Intelsat, the global satellite agency, has expanded its $11.5 million civil suit against its former chief executive, Richard R. Colino, to allege that Colino's wife, Wilma Jane, holds assets purchased with money Colino stole from the organization.
The assets are said to include a Florida condominium, antique furniture, jewelry and more than $200,000 in cash.
"What we're trying to do is seek from her any of the assets she got from Intelsat through Colino," said Ray Banoun, an attorney representing Intelsat. "We don't think she should be enriched at the expense of Intelsat." Richard Colino was sentenced to six years in prison in September and ordered to pay $865,000 for his part in siphoning $5.4 million from Intelsat, the consortium that handles most of the world's international telephone calls. Colino pleaded guilty to criminal fraud and conspiracy charges, while two business associates pleaded guilty to conspiracy to transport money taken by fraud.
Before the federal case, which was brought by U.S. Attorney Joseph E. diGenova, Intelsat filed a civil suit against Colino seeking triple damages for fraud and racketeering.
The new version of Intelsat's suit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Maryland last week, asks the court to enjoin Colino and his wife from "dissipating" assets obtained with stolen funds and demands that a lien be placed on the assets.
Wilma Jane Colino declined comment on Friday, saying she knew nothing of the suit. "I'm stunned," she said.
The latest version of the Intelsat suit alleges that Richard Colino "converted certain of the stolen funds into real and personal property," including a vacation condominium in Palm Beach, Fla., jointly owned by the couple and sold last August for $175,000; a Mercedes Benz automobile that was sold earlier this year for $30,000; oriental rugs; antique furniture; home accessories and artwork; interests in real estate limited partnerships; a pair of diamond, ruby, and crystal earrings; and $223,725 in cash that Colino allegedly gave to his wif