Date First Reported: February 2012

Primary Name Associated: Valerie Yashushi

Description of Potential Fraud:


Over 50 lawyers in the U.S. and Canada have notified us that they’ve been contacted by the purported Valerie (or Shima) Yashushi (or Yasushi) with regards 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:

From: acs35 [email protected]
To: lawyer name
Sent: Thu, Feb 9, 2012 3:19 pm
Subject: Re: Contempt of Judgement

I want to know if your firm handles cases regarding contempt of judgement resulting from dissolution of marriage.

When a lawyer responded he received the following reply and documentation.

Thank you for your prompt response. Currently am living in South Korea for an assignment and Graham Yasushi (ex spouse) lives in Tucson, AZ. Due to the time difference (+13hrs EST) it is a little bit difficult to determine the best time to call you. We agreed under a Collaborative Law Agreement attached to this mail for a onetime cash settlement of $496,500.00USD to his credit, he has paid me $183,500.00USD but still owing $313.000.00USD. Hence, I need your counsel in order to collect the balance owed to me under the settlement agreement. The Final Decree of Divorce also attached makes reference to a Settlement Agreement being attached to and incorporated therein. He is aware of my intention to seek legal actions. I will be pleased to provide further information on this matter 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 have a pleasant day.

Valerie Yasushi
Address: 112-36 Daechi 5-dong, Apt 2, Gangnam-gu, Seoul 135-502, South Korea

Yashushi Divorce Decree
Yashushi Entitlement Agreement
Yashushi Collaborative Agreement

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