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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

Posted in Bankruptcy Clawback News, Wannakuwatte Bankruptcy

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

Ponzi Roundup: Two Guilty Pleas and International Clawback

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Tom Petters: Clawback efforts in the aftermath of Minnesota mega-fraudster Thomas Petters’ $3.65 billion Ponzi scheme have escalated to a new level, with the case’s bankruptcy trustee looking to pursue actions to recover funds in several foreign countries. Asserting that “potentially hundreds of millions of dollars” found their way to international investors, Trustee Douglas Kelley’s… Continue Reading

Vincent Singh Pleads Guilty in $20 Million Ponzi Scheme

Posted in Bankruptcy Clawback News, Ponzi Profiles

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

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

Posted in Bankruptcy Clawback News, Ponzi Profiles

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

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

Rothstein Victims to be Fully Reimbursed

Posted in Bankruptcy Clawback News

In a turn of events that could hardly have been foreseen when Scott Rothstein’s monster scam was exposed in late 2009, its victims will be fully reimbursed in accordance with an agreement reached in court last week. Rothstein, the flashy Fort Lauderdale lawyer who flushed $1.4 billion down a golden toilet of bogus “structured settlements,”… Continue Reading

Ponzi Roundup: Two Sentences and Another Delay for Kim Rothstein

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With a high volume of relevant stories from cases we’ve previously covered, Ponzi Clawbacks is delivering a news roundup today. This feature will likely be periodic during the resolution of multiple cases from Ponzi Profiles. Julius Blackwelder: Stratford, CT, resident Julius Blackwelder was sentenced to 46 months in prison for perpetrating a $400,000 investment fraud…. Continue Reading

CA Ponzi Schemer Wasn’t Serious About Guilty Plea

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Folsom, CA, resident Anthony Vassallo has learned the hard way that it’s not so easy to renege on a guilty plea in US District Court. Last month the 33-year-old Vassallo attempted to withdraw from his plea agreement with federal prosecutors after admitting responsibility for an $83 million Ponzi scheme. Judge Garland Burrell Jr. ruled against… Continue Reading

Admitted Ponzi Schemer Now Denies Guilt

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Anthony Vassallo of Folsom, CA, is seeking to withdraw his guilty plea from US District Court after having made a plea agreement with federal prosecutors earlier this year. In February the 33-year-old Vassallo admitted responsibility for running an $83 million Ponzi scheme that racked up $45 million in damages to 300 victims. Vassallo’s attorney told… Continue Reading

Usury Claims in Doubt in CA Ponzi Clawback Case

Posted in Bankruptcy Clawback News, Legal Representation

In July and August 2012, bankruptcy Trustee Michael Burkart brought over one hundred clawback lawsuits in the underlying bankruptcy case In Re Vincent Thakur Singh, et al., U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of California, Case No. 10-42050, against nearly 200 people who were defrauded in an elaborate Ponzi scheme orchestrated by Vincent Singh.  The vast… Continue Reading

Kim Rothstein: Costume Queen in a Ponzi Scheme

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Kim Rothstein, the wife of convicted Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein, has had her sentencing delayed until June. The 39-year-old Mrs. Rothstein had earlier pleaded guilty in US District Court to money laundering conspiracy, witness tampering and obstruction. Scott Rothstein, the infamous Fort Lauderdale lawyer who engineered a mammoth $1.4 billion scam based on phony structured… Continue Reading