Northeast Somerset Trustee Seeks to Clawback $500K as Alleged “Insider Transfers”
January 11, 2022, District of New Jersey – Trustee Andrea Dobin for the bankruptcy estate of Debtor Northeast Somerset LLC commences a legal action against Defendant Ramanashree Gummakonda to avoid and recover $500K as alleged preferences under Section 547 of the Bankruptcy Code.
The complaint asserts that Northeast Somerset owned and managed an office building pre-petition. The complaint further contends that Defendant’s spouse, Ravinder Gummakonda, was allegedly a former member of the company, and therefore Defendant is also an “insider” by and through her relationship with Ravinder Gummakonda. The Trustee next argues that Defendant is also allegedly a non-statutory insider because Defendant and her spouse are good friends with the principal of the Debtor, Venkatraman Mannam. The complaint further contends that per the Debtor’s books and records on November 30, 2018, the Debtor allegedly gave a cashier’s check to Defendant for $500,000.00 from the Debtor’s account at JPMorgan Chase. Andrea contends that since the transfer was allegedly drawn on the Debtor’s bank account, made allegedly to a statutory and non-statutory insider, the transfer involved an interest of the Debtor in the property.
Accordingly, the Trustee demands judgment against Defendant, determining that the alleged transfer of $500K be avoidable as preference according to 11 USC § 547 of the Bankruptcy Code.
In re: NORTHEAST SOMERSET LLC, Case 22-01009-KCF