Daniel Kinahan founded boxing company MTK, now “without a lawyer,” in a $2 million racketeering case

Lawyers who worked for MTK in a $2 million civil extortion case have successfully pulled themselves off the record – leaving the now-defunct boxing management firm “without a lawyer” in the case.

Judge John W. Holcomb today granted a motion by California-based attorney Michael Mancini to be “discharged as attorney” after determining that he was “eligible for a resolution without a hearing.”

Earlier this month it was revealed how the now-defunct boxing promoter MTK, who is being sued along with co-founder and sanctioned mob boss Daniel Kinahan, had “terminated” Mancini’s services.

The case against MTK and Kinahan concerns the alleged illegal poaching of Mexican fighter JoJo Diaz, but also sees Daniel Kinahan face allegations of drug trafficking, money laundering and murder.

Lawyers representing boxing executive Moses Heredia are suing Kinahan and boxing promoter MTK Global for $2 million over alleged poaching of Diaz.

Former Marine Eric Montalvo, acting for Heredia, has claimed in court filings that “MTK was co-founded and is partially owned and controlled by Mr Daniel Kinahan, a known member of the notorious Irish Kinahan Cartel, also known as the Kinahan Organized Crime Group or KOCG.

“The KOCG is allegedly responsible for multiple murders, drug trafficking and money laundering,” he claimed.

“The KOCG is one of the largest drug cartels in Europe. Law enforcement experts believe Mr. Daniel Kinahan established MTK to launder ill-gotten gains from the drug trade.”

Mr. Montalvo further accused MTK and Kinahan of violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) by using funds derived from organized crime activities.

The Rico Act was introduced by the federal government to combat organized crime, but it can also be used in civil lawsuits.

Last April, MTK Global announced that it was ceasing operations due to ongoing investigations into its association with Daniel Kinahan.

The boxing management firm said in a statement it had “been subjected to an unprecedented level of unfair scrutiny and criticism since the US government sanctioned Daniel Joseph Kinahan.”

On April 11, the US Treasury Department announced that it would sanction the Kinahan Organized Crime Group (KOCG) and seven members of the group, including Kinahan.

Brian E. Nelson, Secretary of State for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, claimed that the KOCG “smuggles deadly drugs, including cocaine, into Europe and poses a threat to the entire legal economy through its role in international money laundering.”

In a signed statement filed earlier this month in California Civil Court, where Kinahan and MTK have already faced racketeering allegations, Attorney Mancini stated, “MTK USA has terminated the services of Mancini Shenk LLP and its attorneys, including Michael V Mancini and dismissed and Peter J Most (collectively MSLLP).

Mr. Mancini said his company had alerted MTK to the implications of the development, saying the company had “written notice to MTK USA of the consequences of not being able to participate in this promotion.”

Mr. Mancini further stated that he had notified all relevant attorneys of his request to withdraw as counsel from MTK, including attorneys for Daniel Kinahan.

“Daniel Kinahan’s attorney has not objected,” he said, “but has informed MSLLP that they are no longer Mr. Kinahan’s attorney.”

Kinahan was represented in the multi-million racketeer case by California-based law firm Liang Ly LLP, which has experience in litigation related to the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (“RICO Act”).

On April 22, Kinahan’s attorney, Jason Liang, filed a self-declaration from Kinahan and managed to overturn an “default” — which was entered in the case against Kinahan for failing to respond to a subpoena.

In a note of the court case released this morning, Judge Holcomb confirmed that a hearing date for Mancini’s request for secrecy could be vacated in light of the order granting the request.

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