Blog: Ties to Russian Organized Crime Alleged in Blockbuster New Lawsuit Against Scientologist-Owned GPB Capital - 2019-11-07
The law firms of Peiffer, Wolf, Carr & Kane and Meyer Wilson conducted a news conference today in which whistleblower Toni Caiazzo Neff laid bare allegations against GPB Capital and its Scientologist owner David Gentile.
Neff's revelations include David Gentile's ties to reputed Russian organized crime figure Mikhail Chernaya a/k/a Michael Cherney. From the news conference:
Russian crime connections. While the GPB Ponzi scheme formally began in 2013 the seeds of this fraud were sowed years before when David Gentile became involved with an Eastern European organized crime family headed by Michael Chernaya a/k/a Michael Cherney. Gentile's relationship with Chernaya, his organization, and his family ultimately led to GPB's first portfolio assets and GPB investor funds flowing to Chernaya's organization, an organization that included David Gentile. Michael Chernaya's ties to foreign crime syndicates, the mafia and Russian oligarchs are extensive and well-documented. He has been denied a visa by the United States. He has been barred from Bulgaria. Court documents reveal that although he is not in the United States, his two daughters, Rina and Diana Chernaya, live in Florida and have been the recipients of tens of millions of dollars from their father.