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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

Divorce & Hidden Money: Avoiding Mistakes During An Asset Search

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

The instant post analyzes 2 mistakes I occasionally see divorcing spouses make when they consider whether to search for marital assets hidden from them.  It is the 20th post in the “Divorce & Hidden Money” series: A One-Size-Fits-All Strategy—Spouses in high net worth divorces may rely on a one-size-fits-all strategy to detect hidden marital assets.  As… Continue Reading

Assets Hidden By Nominees, Fraudulent Transfers & Trusts

Posted in Asset Search/Fraud Investigation, Divorce & Child Support, Fraudulent Asset Transfers, Tax Fraud

To cheat you out of your fair share, your divorcing spouse, a business partner, an executor handling a decedent’s estate or someone else may hide assets from you.  As a result of an asset search or other investigation you might uncover a money trail for these hidden assets. If you follow the money trail & locate… Continue Reading

Looking For Laundered Assets As Part Of An Asset Search

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

This video¹ discusses ways assets can be concealed via money laundering.  As the video observes, billions are thought to be laundered worldwide & “laundering takes place within our everyday world of routine business transactions.” Looking for laundered assets can be critical to a successful asset search, my last post says. The video embedded above explains… Continue Reading

3 Ideas For A Successful Asset Search

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

How can you efficiently search for and detect assets you are unaware of?  One way is to spot the red flags indicating that assets could have been hidden.  Ideally, your asset search should also: LOOK FOR LAUNDERED ASSETS—Launderers hides assets by washing them through a money laundering circuit with laundering links.  Laundering links can be… Continue Reading

Divorce & Hidden Money: Requesting Documents To Help Search For Assets Hidden Offshore

Posted in Divorce & Child Support, Divorce & Hidden Money, Hidden Money

A divorcing spouse could conceivably hide the following types of assets offshore: bank accounts; business entities; trust funds; real estate; aircrafts & yachts; automobiles; fine art and other valuables.  Leads which may help reveal the existence of these offshore assets might be elicited from a divorcing spouse’s: passport(s); frequent flyer mile program statements; tax filings; phone bills; etc…. Continue Reading

Divorce & Hidden Money: How To Conduct A Low-Cost Asset Search

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

My last 2 posts discussed asset recovery tools such as recognizing red flags & using compelled consent forms.  Assets might also be recovered as a consequence of researching public records.  This 18th post in the “Divorce & Hidden Money” series focuses on how one can perform a low-cost asset search by digging through public records/databases:¹… Continue Reading

Divorce & Hidden Money: Searching For Assets By Recognizing Red Flags

Posted in Bankruptcy, Divorce & Child Support, Divorce & Hidden Money, Drug-Related Assets, Hidden Money, Money Laundering, Tax Fraud

If a divorcing spouse hides marital assets there usually are red flags.  Red flags are also often found when assets have been hidden by tax fraudsters, Ponzi schemers, bankruptcy debtors, money launderers & narco-traffickers.  This 16th post in the “Divorce & Hidden Money ” series examines the red flags. Red flags indicating assets might have been… Continue Reading

Upcoming Course “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

I.  COURSE 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 opens in the Fall & will be available through the New York County Lawyers’ Association.  During the course… Continue Reading

Divorce & Hidden Money: Collecting Evidence About Assets Concealed By A Trust

Posted in Bankruptcy, Divorce & Child Support, Divorce & Hidden Money, Fraudulent Asset Transfers

My post “Four Asset Concealment Tools” says that assets can be hidden by fraudulently transferring them to a trust.  This 15th post in the “Divorce & Hidden Money” series concentrates on the evidence a divorcing spouse might try to collect if marital assets are concealed by a trust. A spouse can use the pretrial discovery phase of a… Continue Reading

Recovering Art Assets & Cultural Heritage Property

Posted in Asset Search/Fraud Investigation, Divorce & Child Support, Drug-Related Assets, Hidden Money, Money Laundering, White-Collar Crime Generally

Divorcing spouses, debtors, determined criminals or others may hide and secretly transfer art assets and cultural heritage property.  The article below was written by Leila Amineddoleh, a partner and co-founder at Galluzzo & Amineddoleh where she specializes in art, cultural heritage, and intellectual property law.  Ms. Amineddoleh teaches International Art & Cultural Heritage Law at Fordham University… Continue Reading

Divorce & Hidden Money: Mr. Benjamin’s Divorce & His White Collar Crimes

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

I first published this post on December 14, 2007 and it is now the 12th post in the “Divorce & Hidden Money” series.  As shown below, a divorcing spouse’s effort to valuate marital assets occasionally raises tax fraud or other criminal law issues.  Furthermore, assets and income can be concealed by pocketing cash; using a business bank account… Continue Reading

Divorce & Hidden Money: Three Tactics Your Spouse May Use To Cheat You Out Of Marital Assets

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

Like my posts dated July 3 &  February 3, 2014 & December 9, 2013, today’s post outlines tactics for hiding assets.  Today’s post is also the 11th post in my Divorce & Hidden Money series.   Your divorcing husband/wife may try to cheat you out of your fair share of marital assets by employing the following tactics in anticipation of a valuation, equitable distribution or… Continue Reading

Private Investigators: A Surreptitious Search For Money Hidden In Divorce & Other Cases

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

This is the 2nd post in my series about private investigators & what they can & cannot do legally when searching for assets.  It is also the 10th post in my Divorce & Hidden Money series.  The Huffington Post article “Uncovering Hidden Assets In Divorce Litigation” observes that information obtained by “surreptitious means” might be used by one divorcing… Continue Reading

Detecting Hidden Assets By Putting Tipsters To Work

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

How can one detect assets one is unaware of?  Sometimes by putting tipsters to work and collecting their tips.  These tips may be gathered in a variety of ways.  “An Asset Search, Tax Fraud & Divorce” describes a private investigation in which a prospective tipster was interviewed by “Brian”, an ex-IRS Special Agent and former… Continue Reading

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

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

This is the ninth post in the “Divorce & Hidden Money” series.  By failing to disclose any offshore assets, one divorcing spouse may cheat the other out of child support, alimony or other court awards.  A spouse cheated this way might however, file requests for judicial assistance, (a.k.a. requests for legal assistance, letters of request, or… Continue Reading

Recovering Assets By Identifying & Immobilizing Them

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

Identifying and immobilizing assets in a timely fashion can be paramount to asset recovery cases ranging from an ultra- high net worth divorce to a forced collection proceeding against a debtor. The abstract about “Suspending Suspicious Transactions” ¹ similarly mentions the “timely identification and immobilization” of  assets.  The abstract discusses this with regard to money laundering… Continue Reading

Divorce & Hidden Money: Four Methods Spouses Sometimes Use To Conceal Assets

Posted in Divorce & Child Support, Divorce & Hidden Money, Financial Institutions, Hidden Money, Money Laundering, Swiss Banks, Tax Fraud

This is the eighth post in the “Divorce & Hidden Money” series.  Like “Four Asset Concealment Tools” and “Four Ways Assets Can Be Secretly Transferred”, the post reveals methods a spouse may use to hide marital assets and keep more than his/her fair share of the marital estate. Credit/Debit Cards- Using a credit or debit card which… Continue Reading

Divorce & Hidden Money: Whistleblowing, Tax Fraud & Tipping The IRS

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

The post “An Asset Search, Tax Fraud & Divorce” was first published at the Asset Search Blog on January 16, 2008.  It is republished below as the seventh post in the “Divorce & Hidden Money” series.  The post describes my investigation of a divorcing husband.  While I was the divorcing wife’s attorney, I discovered the husband… Continue Reading