I.  Are Secret Swiss Bank Accounts Still A Viable Concealment Tool?

The number of secret Swiss bank accounts held by U.S. citizens has decreased in recent years. This is due to FATCA; and Qualified Intermediary Withholding Agreements with the IRS; and the U.S. Government’s Swiss Bank Program. According to my counsel in Switzerland,

Today’s post mentions indicators your divorcing spouse could have hidden marital property. It also asks: will the Court exclude evidence showing your spouse hid marital property, if your private investigator illegally obtained this evidence?

A) Indicators Your Spouse May Be Hiding Marital Property

As soon as your high-net-worth spouse filed for divorce in New York, your spouse claims his / her businesses had fallen on hard times. Therefore, your spouse took large loans from offshore lenders. Then, your spouse failed to repay these loans and was in default. Consequently, your spouse alleges in your divorce a net worth of “0”. Meanwhile, these events only first happened when your spouse filed for divorce. As American sports legend Yogi Berra said: “That’s too coincidental to be coincidental”.

Furthermore, when your spouse filed for divorce, your spouse left New York with your spouse’s paramour, (“the paramour”). These two were now living in a $3 million home in California the paramour had supposedly purchased. However, you suspect the paramour was your spouse’s intermediary and that your spouse had actually purchased the California home.  Stated differently, you believe your spouse used the paramour as the nominee purchaser of the California home.  Like your spouse’s “0” net worth claim, your spouse’s suspected use of a nominee purchaser is an indicator your spouse could be hiding marital property / community property.

B) The Investigation Of Your Spouse

Since there are indicators your spouse is hiding marital property, you hire a private investigator licensed in New York. Your investigator will track your spouse’s assets and seek evidence showing your spouse owned the $3 million home rather than the paramour. Three months after you hired the private investigator, your investigator says the following:
Continue Reading Your Spouse Hid Marital Property & Your PI Obtains Evidence Illegally

As your adversary may hide money in multiple bank accounts, you may need to perform bank searches. For example, my December 21, 2020 post mentioned a scheme in which 150 checks worth $2 million were seemingly hidden at 12 bank accounts. At your bank searches you would seek your adversary’s customer information from banks. Therefore,

If you claim in court that someone is hiding assets from you, you may need to use one or more of the asset search & asset recovery tools. You can use the tools to help you shoulder the burden of proving your claim.  Stated otherwise, you can use the tools to provide the Court

A Financial Intelligence Unit (“FIU”) tracks hidden assets by “following the money.”  There is always a money trail when assets are hidden and money is laundered. One way FIUs follow a money trail is by collecting suspicious activity reports from banks about bank customers. FIUs can follow a bank customer’s money trail

I. STARTING ASSET SEARCHES AT BANKS

Asset searches at banks raise the question: how do you search for bank accounts you are unaware of? One wife found a box in the basement. Her divorcing husband forgot to take it when he moved out.  This box had an offshore bank’s brochure and the husband’s application to

This 38th post in the “Divorce & Hidden Money” series shows you how your divorcing spouse can open secret offshore bank accounts.  The post also talks about presenting evidence in court about the offshore bank accounts.

I. FOUR STEPS FOR OPENING A SECRET OFFSHORE BANK ACCOUNT

Your divorcing spouse can open a secret offshore bank

On October 8th & 9th in Abuja, Nigeria I will lecture about asset recovery & tracking assets.  I will present 2 lectures to law enforcement agents who work in West Africa. The lectures are called “Whistleblowers, Secret Bank Accounts & Recovering Hidden Assets” & “Asset Recovery Case Studies & Discussion.” I am presenting the lectures