Israel Set To Try Guilty Plea Again

Sep 16 2008 | 7:10am ET

Samuel Israel will be back in court yet again today, and his lawyer expressed hope and doubt that it will be among his last visits.

The convicted hedge fund swindler, who admitted to defrauding investors in the Bayou Group of $450 million, will appear in White Plains, N.Y., federal court to plead guilty to charges that he skipped bail. But his lawyer warned that his treatment for painkiller addiction is still having “substantial effects” on Israel, which could postpone the guilty plea yet again.

Last month, a federal judge refused to allow Israel to plead guilty to failure to report to prison after the swindler pronounced himself “60% to 70%” competent to enter a plea. If he makes similar claims, the judge may again be forced to postpone the proceedings.

Israel was set to report to a federal prison camp west of Boston on June 9 to begin a 20-year sentence. But he allegedly faked his suicide and went on the rune, turning himself in more than three weeks later.

Israel is scheduled to appear in court at 11 a.m.


In Depth

Q&A: Star Mountain's Brett Hickey On Investing In 'The Growth Engine Of America'

Sep 22 2017 | 5:06pm ET

Lower middle-market companies form the economic fabric of the nation, but they can...

Lifestyle

CFA Institute To Add Computer Science To Exam Curriculum

May 24 2017 | 9:25pm ET

Starting in 2019, financial industry executives sitting for the coveted Chartered...

Guest Contributor

Don’t Overlook These 6 Hybrid Cloud Concerns

Sep 14 2017 | 6:27pm ET

Cloud-based technology solutions have made tremendous inroads into the alternative...

 

From the current issue of

Business Insider has been reporting on the unusual trading activity of a mystery trader who placed a profitable short equity bet to the tune of $21 million on the Aug. 10 move in the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX).