The Cortellazzi Consortium

October 22, 2008

Arrest Of A Person Of Interest

The blog has received a significant number of visits over the past 48 hours.

One these visits is a lengthly 15 hour visit by IP 65.75.66.166 which the blog recorded on 21 and 22 October 2008.

The location of IP 65.75.66.166 so happens to be located in the Bahamas.  

The blog suspects this specific visit is in relation to Mr. Nicholas Djokich who is a person of interest to this blog.

Mr. Djokich was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on 17 October 2008 concerning a kidnapping/murder-for-hire plot:

Canadians charged in murder-for-hire scheme

October 21, 2008 07:47 PM

By John M. Guilfoil, Globe Correspondent

Two Canadian men are in custody in connection with an alleged murder-for-hire plot in which a key meeting took place in Boston.

Nicholas Djokich, 57, of Calgary, Alberta, and Eginardo Deangelis, 72, of La Salle, Quebec, were arrested by federal agents after they allegedly tried to hire an undercover agent to kidnap, extort and murder a man with whom Djokich and other investors had lost money in an investment deal gone sour.

Djokich believed he had been defrauded of his money and sought revenge, prosecutors said. The prospective victim, another Canadian national living in the Bahamas, would have been kidnapped in Florida and murdered after being forced to wire millions of dollars to Djokich.

But when the two went looking for someone to carry out their plans, they found a US Immigration and Customs Enforcement informant who introduced them to a federal agent posing as a hit man, the US Attorney’s office said in a statement.

In August, Deangelis gave the agent a $10,000 advance payment at a meeting in Vermont. Djokich and the agent met in Boston last Wednesday and agreed on a total price of $40,000 for the hit, prosecutors said.

Djokich was arrested Saturday in Los Angeles, where he was on a business trip. Deangelis was arrested Monday in Atlantic City. They were charged with conspiracy to commit kidnapping for extortion and conspiracy to commit murder. If convicted, they face life in prison and fines of up to $250,000.

Over a year ago, the blog reported Mr. Djokich’s (convicted in 2001 of tax evasion) affiliation to the Cortellazzi Consortium’s UMining Resources through a company called Trimax Capital Group which issued this glowing biography:

“Nicholas Djokich, a successful businessman, has a career spanning over 30 years in commodities trading where he has developed a unique talent in the capital markets that has assisted him in achieving his goals. Mr. Djokich brings to the Trimax Capital Group extensive experience in the capital markets, valuable contacts, innovative ideas and leadership that is all instrumental to the achievement of the corporation’s vision and goals. Mr. Djokich has founded a number of trading companies that have proven to be beneficial to the agriculture industry in Alberta and Quebec. Together with a vast knowledge of the resource sector, and an extensive financial and technological background, Mr. Djokich is poised to lead Trimax Capital Group to success.” 

Readers may find interesting Mr. Djokich’s assertion in a 2003 Quebec court case in which he gave evidence for Astral, a Bahamian company for which he was the representative :has been a commodity trader for 30 years and is the representative of Astral, which is situated in the Bahamas.”   

Mr. Djokich further asserted :”Astral is a company which in the words of its representative, Mr. Djokich, seeks out corporations that need money and eventually bails them out. “

Since our last blog report, Mr. Djokich had been a principal with a company called Trillium Management Ltd. 

On 14 February 2008 Trillium Management Ltd. signed an interesting agreement with Brisam Energy. This agreement was filed with the SEC amongst other SEC filings for Brisam Corp (symbol: BSMP) .

Interestingly enough, a few months earlier Mr. Djokich’s co-accused, Eginardo De Angelis of La Salle, Quebec also managed to secure an agreement with Brisam Energy through the auspices of his corporation Reber America Inc.

Readers may be interested in a sampling of Mr. De Angelis’ past dealings with shareholders from this 2004 Quebec Appeal Court decision:

Maria Muoio v. Eginardo De Angelis et al.

Appellant Maria Muoio («Muoio») is plaintiff in an oppression remedy against various individuals and legal persons. She claims that the is a shareholder of Reber Inc. (“Reber”) and alleges that the other two shareholders, Eginardo De Angelis and Suzanne Dumais, acted in bad faith and abused their rights as directors and used for their own benefit or for the benefit of their companies assets and moneys belonging to Reber. Reber being bankrupt, Muoio has been granted the right to proceed against De Angelis, Dumais and their companies in lieu of the trustee.

De Angelis, Dumais and their companies filed a motion to suspend the proceedings until Muoio has supplied them with her agreement with her lawyers pertaining to legal fees. They allege that as they are creditors of Reber, they have a right to join Muoio in her proceedings. The Superior Court granted their motion.

The Court of appeal concludes that Muoio’s proceedings are hybrid. Part of it is an oppression remedy, part of it is an oblique action to reconstruct the assets of Reber and part of it is a claim directly against De Angelis and Dumais.

The Court of appeal indicates that in fact, the real opponents of Muoio are De Angelis and Dumais. Their actions, if judged abusive, shall enable a condemnation for the benefit of Muoio or Reber. In such circumstances, they are not entitled to information pertaining to the relationship between Muoio and her lawyer.

The appeal is granted.

Maria Muoio v. Eginardo De Angelis et al., Court of Appeal, 500-09-014808-042, 13 December 2004, Honourable Justices Gendreau, Brossard, Hilton.

The blog will continue to monitor and inform as events occur.

Nullum est iam dictum quod non dictum sit prius  

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