Three U.S. lawyers have notified us that they’ve been contacted by the purported Meg Li Martinez 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 examples of other names attached to this kind of fraud see our Confirmed Fraud Page. For an explanation of how this fraud works see our Fraud Fact Sheet.
Here is the initial email:
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, May 20, 2013 10:49 AM
Subject: Contempt Petition
I wish to file a case against my ex-husband for failure to make court
ordered payments of family settlement. If you handle such case, reply to:
A lawyer who replied got this response and fake documentation:
Thanks for your responds, I am glad for the opportunity given me to explain everything concerning my case to you. I can also be reach on (253)785-0889, or my private number on (617) 383-7494 . but am presently going out to check on my cousin who is admitted in the hospital. I don’t really know when I will get back home but it is imperative for me to give you a detailed rundown of my legal issue with my ex-husband. I may likely call you later today.
As, you know my name is Meg Li Martinez I was born 10th August 1967 by Mr and Mrs Johnson Li Williams, I got married 3rd of October 1997 at Fukuoka Family Court in Japan. I work with Tang Technologies and presently the regional supervisor of the company. I have 3 kids for Charles Martinez (ex-husband) Lauren Martinez 15yrs,Sumiko Martinez 12yrs and Chikako Martinez 10yrs.
My ex-husband is a citizen of the United States of America and lives (Suffolk County,Massachusetts). We started having issues when I discovered that he was having an affair with a lady who got pregnant for him. I filed for a divorce and was granted on the 6th of December 2012,whereby we entered into an agreement for child support, spousal support and Medical support. The family support agreement was total $593,400 and on that same day we entered into the agreement he paid the sum of $252,800 balancing the sum of $340,600 which was suppose to be paid to me by February 28th 2013.Up till today he has not paid even a dollar from the balance sum.
During, my findings to take legal action against him, I was advised by my former attorney that I can only seek fair hearing If only I retain an attorney who resides in his jurisdictions. I carried out a little research and found your firm under the same county where he lives and I also looked into your legal success and professionalism which is satisfactory.
Also, I will want you to know that my ex-husband has the financial capacity to pay the balance that he owes (our family, my 3 children and I) .I know vividly that with your legal understanding of my case compelling my ex-husband with the Agreement and decree we both entered enforcing the court order will not be difficult or complicated. I am also optimistic that if your firm sends him a demand letter about the legal implication of his breach of the court order, it will create a rapid responds from him.
However, when am back from the hospital hopefully by tomorrow but if not, I will instruct my eldest son Lauren Martinez to Scan and send you the copy of the Decree of Divorce and Separation Agreement. I will want this case to be handled with utmost commitment and time is very essential I will be pleased to send you further information’s about my case and I shall send your firm the Hard copies of the documents in my possession when retained.
Kindly send me a copy of your draft agreement to have a better understanding of your firms terms and condition if acceptable by me. I look forward to hearing from you soon and also expect my calls soonest.
Meg Li Martinez
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