Wednesday, May 21, 2014

News Update 21-MAY-2014: James Merrill in jail, Merrill's Brother Subpoenased, Wanzeler spotted in Brazil

James Merrill Bail Denied

As reported yesterday, James Merrill, co-owner of TelexFree and now subject of criminal investigation by US Department of Justice, has his bail denied by magistrate as he's deemed a flight risk despite promise to surrender passport and/or surrender deed of his home.

James brother John Merrill subpoenaed by Massachusetts Secretary of State

Boston Globe has just reported that the Mass SecState Bill Galvin has subpoenaed James Merrill's brother, John Merrill, head of Fidelity Bank, for an interview, believed to be involving TelexFree and James Merrill.

While Fidelity Bank was among the various banks that TelexFree had a financial relationship with, Worchester Biz Journal reported that a spokesman in Bill Galvin's office confirmed that this is about whether John Merrill has any personal knowledge or involvement with TelexFree, instead of a bank relationship.

A Fidelity Bank spokesperson has stated that John Merrill have no statement at this time, and neither does the bank except to say that they believe the bank has committed no wrongdoing, and is cooperating fully with law enforcement.

Acceris Realty, owned by Katia Wanzeler, involved in TelexFree in multiple ways

In related news, documents filed to court as evidence indicated that "Aceris" (or Acceris) Real Estate is one of the various companies setup by the Wanzelers, with Joe Craft's help, and may have received money from TelexFree.

Acceris Realty was registered by Joe Craft, CFO of TelexFree, back in early 2012, according to corporate records, before he became CFO of TelexFree. Acceris is owned by Katia Wanzeler, and is related to multiple properties in Massachusetts. Joe Craft is best known for his role for attempting to retrieve his laptop and 38 million in TelexFree cashier's checks WHILE the office was raided by Federal agents on April 16th and attempted to pass himself as a mere "consultant for TelexFree bankruptcy", and only reluctantly opened the bag for Sheriff's deputy when asked, and the checks were discovered. At least one of the checks was made out to Katia Wanzeler for amount of over 2 million dollars. It is unknown how much other funds had Acceris received from TelexFree, and whether this may constitute money laundering.

This, along with other TelexFree related companies also registered by Joe Craft, raises questions on how deep is the relationship between Joe Craft and the TelexFree coowners Merrill and Wanzeler, esp. prior of him becoming CFO of TelexFree. And how aware is he of the REAL financial situation at TelexFree.

Carlos Wanzeler, along with daughter Lyvia, is believed to have driven into Canada while his house and company was raided by Federal agents on April 16th, the day after TelexFree filed for bankruptcy. The BMW they drove was registered to Aceris, according to documents filed in the "material witness" warrant used to take Katia Wanzeler (Carlos' wife) into custody. There are unconfirmed reports that Katia may have driven a vehicle owned by Aceris to JFK Airport in New York. When detained by Federal agents at JFK, Katia Wanzeler has one-way ticket to Brazil purchased by someone in Brazil (believed to be Carlos Wanzeler) four suitcases, and $3000 in cash.

Carlos Wanzeler may have reached Espirito Santo, Brazil

According to TelexFree's Brazilian lawyer Antonio Carlos de Alemeida Castro, aka "Kakay", Carlos Wanzeler is in Espirito Santo, and Kakay had spoken to him already, as reported by Globo.

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