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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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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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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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Divorce & Hidden Money: Lawyer Disbarred For Concealing Marital Assets In Switzerland

Ohio lawyer David Keith Roland was recently disbarred for using a Swiss bank account in a scheme to help a divorcing wife hide marital assets from her divorcing husband. The divorcing wife in this alleged scheme was chiropractor Denise M. Carradine of Boardman, Ohio. Mr. Roland had represented Ms. Carradine in a divorce action commenced…

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Divorce & Hidden Money: 4 Ways Steven Zinnel Could Have Concealed Assets

Plastic surgeon Michael D. Brandner & business owner Goderick Augustus Benjamin were accused of committing federal crimes & hiding assets from their wives. Like Dr. Brandner & Mr. Benjamin, Steven Zinnel was a divorcing husband suspected of concealing assets from his wife. According to prosecutors in USA v. Zinnel, Steven Zinnel had hidden assets from his wife…

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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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Divorce & Hidden Money: Panama Charly & Helga Glock’s Search For Assets

Moneylaundering.com’s Editor-in-Chief Kieran Beer says at his April 11th article, that the Panama Papers represent “an unparalleled look at the…abuse of shell companies, in this case those created by Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca.” ¹ Like Mossack Fonseca, Charles Ewert was in the business of forming shell companies. Although based in Luxembourg, Charles Ewert was reportedly called…

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Hiding Art Assets, Anonymity & The Panama Papers

This post was written by Leila A. Amineddoleh, Esq., of Amineddoleh & Associates LLC. Ms. Amineddoleh has been published extensively on issues related to art, cultural heritage, and intellectual property, and has appeared in major news outlets, including the New York Times, Forbes Magazine, TIME Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal. Ms. Amineddoleh’s post discusses how art assets may be…

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Divorce & Hidden Money: Asset Searches In The U.S. For Divorces Brought Outside The U.S. (Part 2)

Part 1 of the instant post notes that if your divorce is outside of the U.S. you may search for assets your spouse hid in the U.S. by filing a 28 U.S.C. § 1782 petition (hereinafter “the petition”).  You can employ the petition to gather financial evidence possessed by a wide variety of witnesses who…

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