Candidate for Michigan Governor Sued for Alleged Fraud
By Paul Egan
A buyer filed a federal lawsuit against Democratic gubernatorial candidate Shri Thanedar, alleging the Ann Arbor businessman fraudulently inflated the value of a company before its 2016 sale.
Thanedar denied the allegations.
Avomeen Holdings LLC, a Delaware company located in Ann Arbor, filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Detroit against Thanedar and Chemreal LLC.
Thanedar received about $20 million from the $33.6-million sale price when he sold his majority interest in Avomeen Holdings, a chemical testing company, according to the lawsuit. At the same time, Thanedar kept a minority interest in Avomeen through his company Chemreal, the suit alleges.
"However, purchaser has discovered ... that in the critical months leading up to close, Thanedar made fraudulent and misleading representations to purchaser regarding Avomeen's financial practices and the nature and amount of Avomeen's monthly revenues and earnings," the lawsuit alleges.
"Thanedar's scheme successfully, but fraudulently, induced purchaser to close the transaction and pay a higher amount for seller's equity interest than it was worth."
Thanedar issued a statement that said he reviewed the complaint and, "I patently deny every claim contained in this document and intend to fight it."
"Because this is a pending legal matter, I am prohibited from saying more at this time," he said.
Thanedar, a political newcomer, has barely registered in early polls for the 2018 gubernatorial campaign but has gained some attention by putting nearly $6 million of his own money into his campaign.
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