In December 2007, his home in Los Angeles, California, was taken with nodue process of law.
In mid-April 2010, he was called for an "interview" by the United Statescourts "Threat Unit"/US Marshals. Later than month, his neighbors told himthat armed agents appeared to apprehend him, and looked eager to shoot.Dr Zernik immediately fled the United States.
In 2009-10, Prior to his escape from the United States, 2009, Dr Zernikapproached the German Consulate in Los Angeles. At that time he soughtpolitical asylum in Germany, alternatively, the option of going to Germanyand filing the application for repatriation of German citizenship. The answer was negative on both requests.
In April 2010, Dr Zernik fled to Jerusalem. Immediately upon arrival in Israelhe filed for German citizenship, which he was awarded in 2010. In his finalinterview with the German Consul in Tel Aviv, Dr Zernik was asked why hesought the German citizenship (later than all his family). Dr Zernik answeredthat he sought protection by the German government.
In July 2012, Dr Zernik's Israeli Bank in Jerusalem (Bank HaPoalim) startedthreatening to freeze his bank accounts on behalf of the US government, if Dr Zernik did not sign "waiver of privacy" to the US government on all hisbanking in Israel. Such conduct was purported as part of enforcement of anew US law, called FATCA. However, the law was never promulgated yet(no regulations were issued) even in the United States, and surely it is of noin force in Israel, more so in Jerusalem, which by international law is CorpusSeparatum.
In August 2012, Dr Zernik attempted to file a complaint with Bank of Israel-Banking Regulation against the unlawful conduct of Bank HaPoalim againsthim. To this date, Bank of Israel refuses to answer on the complaint.
In October 2012, Dr Zernik attempted to file a petition with the SupremeCourt of Israel, to compel Bank of Israel to perform its duties and review thecomplaint against Bank HaPoalim. The office of the clerk of the IsraeliSupreme Court refused to duly register the petition. [