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Wannakuwatte Bankruptcy Trustee to Be Appointed

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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

Second Rothstein Partner to Plead Guilty

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The Scott Rothstein Ponzi case is rather like a cluster bomb of sensationalism and misery, having blanketed a wide radius of South Florida’s business and civic elite with scandal. Now the latest figure to come under federal prosecution is Stuart Rosenfeldt, formerly partner in onetime Fort Lauderdale powerhouse law firm Rothstein, Rosenfeldt and Adler (RRA),… 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

Lawyer Charged in Ponzi Scheme on the Run, Considered “Armed and Dangerous”

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A Fort Lauderdale, FL, lawyer facing Ponzi scheme-related charges has been declared wanted by the FBI after skipping out on a scheduled hearing in US District Court two weeks ago. 67-year-old Michael Ralph Casey, whose whereabouts are unknown, is said to be “armed and dangerous” by federal authorities seeking him. Casey had been indicted in… 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

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

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

Ponzi Roundup: Disney World Schemer Sentenced

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Frank Geivelis: Prime bank buffoon Frank Geivelis pleaded guilty this Tuesday to a criminal count of wire fraud in US District Court in Pittsburgh. Geivelis, 34, operated a bogus high-yield investment program (HYIP) that stole $3.9 million from 45 victims. He was indicted in December of last year. From 2012 to 2013, Geivelis and a… Continue Reading

Infomercial King Gets Decade in Prison

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Kevin Trudeau, the slippery pitchman par excellence you’ve probably spotted on your television screen during late-night bouts of insomnia, won’t have a chance to star in any more infomercials for quite some time. It’s not that the 50-year-old Trudeau is hanging up his hat voluntarily. In a sentence delivered yesterday by Judge Ronald Guzman in… Continue Reading

Justin Bieber Scam Nets 11 Years in Prison

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For some utterly mysterious reason, modern civilization is expected to care about the everyday comings and goings of a young man – and this is what passes for a man today – named Justin Bieber. A singing sensation to tween and teenage girls (“beliebers”), Bieber is an insidiously inescapable phenomenon. Anyone following the news is… Continue Reading

Rothstein Partner Indicted on Campaign Corruption Charges

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With the clock ticking on possible further indictments in the $1.4 billion Scott Rothstein Ponzi case, a major figure in the affair has been charged with conspiracy this morning. Russell Adler, Rothstein’s former co-partner at the now-infamous Fort Lauderdale law firm Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler (RRA), was presented with a criminal information filed in US District… Continue Reading

Guilty Plea in “Janitor” Ponzi Scheme

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A Long Island woman has decided to admit responsibility for carrying out a $6.9 million Ponzi scheme. Within the framework of a plea deal with federal prosecutors, 39-year-old Laurie Schneider, a resident of Oceanside, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud in US District Court on Friday. In the course of her scheme, Schneider… Continue Reading

Man Admits Golf Course Scam

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A businessman in Reno, NV, has pleaded guilty to scamming investors through what was supposedly the purchase of a golf course. Tahoe-area resident Scott Summerhays, 55, admitted responsibility to 24 federal criminal counts, including wire fraud, money laundering and identity theft, in US District Court last week. Originally indicted in 2012, Summerhays had convinced 11… Continue Reading

Former Deputy Sentenced for Ponzi Scheme

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A former El Paso County, CO, sheriff’s deputy was sentenced in US District Court to 2.5 years in prison Tuesday for running a Ponzi scheme. David N. Hawkins, 44, had operated a bogus foreign exchange investment program that bilked 73 victims, some of them his colleagues in law enforcement, out of $1.2 million. Hawkins had… Continue Reading

Spy Preacher Gets Off Easy in Ponzi Case

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Southern California’s most sensational spy preacher and Ponzi schemer was granted a light sentence yesterday in US District Court in Orange County. Dr. Moses Onciu, 57, was facing an extended stint in prison after being found guilty on charges of conspiracy and wire fraud in October of last year. A travelling minister who intimates he… Continue Reading

Ponzi Roundup: 10-Year Sentence, Pearlman Speaks Out, and Another Conviction

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Steven Palladino: West Roxbury, MA, resident Steven Palladino, his wife and son all pleaded guilty to operating a $10 million Ponzi scheme that defrauded at least 42 people out of their savings. Shortly thereafter the 56-year-old Palladino and fellow family members were sentenced to the cheers of victims. As the architect of the scam, Palladino… Continue Reading