Ex-business partner of fake Mar-a-Lago ‘Rothschild’ heiress shot in Quebec

By | October 8, 2022

Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project:

A Russian businessman whose affairs were the subject of a recent OCCRP investigation was shot and badly injured in a parking lot in a small town in Quebec, Canada, on Friday afternoon.

His shooting is expected to widen a cross-border investigation into a fake charity and a woman who masqueraded as a Rothschild at former U.S. President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort.

Police in Estėrel, a sleepy resort town in the French-speaking province, continue investigating the attack on Valeriy Tarasenko. He suffered “significant injuries” but was expected to survive, according to provincial police.

“The Sûreté du Québec is doing everything in its power right now to shed some light on the circumstances that led to the injuries of the victim,” Sgt. Catherine Bernard of the Sûreté du Québec, the provincial police force, said in a statement Friday night. “For the moment, to protect the investigation, no other detail can be shared.”

Tarasenko, 44, has been locked in a bitter legal dispute with Inna Yashchyshyn, a self-confessed grifter who was the subject of an investigation by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and OCCRP on how she managed to talk her way into Mar-a-Lago and pose for photos with Trump and a Republican senator, among others.

Interviewed for that story, Tarasenko told OCCRP he had had a falling out with Yashchyshyn, 33, whom he alleged had threatened to kill him and his family. He said he shared that with the FBI, as well as information about her falsely impersonating a Rothschild to schmooze with wealthy Mar-a-Lago members. Spokesmen for the FBI in Miami did not return requests for comment on his shooting. [Continue reading…]

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