Fraud

Senate: Hedge Funds Used “Basket Options” To Dodge Taxes

Over a dozen hedge funds are accused of misusing a complex financial structure to claim billions of dollars in unjustified tax savings and to avoid leverage limits that protect the financial system from risky debt, a Senate Subcommittee investigation has found. “These banks and hedge funds used dubious structured financial products in a giant game of [...]

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Louisiana Hedge Fund Manager Pleads Guilty To Fraud

A hedge fund manager has pleaded guilty to multiple counts of mail fraud based on his executing a $13 million investment fraud scheme that included victims in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Florida, The Times-Picayune reports. He is scheduled for trial later this week. Zachary Holdman operated a hedge fund called Greenwing Capital Management, LLC. As the owner [...]

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Citigroup To Pay $7 Billion In Sub-Prime Mortgage Settlement

Citigroup has agreed to pay approximately $7 billion for its part in the financial crisis of 2008, the WSJ reports. Citigroup is accused of downplaying the risks of sub-prime mortgages when packaging them selling them to hedge funds, mutual funds and pension funds. “The penalty is appropriate given the strength of the evidence of the wrongdoing [...]

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Two Executives and A Hedge Fund Portfolio Manager Sentenced To Federal Prison

Eric M. Martin, Mark Megalli, and Richard T. Posey have been sentenced to federal prison for their roles in a multi-million-dollar insider trading conspiracy involving children’s clothing company Carter’s, Inc. stock. Mark Megalli worked at New York hedge fund Level Global Investors was the contact point for some of the insider trading, the FBI says. [...]

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Florida Hedge Fund Adviser Charged With $17 Million Fraud Scheme

A West Palm Beach-based hedge fund advisory firm and its founder have been charged by the SEC with fraudulently shifting money from one investment to another without informing investors, the South Florida Business Journal reports. The firm’s founder and another individual later pocketed some of the transferred investor proceeds to enrich themselves. “Investment advisers owe their [...]

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Hedge Fund Manager Balboa Gets 4 Years In Prison

A  portfolio manager for the now collapsed hedge fund Millennium Global Investments has been sentenced to 4 years in prison and 3 years of supervised release, The Wall Street Journal reports. Michael Balboa, a London-based hedge fund manager, was convicted in 2013 for providing fake valuations on Nigerian warrants at the height of the financial crisis. [...]

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SAC Affiliate Settles SEC Insider Trading Charges For $600 Million

The US courts have approved a $600 million fine to settle SEC charges that hedge fund advisory firm CR Intrinsic Investors participated in an insider trading scheme involving a clinical trial for an Alzheimer’s drug, Reuters reports. CR Intrinsic is an affiliate of SAC Capital. Matthew Martoma, a former portfolio manager CR Intrinsic Investors was found [...]

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More Than One Hedge Fund Hacked In Sophisticated Cybercrimewave

An unnamed hedge fund was attacked by cybercriminals in 2013, causing them to lose millions of dollars and disrupting the firm’s high-speed trading, CNBC reports. Tech company BAE Systems reported the hack, saying “It’s pretty amazing, the level of business sophistication involved as opposed to technical sophistication involved was something we had not seen before.” The cybercriminals used [...]

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Tech Company Insider Charged With Tipping Off Hedge Funds

The 45th defendant charged by the SEC in its ongoing investigation into the activities of expert networks has agreed to settle the SEC’s charges. The investigation has exposed widespread insider trading by investment professionals, hedge funds, and corporate insiders for illicit profits of approximately $430 million. The SEC filed insider trading charges against a former [...]

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Hedge Fund Law: SEC Names David Gottesman as Deputy Chief Litigation Counsel

A member of the team that obtained admissions of liability as part of an $18 million settlement with hedge fund adviser Philip Falcone and his advisory firm Harbinger Capital Partners has been appointed as deputy chief litigation counsel in the Division of Enforcement by the SEC. David J Gottesman said, “I am honored to have the [...]

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