The inheritance row in which the heiress to the empire left by Victor Eric Cohen founder of the Waverly Blankets is fighting to gain a portion of her inheritance back has reportedly roped in the Zimbabwe Anti Corruption Commission which is now investigating the legality of documents used by the heiress’s cousin Aaron Vico to acquire the companies and the properties without the knowledge of other shareholders.
Vico who was the late Cohen’s nephew and the current MD of Waverly blankets is being accused of forging documents to elbow Cohen’s daughter Amanda Berkowitz (nee Cohen) and her sister Belinda Halfon (nee Cohen) out.
According to the publication,
Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) has of late issued a series of warrants of search and seizure against Vico to recover some of the documents used to acquire the companies and the properties without the knowledge of other shareholders. Vico has however made court applications trying to block Zacc from carrying out it’s work.
Cohen’s daughter Amanda Berkowitz (nee Cohen) and her sister Belinda Halfon (nee Cohen) in light of the circumstances have filed a High Court application seeking to be joined to all legal proceedings saying they risk missing out on important information regarding their father’s empire.
They also sought Vivo’s wife, Debra to be joined to the proceedings as well as one of Waverly Blankets Pvt LTD subsidiary, Tanrest Trading Pvt LTD to be included as well. In her founding affidavit Amanda said the two have direct interests in the outcome of the pending court applications filed by Vico blocking ZACC from conducting a searches at Cohen’s entities.
In the founding affidavit at the High Court, Amanda said:
There has been a request for release of these documents but there have been selectively provided for, and whilst the few that have been selectively provided for are forged documents, a fact I will fully canvas in the course of my affidavit
There have been material hanged made to these entities without my knowledge as a director including but not limited to diffusion of the share allotment, bringing in of new players, restructuring of the directorship of these entities and institution of legal proceedings resulting in million dollar loses without prior informed consent of shareholders or some of the listed directors.
According to Amanda, their father gave them 33.3% of his companies before he died before Vico changed everything using forged documents.
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