A $250 million dollar civil tax fraud case was dismissed in a Manhattan coirt room. The defendant in the case was Felix Sater, a Russian American businessman. Felix Sater is a former associate of President Donald Trump, and cofounder of real estate company, Tevfik Arif Bayrock.
The real estate company is a part of a qui tam case. A qui tam case is where a whistleblower is allowed to file on behalf of the state. Once filed, te attorney general’s office can chose to persue the charges or not.
A lawyer named, Fred Oberlander, is apparantly the whistleblower for this case against Bayrock. Attorney Fred Oberlander respresented Jody Kriss, former business partner to Felix Sater, in a previous money laundering suit against the real estate company.
Oberlander filed the qui tam complaint based entirely on information that federal judges deemed confidential, and had ordered be removed during the previous case. Attorney Oberlander predicted this case would be dismissed due to the information used for the complaint. Despite this Oberlander made an attempt to get it reconsidered as evidence of the current complaint.
Oberlander and his representing attorney, Robert Wolf, confirmed afterwards that the complaint had indeed been dismissed.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman declined to intervene, and made a statement saying Oberlander had released a false statement to the press stating that Attorney general Eric Schneiderman had given the go ahead on the complaint, when in fact he had advised otherwise. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman also sent a lettrr to … Read More