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A Laundry List For An Asset Search

Posted in Asset Search/Fraud Investigation, Drug-Related Assets, Money Laundering, Tax Fraud, White-Collar Crime Generally

Governmental authorities follow money trails in order to interdict assets hidden by narco-traffickers; money launderers; Ponzi schemers; tax fraudsters & other determined criminals. During your asset search, you can similarly follow a money trail to track assets which have been hidden from you. You might detect a money trail by scrutinizing data related to the person or… Continue Reading

Your Asset Search & Trade-Based Money Laundering

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

If your adversary is using a business entity to conceal assets from you, one thing to look for is trade-based money laundering. A June 2006 report by the Financial Action Task Force explains that trade-based laundering schemes can include: the over or under-invoicing of goods or services; the over or under-shipping of goods; falsely describing goods or… Continue Reading

Your Search For Assets Hidden Offshore

Posted in Bank Search, Divorce & Child Support, Hidden Money, Money Laundering, Securities Fraud, Swiss Banks, Tax Fraud, White-Collar Crime Generally

When naming offshore havens for opening secret bank accounts, people usually mention Switzerland, the Cayman Islands, Liechtenstein, etc.  Meanwhile, bank accounts in almost any country can be put to work to hide & place assets out of reach. “Using Multiple Jurisdictions To Launder Money” discussed a suspected scheme to bribe judges in Italy.  According to prosecutors,… Continue Reading

Wire Fraud, Bribery & A Private Investigation

Posted in Asset Search/Fraud Investigation, Private Investigators, Public Corruption, White-Collar Crime Generally

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… Continue Reading

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

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

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… Continue Reading

Hiding Art Assets, Anonymity & The Panama Papers

Posted in Asset Search/Fraud Investigation, Divorce & Child Support, Divorce & Hidden Money, Hidden Money, Nazi-Looted Assets, Tax Fraud

This post was written by Leila A. Amineddoleh, Esq., Partner & co-founder at Galluzzo & Amineddoleh LLP. As the Galluzzo & Amineddoleh website mentions, 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 YorkTimes, Forbes Magazine, TIME Magazine, and the Wall… Continue Reading

A Multifaceted Approach For Your Asset Search

Posted in Asset Search/Fraud Investigation, Bank Search, Money Laundering

Look before you leap into your asset search by taking a multifaceted approach. “Red Flags For An Asset Search” lists the common methods for concealing assets including the use of shell companies; offshore bank accounts; sham trusts; etc. To successfully search for assets hidden by these methods, a multifaceted approach is often necessary. You may need… Continue Reading

7 Tips For A Successful Asset Search

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

TIPS FROM EARLIER ASSET SEARCH BLOG ARTICLES THAT MAY HELP YOU RECOVER HIDDEN ASSETS: DETERMINE BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP—Has your adversary hidden assets by transferring them to nominees, (i.e. intermediaries), or by using nominees to make purchases?  If your adversary does this, the success of your asset recovery may depend on showing that your adversary is the… Continue Reading

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

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

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

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

Part 3: An Asset Search Over Terrorism & Airbus Aircraft

Posted in Asset Search/Fraud Investigation, Hidden Money

Part 1 &/or Part 2 of this post described recent efforts by the judgment creditors in Havlish v. bin Laden to collect on their judgment against Iran for more than $1.3 billion dollars.  The judgment creditors sought to attach monies allegedly connected to a deal to purchase Airbus aircraft for Iran’s Mahan Air.  The judgment… Continue Reading

Part 2: An Asset Search Over Terrorism & Airbus Aircraft

Posted in Asset Search/Fraud Investigation, Bank Search, Financial Institutions, Hidden Money, Swiss Banks

Part 1 of this post discussed the judgment creditors in Havlish v. bin Laden who are are trying to interdict assets owned by Iran.  Part 1 explained the judgment creditors sought to attach monies reportedly earmarked for the purchase of Airbus aircraft. Before seeking the attachment of the monies, the judgment creditors subpoenaed confidential information kept… Continue Reading

Part 1: An Asset Search Over Terrorism & Airbus Aircraft

Posted in Asset Search/Fraud Investigation, Hidden Money

The Court found Iran was behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks and Iran is therefore liable for the money damages set forth by the October 2012 Order issued at In Re Terrorist Attacks On September 11, 2001, U.S. District Court, SDNY, Index No. 03-MDL-1570. The October Order also applies to Havlish v. bin Laden, U.S. District Court, SDNY, Index No…. Continue Reading

Hampering An Asset Search By Hiding Artwork & Cultural Heritage Property

Posted in Asset Search/Fraud Investigation, Hidden Money, Money Laundering

A July 1, 2015 press release outlines the recovery of a Chola-period bronze statue, by U.S. law enforcement officials.   The press release mentions the 11-12th century Chola statue was stolen & smuggled into the U.S.  The statue was eventually sold with a false provenance to a collector of Asian antiquities.  A false provenance conceals… 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