In two recordings, which are apparently related, former MP and businessman Dimitar Lambovski and former lawyer Rumen Hinov are documented refusing to transfer money to the accounts of Lambovski’s lender, Marshall Credit Group. As his main argument, Hinov cites a summons to the Specialized Prosecutor’s Office by the head of the Specialized Court , Marietta Raykova, for a meeting with an unnamed prosecutor who threatened him with a money laundering case if he made a deal.
In the conversations, Lambovski claimed that Hinov was his lender and that he had transferred his company to him, of which his chauffeur had previously been the fictitious owner. According to records, Alexander Borisov Alexandrov transferred ownership to Hinov. He is a related person to Lambowski.
Hinov claims that he is close to the president of the Specialised Court of Appeal – Marietta Raykova and was warned at a meeting organised by her not to transfer money to accounts related to Veselin Denkov.
In the recording Hinov explains how he knows Raikova:“we are close, we studied together“. When he was asked to comment on whether he knew Raikova, Hinov first replied “I don’t know what you’re talking about”, then when the question was repeated replied that he did not know her, contrary to his claims in the recording.
Asked to comment by e-mail whether she knew Rumen Hinov, Marietta Raykova confirmed that she had studied with Hinov but had not been in touch with him since.
“I had a person with these names during my studies at St. Kliment Ohridski”, but I have not communicated with him since then, i.e. for 25 years.
Raikova denied that she had discussed anything related to her work with Hinov: “I have not communicated with a person named Rumen Hinov neither on files of the Specialized Prosecutor’s Office nor on any other occasion.”
Lambovski himself was contacted by the BRRD and familiar with the details of the recordings, but denied any such conversation took place.
“Meet. This is Rumen Hinov, the scammer from Kyustendil”
In the first entry, a representative of Marshall Credit Group, whom Lambovski calls “Bate Danny” Lambovski, is introduced as Rumen Hinov, a lawyer and listed attorney with a very bad reputation. His name is associated with property fraud. Various publications claim that he was in prison, but it is not clear whether he was convicted. Dimitar Lambovski presents them eloquently:
Lambovski: This is Rumen Hinov, a fraudster from Kyustendil
Daddy Danny: But is he a crook?
Lambovski: I think he’s the best.
The three speak of some separate portions on the property to be sold, which has a mortgage with the Marshall Credit Group, and that Lambowski is “some kind of hidden payee.” He bore all the burden of responsibility, and they the assets.
Bate Danny: Joro (the buyer) has found some defect – 206 sq. ft. lot.
The Joro in question worked with Pascal – the one with the cigarettes (a known smuggler), not the one with the gym.
In the course of the conversation Hinov points out his closeness with the state prosecution and with Marietta Raykova:
At the Specialized Prosecutor’s Office and there I was told that if I how to explain it understandably… to make an account, as the holder of the asset, if a transfer is made to your company, most likely I will be “attached” as an independent secondary money laundering. I was told this directly.
Daddy Danny: What does that have to do with anything?
HINOV: Well, since there’s a deal, I’m here so we know what we’re doing about it.
Daddy Danny: And where is the laundry?
Hinov: ‘Nobody cares about that in this country. Here we are not arguing about the legal problem, we are arguing about the fact that for some reason the prosecution is figuratively blocking payments to your company.
Bate Danny: Every day there are payments to the company…
HINOV: I hope it’s probably being monitored, though. (…) I am here to see if I am really threatened by such a thing and how this problem can be solved. Because I’m not going to risk, whatever happens, going off to Cherkovana… (phone rings) …the shit that happened to the main partner in the firm, I don’t want it to happen to me either, I’m telling myself honestly, regardless of what Mr. Lambowski thinks, you or… I’m just saying….
Daddy Danny: That sounds ridiculous.
Hinov: it doesn’t sound like it, because I’ve been through it…
Daddy Danny: And who from the SP?
Hinov: It’s not the administrative head who was fired, I mean he was moved…
Daddy Danny: So? Is the prosecutor’s name a secret?
Hinov: For now, yes.
The conversation, according to Hinov, was informal. Bate Danny points out that 2 repayments have been made in recent weeks. One for 700 000 BGN but no one has hooked the borrowers. Hinov then explains:
Actually, they took me to the prosecutor’s office and they took me to the chairwoman of the SNC, Maria, she is known to me. Judge Maria, known from Tarnovo.
Daddy Danny: Marietta?
Hinov: Exactly. And he told me, it’s serious, we know each other, I’m doing it for you. So, all in all, I’m very worried about this thing. Ultimately, a legal dispute about the constitutionality of an act is decided by the same court that it controls. And I don’t want to talk or even make it happen. I mean, I’m always of the principle of better not doing an act than arguing with the state and its authorities about constitutionality, culpability and what not.
Hinov reiterates that he does not want to order money to the accounts of Marshall Credit Group, so that he is not investigated for money laundering. The three of them came to the conclusion that Hinov should transfer the money to Lambovki and he should repay his debt of BGN 1 185 000.
Father Danny: You’ve been warned by the presiding judge?
Hinov: No, from the prosecutor’s office, where I was brought with protection by the president of the Specialized Criminal Court, who is a very, very, good friend of mine.
Hinoff’s words, if true, justify the hypothesis that the state prosecution and the NSA are engaged in unregulated pressure on a lending institution and prevent the collection of debts from borrowers. It appears that the Specialized Justice acts as a bat for serving business interests and is not an instrument for fighting crime.
“It will stay inside for years”
In a subsequent entry, it is made clear that an inventory of Lambovski’s assets will be initiated because he is not repaying his obligations to Marshall Credit Group. The scandal began when an employee of the bailiff Marian Petkov served a notice to Dimitar Lambovski that his property would be inventoried because his debt to Marshall Credit Group had become due. Lambovski took out a loan from Veselin Denkov’s credit institution, intending to repay it when he sold Stoyan Mavrodiev a property in Greece. In a previous post it became clear that Mavrodiev bought the property so that Borisov could move his mistress from Barcelona to Greece.
When the notice that his property would be inventoried was served on him, Lambowski began threatening representatives of the Marshall Credit Group. Out of his fear, Hinov, who accompanies him, sends a message to the CSI, which can be taken as a threat.
Lambovsky: I’ve been feeling sorry for Vesko until now that he’s in, but as of tomorrow, count on him staying in for years.
Hinov: What is the CSI?
Hinoff: So tell Marian, if only and only, that last time what happened to him with the pipe (he was beaten with a pipe) could happen again if he continues like this, only with such monetary relationships…
Lambovsky: Do you know how he untied my hands? Because until now I have not wanted to make restrictions to Vesko. Starting tomorrow, just watch! Watch the media first!
Not from tomorrow, from Friday, watch the media, how I have brought the money back to the office to be given to Pifa, what dates, what statements! Just watch the Friday media! From here, the second accusation does not move, because the first one is arranged.. (inaudible) This accusation will not pass, because it is sewn with white threads. But this thing is such an insult to me that I cannot forget. (…) I don’t mind, I tell you I will block it for 3-4 years, I don’t mind. A man, when he doesn’t judge his position at a given moment and does such things, it’s his decision! He has made up his mind, he will be fine come election time. Second, third, fifth. But I’m not right not to say where.
Ivaylo Georgiev – Pifa is Denkov’s co-defendant on charges of usury and OCG.
When passions have already settled down Lambowski says they are going to a deal for the property, which is mortgaged. In the course of the conversation, Hinov reiterates that he is a known fraudster, stressing that Denkov’s lawyer introduced him as such at the Marshall Credit Group office.
“In Spetses they ripped out his kidneys and took everything from him and his dog and his wife.”
Subsequently, Lambowski insisted that Marshall Credit Group sell his obligations to a third party as an assignment. Hinov is presented in the situation as a creditor of Lambovski. Lambovski even wants to be authorized to sell his obligations to Denkov to a third party. Hinov insists that Denkov will be accused of money laundering and will become “like Navalny”.
“Apparently, Mr Denkov and the company are favourites of the prosecution at the moment. Even though they haven’t indicted you for OCG and money laundering, they’ll probably set you up anyway. If not today, it will be tomorrow. It doesn’t matter, because an accusation more or less, it’s not scary. Everyone has a few in this country. He might become an active fighter one day, against the government that repressed him, like Navalny, something like that. And on this occasion I was contacted by the Specialized Criminal Court. As I said to Daria, we are close, we studied together and so on, it doesn’t matter, and they said that it would be nice if I talked to prosecutors in the Specialized Prosecution Office, to whom Mr Denkov is supervised.”
Hinov refused to answer which prosecutor he had spoken to, but claimed that he had been told how the KPKONPI would deal with the matter and would most likely block Denkov’s assets, including the shares in Marshall, as well as the company itself, for money laundering. “And they said you’re our boy, hoodoo boy, I don’t know if that’s true, I have no idea, but it’s nice not to pay any money into Marshall Credit Group accounts so you don’t get hurt.” Otherwise, there was a danger that he too would fall into the money laundering hypothesis. Hinoff claimed that he had financed Lambowski and had acquired rights to the properties and was the title holder. Hinoff and Lambowski claimed they had a buyer, but they would not transfer his money into their accounts. In the conversation, it becomes clear that Denkov has described Hinov as a fraudster from Kyustendil, but Lambovski disagrees with this “wording”.
“Well, I’m a cheater from Kyustendil, but I’m a cheater from Sofia. As they say, we have done everything in our lives. Everyone has done something. Because he wasn’t a checker, everyone was something”
The Marshall Credit Group representative says Denkov is frustrated because things are happening that he doesn’t know about. Then Lambovski replies “What doesn’t he know that I’m transferring my company? From my driver going to Rumen? Because Rumen and I have other arrangements, he’s given me additional financing, and he’s asking for collateral with a first and second mortgage (….) you’ve got your 100% guarantee. You can’t get out of a first mortgage. What are you gonna do, I transferred the company because we didn’t want any other mortgages to secure my other money, O.K., but that doesn’t hurt the lender. There’s your collateral. A property for a million and eight hundred thousand Euros, for which 450 were given, of which I have been paying money for 3-4 years, and now I owe 600… sorry!”
“He was refused quite upstairs by Sarai”
His lawyer responds that he is only claiming contractual interest and no liquidated damages. This is Denkov’s curtsy. “You’re the only borrower who hasn’t claimed penalties, we’re not going to charge them in the lawsuit.”
In the conversation, Lambovski insists that the credit institution will be examined by the prosecutor’s office, as “a laundry for Denkov’s money”, and Hinov adds that “they caught a man and held him for 8 months and ripped out his kidneys and took everything from him and his dog and his wife and his baby, that they are an OCG, I’m telling you straight out that you don’t know what’s going on in Spetses apparently.” Lambowski states that if he is patient enough he will be left without a lender because Marshall Credit Group will be wiped out as a lending institution. Lambowski points out that he has not been unfaithful, but the last 7-8 months as the situation has changed with him he has stopped repaying.
“I’m not to blame for what happened to Vesko, nor did I say anything, anywhere. (….) When he was inside, I provided stuff right away, you know, how to get out of inside. Ivayla went, but they refused him quite upstairs to Sarai, however I gave them to him.”
Ivayla Bakalova is the wife of Veselin Denkov and has a child by Rumen Gaitanski – Vulka, who is an official partner of Ahmed Dogan. Asked to comment on whether she had communicated with “Saraya”, as the residence of the honorary chairman of the MRF Ahmed Dogan is called, she said there was no such communication, she had spoken with him only once and was not sent anywhere by Lambovski.
Hinoff chimes in “Are you willing to roughly spank the buyer , while he is still “alive” and willing or do you wish to clash? As you judge.” The buyer is described as being “Pascal’s man and has money from other things”.
Lambovski announces that he is the subject of operational interest and is listened to and watched because he jumped on Geshev and went to the “dwarfs”. He brags that under Boyko Stankushev (the Anti-Corruption Fund) his “video” has 2 million views and “the Americans are funding it”. He also makes the “they didn’t take me in, but they listen to me from everywhere”.
Besides Lambovski, Denkov’s wife Ivayla Bakalova also made a video for AKF. She provided recordings with the former MP and prime minister’s corruption adviser Yane Yanev, whose mediation she sought to get her husband out of custody. Bakalova’s confession also mentions the story of Borissov’s mistress moving from Barcelona, but not to Greece, but to Dubai, where she helped arrange a school for her child.
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