Legal Briefs

More Individuals Expected to Be Criminally Charged in 1 Global Capital Case

November 30, 2019
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Federal prosecutors have asked a Court to consolidate criminal cases against 1 Global Capital defendants Alan Heide and Jan D. Atlas on the basis that there is substantial overlap between them and that additional individuals are expected to be charged. “Considerable judicial resources may be conserved if, going forward, a single judge is chosen to […]

OCC Believes It’s Time To Fix Madden Issue Once And For All

November 18, 2019
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If a bank makes a legal loan to a consumer and then later sells the debt to a third party, the terms of the loan are still legal right? “Yes” should be the obvious answer, but in 2015 a federal appeals court said “no.” The case was Madden v. Midland Funding LLC, which started as […]

Direct Lending Investments’ Ability to Collect From Largest Debtor Looks Uncertain

October 30, 2019
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When Direct Lending Investments (DLI), one of the largest online lending hedge funds, went bust, many were surprised to learn that the fund had discreetly gambled heavily in the international telecom market. At present, a company called VOIP Guardian Partners I owes DLI $203 million. There’s a problem with recovery in that VOIP declared Chapter […]

Attorney Pleads Guilty In 1 Global Capital Securities Fraud Mess

October 25, 2019
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Jan Douglas Atlas, a Florida attorney that was arrested last month for his role in the 1 Global Capital debacle, entered a plea of guilty on Wednesday to 1 count of securities fraud. 74-year-old Atlas also agreed to be disbarred. The charges stem from his willingness to sign an opinion letter that claimed investment opportunities […]

Federal Judge Rules New York’s “Win” Against OCC’s Fintech Charter Nullifies The Fintech Charter Concept Entirely

October 21, 2019
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The Office of the Comptroller of The Currency took a gamble with a federal judge in a lawsuit brought by the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) and lost. On Monday, Judge Victor Marrero ruled that the OCC must “set aside” its special purpose (fintech) national bank charters entirely, not just for those with […]

New York Attorney General Secures Judgment Against Cardis Enterprises International

October 11, 2019
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New York Attorney General Letitia James announced today that she had secured default judgments against numerous entities and individuals involved in a $30 million fraud. In December 2018, the New York Attorney General’s Office filed suit against Cardis and company personnel Aaron Fischman, Stephen Brown, Steven Hoffman, and Seth Rosenblatt for participating in the fraudulent […]

Stephen Brown Indicted On Bank Fraud Charges

September 30, 2019
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Stephen Brown, the Cedarhurst, NY-based former bookkeeper for merchant cash advance companies, has been federally indicted. Brown is accused of falsifying the books for the father of a reality TV star so that he could deceive banks into getting approved for loans. The indictment is entirely separate from civil charges brought by the New York […]

Subprime: Business Owners That Won Bitter Lawsuit Against Marcus Lemonis, Indicted

September 25, 2019
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A pair of business owners whose appearance on CNBC’s The Profit ended in a legal battle with celebrity investor Marcus Lemonis, are back in the spotlight. Howard Mora and Alan Buxbaum, co-owners of defunct New York-based A. Stein Meat Products, Inc., were arrested Tuesday for using counterfeit USDA Stamps on their meat. A Septemer 13th […]

Head of MyPayrollHR Charged in Massive Nine-Year Bank Fraud

September 23, 2019
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When MyPayrollHR left thousands of companies and their employees high and dry without their paychecks earlier this month, suspicion grew that the company’s rather mysterious owner, Michael Mann, may have been involved in some unsavory business. New information has emerged that around that time, Mann voluntarily checked in to the US Attorney’s office in Albany […]

Gone with the Wind: $35 Million Missing as Payroll Company Closes and President’s Home Raided

September 18, 2019
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Knocking on the door of a lake-view house in Edinburg, NY last week, reporters from both the Times Union and Daily Mail were met with pleas from a woman to leave her property and notice that she would call 911 if they continued. This week the FBI come knocking instead. The woman is assumed to […]

Prominent Attorney Criminally Charged In 1 Global Capital Mess

September 17, 2019
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Another individual has been criminally charged in connection with the 1 Global Capital securities case. 74-year-old Jan Douglas Atlas, a securities attorney, was charged with 1 count of securities fraud by the US Attorney in South Florida on Tuesday for authoring opinion letters in 2016 that falsely described that the investments were not securities nor […]

Online Lender Wins Massive Arbitration Award After Retailer Challenged The “True Lender” Of The Loans

September 13, 2019
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An arbitrator was unconvinced by a retailer’s arguments that business loans it obtained from Celtic Bank via Kabbage were responsible for the business’s eventual failure. In 2017, NRO Boston, LLC and Alice Indelicato filed a lawsuit against Kabbage Inc. and Celtic Bank Corporation for allegedly violating Massachussetts’ usury law when the parties engaged in financing […]

Four Plead Guilty In Fake Business Loan Scheme

September 11, 2019
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Four of the five loan brokers indicted in a fake business loan scheme have pled guilty to charges. Toplica and his co-conspirators were alleged to have duped an Ohio victim out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in upfront fees, the title to 55 vehicles including a Ford Mustang, several dump trucks, several tractors, several […]

Princeton Alternative Income Fund Saga Devolves Into SEC Investigation, RICO Lawsuit

August 18, 2019
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The demise of the Princeton Alternative Income Fund has resulted in several ugly twists and turns. In addition to a slew of lawsuits, the bankrupt hedge fund is also being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Matthew Cantor, who is serving as the bankruptcy Trustee, cited the SEC’s probe as one of many reasons […]

1 Global Capital’s Carl Ruderman Consents To Judgment With The SEC

August 10, 2019
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Update 10/4/19: According to the docket, Ruderman has satisfied the judgment in full, with only the sale of his condo remaining. The SEC’s lawsuit against Carl Ruderman, the former CEO of Hallandale Beach-based 1 Global Capital, has come to an end. He has consented to judgment in a settlement and the penalties are devastating, papers […]

Loan Broker Busted In Advance Fee Loan Scam Faces Drug Charges

July 20, 2019
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Demetrios Boudourakis, who was arrested last month for operating an advance fee loan scheme that allegedly defrauded small business owners nationwide, is also facing federal drug charges. The criminal complaint, filed on June 14th, asks for an arrest warrant for conspiring to distribute controlled substances. The complaint can be viewed here.

Star Fundraiser For 1 Global Capital Settles With The SEC

July 15, 2019
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Henry J. “Trae” Wieniewitz, III was charged by the SEC on Monday for his role in allegedly selling unregistered securities in two companies, 1 Global Capital (the now defunct merchant cash advance provider) and Woodbridge Group of Companies (a purported real estate lending business revealed to be a $1.2 billion ponzi scheme). “Wieniewitz and Wieniewitz […]

Federal Lawmakers Not Convinced NY Confession of Judgment Ban is Enough

June 25, 2019
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The recent New York State law that effectively ended the era of Confessions of Judgment in the small business finance industry is apparently not enough to satiate the outrage of some federal lawmakers. This morning, Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) and Rep. Roger Marshall (R-KS) introduced the “Small Business Lending Fairness Act” that would outlaw […]

The Industrial Hemp and CBD Industries, and the Potential Risks for Merchant Cash Advance Funders

June 22, 2019
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Authored by Josh Herndon of Global Legal Law Firm It seems that we are constantly being bombarded by news of the growing industrial hemp and cannabidiol (more commonly known as “CBD”) industries. Indeed, industrial hemp (and products derived therefrom, such as CBD) is now legal, and these industries have experienced substantial growth that is expected […]

SEC Secures Judgment Against Direct Lending Investments

June 20, 2019
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Without admitting or denying the allegations of the complaint, Direct Lending Investments, a defunct online lending hedge fund, consented to judgment by the SEC on Tuesday. They will be required to pay a disgorgement of ill-gotten gains, prejudgment interest, and a civil penalty that has yet to be determined. Read the full judgment here