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The Week In Securities Litigation: SEC Brings Action Against 8 Fund Directors, 2 Actions Focused On Chinese Issues

The SEC brought an action against eight fund directors, six of whom were independent and members of the audit committee, alleging that they caused material misstatements in the valuation of fund assets by failing to implement proper standards. The agency also brought two actions focused on Chinese issues...

The Week In Securities Litigation: A New Direction For Securities Enforcement Actions?

Changes at the top of the SEC and the DOJ's criminal division may signal a new direction for securities enforcement actions. Former U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White was nominated by the President to be SEC Chairman. At the same time Lanny Breuer, Assistant Attorney General in charge of DOJ's Criminal...

Madoff's Brother Agrees To $90 Million Settlement In Trustee Lawsuit

NEW YORK - (Mealey's) The brother of convicted Ponzi scheme mastermind Bernard L. Madoff has agreed to pay more than $90 million to settle claims that he participated in his brother's massive Ponzi scheme but could escape any payment under a consent order filed Feb. 6 in a New York federal bankruptcy...

The Week In Securities Litigation: SEC, CFTC Chairmen Testify; 2 Sentenced To Long Prison Terms

SEC Chairman Elise Walter and CFTC Chairman Gary Gensler testified before a Senate Committee this week, focusing on the implementation of Dodd-Frank. The SEC also approved the budget for the PCAOB. Two former senior executive in the organization of jailed Ponzi schemer Allen Stanford were sentenced...

2nd Circuit: Madoff Trustee Cannot Sue Banks On Behalf Of Customers

NEW YORK - (Mealey's) The Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on June 20 affirmed a district court's ruling that Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC (BMLIS) trustee Irving H. Picard cannot sue JPMorgan Chase & Co., HSBC Holdings PLC, UBS AG and UniCredit SpA for the banks' alleged...

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Madoff’s ‘Indirect’ Victims May Soon See Some Payments

Approximately 11,000 investors who lost money in the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme indirectly through feeder funds, investment partnerships, bank commingled funds, family trusts, or other pooled investment accounts may soon see a recovery. The Madoff Victim Fund (the “MVF”), which is administered...

28 Investors Defrauded in $18 Million Ponzi Scheme, Feds Charge

Over the course of about three years, from August 2010 to November 2013, Louis J. Spina collected $18 million from 28 investors by representing that he would invest their funds through his business, LJS Trading LLC, using algorithmic computer software, and that the investors would receive guaranteed...

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5 Key Madoff Facts 5 Years Later

Much has happened in the five years since Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme unraveled and he was arrested. Here are five key Madoff facts as selected by the Financial Fraud Law Blog and the Financial Fraud Law Report : The trustee overseeing the liquidation of Madoff’s business and efforts...

Trustee’s and Lawyers’ Fees Top $800 Million in Madoff Case – So Far

The outsized breadth and scope of the Madoff Ponzi scheme has required an outsized effort to investigate it and to respond to it, and that has required attorneys – a lot of them, spending a lot of time, over the past five years. The law firm of Baker & Hostetler LLP is primary counsel to...

Madoff’s Feeder Funds: What’s Happening with Merkin?

Perhaps no feeder funds to Bernard Madoff are more well known than those run by J. Ezra Merkin. Five years after the fall of Madoff, the actions by Madoff Trustee Irving Picard and his primary counsel, Baker & Hostetler LLP, against Merkin and his entities continue to take up a significant amount...

Litigation against the Madoff Family: Where Is It Today?

Of all the lawsuits brought against people allegedly involved in the Madoff Ponzi scheme, perhaps none are of as much interest as the actions involving Madoff family members. The most recent request for fees filed by Baker & Hostetler (B&H) explains the status of these cases. Note that references...

5 Years After Madoff: Long Island Man Charged with Orchestrating a $5 Million Ponzi Scheme

Almost five years to the day after Bernard Madoff was arrested in Manhattan, federal prosecutors in New York – yes, in New York – have charged a man with wire and mail fraud for allegedly operating a Ponzi scheme. The indictment alleged that Rocco, while acting as the president of a soccer...

SEC Alleges Texas Man Ran $4.5 Million Bitcoin Ponzi Scheme

The Securities and Exchange Commission has filed civil fraud charges against a Texas man, accusing him of masterminding a Ponzi scheme using the virtual currency known as Bitcoin that promised annual returns exceeding 300%. Trendon T. Shavers, 30, was charged with violations of federal securities laws...

Madoff Brother, Convicted and Jailed, Now is Disbarred

Peter Madoff – Bernard Madoff’s brother – has been disbarred. Just about five years to the day after Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme came to light, just about one year to the day after Peter Madoff was sentenced to consecutive five year terms of imprisonment for each of his admitted...

Still Relevant Five Years Later, He Is #6 in Financial Fraud Law for the Year

We know what you are thinking. Still? Five years later, he still makes the year’s Top 10 in Financial Fraud Law? How could that be? Here’s how: He orchestrated the largest Ponzi scheme in history, reverberating to this day. Criminal trials involving people from his firm continue. Some...

Final Four in Financial Fraud Law’s Top 10 of the Year Is Coming Next Week!

The Financial Fraud Law Blog Top 10 countdown is nearing conclusion. You already have seen our picks for #10 down through #5, which we summarize below. Stay tuned for the final four picks, coming right after the New Year! We wish all of the readers of the Financial Fraud Law Blog , the subscribers...

4 Keys to JPMorgan’s Expected Madoff Deal

Here are the four key elements of JPMorgan Chase’s likely settlement with federal prosecutors over charges against the bank relating to the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme: The bank will pay $2 billion to settle civil charges and criminal charges under the Bank Secrecy Act; A portion –...

JPMorgan Admits Violation of the Bank Secrecy Act for Failed Madoff Oversight

J.P.Morgan Chase Bank, N.A., has admitted that it willfully violated the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) by failing to report suspicious transactions arising out of Bernard Madoff’s decades-long, multi-billion dollar fraudulent Ponzi scheme. The bank now has been fined $461 million by the Financial Crimes...

A Pretty Good Couple of Days for Madoff Victims, Courtesy of JPMorgan

It has been a pretty good couple of days for Madoff victims. J.P.Morgan Chase reached a $2.05 billion settlement with federal prosecutors over its failure to properly exercise oversight of Bernard Madoff and his operations; $1.7 billion of that is expected to go directly to Madoff victims. And...

Financial Fraud Prosecutor Jillian B. Berman Joins Levine Lee in New York City

Jillian B. Berman, who served for nine years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, has become a partner at Levine Lee LLP in New York City. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Berman directed investigations and tried a variety of cases...

Madoff Victims Get More Time to File Claims with Fed’s Madoff Victim Fund

The deadline for filing claims with the federal Madoff Victim Fund (the “MVF”) has been extended to April 30, 2014. This extension was recommended by Special Master Richard C. Breeden, who is administering the MVF on behalf of the Department of Justice. To date, the MVF has received approximately...

Facebook and Twitter Fraud Thwarted, SEC Says

The Securities and Exchange Commission has brought an emergency enforcement action to stop what it characterized as a fraudulent pyramid scheme by phony companies masquerading as a legitimate international investment firm. Toward that end, the SEC obtained a federal court order to freeze accounts...

Bernard Madoff Guilty Plea: 5 Years Ago Today

Five years ago today, on March 12, 2009, Bernard Madoff pleaded guilty to orchestrating the largest Ponzi scheme in history. That day, Madoff told the court, “I knew what I was doing was wrong, indeed criminal.” He said that when he began the Ponzi scheme, “I believed it would end...