FORMER BONY EXEC HIRES
TOP PIs TO TRACK PLAINTIFF LAWYERS/WITNESSES
York Times reporter, Timothy O'Brien joins
campaign against witnesses testifying against
Russian mob "banks"
Dec. 16 (MT-WIRE) Shortly
after U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan
permitted the deposition of former Bank of New
York executive, Natasha Gurfinkel-Kagalovsky,
she hired an elite PI firm to track lawyers
and witnesses in a class action lawsuit
against the BoNY.
For the past several weeks,
San Francisco's Palladino
and Sutherland, the PI firm President Bill
Clinton hired to investigate Gennifer Flowers
in a highly publicized sex scandal, appeared
at the homes of several witnesses who
testified in related money-laundering
proceedings. The questions were specifically
addressed to those who provided evidence in a
shareholder lawsuit and criminal investigation
against Inkombank, a now-insolvent Russian
bank with alleged organized crime ties.
One such witness, Maria
Berdnikova, who is also a Russian newscaster,
said a women who identified herself as an
investigator from the firm stormed her house
at around 8 p.m. and demanded through an
outside door to know whether she was having an
affair with Emanuel Zeltser. Zeltser , a
plaintiffs' lawyer in the suit against Bank of
New York as well as Inkombank. Berdnikova,
annoyed at absurdity of the question, refused
An hour later, Anna Reid, a
lawyer and witness in the Inkombank lawsuit,
was also interrogated in true Palladino style
about her relationship with Zeltser. For this
round of questioning the firm stopped at
nothing and sent the head honcho himself, Jack
Palladino. Reid, like Berdnikova, declined to
answer. But, Palladino persisted -- that is
until she threatened to call the police.
After the encounters, both
Palladino and Kagalovsky's lawyer, Stanley
Arkin, admitted the firm was indeed hired by
Kagalovsky "to investigate Zeltser"
Arkin has been saying that he already has
"a huge dossier" on Zeltser.
Palladino firm, a New York Times reporter, Tim
O’Brien, has been pursuing the same
witnesses, demanding answers to questions,
identical to those that were asked by
Kagalovsky’s PIs. O’Brien recently
intimated to a number of people that "his
investigators" keep Zeltser
and other lawyers and witnesses under
surveillance. He also left messages on
Zeltser’s voice mail saying that "his
people" who apparently spy
on Zeltser reported to him that he was in the
office. Attorney for the New York Times
denied O’Brien's or the Times involvement
with Palladino & Sutherland. Berdnikova
however told MT that O'Brien boasted to her
about his "affiliation" with the
Palladino's firm. "The guy is in the
midst of a nasty divorce and is obviously
sexually insecure" said Maria,
"apparently playing a detective helps him
prove his manhood at least to himself."
"None of this shocks
me" said Zeltser, who has been the target
of a smear campaign by Russian organized crime
for the past five years -- ever since he filed
a lawsuit against the notorious Inkombank.
Zeltser, who is now part of a team of lawyers
suing the Bank of New York alleging the U.S.
bank helped organized crime bosses loot the
Russian bank, said such intimidation tactics
are often used by organized crime to prevent
witnesses from coming forward.
O'Brien did not return our
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Reporter Targets Lawyers, Witnesses
reports from Moscow and New York show
that Russian financial
racketeers are back to their usual
stratagem of thwarting criminal and
civil proceedings by halting media
exposure of their money laundering
activity in Russia the US.
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