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Feb 8 2013 | 4:22am ET
Hedge fund fraudster Helmut Kiener has already been sentenced to nearly 11 years in prison in Germany. If American prosecutors get their way, it will be followed by as many as 200 more behind bars on the other side of the Atlantic.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia announced yesterday that Kiener had been indicted for defrauding Bear Stearns of $311 million. According to prosecutors, Kiener and an American co-conspirator funneled investment funds from Bear to an entity controlled by the co-conspirator, John Tausche, telling Bear that the funds were diversified and independently managed.
The alleged fraud cost Bear about $82 million, prosecutors said.
Tausche, who is cooperating with authorities, is accused of running a similar scam against Barclays using Kiener's K1 Group hedge funds. Kiener admitted to defrauding K1's banks, principally Barclays and BNP Paribas, as well as the hedge fund's investors, of €345 million.
If convicted, Kiener faces up to 200 years in prison. Tausche faces up to 40.
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…