2010年12月8日水曜日

JP Morgan Chaseに5400億円請求

JP Morgan Chaseは5400億円を請求された。
 バーナード・メードフ受刑者が運営していた投資会社の清算手続きを
進めている管財人は、同受刑者による巨額詐欺を可能にしたなどとして、
JPモルガン・チェースに64億ドル(約5400億円)の支払いを求める訴えを
ニューヨークの連邦破産裁判所に起こしたと発表した。
 管財人はスイスのUBSに対しても20億ドル以上の補償を求めるなど、
詐欺被害者の損害回復に向けて相次いで訴訟を起こしている。

管財人
・マドフの投資会社の主要銀行だったJP Morgan Chaseを詐欺行為を知り
 ながら、支援し、詐欺を継続させたとして告訴。
 JP Morgan Chaseは、市場規模ではありえない収益だったことを認め
 ている。
・マドフの投資会社関係者40人を詐欺容疑告訴。
・UBSを20億ドルで告訴。
・Jeffry Picower(死亡)がマドフ投資会社への投資により72億ドルの利益
 を得たとして告訴。

金持ちの寄付(施し)により、研究や地域活動が行われていたが、その資金
が詐欺で得た黒いお金だった。詐欺が発覚してから、寄付はなくなり、
研究や地域活動も資金不足で継続できないところが多いようだ。

NY ねずみ講の参加者名
NY ねずみ講被害者リスト
NYねずみ講 初の自殺者
贅沢は大罪か
マドフ 禁固150年
JPモルガン証券 制裁金46億円
JP Morgan Chaseが7200億円請求


---JPモルガンに5400億円請求=米メードフ巨額詐欺事件で-管財人---
2010/12/03-08:10
http://www.jiji.com/jc/c?g=int_30&k=2010120300141

【ニューヨーク時事】米ナスダック市場の元運営会社会長バーナード・メードフ受刑者が運営していた投資会社の清算手続きを進めている管財人は2日、同受刑者による巨額詐欺を可能にしたなどとして、米金融大手JPモルガン・チェースに64億ドル(約5400億円)の支払いを求める訴えをニューヨークの連邦破産裁判所に起こしたと発表した。
 管財人はスイスの金融大手UBSに対しても20億ドル以上の補償を求めるなど、詐欺被害者の損害回復に向けて相次いで訴訟を起こしている。


---JPMorgan, Madoff's `Primary Banker,' Is Sued for $6.4 Billion by Trustee---
By Bob Van Voris - Dec 3, 2010 6:39 AM GMT+0900
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-12-02/jpmorgan-sued-for-6-4-billion-over-madoff-fraud-by-liquidating-trustee.html

JPMorgan Chase & Co., Bernard Madoff’s “primary banker,” was sued for $6.4 billion by the trustee liquidating the imprisoned con man’s former firm.

Irving H. Picard, the lawyer appointed as trustee by a New York bankruptcy court, said in a statement that he sued JPMorgan today over claims the bank aided and abetted Madoff’s fraud. Picard said his suit seeks $1 billion in fees and $5.4 billion in damages.

“JPMorgan was willfully blind to the fraud, even after learning about numerous red flags surrounding Madoff,” David J. Sheehan,” counsel to Picard, said in the statement. “JPMC was at the very center of that fraud, and thoroughly complicit in it.”

Any money recovered from JPMorgan will be returned to Madoff’s victims on a pro rata basis, said Picard, who has so far recovered about $1.5 billion for Madoff creditors.

“The complaint filed today by the trustee for the Madoff estate blatantly distorts both the facts and the law in an attempt to grab headlines,” JPMorgan, the second-biggest U.S. bank, said today in a statement. “JPMorgan did not know about or in any way assist in the fraud orchestrated by Bernard Madoff.”

‘Irresponsible’

JPMorgan, based in New York, said it has assisted Picard in his investigation of Madoff’s firm and called his claims “irresponsible and over-reaching.”

The lawsuit was filed under seal in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan, according to Picard’s statement.

JPMorgan “has designated virtually all of their information as confidential,” Picard said. “We intend to move to have the complaint made public as soon as possible.”

The suit is the second-biggest filed by Picard in the Madoff bankruptcy, after a $7.2 billion claim he filed against investor Jeffry Picower in May 2009. Picower died in October 2009.

In addition to the Picower suit, Picard filed 18 other court claims seeking the return of $15.5 billion paid to Madoff friends and family, feeder funds, favored investors and others.

On Nov. 23, Picard sued UBS AG for at least $2 billion, claiming the Swiss wealth-management firm also helped Madoff in his fraud. UBS said it bears no responsibility for Madoff’s crimes. Three days later, Picard sued 40 people who were former Madoff employees or are relatives of Madoff or his wife, Ruth Madoff.

‘Net Winners’

Over the past week, Picard has sued hundreds of so-called “net winners,” investors who withdrew more from their Madoff accounts than they invested. Picard, supported by a ruling in the case from U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Burton Lifland, claims such fictitious profits must be returned to the bankruptcy estate and paid out to all of Madoff’s victims with valid claims.

Picard faces a Dec. 11 deadline for filing suits to recover false profits.

Madoff, 72, is serving a 150-year sentence in a North Carolina federal prison after admitting he directed the biggest Ponzi scheme in history. Madoff was arrested and his firm, New York-based Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, forced into bankruptcy when news of the fraud became public in December 2008.

At the time of his arrest, Madoff’s account statements reflected 4,900 accounts with $65 billion in nonexistent balances. Investors lost about $20 billion in principal.

The case is Picard v. JPMorgan Chase & Co., 10-ap-4932, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).

---Bernie Madoff bank J.P. Morgan Chase accused in $6.4B lawsuit of ignoring his Ponzi scheme---
Thursday, December 2nd 2010, 4:21 PM
BY Scott Shifrel
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
http://www.nydailynews.com/money/2010/12/02/2010-12-02_bernie_madoff_bank_jp_morgan_chase_accused_in_64b_lawsuit_of_ignoring_his_ponzi_.html

The overseer trying to recover funds for Bernie Madoff's victims slapped J.P. Morgan Chase with a $6.4 billion suit Thursday, claiming the bank turned a blind eye to the mega-fraudster's swindling.

Trustee Irving Picard says officials at J.P. Morgan, Madoff's longtime banker, should have spotted red flags alerting them to the Ponzi scheme.

"Just as in the children's fable, they knew the 'Emperor had no clothes,' but looked the other way, allowing the fraud to continue," Picard's lawyer, Deborah Renner, said Thursday.

The bank "admitted in the months before Madoff's arrest that ... returns were too good - especially in down markets - to be believable, but for years they pretended that was not the case."

The suit, which is still sealed, seeks nearly $1 billion in fees and profits and another $5.4 billion in damages for "willfully blind to the fraud," according to another Picard lawyer, David Sheehan.

Picard earlier this month sued giant Swiss bank UBS for $2 billion for sending clients to Madoff, as well as suing more than 40 former employees that worked for the uber-swindler, including his wife and other relatives.

Madoff, 72, is serving a 150-year sentence in federal prison in North Carolina after admitting ripping off thousands of investors.

The estimated $20 billion Ponzi scheme came to light in the December 2008 after Madoff came clean to federal investigators.


---Picower, Madoff Case Figure, Is Dead at 67---
OCTOBER 26, 2009
By AMIR EFRATI
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125650595881806789.html

Jeffry Picower, a longtime friend of Bernard Madoff and a figure who had been under scrutiny in the criminal investigation surrounding Mr. Madoff's fraud scheme, died on Sunday in Palm Beach, Fla., according to police.

The Palm Beach Police Department said they responded to a 9-1-1 call just after noon Sunday from a woman who said she had just found her husband at the bottom of their swimming pool. Mr. Picower, 67 years old, was brought to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Marcia Horowitz, a spokeswoman for the Picower family, said Mr. Picower "had been in poor health." In addition to suffering from Parkinson's disease, he also had "a number of heart-related medical issues" for which he met regularly with cardiologists, she said. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, and his daughter, Gabrielle.

The police department said that it is conducting an investigation as "standard operating procedure in any drowning."

Mr. Picower, a billionaire, was one of several high-profile Madoff investors initially viewed as victims of Mr. Madoff's fraud who was later revealed to be among the biggest beneficiaries of it, having booked billions of dollars in profits. Federal prosecutors at the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan are looking into whether Mr. Picower or several other longtime Madoff associates had knowledge of or complicity in the fraud, people familiar with the matter have said. Mr. Picower has not been charged with wrongdoing.

A court-appointed trustee recovering assets for Madoff victims alleged that Mr. Picower knew or should have known of the fraud because he requested -- and received -- outsized gains for his accounts.

The trustee has leveled similar charges against other longtime investors. For many victims of the fraud, the lawsuits represent the best chance they have to recoup some of their losses. Collectively, Madoff investors lost a total of $18 billion from the fraud, the trustee said recently.

The Picowers made $7.2 billion in profits from investing with Mr. Madoff since the 1970s, according to court documents filed by the trustee, Irving Picard.

In a lawsuit seeking the return of Mr. Picower's profits, the trustee said the Picowers had two dozen accounts with Mr. Madoff and received annual returns of more than 100% in 14 instances. He alleged that Mr. Picower or an employee would request that certain gains be "backdated."

A lawyer for Mr. Picower denied the allegations, saying Mr. Picower no knowledge of fraud until after Mr. Madoff was arrested last year. The Picowers "were not perpetuating Madoff's Ponzi scheme by withdrawing billions of dollars from their [Madoff] accounts," the lawyer wrote in a court filing that attempted to dismiss the trustee's lawsuit. "If anything, such large withdrawals would have placed an extraordinary strain on the scheme."

On Sunday, Ms. Horowitz, the family spokeswoman, said "progress was being made toward a settlement with the Madoff trustee." David Sheehan, a lawyer for the trustee, said there had been talks with Mr. Picower's lawyers but it was unclear whether a settlement would have been reached. "We will pursue the litigation with the same vigor irrespective of Mr. Picower's passing," Mr. Sheehan said.

A Bronx, N.Y., native, Mr. Picower earned a bachelor's degree from Pennsylvania State University, a master's in business from Columbia University and a law degree from Brooklyn Law School, according to public records and former colleagues. In addition to philanthropy and accounting work, Mr. Picower led buyouts of health-care and technology companies.

Mr. Madoff made regular visits to the Picower Foundation's office, and the Picowers would speak about traveling with the Madoffs to Florida for the weekend, Regina Mylan, who helped oversee the Picower Foundation's grants earlier this decade, said in an interview earlier this year.

"They identified with them," she said. "They both came from modest backgrounds." A lawyer for Mr. Madoff wasn't reached for comment.

With a recommendation from Mr. Madoff, more than 20 years ago the Picowers succeeded in buying a co-op apartment at an exclusive Manhattan apartment building on Park Avenue, a longtime building resident said.

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