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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

Whistleblower Key to Prosecuting Bank in Ponzi Lawsuit

Posted in Bankruptcy Clawback News, Legal Representation, Ponzi Profiles

Ponzi Clawbacks has posted extensive coverage of the Scott Rothstein Ponzi case, and not just because of its monstrous $1.2 billion scale. Rothstein himself was sentenced to 50 years in federal prison in 2010, but criminal corruption probes, adversary suits and other civil recovery efforts are ongoing. Indeed, the rulings made in the aftermath of… Continue Reading

Wannakuwate Case: Are Clawbacks Looming?

Posted in Bankruptcy Clawback News, Legal Representation, Wannakuwatte Bankruptcy

The Deepal Wannakuwatte case is entering a new phase.  Leaders in the Northern California bankruptcy community are abuzz with the near certainty that a bankruptcy, likely an involuntary one, will be filed in the Wannakuwatte case. Such a filing will bring the appointment of a trustee coupled with the later appointment of counsel. Whether special… Continue Reading

Stanford Brokers Targeted in Multimillion Clawback

Posted in Bankruptcy Clawback News, Ponzi Profiles, Ponzi Video

In the latest dispute over the ruins of Allen Stanford’s $7 billion empire of fraud, 329 former Stanford brokers have been targeted for $215 million. Stanford Receiver Ralph Janvey is looking to undertake clawback action against the onetime sales agents of Stanford Financial Group (SFG), which collapsed in 2009 after its signature certificate of deposit… 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

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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

Triple Damages Available in Investment Fraud Cases: Bell v. Feibush Changes the Legal Landscape

Posted in Bankruptcy Clawback News, Ponzi Analysis

Analysis provided by Betsy Bynum. Bell v. Feibush, a case decided in January of this year by the Fourth Appellate District of the California Court of Appeal, has received attention for its recognition of the availability of treble damages for the theft of personal or real property- three times the amount of actual damages inflicted. … Continue Reading

The Petters Clawback Case: A Reasonable Approach to Settlement

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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

Rothstein Ponzi Featured Impersonation Attempt

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IRS agents arrested two Fort Lauderdale attorneys last week in the newest round of prosecution stemming from lawyer Scott Rothstein’s $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme. Christina Kitterman, 38, and Douglas Bates, 54, were indicted by the US Attorney’s Office in West Palm Beach- both Kitterman and Bates for wire fraud conspiracy and the latter for three… 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

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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