The central figure in the state investment scandal, Marc Correra, is under criminal investigation for tax fraud in New Mexico, according to the latest divorce petition filed by his wife in a Texas court.
Former Brazilian model Claudia Correra filed an amended divorce petition in April in the Fort Bend County, Texas, Family Court alleging her husband Marc was not only under criminal investigation in New Mexico but that courts in France were looking into allegations of perjury and fraud in the divorce case he filed in Paris.
The Correra divorce proceedings have bounced between courts in Paris and Texas since late 2010.
Claudia Correra’s latest petition also claims Marc Correra and his secretary, Anita Patterson, hacked Claudia Correra’s email account.
Marc Correra and Patterson filed civil lawsuits this month in state District Court in Santa Fe alleging Claudia Correra hacked their email accounts.
Laura Dale, Claudia Correra’s Texas attorney, called the allegations in the Santa Fe lawsuits “frivolous” and designed to “change the direction of the parties’ divorce proceedings in France.”
Dale said in a telephone interview that “documentary evidence easily refutes Mr. Correra’s groundless claims.”
She noted that the lawsuits in Santa Fe were filed weeks after Claudia Correra accused her husband and his secretary of violating the Texas criminal wiretapping statute for the long-term interception of her personal emails.
Marc Correra’s attorney, Jason Bowles, said Correra had no immediate comment.
The couple moved to Paris in September 2009, a few months after Marc Correra’s role in placing billions of dollars in New Mexico government investments became public.
Correra shared in more than $22 million in fees for his behind-the-scenes role in helping financial firms to get state investments, some of which lost much of their value in the 2007-2008 market crash.
His father, Anthony Correra, was an unofficial adviser to then-Gov. Bill Richardson, lent money to Richardson administration officials and was influential in the hiring of then-State Investment Officer Gary Bland.
When Marc, Claudia – a one-time protocol officer for Richardson – and their two sons moved to Paris, they took with them more than $8 million.
According to court records, the bulk of the $8 million was transferred from U.S. banks in 2010 to four bank accounts in Paris under Claudia Correra’s name.
Marc Correra is named in numerous lawsuits filed by, and on behalf of, the New Mexico State Investment Council seeking damages for Correra’s involvement in the placement of state investments.
In the lawsuit filed in Santa Fe, Marc Correra alleges Claudia “hacked” into the emails of SDN Advisers, a company he owns, by using an employee access code.
He claims Claudia then filed the information gained from the emails with the French court to harm him financially. He alleges the hacking is both a crime and an invasion of privacy, and asks for unspecified damages.
The civil lawsuit does not describe the information his wife disclosed to the French court.
The Correras filed dueling divorce petitions in late 2010 and January 2011. Marc filed for divorce in Paris, and Claudia filed in Texas.
The Texas court file is now sealed, but before its sealing, the Texas judge referred most of the divorce issues to the French court.
The French court awarded Claudia Correra custody of the couple’s sons, who now live with her in Texas. She then refiled an amended petition for divorce in Texas.
Claudia alleged in the earlier divorce case that they moved to Paris because of criminal investigations into the New Mexico investment scandal. Marc claimed they moved because business was bad and that they loved Paris.
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