Collaborative family law agreement scam by Zulian Yoshikazu
Description of Potential Fraud:
Nearly forty lawyers from Canada and the U.S. have notified us that they’ve been contacted by the purported Zulian Yoshikazu with regards to a to a collaborative family law agreement dispute. This is a fraud we have seen before under several other names and similar scenarios. For details on how this fraud works and a full list of names attached to it see our Confirmed Fraud page.
Here is the initial email:
Date: Wed, May 23, 2012 at 9:13 AM
Subject: Possible Litigation
I want to know if your firm handles cases regarding violation of judgment
of marriage dissolution.
A lawyer who responded received the following reply and fake documentation:
Thank you for your prompt response. Am residing in South Korea for an
assignment at present and my ex-spouse and Warren Yoshikazu
(ex-spouse) lives in Troy, MI, Due to the time difference (+13hrs
EST), it is a little bit difficult to determine the best time to call
you. Following my previous mail, My ex-spouse and I agreed under a
Collaborative Law Agreement which incorporated by reference was
approved, merged into and made part of the court order for a cash
settlement of $698,000.00USD, for child support, spousal support, etc,
To his credit, he has paid me $260,500.00USD but still owing
$437.500.00USD and the stipulated time for completion of payment has
long elapsed. Therefore, breaching the court’s decree with regards to
payment of divorce settlement. He is aware of my intention to seek
legal actions. Attached is a copy of the Collaborative Law Agreement,
Entitlement Settlement Agreement and the Court’s Decree (i.e. Divorce
Decree) and I will be pleased to provide further information on this
case on request. I have already advised him I am planning on retaining
your firm. Kindly send me your firm’s retainer fee agreement so that
we can proceed. Thank you and I await your email with the retainer
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