Monday, December 19, 2016

Hedge Fund Scam: Platinum Partners Executives Charged In Billion Dollar Fraud--UPDATED

Update: here's the DOJ-Office of the U.S. Attorney press release.
From Reuters:

U.S. charges Platinum Partners execs with $1 billion fraud
Top executives of New York-based hedge fund manager Platinum Partners were arrested on Monday and charged with running a $1 billion fraud that federal prosecutors said became "like a Ponzi scheme" as its largest investments lost much of their value.

Led by Mark Nordlicht, Platinum was known for years for producing exceptionally high returns -- about 17 percent annually in its largest fund -- by taking an unusually aggressive approach to investing and fund management, as detailed by a Reuters Special Report in April. (
Nordlicht, Platinum's founding partner and chief investment officer, was arrested at his home in New Rochelle, New York. Federal prosecutors accused him and six others of participating in a pair of schemes to defraud investors.

"The charges ... highlight the brazenness and the breadth of the defendants' lies and deceit," Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Robert Capers told reporters. 

Capers added that the case was one of the largest and "most brazen" investment frauds ever and Platinum was ultimately exposed to have "no more value than a tarnished piece of cheap metal.".....MORE
How long had Capers polished that line?

I stole that idea from today's FT Alphaville: 
Let’s try and give Mourinho’s tarnished image a bit of a polish