Heir to schlumberger OILfield services fortune

fleeced of at least six million dollars

 

 

 

Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced today that Vickram Bedi (DOB 07/02/74) of 38 Hollow Oak Road, Chappaqua, New York and Helga Invarsdottir (DOB 10/10/71) of 38 Hollow Oak Road, Chappaqua, New York were arraigned on a Felony Complaint charging them with:

 

·         one count of Grand Larceny in the First Degree, a class “B” Felony.

 

Over a six year period from August 2004 through to October 2010, the defendants, through Datalink Computer Services, their computer service business located at 165-175 Main Street in Mount Kisco, New York on a continuing basis extorted money from the victim.

 

The victim, a noted pianist and composer, is the great-grandson and great grand-nephew of the two brothers who founded Schlumberger Ltd. the multi-national oilfield services company headquartered in Houston, Texas with offices in Paris, France and The Hague.

 

The defendants, acting in concert, were able to defraud the victim by fabricating various security threats and scenarios using non existent foreign nationals and false affiliations with government intelligence agencies to further the security schemes. They also instilled the fear of bodily harm to the victim, his family and the destruction of the victim’s life’s work: computers containing various musical compositions.

 

The scheme commenced in August 2004, when the victim’s computer developed a virus. Concerned that documents, photos and more importantly the music he had written and had stored on the computer could be lost, the victim took the computer to the defendant’s premises to have it repaired. Bedi confirmed that victim’s computer had a virus and indicated that the virus was extremely virulent and had also damaged Datalink’s computers.

 

Bedi told the victim that he had the facility, the contacts, and the means of tracking down the source of this virus that specifically targeted the victim’s computer and that he and his family were in grave danger. As a result, Bedi convinced the victim to not only begin paying for computer data retrieval and security, but also to begin paying for necessary personal physical protection.   

 

Bedi subsequently advised the victim that he successfully tracked the source of the computer virus to a remote village in Honduras. Bedi informed him that the hard drive was the source of the worm that had invaded the computer and advised the victim that Bedi’s uncle, who Bedi contended is an officer in the Indian military, flew to Honduras in an Indian military aircraft during a reconnaissance mission and obtained the hard drive.

 

Bedi further related that his uncle obtained information that Polish priests affiliated with Opus Dei were attempting to possibly harm the victim.

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Bedi also advised the victim that the Central Intelligence Agency had subcontracted with Bedi to perform work which would prevent any attempts by the Polish priests associated with Opus Dei to infiltrate the U.S. government. 

 

Over this period Datalink charged the victim’s American Express card accounts on a continuing and monthly basis, resulting of a larceny of more than six million dollars.

 

In July of 2010, the Harrison Police Department became involved when interested parties contacted them regarding a civil matter relating to the investigation.

 

The Harrison Police Department and the Organized Crime Bureau of the District Attorney’s Office were the primary investigating agencies, with assistance from the Mount Kisco and New Castle Police Departments.

 

The defendants were arrested by Harrison Police Department at their home as they were preparing to leave the country.

 

“As is charged in the complaint, these two defendants preyed upon, duped and exploited the fears of this victim with cold calculation and callousness,” said District Attorney Janet DiFiore after the defendant’s were arraigned. “The systematic method with which they continued the larceny over a period of more than six years is nothing short of heartless.”

 

Bail was set at $5 Million bond over $3 Million cash for each of the two defendants.

 

Both defendants were ordered to surrender their passports. Temporary orders of protection in favor of the victim have been issued.

 

Their next court date in Mount Kisco Village Court is scheduled for December 2nd, 2010.

 

The defendants face a maximum of eight and one third to twenty five years in state prison.

 

Assistant District Attorney Steven Vandervelden, Chief of the Organized Crime and Criminal Enterprise Bureau, is prosecuting the case.

 

 

 

 

Vickram Bedi               Helga Invarsdottir

 

 

 

 

 

In compliance with Disciplinary Rule 7-107A of the Code of

Professional Responsibility, you are advised that a charge is

merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed

innocent until and unless proven guilty.