An open letter: how AS Swedbank and the representative of its interests — the notorious attorney Romualds Vonsovičs — ‘arrange’ matters at law enforcement institutions

An open letter: how AS Swedbank and the representative of its interests — the notorious attorney Romualds Vonsovičs — ‘arrange’ matters at law enforcement institutions

An open letter: how AS Swedbank and the representative of its interests — the notorious attorney Romualds Vonsovičs — ‘arrange’ matters at law enforcement institutions

My name is Rihards Maksimilans Parts, formerly known as Gints Grosfogels. I have successfully operated a real estate business for more than ten years, employed many people, and paid large amounts of money to the treasury of the Republic of Latvia as taxes. However, during the last crisis that began in 2008, I fell victim to a large-scale fraud scheme whose central actors were the management of AS Swedbank at the time, and certain sworn advocates that ‘took care’ of cases in Latvian courts not in line with the law, but using their connections and influence. This is primarily about Romualds Vonsovičs, the notorious attorney of AS Swedbank. But first things first.
On 29 March 2006, I (known back then as Gints Grosfogels) and AS Hansabanka (called AS Swedbank since 17 March 2009) concluded Loan Agreement No 06-032411-PK. Based on that agreement, I received a loan as a private individual, in the amount of EUR 1,700,000. According to the provisions of the Loan Agreement, the repayment of the principal amount of the loan and the payment of the interest was to be done by the Lender debiting the appropriate amounts from the Borrower’s current account, while the Borrower’s duty was to ensure that the account in question had enough money to pay these principal and interest amounts. The section of Loan Agreement No 06-032411-PK that contains the details of the parties correctly specifies the Borrower’s account number: LV18HABA0551006003217.
During the period between the conclusion of the Loan Agreement and June 2009, AS Swedbank effected unauthorised money transfers from my personal current account and from the account of my individual merchant entity (IK Gints Grosfogels), using this money not to cover my loan liability based on Loan Agreement No 06-032411-PK, but the liability of other parties. A total of EUR 2,590,200 was transferred from my and IK Gints Grosfogels current accounts to the current account of AS Swedbank itself without any authorisation, and given the considerations below, AS Swedbank can be deemed to have committed large-scale fraud and large-scale misappropriation, which are criminal offences in accordance with Section 177 Paragraph 3 and Section 179 Paragraph 3 of the Criminal Law of the Republic of Latvia.
Given the long-term mutual trust between me and AS Hansabanka, I only began an in-depth investigation of the transactions in 2009. On 17 June 2009, having discovered the above circumstances, which could be investigated in detail as part of criminal proceedings and by requesting evidence from AS Swedbank and other institutions, I submitted a lawsuit application to the Riga District Court, requesting the court, among other things, to recognise that the loan liability that I, the Borrower Gints Grosfogels, undertook as per Loan Agreement No 06-032411-PK of 29 March 2006 was settled. A civil case was opened as a result.
Even though my claim was rejected and the counter-claim of AS Swedbank was satisfied, as the court charged me the principal amount of the loan, EUR 1,700,000, on behalf of AS Swedbank, which in combination with various interest fees and contractual fines amounted to a total of EUR 3,373,357.50, I studied the case materials again and found that during the court review of the case, AS Swedbank or its representatives (sworn advocate Romualds Vonsovičs or employees of his law firm) submitted forged and amended documents to court, documents that I had never signed neither personally, nor on behalf of my individual merchant entity, meaning that the full amount that I was charged should be considered my money that AS Swedbank misappropriated, committing fraud.
The materials of the civil case include a copy of a document on a IK Gints Grosfogels-branded page dated 14 February 2007. This document was used as a key piece of evidence in favour of charging me the money, used in the first-instance judgement and in the judgement of the Civil Matters Division of the Latvian Supreme Court, in which the Civil Matters Division of the Supreme Court supported the assessment of the evidence by the first-instance court. According to that document, I seemingly authorised AS Swedbank to debit money from the current account of my individual merchant entity to cover the loan liabilities of other legal entities.
I have never signed such a document, or submitted it to AS Swedbank; furthermore, the materials of the case do not have the original of that document, and the original was not presented during the review of the case. The case includes a low-quality copy of the document certified by Līga Balcere, assistant attorney of the AS Swedbank Loan Recovery Division, and submitted to court by AS Swedbank representatives—sworn advocates Romualds Vonsovičs and Dainis Lasmanis. These circumstances show that by submitting such documents to court on behalf of AS Swedbank, its representatives, sworn advocates Romualds Vonsovičs and Dainis Lasmanis, committed the criminal offences specified in Section 177 Paragraph 3 and Section 179 Paragraph 3 of the Criminal Law of the Republic of Latvia. These criminal offences resulted in negative consequences for me, namely, in the financial loss of EUR 3,373,357.50, which AS Swedbank misappropriated based on a court judgement that resulted from fraud.
Given these circumstances, I have contacted law enforcement agencies, which in April 2021 opened a criminal case for criminal offences based on Section 177 Paragraph 3 and Section 179 Paragraph 3 of the Criminal Law of the Republic of Latvia—namely, large-scale fraud and misappropriation—committed by AS Swedbank, its officials and employees, as well as sworn advocates Romualds Vonsovičs and Dainis Lasmanis. The application contains information about severe crimes that resulted in severe violation of my legal interests; furthermore, the criminal offences committed by AS Swedbank officials and that can also result in a significant threat for third parties.
Unfortunately, I once again was confirmed in my belief that justice and reliance on the law are very tenuous concepts in Latvia. I have received from the State Police, Riga Regional Administration, Riga Brasa Station Criminal Police Unit a notification No 20/10/13/2-338869 of 12 July 2021, signed by the head of the unit, A. Beinaroviča, which stated that in relation to the criminal case opened based on fraud committed by AS Swedbank, a decision to close the criminal case based on Section 377 Paragraph 1 was adopted. The notification does not state if the decision was adopted in the form of a resolution, or if any documents were enclosed to it (e.g. a reasoned decision by the State Police).
All signs show that AS Swedbank and the person protecting its interests, the notorious advocate Romualds Vonsovičs, have used their corporate connections and ‘arranged’ a decision for the termination of the criminal proceedings. But, as it often happens in these situations, in taking care of this business, no one had the time to write a reasoned decision and provide it to me as the victim. Given all of this, I have obviously submitted a complaint to the prosecutor office, and the decision to close the criminal case has not yet taken effect. Furthermore, I am prepared to protect my right to justice in international institutions as well.
I would like to direct the attention of Latvian law-enforcement agencies, government officials, the management of AS Swedbank, the general public in Latvia and the businesses operating in the country towards the above circumstances of the case. In this affair, I believe it to be my civic duty to fight for justice, because it is only by combating the abuse of power by government officials and credit institutions that we, individuals and our society as a whole, can protect our legally-protected interests, even if they are not in unison with the interests of major banks, greedy attorneys and dishonest government officials.
I urge everyone who, like me, have suffered from the abuses of power and possible fraud by AS Swedbank and attorneys associated with it to come forward. A press conference covering this entire situation will take place in Riga and Stockholm. I invite journalists, influencers, and any other people who may be interested in the future of the case to register for the press conference.

The media are welcome to join and republish this ‘Open Letter’

E-mail: rihard.m.parth@gmail.com