Boston Provident Exec. Pleads Guilty To Fraud

Mar 12 2010 | 8:08am ET

The former CFO of New York hedge fund Boston Provident Partners has pleaded guilty to bilking the firm out of $3 million.

Ezra Levy, who was the firm’s chief trader, admitted to trading for his own benefit at Boston Provident’s expense. Originally charged with stealing and swindling $1.3 million from the firm, Levy acknowledged getting more than twice as much.

In one case, Levy netted $600,000 selling shares he owned to Boston Provident at an inflated price.

“I used those funds to pay my personal expenses,” Levy told U.S. District Judge Kevin Castel. He pleaded guilty to one count each of securities and wire fraud.

Levy faces up to six-and-a-half years in prison at his sentencing on June 18. He remains free on $1 million bond. Levy has also been sued by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Boston Provident is headed by Orin Kramer, a well-known Democratic Party fundraiser and chairman of the New Jersey State Investment Council. The hedge fund said Kramer would personally reimburse the losses and pay the legal fees stemming from the case.


In Depth

Will Liquid Alts’ Performance Sustain Future Asset Flows?

Aug 25 2014 | 10:34am ET

Liquid alternative investment funds saw the highest percentage of capital inflows...

Lifestyle

Hedgies, Economists and Musicians Mingle At Milkin Mixers In Hamptons

Aug 25 2014 | 6:00am ET

Leave it to Michael Milken to bring some gravitas and sweat to the Hamptons -- along...

Guest Contributor

Looking Ahead: What’s In Store For Managed Futures?

Aug 22 2014 | 12:52pm ET

The last five years were phenomenal for investors in equity indices. Will the next...

 

Editor's Note

    Get A Sneak Peak Of The Alpha Pages

    Aug 25 2014 | 11:21am ET

    As many of you know, FINalternatives was recently acquired by the owners of Futures magazine, a firm called The Alpha Pages LLC. Today marks the soft-launch of a new sister site for both publications. As its name suggests, The Alpha Pages will cover all types of alternative investments, going far beyond the more well-known ones such as hedge funds and private equity. Read more…

 

Futures Magazine

July/August 2014 Cover

The time was right

Commodities/Futures magazine launched at the precipice of a revolution in the futures industry—really a revolution in the idea of risk management—that would move it from a small niche industry to ...

The Alpha Pages

TAP July/August 2014 Cover

The Alpha Pages Interview: Senator Rand Paul

Senator Paul sat down in the debut series of the Alpha Pages Interview to discuss the broken tax code, regulation surrounding Bitcoin, and his plans for the 2016 Presidential election.