One of the offshore companies of controversial Bulgarian businessman Nikolay Banev, disclosed by the Bulgarian 24 Hours daily, a media partner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) in the project #PanamaPapers was used to bankrupt the company FIC AKB Fores, documents from the Trade Register show.
According to ruling 6789 from 2013 of notorious judge Rumyana Chenalova from the Sofia City Court, the company Dutch Dream, which inherited Financial-industrial Concern AKB Fores, was declared bankrupt in legal proceedings initiated by Huntley Overseas Trading – Banev’s offshore.
The claims of Huntley (owned by Banev) to Dutch Dream (owned by Banev) involved Huntley financing the purchase of two Cessna aircraft, and Dutch Dream failing to return the money.
Chenalova agreed that there was evidence to undertake a protective measure and appointed a temporary trustee for Dutch Dream.
Meanwhile Dutch Dream had large debts to the Bulgarian Agency for Privatization and Post Privatization Control (APPC), which was trying to collect them by imposing a lien and selling its property.
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Thus, through bogus loans from offshore companies owned by Banev, he cheated the State in order to not pay his obligations under the privatization contract, something Bivol has been covering extensively for years.
Nikolay Banev’s name appears in a diplomatic cable of former US Ambassador in Sofia James Pardew from 2005, focusing on Bulgarian organized crime, and leaked by Wikileaks. It notes the following:
The AKB CORPORATION, headed by NIKOLAI YORDANOV BANEV (Bulgarian citizen born 16 August 1959), was involved mainly in privatizing state-owned industries. Its primary illegal activities include privatization fraud and corruption.
Една от офшорките на Николай Банев разкрити в от в. “24 часа“, медиен партньор на ICIJ в проекта #PanamaPapers е използвана, за да се фалира “ФИК АКБ-Форес” АД, показват документи от Търговския регистър.
A “Banev” offshore also got in the line of creditors after the bankruptcy of another one of his companies – Polimeri. Drun Asset Management had claimed 1.15 million levs, but failed to produce evidence and the trustee rejected its claims.
Drun Asset Management is currently the owner of several companies that are on the boards of Banev’s companies, including Dutch Dream, a check in the information system Daxy shows.
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