & other personal information. The end of the…

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Private Investigators: An Asset Search Via Data Brokers Like IDI,Inc.

This 11th post in my “Private Investigators” series focuses on how private investigators may use data brokers to search for your assets & other personal information. The August 5th Bloomberg article “This Company Has Built a Profile on Every American Adult,” brings up IDI,Inc. The article suggests that IDI has built a profile about you on its idiCore database. Private investigators, debt […]

Divorce & Hidden Money: Revisiting Asset Searches By Letters Rogatory

A letter rogatory is an application to a foreign tribunal. It seeks permission to serve process on or gather evidence from a foreign witness. If you are in a divorce in the United States, letters rogatory can usually help you collect evidence of offshore assets your spouse hid from you. You might use letters rogatory…

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Wire Fraud, Bribery & A Private Investigation

This is the 10th post in my series about what private investigators can and cannot do legally when searching for assets. The post discusses “K.C.” who was defrauded out of at least $500,000.00 by Patricia Walker-Halstead, a private investigator “K.C.” hired to investigate a suspected stalker. The post discusses wire fraud & bribery—which are issues that…

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