Separation agreement scam by Hanako Simmons
Date First Reported: June 2013
Primary Name Associated: Hanako Simmons
Description of Potential Fraud:
Over 80 lawyers in the U.S. have notified us that they were contacted by the purported Hanako Simmons 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:
I wish to file a case against my ex-spouse for failure to make court ordered
payments of Child, spousal and medical support. Please reply via:
A lawyer who replied got this response and fake documentation:
Thank you for your prompt response. Sorry for the delay. Am in Japan for an assignment and Konami Simmons (ex spouse) lives in Durham, North Carolina. Due to the time difference (+13hrs EST) it is a little bit difficult to determine the best time to call you. Following our divorce, we agreed under a negotiated settlement agreement which is incorporated, merged into and made part of the court decree for a onetime cash settlement of $557,000.00USD for Family support (this includes child support, alimony and medical support). To his credit, he has paid me $208,000.00USD from a total of $557,000.00 but still owing $349.000.00USD and the due time for completion of payment is over. Thus, I request your legal counsel and representation to enforce the final judgment thereby compelling him to remit the balance owed me. He is aware of my intention to seek legal actions. Attached is a copy of the separation agreement, and Final Judgment and I will be pleased to provide further information on this case on request. I desire to retain your law firm, please forward your firm’s retainer fee agreement so that we can proceed. Thank you and have a pleasant day.
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