Felix Henry Sater received positive news last Wednesday when he was exonerated from a $250 million tax court case through a judge’s dismissal that was brought against him by attorney Frederick Oberlander. Oberlander, at one time, represented Sater’s previous business partner and finance director, Jody Kriss, when they were suing Sater’s real estate company for alleged money laundering. Felix Sater is known for his business ties to President Donald Trump through the projects they worked on together with the infamous SoHo Hotel. Russian-American Felix Sater is an investment real estate developer who previously acted as managing director of his firm.
Justice Charles E. Ramos who was presiding over the $70 million fraudulent court case dismissed it after a short argument and briefing on the grounds that Oberlander had submitted stolen documents for evidence. The lawsuit was one of several that have been ongoing since 2010 between the three parties who worked together before the absolving of the real estate investment firm including Felix Sater, Frederick Oberlander and Richard Lerner. Attorneys Oberlander and Lerner asserted that Bayrock was actually being used as a money laundering shell and for other illegal purposes including tax evasion, bribery, pilfering, racketeering, collusion and bank fraud. The case was being heard under qui-tam parlance which permits private residents to sue for the repossession of capital allocated to the state and in return they get to keep a percentage of the salvaged funds. In the state of New York, the law permits triple the amount won under qui-tam cases so the total case’s claim is worth $250 million.
Oberlander divulged that he had constructed his qui-tam claim around privileged and confidential evidence that had been legally removed by federal magistrates. These documents that were removed from the record were done so because they were illegitimately stolen by a previous employee of Saters and leaked to Oberlander. Ramos ruled of their being inadmissible in court resulting in its dismissal. Attorney Robert Wolf, who represents Felix Sater, asserted that this attempt just like the past attempts was foreseen to be inevitably thrown out of court because it was based off of the same allegations and nullified documents as before. Oberlander, in an attempt to delude the public issued a press release that indicated attorney General Eric Schneiderman had agreed to intervene in the case. Schneiderman on the contrary informed the Supreme Court that he had actually refused to intervene. Schneiderman further articulated that the attorney general’s office would keep abreast of the case to safeguard the state’s best interest. Schneiderman and the attorney general’s office are also undergoing a criminal investigation into Oberlander and Lerner’s smear operation.
This isn’t the first misconduct citing that both Oberlander and Lerner have been issued with during court proceedings. On two separate occasions Oberlander and Lerner were consigned to the Department Of Justice for illegal contempt and misconduct during the trials against Felix Sater. Oberlander and Lerner’s efforts to persecute and harass Sater seem to be steeped in an attempt to legally …