Ex-Enron Executive Jeffrey Adam Shankman Indicted by a Federal Grand Jury Alleging Bankruptcy Charges and Concealment of Assets

October 1, 2013

The Federal Bureau of Investigation on September 30, 2013 released the following:

“HOUSTON— A federal grand jury has returned a 24-count indictment against Jeffrey Adam Shankman with bankruptcy fraud and concealment of assets, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson.

The indictment was returned today. Shankman is expected to turn himself in to federal authorities and make an initial appearance before a U.S. magistrate judge in the near future.

According to the indictment, Shankman engaged in a scheme to conceal assets to defraud creditors and the trustee who was appointed to collect and dispose of all Shankman’s assets in his bankruptcy estate.

A debtor is required to complete several documents to carry out the bankruptcy process, which consist of a petition which contains summary information about the debtor’s financial condition, various bankruptcy schedules, and a statement of financial affairs. That statement contains, among other things, detailed information about the debtor’s assets, liabilities, recent payments to creditors, past and current income, and anticipated future income. The documents are required to be signed and certified under penalty of perjury that the information contained in them is true and correct. A debtor is required to disclose all creditors to the bankruptcy court so that the court can provide notice to the creditors of the filing of the bankruptcy petition. One purpose of this requirement is to allow the creditors the opportunity to participate in the bankruptcy proceeding and protect their interests.

Shankman, 46, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in October 2008. The indictment alleges he concealed, transferred, and sold various pieces of fine art, decorative art, and jewelry and other assets without the knowledge, consent, and approval of the trustee or the bankruptcy court. The approximate value of the assets was $952,125, according to allegations.

Shankman was head of the Global Markets Division of Enron in 2001 before its collapse and served on the Art Committee of Enron.

In order for the bankruptcy system to work for all parties, it is imperative for the debtor to be truthful and forthright in all aspects of the bankruptcy process. The bankruptcy system is based on an honor system; the debtor agrees to provide all the necessary information requested by the trustee and to assist the trustee in collecting all assets of debtors and comply with the court’s orders to obtain the relief desired under the chapter the case was filed.

If convicted, he faces up to five years in federal prison and a possible $250,000 fine of on each count.

The case was investigated by the FBI and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Quincy L. Ollison.

An indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence. A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law.”

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“‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ stars due back in court to enter plea on federal fraud charges”

August 14, 2013

Fox News on August 14, 2013 released the following:

Associated Press

“Two stars of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” are due back in court.

Teresa and Guiseppe “Joe” Giudice are scheduled to enter a plea before a federal judge Wednesday afternoon. Lawyers say both are expected to plead not guilty to federal fraud charges.

They were charged last month in a 39-count indictment with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, making false statements on loan applications and bankruptcy fraud.

The couple are accused of exaggerating their income when applying for loans, then hiding their improving fortunes in a bankruptcy filing.

They are also accused of submitting fraudulent mortgage and loan applications and fabricating tax returns and W2 forms.

Prosecutors allege Joe Giudice also failed to file federal tax returns from 2004 to 2008.”

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Roseville Couple Arrested for Alleged Loan Modification and Foreclosure Rescue Scheme

October 2, 2012

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on October 1, 2012 released the following:

“SACRAMENTO, CA— Martin Wayne Flanders, 48, and Ligia Sandoval Spafford, 46, of Roseville, were arrested today on a complaint charging them with orchestrating a fraud scheme targeting distressed homeowners, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. Flanders was also charged with conspiracy to commit bankruptcy fraud for filing sham bankruptcy petitions as part of the fraud scheme. The complaint was filed in Sacramento on September 28, 2012, and unsealed after the arrest today. Flanders and Sandoval are expected to make their initial appearances in court today in Sacramento at 2:00 p.m.

According to court documents, Flanders charged clients advance fees in exchange for a number of financial services, including loan modifications, mortgage loan audits, credit repair, debt relief, bankruptcy filings, and a program to sell homes to “investors” with a rent-to-own option. Flanders and Sandoval marketed these services to economically distressed homeowners with particular emphasis on those who were Spanish-speakers. During a radio program aired twice weekly by a Bay Area Spanish-language Christian radio station, Radio Luz, Sandoval promoted the services she and Flanders offered. Flanders also advertised on a Spanish-language television station, Univision, and in Spanish-language magazines. About 98 percent of Flanders’s and Sandoval’s clients were of Hispanic descent, some of whom spoke little to no English. Sandoval speaks Spanish; Flanders does not.

The investigation to date has identified 25 to 30 individuals who paid for services and did not receive them for a total loss of approximately $120,000. Some homeowners who were not able to obtain relief were foreclosed upon by their lenders.

This case is the product of an extensive investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Todd A. Pickles is prosecuting the case.

If convicted, they face a sentence of up to 20 years in prison on the mail fraud charges, and Flanders faces up to five years in prison for bankruptcy fraud. The actual sentences, if convicted, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory sentencing factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.

The allegations in the indictment are mere accusations, and all persons are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.”

Federal Mail Fraud Crimes – 18 U.S.C. § 1341

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Florida Man Arrested, Charged with Bankruptcy Fraud

February 29, 2012

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on February 28, 2012 released the following:

“Allegedly Concealed More Than $1.5 Million in Personal Assets

NEWARK, NJ—A former Ocean County, N.J., resident was arrested today and charged with hiding hundreds of thousands of dollars in assets in connection with his November 2008 personal bankruptcy petition, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Bryan Young, 39, formerly of Toms River, N.J., and now living in Venice, Fla., turned himself in to agents of the FBI in Newark. He is charged by complaint with two counts of bankruptcy fraud and is scheduled to make his initial appearance today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Cathy L. Waldor in Newark federal court.

According to the criminal complaint unsealed today:

On Nov. 5, 2008, Young, who was then living in New Jersey, filed for individual Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey. In his petition, Young concealed more than $1.5 million in personal assets, failing to disclose the existence of four financial accounts—or that any of these accounts were closed as of the date of the filing of his petition—with total balances of more than $650,000. Young failed to disclose the purchase of approximately $13,000 worth of furniture or the sale of a 2003 Ford truck, worth approximately $10,000, within months of the filing. He listed no income other than from employment or the operation of a business. However, according to documents obtained from eBay Inc., Young had eBay sales totaling more than $250,000 in 2007 and 2008. Young failed to disclose transfers of more than $250,000 into a bank account in the name of his son, and approximately $248,000 into an account controlled by Young himself.

Young also made numerous materially false statements under oath in relation to his bankruptcy petition. On Dec. 12, 2008, Young testified that he did not own any stocks, bonds, or mutual funds. However, at the time of the filing of his petition, one of Young’s financial account investment statements showed investments in stocks, bonds, and mutual funds that were worth approximately $100,000 within months of the filing. On Feb. 13, 2009, Young claimed he had only one bank account, but at the time of his filing had at least four bank accounts. Young claimed that he owned only one motor vehicle, a 2006 Ford F-350, but N.J. Department of Motor Vehicle records show he also owned a 1993 Mitsubishi GT and a 2003 Ford truck. Young claimed he had no assets over and above the amount listed in his petition, but had at least $13,000 worth of furniture that was not disclosed in his petition.

The bankruptcy fraud charge carries a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Michael B. Ward in Newark; IRS-Criminal Investigation, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge JoAnn Zuniga, and Region 3 U.S. Trustee Roberta DeAngelis and the Newark office of the U.S. Trustee, with the investigation leading to today’s arrest.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Mendelsohn of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Economic Crimes Unit in Newark.

The charges and allegations contained in the complaint are merely accusations and the defendant is considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.

This case was brought in coordination with President Barack Obama’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force. President Obama established the interagency Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force to wage an aggressive, coordinated, and proactive effort to investigate and prosecute financial crimes. The task force includes representatives from a broad range of federal agencies, regulatory authorities, inspectors general, and state and local law enforcement who, working together, bring to bear a powerful array of criminal and civil enforcement resources. The task force is working to improve efforts across the federal executive branch, and with state and local partners, to investigate and prosecute significant financial crimes, ensure just and effective punishment for those who perpetrate financial crimes, combat discrimination in the lending and financial markets, and recover proceeds for victims of financial crimes.”

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Mark A. Conner Plead Guilty to Charges of Conspiracy to Commit Bank Fraud and to Perjury in Connection with His Personal Bankruptcy Filing in Federal Bankruptcy Court

October 24, 2011

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on October 21, 2011 released the following:

“Former Bank President Agrees to Plead Guilty in Multi-Million-Dollar Bank Fraud Conspiracy and Perjury in His Personal Bankruptcy Case

Conner Fleeced Failed Stockbridge Bank and at Least Ten Other Federally Insured Banks

ATLANTA— MARK A. CONNER, 45, formerly of Canton, Georgia, and Tallahassee, Florida, and the former president of FirstCity Bank of Stockbridge, Georgia, pleaded guilty today to charges of conspiracy to commit bank fraud in connection with misconduct at FirstCity Bank in the years before the bank’s seizure by state and federal authorities on March 20, 2009. CONNER also pleaded guilty to perjury in connection with his personal bankruptcy filing in federal bankruptcy court in January 2011.

United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said, “Our nation’s bank problems have contributed to the economic distress our citizens continue to experience across the country. We have felt this keenly in Georgia, with more than 70 bank failures since mid-2008, and another failure as recently as October 14, 2011. This defendant treated FirstCity Bank’s commercial real estate lending operations like his own personal piggy bank, siphoning off millions of dollars from fraudulent commercial real estate loans, ultimately running FirstCity into the ground. Along the way, CONNER and others defrauded federal and state regulators and at least ten other federally insured banks in Georgia and Florida that invested in the fraudulent multi-million-dollar loans.”

FDIC Inspector General Jon Rymer said, “The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Office of Inspector General is pleased to join our law enforcement colleagues in defending the integrity of the financial services industry by investigating bank fraud perpetrated by senior bank officers. We are especially concerned in situations like this one where the former Chairman and CEO of the bank misused his position of trust to defraud FirstCity Bank of Stockbridge, thus contributing to its failure. When he and his co-conspirators convinced at least 10 other federally insured institutions to invest in fraudulent loans to further the scheme, they jeopardized the safety and soundness of those institutions as well. We are committed to continuing our efforts to prosecute such criminal misconduct, help maintain the stability of the Nation’s financial institutions, and ensure the viability of the Deposit Insurance Fund.”

Christy Romero, Acting Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (“SIGTARP”) said, “Despite Conner’s fiduciary duties as president, CEO, and chairman of FirstCity Bank, for years he went to great lengths to lie to bank regulators, cheat the bank, and steal millions of dollars. He then attempted to steal more than $6 million in TARP funding from U.S. taxpayers and Treasury to cover his tracks. It is precisely this type of deception and greed by key bank insiders that contributed to and exacerbated the financial crisis. Fraud in connection with TARP will be aggressively investigated and prosecuted by SIGTARP and its law enforcement partners.”

According to United States Attorney Yates, the charges, and other information presented in court, CONNER served in a variety of top positions at FirstCity Bank between 2004 and 2009, including as vice chairman of the board of directors, as a member of the bank’s loan committee, as president, and later as acting chairman and chief executive officer. While serving in these positions, CONNER conspired with others to defraud FirstCity Bank’s loan committee and Board of Directors into approving multiple multi-million-dollar commercial loans to borrowers who, unbeknownst to FirstCity Bank, were actually purchasing property owned by CONNER or his co-conspirators.

CONNER and his co-conspirators misrepresented the essential nature, terms, and underlying purpose of the loans and falsified documents and information presented to the loan committee and the Board of Directors. CONNER and his co-conspirators caused at least 10 other federally insured banks to invest in, or “participate in” the fraudulent loans based on these and other fraudulent misrepresentations, shifting all or part of the risk of default to the other banks. CONNER alone reaped almost $7 million in proceeds from the loans alleged in the indictment.

In the process of defrauding FirstCity Bank and the “participating” banks, to conceal their unlawful scheme, CONNER and his co-conspirators routinely misled federal and state bank regulators and examiners. They also unsuccessfully sought federal government assistance through the U.S. Treasury Department’s Troubled Asset Relief Program (“TARP”) and engaged in other misconduct in an attempt to avoid seizure by regulators and prevent the discovery of their fraud. In an effort to make FirstCity Bank’s financial position look much better than it really was, they made loans to buyers to purchase property that FirstCity Bank held as a result of foreclosure or similar actions without requiring that such buyers make the required down payments.

With respect to the perjury charge, on January 5, 2011, knowing that he was under federal criminal investigation for his conduct at FirstCity bank, CONNER filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia. Among other misrepresentations and omissions, CONNER’s bankruptcy petition stated that he had a little over $3,000 in cash and financial accounts and essentially no un-encumbered interests in real estate. On February 3, 2011, CONNER falsely testified under oath at a bankruptcy hearing in federal court that, among other things, his bankruptcy petition was true and accurate in all respects and that he was “down to less than nothing” despite having a large liquid reserve several years ago. The investigation showed that in truth, CONNER had and controlled off-shore accounts containing over $545,000 when he swore under oath that he was broke. In addition, CONNER had $4 million in real estate investments from his off-shore accounts (that is, assets of his bankruptcy estate) that were not disclosed in his bankruptcy petition or in his sworn testimony in open court on February 3, 2011.

Today, CONNER tendered a guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud. He was originally indicted in March 2011, along with FirstCity bank’s former chief loan officer, CLAYTON A. COE, on 12 counts of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, bank fraud, and operating a continuing financial crimes enterprise. The grand jury charged CONNER and COE with additional crimes in a superseding indictment returned in June 2011, which also added FirstCity Bank’s former inside attorney, ROBERT E. MALONEY, Jr., as a new defendant in the case.

United States District Judge Steve C. Jones will determine whether to accept CONNER’s guilty pleas after the preparation of a presentencing report. If Judge Jones accepts CONNER’s guilty pleas, CONNER will be sentenced to 12 years in federal prison on all of the charges, be banned from the banking industry for life, forfeit $7 million and pay significant restitution to the FDIC and victim banks. Sentencing is set for January 31, 2011, at 10 a.m.

CONNER has been in federal custody since March 20, 2011—the two-year anniversary of FirstCity Bank’s failure—when he was arrested by federal agents at Miami International Airport upon his arrival from the Turks and Caicos Islands in the West Indies.

This case is being investigated by special agents of the FDIC, Office of Inspector General; the Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (“SIGTARP”), the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation.

Assistant United States Attorneys Douglas W. Gilfillan and David M. Chaiken are prosecuting the case.”

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Dale Brannan Indicted on Federal Charges of Bank Fraud, Mail Fraud, Bankruptcy Fraud, and Making a False Declaration in a Bankruptcy Filing

September 16, 2011

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on September 14, 2011 released the following:

“Fayetteville Man Indicted by Federal Grand Jury for Defrauding Colleges and Universities

ATLANTA— DALE BRANNAN, 65, of Fayetteville, Georgia, has been indicted on federal charges of bank fraud, mail fraud, bankruptcy fraud, and one count of making a false declaration in a bankruptcy filing, in connection with an alleged scheme to defraud colleges and universities in planning overseas trips for collegiate sports teams. He was arraigned this afternoon before United States Magistrate Judge C. Christopher Hagy, who ordered BRANNAN to be detained pending final bond conditions to be set tomorrow morning in court.

United States Attorney Sally Yates said, “This defendant is charged with taking advantage of collegiate student-athletes, their parents and fans, and the universities they attend, all of which had paid and prepared for overseas trips, and allegedly cheating them of not only their money but also the opportunity to compete abroad.”

Brian D. Lamkin, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Atlanta Field Office, said, “This case is significant to the FBI not merely because of the loss amounts but also because of the many victims left in the wake of this scheme who had trusted the defendant with handling their collegiate travels abroad.”

According to United States Attorney Yates, the charges, and other information presented in court: BRANNAN was indicted by a federal grand jury on September 13, 2011. According to the indictment, BRANNAN operated a company called “Transports Athletics,” in Fayetteville, Georgia and Savannah, Georgia, beginning in 2001. The company allegedly arranged travel overseas for university sports teams. From September 2006 through July 2008, BRANNAN contracted with the University of New Mexico, Kansas State University, Oakland University, Stonehill College and Minnesota State University – Mankato to arrange airfare and hotel reservations for the schools’ sports teams to travel to China, Finland, Italy, and Brazil. The indictment charges that BRANNAN actually used the funds provided by these universities, parents of student-athletes and fans to pay the costs of trips for other schools who had earlier contracts with Transports Athletics, and to pay BRANNAN’s personal expenses. Shortly before the sports teams of the victim universities were scheduled to depart for their trips, BRANNAN notified them that Transports Athletics would be filing for bankruptcy and that their trips were cancelled.

The indictment alleges BRANNAN then founded a new company, “Sports Tours and Tournament Specialists, Inc.” (“STATS”), and began arranging all-new trips for other universities. Transports Athletics subsequently filed for bankruptcy, and according to the indictment, BRANNAN failed to disclose certain transfers and creditors in the bankruptcy filing. By filing bankruptcy, BRANNAN was discharged of his debts to the victim universities, whose student-athletes were not able to travel abroad on the trips for which they had paid.

The indictment alleges that estimated loss from BRANNAN’s fraud was over $400,000. The mail fraud and conspiracy charges each carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. The bankruptcy fraud charge and the false declaration charge each carry a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. In determining the actual sentence, the court will consider the United States Sentencing Guidelines, which are not binding but provide appropriate sentencing ranges for most offenders.

Members of the public are reminded that the indictment only contains charges. The defendant is presumed innocent of the charges and it will be the government’s burden to prove the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.

This case is being investigated by special agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Assistant United States Attorney Shanya J. Dingle is prosecuting the case.”

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Brent Farris Sentenced in St. Louis’ Federal Court for Bankruptcy Fraud After Five Years on the Run

July 18, 2011

The U.S. Attorney’s Office Eastern District of Missouri on July 15, 2011 released the following:

“St. Louis, MO – The United States Attorney’s Office announced today that Brent Farris, former owner of the Farris Gallery, was sentenced to 14 months in prison.

In 2004 Farris was sentenced to 20 months in prison and ordered to pay $300,000 in restitution. Farris was released on bond until such time he was directed to serve his sentence. When directed to appear to begin serving his sentence, Farris instead fled abroad. The U.S. Marshals tracked Farris through approximately 14 different countries on three continents for five years. Farris obtained a false British passport in order to aid his flight. Farris also used the passport to live and work in China, and attempt to travel throughout Asia and Europe undetected.

Based on information provided by the U.S. Marshals, Italian authorities arrested and detained Farris in Rome, Italy in 2009. He was confined in an Italian prison for a period of time, then released to house arrest while the United States sought extradition. Farris absconded from Italy while awaiting extradition. He was finally apprehended and detained in 2010 in Guadalajara, Mexico by Mexican Immigration officials acting on information obtained from U.S. law enforcement, and deported back to the United States, where he was met and placed into custody by the U.S. Marshals. He was charged with failure to appear, for which he was sentenced today. The new sentence will be served consecutive to the original sentence he is now serving.

“The Marshal’s Service deserves a tremendous amount of credit for their perseverance and tenacity in the pursuit of Mr. Farris,” stated U.S. Attorney Rich Callahan.

In July 2004, Farris pled guilty to one count of bankruptcy fraud. He admitted with his plea that in January 2002 he transferred ownership of an oil painting to another person. He then had the person auction the painting at Christie’s in New York City in order to conceal the proceeds in the bankruptcy.

BRENT FARRIS, St. Louis, Missouri, appeared today for sentencing before United States District Judge Catherine D. Perry.”

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