POLICE, lawyers, a court official and a locksmith as well as three moving trucks just showed up at the prestigious Bellagio Tower in upscale Punta Pacifica. As we speak, the authorities are emptying the apartment in the Bellagio Tower where Monte Friesner and his wife/accomplice Tatiana Nazarova live, following a court ordered secuestro. The couple owes about $60,000 in rent and has, despite numerous promises, failed to pay.
When the sequester is done, they have 7 days to pay back rent, legal and court cost, or otherwise the sequestered assets are auctioned.
"If he moves other furniture to the apartment we will sequester that as well", the landlord told Bananama Republic, adding, "He fucked with the wrong person this time".
The action is just part of a myriad of legal and financial problems Friesner and Nazarova face, ranging from criminal defamation to mortgage fraud.
Refresh this page for updates which we'll post as events unfold!
UPDATE 12:34: They're still doing inventory. Friesner isn't there. Reportedly, Tatiana Nazarova is frantically trying to come up with money. Probably won't work.
UPDATE 12:59: So, if they don't come up with the money - which is very likely - how does the auctioning work? Some info here. Flatscreen, anyone?
UPDATE 13:07: Remember José García, Friesner's in-house lawyer who spent four years in jail for aggravated fraud before reaching a settlement with his victims? He's been on the scene most of the morning trying to reach some sort of settlement. Which we don't think is gonna succeed. Friesner, meanwhile, is at his office.
UPDATE 14:47: As they were finishing the inventory and getting ready to load up the trucks, Tatiana Nazarova showed up with enough cash to "satisfy the sequester", the moving party was stayed and a court-prepared agreement executed. That means Friesner can sleep in his own bed. The question is for how long, because as said, this was just a small part of his legal and financial troubles.
UPDATE 15:10: We just learned a bit more. Nazarova has now paid rent up to December 31st of last year, and still owes January 2011. As the landlord put it to your Bananama Republic: "I assure you I would rather have the money than the furniture". Papers are being filed to remove the fraudulent lien on the property placed by Herbert Young's company. The criminal case for mortgage fraud is alive and well and being investigated - verifying authenticity of evidence etc. - by the DIJ.
UPDATE 15:24: Emailed question from a reader: Where did she get the cash? Dipping into Pronto Cash cardholders accounts, maybe?