Published On: Fri, Jul 22nd, 2016

Statement trustee lawyer Mrs. Maria of July 20, 2016 on Eric Garcia. Published by VPM Law

GarciaWILLEMSTAD - The bankruptcy of Banco Maracaibo N.V. was pronounced in 1994. As trustees were appointed Mr. Eric L. Garcia and two months later, Mr. Attorney Robert E. Blaauw.

By order of the judge commissioner attorney Valerie P. Maria was added as trustee.

On July 12, 2016, Mr. Garcia sent by email to the commissioner judge a bank statement from the MCB bank. The statement indicated that 11 million dollars were deposited into the bankruptcy account of the bank. On that same day, Blauw requested to be dismissed as curator and the judge honored this request.

The new trustee, attorney Maria has discovered, after consultation with the MCB, that the amount mentioned on the bank statement of USD 11,054,804.52 was not known by the MCB and that in reality, there were only a few thousand dollars on the bank account of the bankruptcy. Further investigation led to the strong suspicion that the bank statement sent by Mr. Garcia to the judge commissioner was a forgery.

On July 18, 2016, Maria, in her capacity as curator of Banco Maracaibo, filed a criminal complaint against Mr. Garcia on suspicion of embezzlement and forgery. The complaint also refers to a probably forged bank document that Mr. Garcia had sent to the judge commissioner in April 2016 and the public report of the bankruptcy of October 1, 2015.

The amount which was supposed to be deposited by Garcia should be available for distribution to creditors of the Bank Maracaibo. But the deposit is not there. The exact amount should have been USD 11,026,930.89.

The OM informed Maria that Garcia was arrested and that he will be interrogated. His arrest was already published in the media.

The lawyer Maria is now examining the steps that can be taken to minimize the loss of about 1,500 account holders of Banco Maracaibo and its other creditors. This refers to first tracking funds belonging to the bankrupt estate. There is a special website where creditors can receive information about the progress.

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