Tatlici Brothers Fraud Allegations Extended Again to Florida Courts

Mehmet Tatlici

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PALM BEACH, FLORIDA, USA, February 23, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Another soap opera-worthy chapter in the Tatlici family saga, involving a deceased father, his step-children, his deceased ex and his surviving wife, and a disagreement over an inheritance, recently played out in Palm Beach , Florida (Case No: 39-502018CA002361XXXXMB).

Less than a month after his father’s death in 2009, Mehmet Tatlici, the son of a previous marriage, filed a lawsuit in Palm Beach alleging that certain Florida properties were part of his father’s estate. , the late Mr. Salih Tatlici.

In the more than 12 years of legal wrangling, the case, for some reason, had never gone to trial.

Court documents said this was because none of Mehmet Tatlici’s claims were supported by Florida law, indicating the evidence he presented was not admissible in court.

Lawyers say all parties involved are from Turkey; the Turkish courts have pronounced the judgment on alimony and the estate of the late Mr. Salih Tatlici is also in Turkey.
Naturally, the question is “why is the case being heard in Florida instead of their home country of Turkey?”

Regardless, after more than twelve years, the case went to trial by jury in January 2022, resulting in a verdict of $62,345.38 against Mr. Salih’s surviving wife. Tatlici.

An inheritance claim under the Florida Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act (FUFTA)?
Mehmet Tatlici’s attorney, Jeremy D. Friedman, a personal injury attorney with Downs Law Group, claimed that Mehmet’s protected share in the estate allowed him to pursue a fraudulent conveyance action under FUFTA.

The properties in dispute were however titled in the names of Ugur and Nurten Tatlici, and the late Mr. Salih Tatlici never owned the said properties, replied the lawyer for Ugur and Nurten Tatlici.
Mehmet Tatlici’s “motivation for pursuing his baseless allegations in this action can be summed up in one simple word – greed,” said Steven Goerke, attorney for Ugur and Nurten Tatlici in Florida, on the matter.

Many twists and turns in the journey
Bound by the shares his father deemed appropriate in his will, Mehmet Tatlici seemed to find a subtle way to ask for more than his share provided. Mehmet Tatlici has exceeded the alleged rights of his mother, Bedriye Tatlici, arising from an alimony judgment against the late Mr Salih Tatlici who entered Turkey 34 years ago in 1988.

Something rare happened during the course, and Turkey revived its currency in 2005. It dropped six zeros on the Turkish lira in hopes of ending decades of hyperinflation in Turkey.

A quick calculation showed that 1,000,000,000 TL for lump sum payment and 5,000,000 TL for Bedriye Tatlici’s monthly alimony became 1,000 New Turkish Liras (YTL) and 5 New Turkish Liras (YTL), respectively after the redenomination.

Allegations of misrepresentation and fraud in court
It has been alleged that Mehmet Tatlici and his attorney Jeremy D. Friedman misrepresented the value of an alimony judgment allegedly awarded to Mehmet Tatlici, failing to recognize the monetary law that led to the removal of six zeros from the Turkish lira in 2005. .

In addition to misrepresenting the value of the judgment, whether Mr. Salih Tatlici actually satisfied the alimony judgment and whether the assignment was valid were also issues during the trial.

Another question went to the heart of the mission’s validity, which Bedriye Tatlici put his finger on instead of his signature. To confirm the validity and existence of the surrender and fingerprint, Bedriye Tatlici was repeatedly summoned to court, but for unknown reasons she did not appear in order to authenticate her fingerprints.

Whether the late Mr. Salih Tatlici actually paid child support and Bedriye Tatlici actually ceded his rights to his son, Mehmet Tatlici, will be a cliffhanger, as Bedriye Tatlici is now deceased.

However, this is not the first time that Mehmet Tatlici and Jeremy D. Friedman have been accused of making false statements.
In another action in Palm Beach Court, Mehmet Tatlici’s attorney, “Jeremy Friedman, Esq. and the Downs Law Group, PA, aided in court fraud by admitting into evidence false documents in support of a huge but fictitious claim for damages. Mr. Friedman then argued to the jury that the jury should award the false damages claimed. . . “, affirmed the lawyer of Ugur Tatlici.

Among the exhibits, it was also revealed that Mehmet Tatlici had presented a false expert report to the Palm Beach court, issued by an unlicensed appraiser who is now under investigation.
Turkish national newspapers Milliyet and Vatan covered the story, and as a result, Mehmet Tas, the court-appointed expert, published a false and misleading report by assessing the value of Mr. Salih Tatlici’s estate in favor of certain heirs, including Mehmet Tatlici, and his valuation license issued by the Capital Markets Board of Turkey is permanently canceled due to this report. Mehmet Tas was later charged by Turkish prosecutors with abuse of public duty and misrepresentation by an expert witness. He now faces 9 years in prison.

The report of court-appointed expert Mehmet Tas includes exactly the same summary sheet and titles of the report of the expert witness appointed by the party – the report submitted by Mehmet Tatlici – to the court, and in fact both reports even contain the same spelling errors to a T, which would be naïve to consider it a mere coincidence, the lawyers said.

Shrouded in mystery, but not without question
Mr. Salih Tatlici was the 27th richest person in Turkey according to Forbes magazine when he died.
Some have wondered if and why such a wealthy man would avoid paying such small child support in 1995 to his ex-wife. It didn’t sit well with a man who wanted to hide his billion-dollar fortune under threat of very small judgment and would buy a million-dollar worth of cross-border property to do so.

Why Bedriye Tatlici, the ex-wife, has never sought child support for more than two decades since the judgment was handed down also remains a mystery.

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