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Twenty four board directors of MediaPro, Romania have all been arrested on suspicion of tax evasion and money laundering, while major shareholder and billionaire heir to the Estée Lauder fortune, Ronald S Lauder has not been arrested.
MediaPro are regarded in Romania as the Pinewood studio equivalent having been founded in the 1950’s and been responsible for a string of successful movies.
According to Romanian investigators the information they have is that from 2009 to 2014, the board of MediaPro was responsible for hiding cash through fictitious invoices, a large proportion of which was transferred to an unnamed organiser of the money laundering scheme. Of course this sort of allegation would need to be proven in court and this is likely to be a very lengthy process but investigators are convinced that they will be able to amass enough evidence to bring the case to trial.
Meanwhile the head of the company, Ronald Lauder, has remained the major shareholder of the company, despite resigning from the board in March 2014 shortly after the departure of his long-term business partner Adrian Sârbu, who was placed under arrest on 3 February 2015.
Mr Lauder has a $3.9 billion fortune based around his ownership of 33 other TV companies in Europe and the fortune acquired by his parents who set up leading cosmetics brand Estée Lauder. He is a well-known businessman in Jewish communities; particularly for his philanthropic work however this does not stop him having critics.
Public record shows that Mr Lauder withdrew tens of millions of dollars from the company in 2014, causing widespread outrage among the Romanian public and media. Ironically as MediaPro are massively influential in Romania, particularly with the press, the story is largely going unnoticed by many in the country.
Investigators are keen to understand all the people who were involved in this alleged money laundering operation and Romanian authorities are still pursuing the investigation. In January they arranged for the continuing detention of eleven Company executives implicated in this case.
If you are interested the original story and subsequent follow up can be viewed here
People demand information. In response to this need, courts, as well as government agencies at all levels – state, local, and federal – are all working hard to make public records accessible and viewable on their respective websites. Some are just starting to implement this policy, while some have been doing this since the 1990s.
Searching for public records – birth certificates, marriage records, family history, land records, death certificates – is now made easier than ever because of the resources available in the Internet. This is now one of the most prevalent search activities online, and now, millions of people seek historical, vital, and other documents listed publicly.
Public records are accessible to anyone who makes an effort to go to the right sources and asks for the said files.
Ways To Access Public Records
You can access public records electronically in two ways: Some government offices post them on their websites, hence granting low-cost or free access to records; courts and other government agencies sell their stored public files to information brokers and commercial data compilers. These people, in turn, make such information accessible to the public for a fee, either by special network hookups or websites.
Here are some examples of public records with personal information available online:
- Registered voter files (not allowed in some states)
- Motor vehicle records – licensing, registration, and driver history information (differs by state)
- Business and professional licenses
- Property tax assessor files – Records contain the following:
– Owner’s name
– Property description
– Property’s assessed value (obtained for taxation purposes)
– Property blueprints (for some systems)
- Court files
– Civil court recordings
– Case indices
– Bankruptcy files
– Tax liens and judgments
– Criminal conviction and arrest records, as well as warrants
Public records remain public for transparency purposes. People aim to monitor the government and take note of its official actions through these public records. They also give notice of certain individuals’ and properties’ “official” status.
Public Records Accessible Online
Public records accessible online is the citizens’ powerful weapon to make the government accountable for actions they (the government) might take.
Take note of these when accessing public records:
- These records often contain confidential and private information such as financial account numbers and Social Security numbers. You can usually find such information in child custody cases, bankruptcy filings, and divorce decrees.
- In business disputes, or even in neighbors’ disputes, there may be allegations that aren’t true.
- Family law files usually include information about children as well as allegations of negligence and/or wrongdoing of spouses, although they may not necessarily be true.
- Insurance holders’ medical conditions are made public and included in court records. Companies can use this information together with other personal matters to discourage the complainant from pushing through with court proceedings.
- Sexual harassment cases may require the defendant to state damaging statements such as the sexual history and lifestyle of the plaintiff.
- Witnesses and victims’ statements are included in the public file, and their personal safety can be jeopardized if their identities are revealed.
- Providing personal details to courts and government agencies is mandatory.
- You shouldn’t be paying for information you found online except from approved and protected state or federal resources.
To access public records such as UCCs, judgments, liens, bankruptcy records, watercraft, aircraft and stock ownership, lawsuits, death records, state corporate records, and limited partnership records, you might need to check a commercial database. For more personal information on certain people, you can also turn to commercial databases such as this website’s database. While it’s a good thing that you can access public records – especially if you need them for valid and legitimate purposes – there are, however, some privacy advocates who are not happy with the files being greatly accessible.
Not All Information Is Available Online Immediately
The amount and diversity of public records are astounding, especially if you consider the fact that some of them had just been added recently on the Web. Yet, be prepared that not all information is available online immediately; you still have to search or wait for them to be uploaded or published.
It’ll be a while before everyone gets access completely, but don’t worry as there are good old methods you can use to gain these information such as post, phone, and hard copy commercial databases. Besides, given the speed of technological advancement, you need not
Have you ever been interested in sailing lessons or just want a club to belong to? One that includes other people with the same interest and passion of sailing that you have yourself? Well, you’re in luck. I’ve put together a list of some of the best places to learn to sail in New York City.
There are plenty of different Manhattan Sailing Schools around New York City. Some include lessons for the most beginner sailors, while others are clubs that have experienced members that can teach you a lot about your hobby. Regardless of your reasons – here are some of my favorite Manhattan Sailing Schools.
Manhattan Yacht Club:
This club was established in 1987 and is one of the most premium clubs in the city. Once in, this club offers lessons to beginners, teaching them how to sail as well as the sailing culture. This is one of the most sought after clubs in the city, but it is well worth the time and investment to get in if you plan on making this a lifelong hobby.
Hudson River Community Sailing:
This club is one of the more popular clubs in New York City that offer sailing lessons. The real upside to choosing this club is that they offer academy style education and really isn’t that exclusive. Hudson River focuses on teaching passionate sailors a hobby, as opposed to trying to maintain their clubs exclusivity. If you’re a complete beginner looking to take sailing lessons with like-minded individuals, this may be the best choice for you.
Atlantic Yachting offers sailing lessons, private charters and even day camps for those looking for a quick rundown in the hobby of sailing. Their private charter service is sought after for a romantic evening on the Hudson in New York City. This club takes a more professional approach on the subject of sailing which many prefer. During your sailing lessons at Atlantic Yachting, you will learn all the basic of sailing to include rigging, docking, hosting sails, knots and tackling.
Offshore Sailing Club:
This Manhattan sailing school and club is very beginner friendly. They offer beginner classes that span over three day long session and will teach you what you need to know to get out on the water. Advanced courses are also available for those looking to expand their sailing skill set and move forward in the hobby.
However, the Offshore Sailing Club isn’t just a sailing school. It also offers unlimited day sailing for those looking for a nice day out on the water. This is an excellent choice for those looking to join a nice, fun, beginner friendly club and is a highly recommended Manhattan sailing school
So there you have it. This is my personal list of some of the best places to get Sailing Lessons NYC. No matter if you’re a beginner or the most advanced sailor on the sea, you can find a home in one of these four Manhattan Sailing Schools. Take your time, conduct your interviews and pick the one that’s right for you and your family as this is a hobby that can be passed down from generation to generation.