Judge OKs Payments To Fraud Victims

Nov 3 2011 | 8:19am ET

Almost three years after James Nicholson's Ponzi scheme collapsed, his victims are finally on the verge of getting some of their money back.

The federal judge who sentenced Nicholson to 40 years in prison last year has signed an order directing the court clerk to begin cutting checks to those who lost money in the $141 million hedge fund fraud. A pair of government efforts to recover money found $19.6 million, which will be distributed to clients of Nicholson's Westgate Capital Management who did not withdraw more from the scam than they put in.

U.S. District Judge Richard Sullivan issued the order to pay victims on Tuesday. It is unclear precisely when the first checks will go out.

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