Former business partner of fake heiress who infiltrated Mar-A-Lago, shot dead outside Quebec hotel
Valeriy Tarasenko, 44, was shot dead outside the upscale Estérel Resort hotel in Estérel, Que., around 1 p.m. Friday. He was not a guest at the hotel, which is near the lake and offers various glamorous packages from US$305.
Tarasenko, a businessman, was romantically involved with Inna Yashchyshyn, 33, who allegedly posed as a fake heiress to the Rothschild fortune to infiltrate Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home.
Tarasenko has ties to Canada and Florida and had met with the FBI to hand over documents revealing the infiltration and his ex-lover’s affairs. Documents showed the couple owned two businesses together.
Friday’s shooting left him with serious but not life-threatening injuries. Another person involved suffered serious head injuries.
Three people opened fire on three others in the parking lot, before driving off in a black SUV, CBC reported.
Police cars were seen outside the entrance to the upscale hotel. Valeriy Tarasenko, 44, reportedly ran into the receiving area after returning to the scene. He was not a guest of the hotel
Tarasenko was shot outside an Estérel Resort hotel in Estérel, Que., around 1 p.m. Friday. He was not a guest of the hotel
Tarasenko, a businessman, had ties to Inna Yashchyshyn (pictured with Trump), who allegedly posed a fake heiress to the Rothschild fortune to infiltrate Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home
Filming took place at the Estérel Resort near Montreal and Ottowa
Mayor Frank Pappas said the attack was targeted and local police are investigating.
“We are not dealing with someone who was shot randomly,” Pappas said, citing a preliminary report he received from police.
Authorities were seen investigating the businessman’s car.
Pappas also said surveillance footage shows the victim leaving in a car minutes after the attack before returning “in a panic”.
“We see the same individual … running across the street and entering the reception in a panic,” he told CTV Montreal.
Hotel guest Jeff Waldman said he saw armed police walking around the property.
Police did not release much information about the attack, saying only that it was a “weapon assault”.
DailyMail.com has engaged the mayor’s office and the hotel for comment.
The attorney for the Ukrainian-born, Russian-raised victim, Steven Veinger, said his client was stunned by the shooting.
‘It’s just awful. I just can’t believe this is happening,’ Veinger told the Post Gazette.
He did not specify why his client might have been targeted.
Yashchyshyn, 33, made headlines in August after a Pittsburgh newspaper published an article delving into a troubled past that saw her go from unknown origins to dating the former US president, while sporting one of the richest names in history.
Since the story broke, Yashchyshyn has been accused of being everything from a Russian spy to a member of an international crime syndicate, and Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Mark Warner has also called for an investigation into how someone with such a dark past could enter an unchecked former president’s home
Police were tight-lipped about the shooting, saying only it was an ‘assault with a weapon’
The FBI and Canadian law enforcement have already launched investigations into his background and finances, which are ongoing.
But Yashchyshyn – who has passports, driving licenses and other identification bearing Anna de Rothschild’s name – said the whole ruse was forced on her by her abusive ex-lover Valeriy Tarasenko, 44 who forced her to don the fake identity and infiltrate high society in order to support her 18-year-old daughter’s music career.
“I was a hostage,” she told the Post Gazette this week, describing Tarasenko as a jealous lover who became manipulative and violent when she tried to leave him.
But Tarasenko insists otherwise, calling Yashchyshyn a “brilliant con man”, in a recent interview with the New York Post. He also said they never had a romantic relationship and he only hired her as a nanny for his two daughters around 2014.
Mayor Frank Pappas said the attack was targeted and local police are investigating. “We’re not dealing with someone who was shot randomly,” he said. Pappas also said surveillance footage shows the victim leaving in a car minutes after the attack before returning “freaked out”.
Federal agents first caught wind of Yashchyshyn last winter after Tarasenko filed a criminal complaint accusing him of taking the name Anna de Rothschild to “gain access” to politicians “including, but not limited to Donald Trump, Lindsey Graham and Eric Greitens”, the former governor of Missouri.
In an affidavit filed in a Miami-Dade court, Tarasenko wrote that Yashchyshyn was “an active member of an international criminal organization.”
In the complaint, Tarasenko included numerous forms of international identification cards bearing Yashchyshyn’s face and Anna de Rothschild’s name, including a Florida driver’s license listing his address as an $18 million estate on San Marco Island.
Tarasenko said Rothschild was not Yashchyshyn’s only powerful alias, alleging she regularly assumed others, including Anna Kruger – posing as a member of the Canadian paper and cardboard family – and Inessa Cavalli , of the $500 million Italian fashion empire.
He also claimed that Yashchyshyn worked for many Russian oligarchs and indirectly served Vladamir Putin.
Yashchyshyn has vehemently denied the allegations, saying in a Canadian court earlier this year that Tarasenko had always threatened her with a legal “nightmare” if she ever left him.
“If I run away, he will make my life a nightmare by filing bogus legal surprises against me,” she told the court, according to The Post.
Yashchyshyn claimed that Tarasenko forced her to assume the false names, open a number of limited liability companies in Miami and Montreal and impersonate Anna de Rothschild to defraud the powerful of their wealth.
One such company was Rothschild Media Label Inc., which Yashchyshyn said was aimed at boosting the music career of Tarasenko’s 18-year-old daughter, Sofiya, who goes by Sofiya Rothschild online.
“He felt that if Sofiya changed her last name to Rothschild, she would have a better chance of succeeding in America,” she told the Post. Yashchyshyn added that Sofiya calls him “her aunt, Anna de Rothschild” in public.
Sofiya’s Instagram page goes by the name Sofiya Rothschild and features videos promoting her music and photos of her posing against luxury cars with her face still covered. Yashchyshyn can be seen alongside Sofiya in at least one photo.
Yashchyshyn has also denied – under oath – ever using false names or breaking any laws.
Her ex-lover Yashchyshyn went under the Rothschild name to help get in with the likes, like Trump
She was seen playing golf at one of the tournaments held at Mar-A-Lago
But many people who were present when she appeared at Mar-a-Lago in May 2021 say her name was Anna de Rothschild.
“Everybody was eating it,” said author and former Wallstreet investor John LeFevre, who met Yashchyshyn at the Trump compound.
LeFevre and other witnesses said Yashchyshyn not only presented herself as a Rothchild, but discussed plans to open a Formula 1 circuit in Miami and gave her thoughts on days spent in Monaco. Yashchyshyn was really raised by an Illinois truck driver, according to the Post Gazette.
“It was the almost perfect trick and she played the part,” LeFevre told the Post Gazette.
Yashchyshyn, however, told the Post that she never used false names at Mar-a-Lago and only went because a friend of Sofiya’s had invited her. She said she stayed from May 1 to May 2, 2021, having lunch and playing a round of golf with a family she met.
It was during this golf session — the same day a $25,000-a-head fundraising tournament was being held at the resort — she met Trump and the infamous photo was taken.
“I didn’t tell anyone my name and no one asked for identification,” she told the Post.
Despite her claims, footage from the day obtained by the Post Gazette shows Yashchyshyn playing at a Mar-a-Lago driving range while a man calls her Anna and jokes that she could afford to pay $1 million for a picture with Trump.
“Anna, you’re a Rothschild – you can afford $1 million for a picture with you and Trump,” the man could be heard saying.