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Beverly McFarland Appointed IMG Bankruptcy Trustee in Wannakuwatte Case

Posted in Bankruptcy Clawback News, Wannakuwatte Bankruptcy

The Wannakuwatte bankruptcy cases are both now under the supervision of Chapter 11 bankruptcy trustees. As we reported last week, Deepal Wannakuwatte’s personal bankruptcy is being handled by Hank Spacone, a Sacramento CPA with a deep background of administering similar liquidations and reorganizations. Now we can also confirm that Rocklin-based Beverly N. McFarland, a consultant… Continue Reading

Hank Spacone Appointed Wannakuwatte Bankruptcy Trustee

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In the latest news from the Deepal Wannakuwatte Ponzi bankruptcy, well-known Sacramento CPA Hank M. Spacone has been appointed the Chapter 11 Trustee to oversee the case in US Bankruptcy Court. With an extensive background in the local business community, Spacone has already managed multiple bankruptcies, liquidations and reorganizations totaling in the hundreds of millions…. Continue Reading

Wannakuwatte Bankruptcy Trustee to Be Appointed

Posted in Bankruptcy Clawback News, Legal Representation, Ponzi Profiles, Wannakuwatte Bankruptcy

Following upon convicted Ponzi schemer Deepal Wannakuwatte’s declaration of Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in US Bankruptcy Court in Sacramento, the United States Trustee has requested the appointment of a Bankruptcy Trustee for Wannakuwatte’s case. As we previously reported, Wannakuwatte’s filing lists $134 million in debt, while his assets are calculated to stand at about $15 million…. Continue Reading

Wannakuwatte Files for Bankruptcy

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Prominent Sacramento businessman Deepal Wannakuwatte, already having admitted to engineering a massive Ponzi scheme, has now filed a $134 million Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in US Bankruptcy Court. As part of his plea deal with federal prosecutors, the 63-year-old Wannakuwatte agreed to the filing as well as forfeiture of bank accounts and property, plus anywhere from… Continue Reading

Vincent Singh, Sister Made Bollywood Rom-Com

Posted in Bankruptcy Clawback News, Ponzi Profiles

The sister of Northern California resident Vincent Thakur Singh, recently convicted in Sacramento for operating a $20 million investment scam, has turned out to be worthy competition for her sibling in matters of fraud. Sushila Devi Mosese of Auckland, New Zealand, pleaded guilty in that nation’s court system to embezzling $4.5 million from her employer…. Continue Reading

Wannakuwatte Guilty; Endangered Community with $150 Million Ponzi

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Today in US District Court, Deepal Wannakuwatte, a well-known Sacramento businessman and former owner of the Sacramento Capitals tennis team, pleaded guilty in connection to masterminding a $150 million Ponzi scheme that defrauded dozens of investors. He admitted responsibility to a count of wire fraud presented by FBI agents in a February criminal complaint, making… Continue Reading

Feds Want TelexFREE Bankruptcy Moved to Massachusetts

Posted in Bankruptcy Clawback News, Ponzi Profiles

Now that the VoIP multilevel marketing program TelexFREE has been identified as a Ponzi scheme by both federal and Massachusetts state authorities, its bankruptcy protection status in Nevada is under scrutiny. The SEC has filed a motion in that state to have the company’s bankruptcy proceedings moved to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, where most of… Continue Reading

Vincent Singh Pleads Guilty in $20 Million Ponzi Scheme

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An Elk Grove, CA, man has admitted he engineered a $20 million Ponzi scheme that devastated the local ethnic Indian-Fijian community in Northern California. Vincent Thakur Singh, 45, pleaded guilty in US District Court last Thursday to single counts of wire fraud and making false statements in a bankruptcy. A wire fraud charge carries a… Continue Reading

IRS Rules for Clawbacks

Posted in Legal Representation, Ponzi Analysis

You could be the victim of a Ponzi scheme? At first you think that it simply can’t be. You know that the promoter showed inventory – financial statements – tax returns. You saw it yourself. Friends invested. It looked legitimate.  Now there’s shock. Racing thoughts. Betrayal. The promoter was a liar? A cheat? A fraud? The… Continue Reading

Indictment in Alleged $110 Million CA Ponzi Scheme

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Two developers have been arrested by FBI agents over an alleged $110 million real estate Ponzi scheme that enveloped Southern California. Long Beach resident John Packard, 63, and Phoenix resident Michael Stewart, 66, had their January indictment released to the public yesterday by federal prosecutors. The two each face 11 counts of wire fraud, three… Continue Reading

Sacramento Residents Continually Targeted by Investment Fraud

Posted in Legal Representation, Ponzi Video

The Sacramento area is unfortunately no stranger to investment fraud, as the news headlines regularly attest. Scammers use a variety of techniques and ruses to steal other people’s money under the guise of business ventures, oftentimes preying upon affinity groups like ethnic communities and churches. The Greater Sacramento Area includes seven California counties: Sacramento, Yolo,… Continue Reading

Petters Ponzi Feeder Sentenced

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James Fry, the investment manager who funneled mountains of cash into Thomas Petters’ $3.65 billion Ponzi scheme, received a sentence of 17.5 years in federal prison today in US District Court in Minneapolis. The 59-year-old Fry had been convicted in June on 12 counts of fraud and making false statements to SEC investigators. While he… Continue Reading

Stanford Ponzi Case Hits Supreme Court

Posted in Bankruptcy Clawback News, Legal Representation

Despite the government shutdown, the US Supreme Court is back in session, and its first order of business is connected with the second-largest investment fraud case in American history. Chief Justice John Roberts and his colleagues will be hearing arguments on whether to block further class-action lawsuits by investors in R. Allen Stanford’s Ponzi scheme,… Continue Reading

The Petters Clawback Case: A Reasonable Approach to Settlement

Posted in Bankruptcy Clawback News, Ponzi Video

Article by Hackard Law Associate Jeremy Rutledge As Thomas Petters cools his heels and enjoys the culinary fare of Fort Leavenworth Prison, his $3.6 billion Ponzi scheme continues to haunt victims in ongoing clawback litigation. The United States Bankruptcy Court in Minneapolis has been the arena for a host of adversary claims spawned by the… Continue Reading

TD Bank Hit Again Over Rothstein Ponzi

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Though Fort Lauderdale attorney Scott Rothstein’s $1.4 billion Ponzi scheme may have imploded in 2009, its fallout continues to reach the headlines with regularity. In the latest news, Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD Bank) has agreed to hand over another $52 million to the US government for facilitating the white-collar con that rocked South Florida and earned… Continue Reading

“General” Offered Fantasy Millions

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A businessman in St. George, UT, was indicted on Wednesday over a $10 million investment fraud. Edmund Edward Wilson, 69, faces 32 counts of wire fraud and money laundering in US District Court for allegedly running a bogus real estate finance program. The SEC had previously filed a civil action against Wilson in March of… Continue Reading

If You Lie Down with Dogs, You Get Up with Fleas

Posted in Bankruptcy Clawback News, Legal Representation

This observation, attributed to Benjamin Franklin’s Poor Richard’s Almanac, brings to mind the common experience of Ponzi victims.  I’ve written about my own experience with a Ponzi artist – one who proclaimed that all things were possible (presumably all financial things); when I pointed out that some of what he wanted to make possible was… Continue Reading

3,000% Returns on Bitcoin Probably Scam – SEC

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After just under a year’s investigation, the SEC has filed its first enforcement action related to Bitcoin, an online virtual currency launched in 2009. The agency has charged 30-year-old Trendon Shavers of McKinney, TX, with running a $4.5 million Ponzi scheme that defrauded at least 66 investors. Shavers ran the alleged scam when an individual Bitcoin (BTC)… Continue Reading