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An Asset Search When Money Is Hidden Offshore

Posted in Asset Search/Fraud Investigation, Bank Search, Divorce & Child Support, Financial Institutions, Hidden Money, Money Laundering

The following can help you detect money concealed in an offshore bank account: I.  DETECT A MONEY TRAIL When an adversary hides funds at an offshore bank there is always an electronic trace. The trace occurs because the bank stores electronic information comprised of: bank account opening documents; bank signature cards; monthly bank statements; etc.  In addition… Continue Reading

Two Private Investigators & Their Bogus Asset Searches

Posted in Asset Search/Fraud Investigation, Bank Search, Divorce & Child Support, Hidden Money, Illegal Asset Searches, Money Laundering, Private Investigators, White-Collar Crime Generally

This is the 9th post in my series discussing private investigators.  It highlights former private investigators Elaine White & Cullen Johnson who were convicted of a money laundering conspiracy.  The conspiracy involved bogus asset searches Ms. White & Mr. Johnson apparently performed for their clients.  Mr. Johnson seemed to blame the bogus searches on ‘the… Continue Reading

Hiding Assets By Combining Bulk-Cash Smuggling With Other Methods

Posted in Divorce & Child Support, Financial Institutions, Hidden Money, Money Laundering, Swiss Banks, Tax Fraud, White-Collar Crime Generally

A divorcing spouse; judgment debtor; tax cheat; etc. may use several methods to conceal assets. “Red Flags For An Asset Search” listed 18 of these methods.  The methods for hiding assets included: bulk-cash smuggling; shell companies; multiple jurisdictions; foreign bank accounts; & nominees.  These methods might have been combined by Mr. Victor Lipukhin to conceal more than $10… Continue Reading

Revisiting Four Asset Search Blog Posts From 2015

Posted in Asset Search/Fraud Investigation, Bank Search, Divorce & Child Support, Hidden Money, Privacy Laws, Tax Fraud, White-Collar Crime Generally

Favorite Asset Search Blog posts from 2015 include:   Recovering Art Assets & Cultural Heritage Property—covers how divorcing spouses; terrorists & others may employ art to hide their assets.  This post was written by Leila A. Amineddoleh, Esq. who is an art and cultural heritage lawyer and an adjunct professor at Fordham University School of Law.  … Continue Reading

Red Flags For An Asset Search

Posted in Asset Search/Fraud Investigation, Bankruptcy, Divorce & Child Support, Hidden Money

Below is a list of red flags.  Recognizing the red flags can help you detect assets your adversary has hidden from you.  I first published the list in 2007 at my article “Asset Search Indicia For Divorce, Debt Collection & Bankruptcy.”  The list consists of common asset concealment methods: Asset Protection Via Nevada, Wyoming or… Continue Reading

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

Posted in Asset Search/Fraud Investigation, Divorce & Child Support, Divorce & Hidden Money, Financial Institutions, Hidden Money

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… Continue Reading

Divorce & Hidden Money: Asset Searches In The U.S. For Divorces Brought Outside The U.S. (Part 1)

Posted in Asset Search/Fraud Investigation, Bank Search, Divorce & Child Support, Divorce & Hidden Money, Financial Institutions, Hidden Money

This 27th post in the “Divorce & Hidden Money” series looks at a way to search for assets in the U.S. when your underlying divorce case is brought outside of the U.S. If your underlying divorce case is commenced in a foreign country, how do you search for secret bank accounts or other kinds of assets your… Continue Reading

Tools For A Successful Asset Search (Part 2 of 2)

Posted in Asset Search/Fraud Investigation, Bank Search, Bankruptcy, Divorce & Child Support, Hidden Money

By putting the right tools to work in your asset search, you may be able to detect & recover assets hidden from you.  These tools can consist of: Private investigators—“Detecting Hidden Assets By Following A Money Trail” details one way an investigator/former intelligence officer named “Roger” would search for a money trail leading to a… Continue Reading

Tools For A Successful Asset Search (Part 1 of 2)

Posted in Asset Search/Fraud Investigation, Bank Search, Divorce & Child Support, Financial Institutions, Hidden Money, Securities Fraud, Tax Fraud

You may have to use different legal tools to shake loose assets an adversary hides from you.  The tools available to you will depend on the particular situation.  When assets are hidden from you, tools which may help your asset search or asset recovery effort include: Requests for letters rogatory (a.k.a requests for judicial assistance)—are… Continue Reading

Divorce & Hidden Money: Searching For Assets Laundered Through Real Estate

Posted in Divorce & Child Support, Divorce & Hidden Money, Financial Institutions, Hidden Money, Money Laundering, Tax Fraud, White-Collar Crime Generally

This 26th post in the “Divorce & Hidden Money” series describes one way assets may be laundered through the purchase of real estate.  It supplies the hypothetical situation of “Mark,” a high net worth businessman in the U.S. who hid assets during his divorce. To hide assets from both his divorcing wife & the IRS,… Continue Reading

Asset Search & Recovery Talking Points

Posted in Asset Search/Fraud Investigation, Bank Search, Divorce & Child Support, Illegal Asset Searches, Privacy Laws, Tax Fraud, White-Collar Crime Generally

The following is a list of Asset Search Blog posts which discuss data brokers; private investigators; bankers; suspected tax fraudsters; etc.  As these posts show, asset searches & asset recoveries sometimes raise privacy &/or criminal law issues. A)  Data Brokers, Data Mining & Your Privacy Data Brokers Searching For Your Assets, Bank Accounts & Other… Continue Reading

An Asset Search Seeking Laundered Money Hidden Across The Globe

Posted in Asset Search/Fraud Investigation, Divorce & Child Support, Hidden Money, Money Laundering, Public Corruption, Securities Fraud, White-Collar Crime Generally

Spotting the red flags/the money laundering indicators is one way to search for hidden assets.  The red flags may help you sniff out money or other assets concealed in matters ranging from a high net worth divorce to a securities fraud.  Financial Intelligence Units part of the Egmont Group employ red flags to search for money hidden across the… Continue Reading

Divorce & Hidden Money: Suing Your Spouse For Fraudulently Conveying Assets

Posted in Asset Search/Fraud Investigation, Divorce & Child Support, Divorce & Hidden Money, Hidden Money

An asset search may reveal that your spouse is hiding assets from you during your divorce.  You might then be able to sue your spouse & possibly others for fraudulently concealing assets.  As this 25th post in the “Divorce & Hidden Money” series shows, you may be able to sue on the ground that assets… Continue Reading

Whistleblowers, Secret Swiss Bank Accounts & Recovering Hidden Assets

Posted in Asset Search/Fraud Investigation, Divorce & Child Support, Financial Institutions, Hidden Money, Money Laundering, Securities Fraud, Swiss Banks, Tax Fraud, White-Collar Crime Generally

I. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION At the New York County Lawyers’ Association on October 13, 2015 from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM, I will be the program chair of “Whistleblowers, Secret Swiss Bank Accounts & Recovering Hidden Assets.” Attendee registration is available at the website available here or by calling the New York County Lawyers’ Association at… Continue Reading

An Asset Search To Find Secret Offshore Bank Accounts

Posted in Asset Search/Fraud Investigation, Bank Search, Divorce & Child Support, Financial Institutions, Hidden Money, Money Laundering, Swiss Banks, Tax Fraud

If you are a divorcing spouse, judgment creditor or anyone else who believes they may need to do a bank search to locate hidden assets parked offshore, read this post to see how individuals sometimes hide their assets.  It covers the legal remedies that may be available to you in your asset search for offshore… Continue Reading

Divorce & Hidden Money: An Asset Search For Nominees

Posted in Asset Search/Fraud Investigation, Divorce & Child Support, Divorce & Hidden Money, Hidden Money

Many Asset Search Blog articles emphasize the role intermediaries, (i.e. “nominees”), can have in asset concealment schemes.  This 24th post in the “Divorce & Hidden Money” series reminds you that your divorcing spouse might utilize nominees to hide assets from you. During your divorce you may need to pursue an asset search in order to… Continue Reading

Divorce & Hidden Money: An Asset Search Of A Lawyer Employed To Conceal Cash

Posted in Asset Search/Fraud Investigation, Divorce & Child Support, Divorce & Hidden Money, Hidden Money

This is the 23rd post in the “Divorce & Hidden Money” series: What can you do if your spouse employs a lawyer in the U.S. to hide cash or other marital assets from you?  To help your spouse hide cash from you, some lawyers will place the cash in a financial account where you &/or… Continue Reading

Divorce & Hidden Money: An Asset Search Based On A Passport

Posted in Asset Search/Fraud Investigation, Divorce & Child Support, Divorce & Hidden Money, Hidden Money

This 22nd post in the “Divorce & Hidden Money” series says an asset search of your spouse should include inspecting your spouse’s passport: Did your spouse hide assets from you during your divorce by opening a secret offshore bank account or by placing valuables like diamonds in a safe deposit box offshore? Did your spouse secretly purchase real… Continue Reading

An Asset Search When Facing Complex Concealment Schemes

Posted in Asset Search/Fraud Investigation, Divorce & Child Support, Money Laundering, Tax Fraud

If someone is hiding assets, you might detect the assets by reviewing: corporate records; patents & trademarks; court papers; U.C.C. filings; real estate documents; or through additional basic research.  “A Low-Cost Asset Search” gives information about how to perform basic research.  Although basic research can lead to a good result, it may not help you… Continue Reading

Striking Out During Your Asset Search? Don’t Forget To Look At The Lawyers

Posted in Asset Search/Fraud Investigation, Assets & Narco-Trafficking, Divorce & Child Support, Drug-Related Assets, Financial Institutions, Hidden Money, Money Laundering

 The TV shanking of fictional lawyer Dan Wachsberger at Breaking Bad’s 54th episode.  In the 53rd episode, Wachsberger hid monies in safety deposit boxes & became a DEA informant. “Say My Name” is the 53rd episode of AMC’s Breaking Bad series & it showed fictional lawyer Dan Wachsberger hiding illicit drug monies in at least nine… Continue Reading

Divorce & Hidden Money: Searching For Assets By Using An Insider At A Bank

Posted in Asset Search/Fraud Investigation, Bank Search, Divorce & Child Support, Divorce & Hidden Money, Financial Institutions, Hidden Money, Identity Theft, Illegal Asset Searches, Privacy Laws, Private Investigators

This is my 21st post in the Divorce & Hidden Money series.  It is also the 8th post in my series describing what private investigators can and cannot do legally when searching for hidden assets.  My July 13th post mentioned private investigators & their clients using law enforcement databases and illegal pretext calls to search for assets…. Continue Reading

Private Investigators & Their Clients Facing Criminal Prosecution Over Illegal Asset Searches

Posted in Asset Search/Fraud Investigation, Bank Search, Divorce & Child Support, Financial Institutions, Hidden Money, Illegal Asset Searches, Privacy Laws, Private Investigators

This post discusses when federal prosecutors might initiate a criminal prosecution against private investigators and their clients as a consequence of an illegal asset search.  It is the 7th post in my series covering private investigators. If you are a divorcing spouse; heir under a will; a creditor; etc., you may hire a private investigator… Continue Reading

Searching For Assets Hidden At Banks In Multiple Jurisdictions

Posted in Asset Search/Fraud Investigation, Bank Search, Bankruptcy, Bankruptcy Estate Assets, Divorce & Child Support, Financial Institutions, Hidden Money, Money Laundering

Determined criminals sometimes conceal their illicit cash by laundering it through banks located in multiple jurisdictions.  Criminals are not the only ones concealing assets by using bank accounts in multiple jurisdictions.  Whether you are a divorcing spouse; a creditor in a bankruptcy case; are collecting money owed on a judgment; etc., these ideas may help you… Continue Reading

Private Investigators: An Asset Search By Pursuing Interviews & Tips

Posted in Asset Search/Fraud Investigation, Divorce & Child Support, Money Laundering, Private Investigators, Tax Fraud

I do not know how many witnesses Brian interviewed while he was an IRS Special Agent or when he was a high-ranking official at U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”).  Nor do I know the number of informants’ tips Brian collected over the course of his federal law enforcement career.  I did however, watch… Continue Reading