Article: The Dark Money Secretly Bankrolling Activist Short- Sellers — and the Insiders Trying to Expose It

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The Dark Money Secretly Bankrolling Activist Short-Sellers — and the Insiders Trying to Expose It

Michelle Celarier

Institutional Investor, 30 November 2020

More than a dozen short-sellers interviewed by Institutional Investor in an effort to penetrate this murky terrain say there are numerous players and various permutations of the model that may involve the sharing of ideas and research along with either a cut of the gains on the short trade or a set fee. In fact, some short-sellers believe that almost all of the activists have such backing — even those running small hedge funds themselves.

Subject: John Williams

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John Carroll Williams is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, having also served as President of Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco from 2011-2018. He is currently serving as Vice Chairman of the Federal Open Market Committee. Prior to that, he was the executive vice president and director of research at the San Francisco Fed, which he joined in 2002. Williams began his career in 1994 as an economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. In addition, he served as a senior economist in the White House Council of Economic Advisers and as a lecturer at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. Williams holds a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University, an M.S. degree from the London School of Economics, and an A.B. from the University of California at Berkeley.


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Subject: Roger Williams

Subject of Interest

John Roger Williams (R-TX) is a committee member of the 116th Congress U.S. House Committee on Financial Services. He is an American car dealer and politician who has been the U.S. Representative for Texas’s 25th congressional district since 2013. A member of the Republican Party, he previously served under Governor Rick Perry as Secretary of State of Texas from November 2004 to July 1, 2007. With a net worth of $27.7 million, Williams is one of the wealthiest members of Congress. He graduated from Texas Christian University (BA). Williams served as Regional Finance Chairman for Governor George W. Bush in his 1994 and 1998 elections. He became North Texas Chairman for the Bush/Cheney 2000 campaign, North Texas Finance Chairman in 2004, and National Grassroots Fundraising Chairman for the 2004 campaign. Williams was appointed by President George W. Bush in 2001 to be Chairman of the Republican National Finance Committee’s Eagles Program. He has also served as State Finance Chair for John Cornyn’s U.S. Senate campaign and as the National Director of the “Patriots” program for Cornyn.


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Article: Marc Cohodes’ Last Stand – Part One: Encountering the Fraud

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Marc Cohodes’ Last Stand – Part One: Encountering the Fraud

Real Vision, 01 July 2019

This is the first part of the groundbreaking January 2019 interview between Real Vision co-founder Grant Williams (NYSE:WMB) and legendary short seller Marc Cohodes. In this clip from the long conversation, the two introduce Cohodes’ battle to expose the truth about pharmaceutical giant MiMedx. This is excerpted from a video published on Real Vision on February 1, 2019 entitled “Fraud, Intimidation and Truth: Marc Cohodes’ Last Stand.” Continue reading “Article: Marc Cohodes’ Last Stand – Part One: Encountering the Fraud”


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Real Vision, 04 February 2019

Grant Williams visits Marc Cohodes at his farm in Sonoma County to hear the astonishing story of the famed shortseller’s year-long battle with MiMedx – a company he calls the biggest fraud he’s ever seen. Marc details the prodigious amount of work he’s undertaken, his pleas to regulators and the extraordinary story of an FBI visit to his home. Filmed on January 19, 2019 in Cotati, California. Continue reading “Article: FRAUD, INTIMIDATION AND TRUTH: MARC COHODES’ LAST STAND”

Article: How ex-JP Morgan silver trader’s guilty plea could boost manipulation claim against bank

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How ex-JP Morgan silver trader’s guilty plea could boost manipulation claim against bank

Dawn Giel, Dan Mangan

CNBC, 13 November 2018

A previously secret guilty plea by a former commodity trader at J. P. Morgan Chase, who admitted that he rigged precious metals markets, has drawn the attention of a lawyer who has already accused traders at the nation’s largest bank of similar conduct.

The lawyer, David Kovel, told CNBC he was struck by how much in common his civil case pending in New York federal court against J. P. Morgan Chase has with the conduct outlined in the ongoing criminal case in Connecticut against John Edmonds.

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Article: Gary Weiss, Psychopath & Scaramouch

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Gary Weiss, Psychopath & Scaramouch

Patrick Byrne

Portfolio Magazine cited by DeepCapture, 31 December 2008

For over 10 years Gary Weiss (once a reporter with BusinessWeek, and recently, a columnist with Forbes) has been posting under fake names to confuse, distort, and hijack Usenet groups, stock message boards, and Wikipedia, using social media to prevent the public from understanding criminal activity.

I now turn to Gary Weiss. Last year one of the most prominent journalists on Wall Street warned me, “I’ve known Weiss for years. Be careful. He’s a psychopath.” As you will see, he was neither joking nor exaggerating. I think, however, that Gary is better described as a “Scaramouch.”

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