Published On: Wed, Jan 21st, 2015

Schotte: “3 entities supervised by the Central Bank involved in $72 million fraud”

SchotteWILLEMSTAD – According to the faction leader of the opposition party MFK, Gerrit Schotte, there are more information around the scandals involving the Central Bank. “Those that have information have decided to inform us by stating that we can’t even begin to fathom what our Central Bank is involved in,” said the opposition leader.

“Scandals involving our Central Bank will continue with frauds on international level. There are more frauds through entities under supervision of the Central Bank. Permits given by our Central Bank are used for millions of dollars in fraud. Accounts were seized with funds gained from bonds, but in a strange manner, the Central Bank has moved these funds and these have disappeared through the so called Treasury Bills (T-bills).

Miami court rules Venezuelan $72 million fraud case can be brought in U.S.A.

Miami-Dade judge initially threw out the suit, saying the court did not have jurisdiction and that the suit should have included the Curaçao-based entities. Miami’s state appeals court on Wednesday reversed the trial court’s ruling.

Third District Court of Appeal,

Opinion filed January 14, 2015.

The record reflects that prior to being criminally charged in Venezuela for their involvement in this alleged banking scheme, the Defendants fled Venezuela. The Venezuelan government has since taken over Banco Federal and has filed criminal charges against the Defendants for their alleged involvement in the banking scheme. Mezerhane and Trujillo have resided in Florida since 2010; Mezerhane is seeking political asylum in the United States; and Mezerhane has filed a federal lawsuit in Miami against the Venezuelan government.

However, after the Plaintiffs discovered that the T-bills were not in Curaçao, they filed a petition against the Curaçaoan entities and their directors, asserting they acted in concert with the Defendants to steal the $72 million in T-bills.

This Court has reviewed the opinions and citations to Curaçao law and is not persuaded that a Curaçaoan court would reject jurisdiction over the Defendants. However, should the Curaçaoan courts refuse to accept jurisdiction over this case, despite Plaintiffs’ earnest efforts, and once that decision is final and no longer appealable in Curaçao, Plaintiffs shall have leave to seek reinstatement of this action before this Court.

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