A straw manager at the Karamboy estate, a 36-year-old tennis teacher along with three other people, including a notary, was indicted on April 22 in Pontoise (Val d’Oise) for “money laundering, fraud and counterfeit use” before being imprisoned . This Tuesday, the athlete asked to be released in front of the instruction room in Versailles (Evelyn).
The case began on February 16, 2022 in Pontoise when a liquidator sounded the alarm, surprised by the role the takeover of a real estate company had taken in disrepair. This family of Portuguese descent owns three buildings, including the one they live in in Villeneuve-la-Garenne (Hauts-de-Seine). “The occupants of the building refuse to leave the building and actually threaten the potential buyer who would rather throw in the towel,” says one judge.
Miracle takeover proposal
Suddenly, a lawyer steps in and offers to buy back the shares on behalf of Octopus, for just over €800,000. He produced a document handwritten by a notary certifying that the company had just sold a property in Rueil-Malmaison (Hauts-de-Seine) for an equivalent amount. Investigators discovered that there had indeed been a sale but for a lower amount of €300,000. The head of the octopus, octopus in English, is Maxim L. This tennis teacher at Bondi (Seine-Saint-Denis) doesn’t spend all his time correcting his students’ favours, and their shots at the sports league that pays him the minimum wage.
Oddly enough, he is the director of nearly fifteen companies engaged in catering, real estate, construction and entertainment, located in Seine-et-Marne, Seine-Saint-Denis and Hautes-de-Seine. Financial investigators point out that Octopus uses several “taxi companies” that transfer money on their accounts, the consistency of which is not clear to realize. The police indicated that about 500,000 euros, mainly from the Aid, Solidarity and Partial Unemployment Fund from the health crisis, were circulated like tennis balls on the accounts of these companies before leaving the stadium.
A student’s father held him in bondage
In mid-April, investigators launched an operation. They arrested the tennis teacher at his house in Bobigny (Seine-Saint-Denis), a father and son in Villeneuve-la-Garenne and a notary in his office. The latter asserts that he wrote a strange testimony and admits to making a mistake. The two men from Villeneuve confess that they do not want to lose their home. Maxim asserts that he lent his name to the business of the father of one of his students, who, he says, put him under influence. “This is my fault,” he explains. I met this guy because his daughter was taking lessons with me. I did not know how to reject his proposals. »
His attorney asserts that he is nothing but a straw manager and that he is neither the architect nor the beneficiary of these embezzlement. Since the famous father of a student was not arrested, the justice decided to keep Maxim in prison for the time being.