MONTREAL, Jan. 17, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - US trustee David Gottlieb, appointed by a US Court in the involuntary bankruptcy of Georges Marciano, did not appear at the Montreal courthouse last Friday, despite a special order issued on December 29, 2011, by the Honourable Mark Schrager, judge of the Superior Court of Quebec. Mr. Gottlieb is facing a charge of contempt of court, which carries a fine of up to $5000 or imprisonment.
As explained by Morty Freiheit, one of the prosecutors connected with the Marciano case, "David Gottlieb seems to want to delay the application of the judgement rendered against him in the interests of his American clients." According to the documents submitted to the Superior Court, David Gottlieb is refusing not only to comply with orders and return illegally obtained documents, but he submitted them to a court in California for the benefit of his clients as part of proceedings brought against Mr. Marciano by former employees for hurt feelings.
Today the Honourable Judge Schrager issued a new order summoning David Gottlieb to appear in court on January 20. The court has demanded that if he elects not to comply, he must solemnly declare his refusal to appear and demonstrate that he understands he will be liable to a fine or a prison sentence. Furthermore, Judge Schrager was unequivocal: he will proceed on January 20 with or without Mr. Gottlieb and will rule on whether to issue an arrest warrant in his name.
On December 8, 2011, Judge Schrager rejected the search warrant and the authorization to seize assets belonging to Georges Marciano and third parties. In his judgment, Judge Schrager ordered the Gottlieb Trustee to return all assets that were seized from Mr. Marciano before the trial (artwork, luxury vehicles, properties, jewels, etc.).
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