Two investors, including ‘Twilight’ backer/Huma Abedin’s cousin, convicted of fraud.


NEW YORK (AP) — Two tech entrepreneurs, including a man who invested in the film studio that made the “Twilight” movies, were convicted of fraud on Tuesday in New York. A federal jury convicted Kaleil Isaza Tuzman, 45, and Omar Amanat, 44, of all charges after a six-week trial. The convictions stemmed from the men’s role in the technology startup Kit Digital. U.S. District Judge Paul G. Gardephe revoked Amanat’s bail after Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea Griswold said he was a flight risk and that he could face over a decade in prison. Gardephe agreed a “substantial” sentence was likely. The men were convicted of charges they deceived shareholders of Kit Digital from 2010 to 2012 by falsely inflating the company’s revenues.

Amanat’s attorney, Randall Jackson, urged Gardephe to keep his client on electronic monitoring and home detention, saying there was no actual loss of money in the case and that Amanat, a father of six children, deserved to remain free. [1]


During the trial, the jury was not permitted to hear a recorded telephone conversation in which Amanat tells a government cooperator that his first cousin is Huma Abedin, a former aide to last year’s Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton. Amanat’s brother, Irfan (also Huma’s cousin), was charged and will be tried separately. The case is U.S. v. Amanat, 15-cr-536, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).

July 13, 2016, at 6AM, agents arrested Amanat at the $4.75M home he was renting in Short Hills, N.J. The following day, a federal judge unsealed a grand jury indictment. Charges: •wire fraud •aiding/abetting •investment adviser fraud •conspiracy to commit securities fraud.

Huma Abedin’s cousin, Omar Amanat helped an investment firm hide losses, and inflate the value of shares of Kit Digital, a bankrupt video technology company. He pleaded not guilty and, after sitting in a fed correctional center for 6 days, he was released on $2.5M bail. Finding there was a “significant risk of flight here,” a judge ordered him to surrender his passport, restricted his travel, and wear an electronic monitoring device. I wonder who helped him with that.

“When you least expect it one night something so unspeakably bad is going to happen to you (maybe it’s karmic law maybe it’s a friend of mine who heard what you did to me) Personally I won’t do a thing to you.”

The Awan Brothers

The Amanat Brothers


A checkered past leaving a trail of money owed at every stop

In 2008 the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) permanently banned Amanat “from associating with any FINRA member firm in any capacity” because he “willfully and repeatedly” failed to disclose legal judgments and a past SEC investigation. [2]

He’s been bankrupt for over a decade. [3]

Securities and Exchange Commission

National Futures Association

Amanat bragged about partying with Hollywood stars Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, having lunch with former movie producer Harvey Weinstein and selling a trading platform — Tradescape — for $100 million.


Hilarious, they deleted yahoo emails out of fear of them being subpoenaed.

KIT Digital, Inc.

Enable Invest Ltd.

Maiden Capital LLC

MNA Partners Ltd. [4]

WikiLeaks Stratfor Emails – 2010 KIT Digital Inc.

And “AwanWith” follows Gazprom?

Omar Sharif Amanat

1:2004-bk-43361 (nysb) [6]

DOCKET – 11/2004 to 12/2014

“When India’s largest commercial real estate developer signaled its desire to sell Aman, suitors came calling. The luxury conglomerate LVMH Moët Hennessy, the private equity titans Carlyle Group and Blackstone, and a Chinese state-owned enterprise had all made moves.“ ”In the end, however, an unlikely pair—Omar Amanat, a 42-year-old American entrepreneur, and Vladislav Doronin, a Russian property mogul in his early fifties—prevailed with a bid of $358 million.” LOL c’mon!

The global battle for the ultimate luxury hotel chain

As a business, Aman is considered enticing, in part because it hasn’t fulfilled its potential—producing estimated annual revenues of just $202 million and operating profits of around $45 million. Having pursued a strategy of pricey rates (rooms start at $1,500 a night), no seasonal discounting, and deliberately limited capacity, Aman has maintained its exclusivity. But occupancy runs at around 30%, compared with an average of 76% for the rest of the elite-hotel sector. As a result, Aman has seemed like a sterling-but-untapped brand that, with the right investments and strategy, could bring its profits in line with the ardor of its fans. His company’s advertising relied largely on its elite clientele to quietly spread the word. Bill Gates has been a guest. In March, Mark Zuckerberg holidayed at the Amanraya in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Sheryl Sandberg has also been a guest.

Little has been published in the English-language press about the businesses of Vladislav Doronin. Indeed, public records and even the Internet are strikingly lacking in records of his commercial interests and interactions. Doronin is often described as a Russian oligarch, a term that suggests dealings tied to political connections—a label his camp resists. “He is a self-made businessman and a gentleman,” says one associate. (Doronin declined to be interviewed, but his press and legal representatives answered questions.) The associate did offer that the billionaire is passionate about architecture, real estate, and art, adding, “He’s sporty, if you’ve seen pictures of him.” Indeed, Doronin has the muscled presence of a Dolph Lundgren.

Doronin was born in what was then Leningrad in the Soviet Union. He moved to Geneva in 1985 to work as a trader for Marc Rich, the “king of commodities,” who was infamous for fleeing the U.S. after a grand jury indicted him on some 50 counts of fraud, racketeering, tax evasion, and trading with Iran. [7]


2009 – The Mystery Behind Wall Street’s Wildest Party

Amanat (2nd from left ) in 2009 with Giorgio Armani, Amanat's then-wife Helena Houdova (right), and Armani's niece Roberta Armani.

Tales of Wall Street excess in 2009 reliably outrage—and titillate—readers. This summer’s exemplar so far: a “wild” Hamptons party earlier this month. “Awash,” as the New York Post put it, “with champagne, scores of bikini-clad women and costumed gun-toting midgets,” 1,000 boisterous attendees of a bacchanal known as “Sprayathon” allegedly “wrecked a $20 million mansion.” The mansion’s furious owner, who the Post didn’t name, was reportedly planning to file a $1 million suit. The owner of the party house as Omar Amanat.

Fast-forward to July 13, 2016. At 6:00 AM, federal agents arrested Amanat at the $4.75 million home he was renting in Short Hills, N.J. The following day, a federal judge unsealed a grand jury indictment. According to the indictment, Amanat helped an investment firm hide losses, and helped inflate the value of shares of Kit Digital, a bankrupt video technology company. In a press release, U.S. attorney Preet Bharara charged that Amanat cheated investors “of millions of dollars through years of lies and deceit.” On July 1, Maiden pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit securities and wire fraud; the former CFO for Kit Digital, whose stock Amanat allegedly helped inflate, also pleaded guilty. On July 14, former Kit Digital CEO Kaleil Isaza Tuzman was extradited to the U.S. from Colombia, where he’d been held since September 2015, to face market manipulation and accounting fraud charges. He has pleaded not guilty. Rima Jameel, a lawyer indicted in the case, remains a fugitive, according to prosecutors. [8]

[1] WNEM

[2] BrokerCheck

[3] Chapter 11 Cases

[4] SEC

[5] WikiLeaks

[6] DocketBird

[7] Fortune

[8] Fortune