North Carolina Hedgie Charged In Ponzi Scheme

Mar 17 2010 | 1:26pm ET

A North Carolina hedge fund manager has been accused of defrauding investors of hundreds of thousands of dollars in what regulators call an “out and out scam.”

Dennis Hagemann was arrested and charged last week with securities fraud and obtaining property by false pretense. According to prosecutors, his Yellowstone Partners hedge fund was nothing more than a Ponzi scheme that netted some $700,000 from at least nine investors.

Hagemann allegedly told clients Yellowstone invested in currencies, producing gains of 100% to 300%. But he actually pocketed the money, prosecutors said.

“Folks, that is just out and out scam territory,” North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall said of the triple-digit promises. “You ought to just grab your pocketbook and run.”

Hagemann, who was released on $250,000 bond, also faces civil charges filed by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.


In Depth

Q&A: Filippo Pignatti Morano On The Ultimate Alternative Investment...Classic Cars

Jan 29 2015 | 12:37pm ET

In 2011, Filippo Pignatti Morano launched a fund to invest in classic cars. FINalternatives...

Lifestyle

Looking For A Hedge Fund Manager? Try Davos

Jan 28 2015 | 8:48am ET

Davos, Switzerland seems to have become the hedge fund capital of the world—at...

Guest Contributor

From Switzerland With Love: Some Hard Truths About Central Banks And Risk

Jan 23 2015 | 7:54am ET

In the wake of the Swiss National Bank uncoupling the country’s currency from...

 

Editor's Note