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.

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