Latest in the ongoing series A Herkimer Kidnapping, which chronicles the illegal taking of our four-year-old grandson Avram from his mother by her Green Card husband, U. Mich professor Somangshu Mukherji, and Mukherji’s continuing outrages against our family. Our daughter Alexandra hasn’t seen her son for two years and only spoken with him twice.
Somangshu Mukherji And The Little Boy Who Wasn’t There exposed the cruel hoax Mukherji perpetrated on his mentally ill American wife, inviting her to visit with her young son in Ann Arbor, only to find after a grueling trip that Mukerji had left the four-year-old with a couple in Rhode Island. (Mukherji’s not his birth father.) Mukherji succeeded in making her return train trip to us here in New York harrowing.
Somangshu Mukherji Violates Custody Order – Stealthily Exiles His “Beloved Son” To Rhode Island
During his custody hearing testimony, Mukherji complained that the presence of his “beloved son” interfered with his academic duties and research..
By exiling little Avram, Mukherji, the sole custodial parent, flagrantly violated multiple Michigan family court orders–the child was not to be with anyone other than Mukhjeri and not to be removed from Michigan. Yet Mukerhji placed him without court approval with a couple over 700 miles away, exposing his true feelings for the unfortunate boy his wife alleged he often called “the little bastard.”
As Mukherji likes to point out, I’m not a lawyer, but it seems to me his admitted callous disregard of a small child entrusted to his care puts him a risk of criminal prosecution for child neglect and abuse.
When Mukherji’s heinous and illegal conduct was outed by Avram’s grandmother in a surprise visit to Rhode Island, Mukherji threatened her and Avram’s mother with arrest. He asserted in an email exchange with Alex that the power of attorney he’d given the couple to care for Avram was all the authority he needed to be rid of the kid.
Our Grandson Avram Is Back In Ann Arbor
In a safety and wellness check on 4/12/21, Ann Arbor police confirmed that Avram was finally back at Mukherji’s townhouse condo in Ann Arbor. (Michigan State Police had reported on 10/21/20 that Avram wasn’t there.) We’ve reported Mukherji multiple times to Michigan Child Protection Services.
Alex has been allowed to speak with her son twice for a total of about 30 seconds since Mukherji says he returned him to Michigan. Although Mukerji teaches via Zoom, he refused to put Avram on camera, true to the obscene vow that earned him a restraining order: “You’ll never see your son again!” Mukherji says our grandson (still not toilet trained at 4) is enrolled in Ann Arbor’s premier daycare center, Gretchen’s House. And why would we not believe him?
Somangshu Mukherji Impedes Parenting Time For Avram’s Mother
In violation of a May 2020 Ann Arbor Family Court order, Mukherji has impeded parenting time for Alexandra: he refuses to speak with her about scheduling and told Alex that he’d called the court-appointed parenting time coordinator, Catholic Charities Social Services of Ann Arbor, to advise he would not participate in parenting time, and that talking with her son would jeopardize Avram’s safety. (Per a three-way phonecon on 3/17/21 between Alex, her mother, and Catholic Charities.)
Somangshu Mukherji’s Identity Theft And Tax Fraud
Alex has lived in upstate New York with us since January of 2019. She was eagerly looking forward to receiving her Federal Stimulus payments so she could retain a Michigan attorney to pursue enforcement of her visitation rights. Those payments never came. Mukherji stole the first two and tried to get the third one.
In February, Alex met with an IRS agent in the Utica IRS office. According to the tax transcript IRS gave her, Mukherji filed his tax year 2019 return as a joint return, fraudulently signing Alex’s name. Based on that identity theft, he was paid her portion of Stimulus Payments 1 and 2, totaling $1,800, laundering her payments through the medium of an old joint bank she’d forgotten. As he’s historically done, Mukherji moved her money to his own account.
Alex found and closed that account. And seemingly in just time for Mukherji’s combined electronic “family” stimulus payment of $4,200 to bounce, $1,400 of which was our daughter’s money. Given her identity theft and fraud reports to IRS, Mujkherji may never see any of that money or the new child tax credit. Then there are his fraudulent tax filings with the State of Michigan.
Federal and state tax authorities will audit Somangshu Mukherji. If the fraud reports are confirmed, penalties and interest will be assessed. Mukherji could also be charged with a felony and deported.
Although he does not seem to have a job for the coming academic year, Mukherji appears to have used some of his more recent ill-gotten gains to finance his defamation suit against me. It would have amused him.
In January, I was deposed for six hours by Mukherji’s two attorneys regarding my allegedly defamatory postings about him, albeit in the comfort of my home and underwear. (Mukherji was present as a muted observer. Perhaps he thought it was a trial.)
Somangshu Mukherji’s Income Doesn’t Support His Serial Litigation Passion
Somangshu Mukherji clears about $2,000 bimonthly, according to the joint checking account statement Alex obtained while shutting down his money laundering account. He rents an upscale condo townhouse at 2767 Barclay Way, Ann Arbor, close to where he teaches. Similar condos rent for $2,000 a month.
Minc Law of Ohio, the defamation litigation specialists representing Mukherji, state that “If your case proceeds all the way to trial, it’s possible to see total costs reach $30,000 to $60,000.” And to trial it is going. Minc’s initial retainer requirement is $7,500, with the amount on deposit never allowed to drop below $1,000. My son-in-law must also cover the costs of Minc Law’s New York co-counsel, Peter S. Hobaica of Utica.
Somangshu’s current legal adventure is nearing its third year and is tentatively scheduled for jury trial in November of this year. My son-in-law is not a wealthy man and is not from wealthy circumstances–his parents are retired and live in India. (Unlike his only child, Somangshu’s father is an eminent scholar, Professor Nirmalangshu Mukherji.)
Somamgshu’s defamation suit is but the latest expression of his passion for expensive paper. His child custody litigation, order of protection, avoidance of divorce and spousal support for his mentally ill American wife, the source of his Green Card, have so far generated about another 6 inches of paper above that shown in the 16-pound mound above. He must have surely spent in the middle to high five-figures in legal expenses these past three years.
“How does Somangshu Mukherji, on his modest income, afford his lifestyle even while bettering the lives of so many attorneys? Not by teaching music theory.”
Somangshu Mukherji – A History of Abuse and Treachery
How does Somagnshu Mukherji, on his modest income, afford his lifestyle even while bettering the lives of so many attorneys? Not by teaching music theory.
Alex, back with us after an absence of many years, and stable on her meds, has some insight: Her husband Somangshu is a big saver, she reports. Of his and others’ money.
A Big Saver of His And Others’ Money
Back in 2003, after we posted a $40,000 bond to help Somangshu stay in the US after Harvard curtailed their sponsorship for his alleged “academic dishonesty,” we gave Alex $25,000 to attend community college in Charlestown, MA, and to get her own place. She rented an apartment with Somangshu, who used her money to pay the rent and all their other expenses. “He said he was a poor man,” she said.
A few years later, when Mukherji was a lecturer at Princeton, I cosigned a Federal student loan for Alex so she could, at his insistence, resume her art studies Queen’s College in NYC. Faster than summer lightning, she says, he stealthily moved the cash payout portion of her loan from their joint account into his own account. That money was for her educational expenses She never saw a penny of it. She was very ill at the time with the untreated bipolarism Mukerhji ignored. She dropped out of college. I am still paying on that loan.
And of course, Somagnshu is very frugal. In her custody case filings, Alex attested to his never buying anything for Avram but diapers, formula and Ovaltine, denying our grandson decent clothes, shoes and toys. “Never a dime,” she said. Alex he kept in rags and ill-fitting shoes. For years. Us he kept out of her life, she attested, confiscating the phones and clothes and toys we sent her, restricting and monitoring her Internet activities, and imposing a regime of forced social isolation.
Avram was overjoyed with his first toys ever when Alex and he fled here in February of 2019:
Somangshu Mukherji’s relationship with his American family has been one of endless treachery.”
Somangshu Mukherji – A Purpose For Writing
Writing this, I struggled for the right word to describe our son-in-law’s 17-year relationship with our family. Conning. grifting, knavery? They don’t jibe, and they don’t speak to the depth of his perfidy. He’s repaid kindness with abuse, warmth with cruelty and open-heartedness with thievery.
I finally hit on it: treachery. Somangshu Mukherji’s relationship with his American family has been one of endless treachery.
At my deposition, one of Somagnshu’s attorneys intimated that my postings are impacting my son-in-law’s ability to find employment, and reminded me that Somangshu is the sole breadwinner for our grandson. I said if Somangshu wanted to see why he couldn’t find a job, he had but to look into a mirror. And of course, one doesn’t negotiate with a faithless hostage-taker.
I’m not young. I’ve written this series not solely out of a duty to warn about my smooth-talking son-in-law, but also in the hope that someday our grandson will read it and know that, no matter what he’s been told, his true family fought for him and loves him and always will.
Fair winds and following seas to you always, Avram.
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