Separation agreement scam by Heather Kobayashi Brogren
Date First Reported: October 2012
Primary Name Associated: Heather Brogren
Description of Potential Fraud:
A lawyer in Ontario and one in California have notified us that they’ve been contacted by the purported Heather Kobayashi Brogren 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:
From: Heather Kobayashi Brogren
Subject: Good Morning
Date: October 8, 2012 2:39:27 PM EDT
To: lawyer email
I would like to file a petition against my ex-husband for failure to comply with court-ordered payments of child, spousal and medical support.
Please let me know if you handle such cases.
Heather Kobayashi Brogren
One lawyer who replied got this response:
Thank you for your prompt response. Am residing in South Korea for an assignment at present and my ex-spouse and Kelvin Brogren(ex-spouse) lives in San Jose,CA .
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 agreement.
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