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In a dramatic divorce case unfolding in Southern California this week, Hydee Feldstein, a retired partner at a large law firm, accused her ex-husband Peter Gregora of stealing $20 million of the couple’s money over the course of their marriage.  Feldstein claims Gregora hid the money in secret offshore companies, investment funds, and, in by far the most straightforward method, stuffing cash into envelopes and leaving the money off of the couple’s tax returns. Before…
This week, the U.K. Supreme Court is reviewing the cases of Alison Sharland and Varsha Gohil to determine whether a spouse can reopen a divorce case in instances of fraud or misrepresentation after the parties have reached a settlement agreement. Sharland contends that her husband misled her into believing that his software company was worth a fraction of its actual value.  Gohil accepted a modest settlement from her husband in 2004, only to find out…
In an unusual move for a divorce case, a Queens judge added Benny Tal’s business partners as defendants in Benny’s divorce action because the three men had colluded to hide Benny’s assets from his wife Michal.  As Michal told the New York Post, “It’s like a dirty soap opera. There’s so much fraud going on, we now have a divorce proceeding involving a husband, wife and his two business partners.” Benny, along with his…
Grammy award winner Ne-Yo and several professional athletes are among those set to testify in federal court against the principals of Ohio-based sports drink company Imperial Integrative Health Research & Development. Preston Harrison and Thomas Jackson are charged with defrauding investors out of $9.5 million. Harrison’s wife, Lovena Harrison, was hit with related tax fraud charges. Imperial Integrative Health Research & Development made OXYwater, a drink they claimed was highly-oxygenated and would improve energy and…
UK lawmakers recently unveiled a new plan to fight domestic and international corruption within its borders.  From the perspective of investigators tasked with uncovering hidden assets, the most striking piece of this legislation is the plan’s proposed establishment of a central register of beneficial owners of companies.  The plan would also make it a crime to fail to disclose the true owner of a company or to provide false information on ownership of companies.  The…
Grandchildren of the late Judge Leander Perez, a segregationist political boss who ruled Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana from the twenties until his death in 1968, recently filed a so-called “legacy lawsuit” against several large oil companies for allegedly polluting land on which the family held mineral rights.  The glaring problem with the plaintiffs’ case is that Perez stole the mineral rights in question from the Parish he controlled for over 40 years. Although it was no…
Grandchildren of the late Judge Leander Perez, a segregationist political boss who ruled Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana from the twenties until his death in 1968, recently filed a so-called “legacy lawsuit” against several large oil companies for allegedly polluting land on which the family held mineral rights.  The glaring problem with the plaintiffs’ case is that Perez stole the mineral rights in question from the Parish he controlled for over 40 years.  Although it was no…
Not one, but two stories of criminals foiled by their own selfies have made the headlines this past week.  Tanya Peele, a 26-year-old Atlanta woman, is accused of setting up a fake business account at JP Morgan, then using that account to steal over $100,000.  When Peele went to withdraw the allegedly stolen cash, JP Morgan’s security cameras caught her on video.  Atlanta police matched the video to selfies she had posted on her…
A London judge has ordered oil trader Michael Prest to pay his wife over $600,000 in support and alimony payments or face jail time.  Prest’s case gained attention last year for a landmark U.K. Supreme Court ruling permitting Yasmin Prest to pierce the corporate veil to reach assets that Michael had placed in trusts held by his various offshore companies.  The ruling represented the first time the British courts pierced the corporate veil in a…