Article: SEC sues over Marin Ponzi scheme, seeking $10 million

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SEC sues over Marin Ponzi scheme, seeking $10 million

Braden Cartwright, 09 June 2021

Details of the largest financial crime in Marin’s history were revealed in a lawsuit filed last week by the Securities and Exchange Commission against the estate of Ken Casey, who operated a Ponzi-like scheme and stole more than $10 million until his death in May 2020. Mr. Casey’s two Novato-based companies, Professional Financial Investors and Professional Investors Security Fund, brought in hundreds of millions of dollars from more than 1,300 victims. Investors believed they were financing a part of 70 residential and commercial properties in the area; in reality, their money was being used to pay prior investors and line the pockets of Mr. Casey and his co-conspirator, Lewis Wallach. “Many of the investors were elderly, retired and relying on their investment income for daily living expenses,” attorney Bernard Smyth wrote. Several West Marin residents were snared in the scheme, and some were given a commission to bring in more investors. Continue reading “Article: SEC sues over Marin Ponzi scheme, seeking $10 million”

Article: The War On Wall Street: GameStop Sparks Revolution With Retail Investors

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The War On Wall Street: GameStop Sparks Revolution With Retail Investors

Anat Alon-Beck, 01 February 2021

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been glued to the financial news during the past week.

And, for the first time, both my husband and my son were actually interested in my work. It is mind-boggling.

My husband first told me these stories of people making exorbitant amounts of money trading stock options, and no, not people we know from the investment community. My son, who turned 11 this month, wanted to know what’s all the buzz in the news about his favorite store: GameStop GME +0.9%. Continue reading “Article: The War On Wall Street: GameStop Sparks Revolution With Retail Investors”

Web: Gift of $25M Will Build Benton Center for Creativity and Innovation, Support Third-Century Plan

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Gift of $25M Will Build Benton Center for Creativity and Innovation, Support Third-Century Plan

Mark Walden, Colgate University, 1 February 2021

Daniel Benton ’80, H’10, P’10 has secured his place as Colgate’s most generous benefactor, making a $25 million gift in support of the University’s Middle Campus Plan for Arts, Creativity, and Innovation and other elements within The Third-Century Plan.

Editor: An Alert Reader has suggested that the hedge funds that have been doing $100 trillion in naked short selling are starting to disburse money before it can be confiscated via civil and criminal forfeiture. $25M is chump change, but the thought by Alert Reader is one worthy of joint NSA-DOJ examination.