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Beverly McFarland Appointed IMG Bankruptcy Trustee in Wannakuwatte Case

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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

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

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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

Dead Resort Functioned on Ponzi Cash

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The second figure in a $96 million Long Island-based Ponzi scheme has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit securities fraud. 42-year-old Adam Judd Manson, a real estate manager from Old Westbury, NY, has admitted to participating in a hedge-fund scam that raised $118 million from some 40 victims. His brother-in-law and co-conspirator in the scheme,… Continue Reading

Ponzi Roundup: Accused Schemers Splurged on Tanning

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Scott Rothstein: The never-ending Rothstein Ponzi saga continues unabated; in the latest news, two former Broward County Sheriff’s deputies have made a plea deal with federal prosecutors. Detective Jeff Poole, 47, and Lieutenant David Benjamin, 48, acted as Rothstein’s personal enforcers during the height of his power – when the master schemer had virtual carte… 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

Wannakuwatte: What Might a Plea Agreement Look Like?

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Deepal Wannakuwatte has been accused of masterminding a $150 million-plus Ponzi scheme, and he’s set to change his plea to guilty on May 1st in US District Court in Sacramento. Wannakuwatte’s indictment, however, doesn’t present the full array of charges that could be levelled against him; rather, it is limited to two counts of bank… Continue Reading

Feds Want TelexFREE Bankruptcy Moved to Massachusetts

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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

Feds Turn Up Pressure on TelexFREE

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After the Commonwealth of Massachusetts filed an injunction against the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) marketing program TelexFREE last week, the business is under further scrutiny – this time from the federal government. The SEC has levelled its own complaint and request for an asset freeze against the Boston-based company, which has extensively promoted its sales… Continue Reading

Whistleblower Key to Prosecuting Bank in Ponzi Lawsuit

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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?

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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

Rothstein CFO Latest to Be Charged

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As the clock winds down on possible indictments in Scott Rothstein’s $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme, the super scammer’s “right hand” is the latest to face charges in the case. Irene Shannon (maiden name Stay) is the subject of a criminal information filed in US District Court in Miami. Federal prosecutors say the 50-year-old Shannon, the… Continue Reading

TelexFREE Program Alleged to Be $1 Billion Ponzi Scheme

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A well-known international network marketing business has been labelled a massive Ponzi scheme by civil authorities in Massachusetts just a day after it filed for bankruptcy protection. According to the Massachusetts Secretary of State’s Office, TelexFREE, a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) sales program, is alleged to have raised $90 million in the Commonwealth alone… Continue Reading

Wannakuwatte’s Helpers: Who, What & When

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The civil case against Deepal Wannakuwatte will not stop with a guilty plea in his criminal matter. The pursuit of truth will continue, and the classic questions featuring in any thorough investigation will endure. What happened? The Wannakuwatte Ponzi scheme is at least $125 million and a dozen years in the making. Civil investigations of… 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

Wannakuwatte Likely to Change Plea on Fraud Charges

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The following is an update from Hackard Law attorney Jeremy Rutledge, who attended a Status Conference for Deepal Wannakuwatte in US District Court today in Sacramento. Wannakuwatte is accused of running a Ponzi scheme on a scale of anywhere from $125 million to $300 million. He currently faces charges of bank fraud. Today’s Status Conference… Continue Reading