OJ Simpson may not have to start all over when he is released as soon as Monday.
An audio recording obtained by DailyMailTV reveals OJ may have secretly hid his money in offshore bank accounts prior to being jailed for kidnapping and armed robbery.
Simpson was famously acquitted of the double murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman in 1995, but a civil court jury in 1997 found Simpson liable for their deaths and ordered him to pay $33.5 million in damages to their families.
However, the disgraced NFL star seems to have protected his assets and could have millions of dollars tucked away ready for his release. Enforcement lawyer David Cook, who represents Ron’s father Fred Goldman, has been unsuccessfully trying to access the former star’s assets for the past 20 years.
From The Daily Mail:
The audio tape sheds doubt on whether the 70-year-old nicknamed “The Juice” has been truthful about his financial situation over the years.
DailyMailTV can reveal the total amount of damages Simpson is on the hook for has ballooned to more than $100 million due to interest on the original amount.
Cook, 68, suspects an offshore account exists and he vows not to stop until he finds all of Simpson’s alleged hidden assets.
‘We’ve heard about that over the years and I have asked OJ about his assets and he didn’t disclose any offshore bank accounts, but that doesn’t mean anything,’ Cook told DailyMailTV.
‘Do I think he has an offshore bank account? That’s a good conclusion. How much does he have in it? God only knows,’ he added, acknowledging the figure could potentially run into millions of dollars.
‘Mr Simpson has made it very clear that he will not work for Fred Goldman, he has no interest in compensating Mr Goldman, he is in a state of complete denial, which is a continuing affront to all justice.
‘Whatever hole Mr Simpson hides his money in, I’ll find it.’
The bombshell recording that mentions the offshore accounts was captured seconds after the robbery in Las Vegas when Simpson and his gun-toting entourage burst into a hotel room to retrieve sports memorabilia the star believed had been stolen from him.
In the recording, memorabilia collector Bruce Fromong, a long-time friend of Simpson, can be heard speaking with fellow collector Alfred Beardsley, who has since died, about the violent incident that had ended minutes earlier.
Fromong was furious and in a rant, during which he threatened to kill Simpson, he let slip that he had personally helped the star set up offshore accounts.
He is heard saying: ‘Nobody puts a gun in my f***ing face. I stood up for the motherf***er (Simpson) while he was in jail, I stood up for him in the press, I stood up for him on the stand.
‘I helped him set up his f***ing offshore accounts. Don’t f*** with me. It’s not over. It’s not f***ing over.’
When DailyMailTV approached Fromong about the recording he refused to comment.
The dramatic audio clip obtained by DailyMailTV was made by sports collectibles dealer Tom Riccio who helped orchestrate the ill-fated memorabilia recovery mission that day September 13, 2007 and recorded part of the confrontation in room 1203 at the Palace Station hotel in Vegas.
At least part of the recording was released back in 2007. The tape was used as evidence at Simpson’s trial in 2008, and Fromong’s testimony during the trial was a vital part of the prosecution’s case in finding Simpson guilty.
Simpson was convicted of robbery, kidnapping and assault charges in October 2008 after the bizarre incident. He has served the minimum nine years of his 33-year sentence for the robbery and could be released as early as Monday.
Many criminals who plan to take risky actions that can lead them to jail will find ways to protect their assets while they’re away in prison.
Obviously OJ Simpson knew he’d continue living the kind of lifestyle that can end up with him in prison and lawyers incessantly trying to legally confiscate his money.
Accounting Web explains that the IRS just filed a second lien on OJ Simpson, this one for 2011 income, in the amount of $17,015.99. Last year, the IRS filed a lien in the amount of $179,437 that relates to income from 2007 to 2010. That lien encumbers Simpson’s home in Kendall, Florida, which is soon to be auctioned off.
The former Buffalo Bills runner and Heisman Trophy winner still receives an NFL pension of $19,000 a month, and the IRS wants a piece of it.
The state of California is also facing its own heavy financial burdens and growing more aggressive every day. The Golden State hit Simpson with a lien of $318,566.06 for unpaid taxes going back twelve years.
What do you think about the recording? Do you think OJ Simpson protected his assets in offshore bank accounts?