Saturday, 18 April 2015
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Apr 17 2013 | 12:45pm ET
An Oregon hedge fund manager pleaded guilty yesterday to running a Ponzi scheme, capping a three-year-long probe.
Yusaf Jawed will be sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison as part of a plea deal on the 17 counts of mail and wire fraud. He's also been ordered to forfeit $6.4 million, although a lawyer for the victims told The Oregonian last week, "No one expects the $6.4 million will ever be paid by him.
According to prosecutors, Jawed ran a Ponzi scheme at his Grifphon Asset Management for a decade. The Securities and Exchange Commission, which in September sued Jawed and his former business partners, alleges that the former defrauded more than 100 investors of $37 million, making both Ponzi-type payments to earlier investors and using investor money to pay personal expenses.
"At least as far back as 2008, the money was not invested at all and returns were not being realized," Assistant U.S. Attorney Allan Garten said at the plea hearing, in Portland, Ore., federal court.
In December, three Grifphon salesmen settled the SEC's charges against them.
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…