Logic says if A is B and B is C then A is C. And for the most part, this line of reason is absolutely true. However, when things such as business and emotion are involved, this black and white logic does not always apply. Matters of fact can become blurred or redacted and a person’s statement is only good if they are able to make it in person as well as on paper. What does all this have to do with anything?
In a 250 million dollar tax fraud case against Felix Sater, which the Manhattan Court dismissed following the bouncing ball from A to Z gets a little confusing when the names Donald Trump, Tevfik Arif Doyen and a few of others are involved. The first contender with a dog in this fight is Fred Oberlander who represented a former business partner of Sater in a previous lawsuit with ties into the case dismissed in the Manhattan Court. The party he represented in that case is Jody Kriss who acted as a former partner and associates of Sater and the business venture Bayrock. The representing counsel for defense in the Manhattan case is Robert Wolf who basically only has one interest that turns out to be crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s in this Manhattan filed preceding. The last name to be attached in this most intriguing proceeding is Richard Lerner. Interestingly enough, the last name to have a interest in this matter as a whole is that of Donald Trump. It should be noted that this is the businessman Trump and not the president of the same name.
If these circles and associations of these individuals seem a little bit complicated and just a touch confusing, then the following events that bring them all together should be sure to clear things up. The Manhattan Court dismissed the file brought against Sater by Oberlander and Lerner on behalf of the government largely because the evidence hinged on information that had been already been thrown out of a previous case. That case involve Oberlander representing Jody Kriss against Tevfik Arif and Felix Sater as the cofounders of Bayrock.
Statements in that case claim that these two businessmen have questionable associations with organized crime and are involved in unconventional business practices such as embezzlement and racketeering. The results of that case are pretty much the same as the Manhattan filing, and there was no fault found within the Bayrock organization. Although its founders have a history of encountering a little bit of troubles in their business endeavors in the past.
They failed to mention this when conducting business with Donald Trump and his people. As a matter of fact, there are affidavits with Trump stating that he would not have done business with the co-founders Sater and Arif if he had known about their past. But since Jody Kriss really was not willing or able to appear in the Manhattan proceedings and the evidence that was presented had already been thrown out before, the courts had no choice but to deny the request for a quarter of a billion dollars.
However, the whole air of the situation including the Russian connects of the people involved, the dubious recollections of nearly every person giving testimony, and the not all together disasters outcomes of the business transpired is just a little bit foggy. As a matter of fact, Oberlander and Lerner themselves have been on the receiving end of a whistle blow regarding their practice of the law. And, it appears the only two people in this case that seem to have clean hands are Jody Kriss and Richard Wolf. They don’t even know each other, so that doesn’t exactly look good for everyone else involved in the matter.