Wednesday, 1 April 2015
Last updated 6 hours ago
Aug 4 2010 | 2:48am ET
Bernard Madoff feeder fund manager J. Ezra Merkin at first did not succeed—in his bid to have the New York State attorney general’s lawsuit against him toss. But he’s trying again, this time seeking to have an investor lawsuit dismissed.
Merkin’s lawyers on Monday told a federal judge that the investors suing him are unable to show that Merkin, whose clients lost about $1.2 billion in the $65 billion Madoff Ponzi scheme, “knew about, much less participated in, the Madoff fraud.”
Furthermore, no part of their lawsuit “gives rise to any inference, let alone the requisite strong inference, that the defendants acted with a fraudulent intent.”
BDO USA, Merkin’s auditors, are also seeking dismissal of the lawsuit.
“It’s a desperate effort by Merkin and others to dismiss a well-pleaded complaint that demonstrates their abject malfeasance,” Gregory Nespole, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, told Reuters.
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has accused Merkin of steering $2.4 billion to Madoff while misleading them about where he was investing the money. Cuomo’s lawsuit alleges that Merkin poured almost all of the assets of his Ascot Partners and Ascot Fund, as well as about one-third of the assets of his Gabriel Capital Corp, without notifying most of his investors.
Mar 9 2015 | 6:35am ET
As more investors look to diversify, many are beginning to use retirement funds to invest in alternative assets such as private equity and real estate. Kelly Rodriques, CEO & President of PENSCO Trust Company, explains how companies can connect with those looking to use their retirement accounts in a different way. Read more…
Mar 20 2015 | 12:45pm ET
StreetWise Partners, a non-profit organization that works with low-income individuals to help them overcome employment barriers, raised over $275,000 at the 2015 Raising the Ante Charity Poker Tournament and Casino Event last Wednesday evening at Capitale. Here are some photos from the event. Read more…