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  • SEC charges L.A. Jewish leaders in alleged variable annuities scheme

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    March 18, 2014 | 3:39 am

    Since the 1990s, Rabbi Harold Ten has been helping gravely ill Jews and their families navigate the health care system. Ten is the president of Bikur Cholim, a nonprofit that can get patients kosher meals in their hospital rooms or provide them with free loans of medical equipment....

  • John Farahi sentenced to 10 years for Ponzi scheme

    By Karmel Melamed

    March 28, 2013 | 7:30 am

    John Farahi, a popular Iranian-Jewish radio talk-show host and investment adviser, was sentenced in U.S. District Court on March 18 in downtown Los Angeles to 10 years in federal prison for operating a multi-million-dollar Ponzi scheme against local Iranian-Americans. Farahi, 56,...

  • SEC halts Ponzi scheme targeting Persian Jews in L.A.

    April 16, 2012 | 10:02 am

    A Ponzi scheme targeting the Persian-Jewish community in Los Angeles was shut down by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

    The SEC obtained an emergency court order on April 13 to stop the scheme.

    According to the SEC, Shervin Neman, also known as Shervin Davatgarzadeh,...

  • Move over Madoff, L.A. gets its own indicted philanthropist

    By Adam Wills

    March 5, 2009 | 6:06 pm

    Sherman Oaks-based mortgage banker Bruce Friedman, whose Friedman Charitable Foundation committed $10 million to the Children’s Museum of Los Angeles and $1 million to Brandon’s Village, a special-needs park in Calabasas, was indicted on securities fraud charges today by the...

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  • Is Bernie Madoff Jewish?  Very. Oy.

    By Rob Eshman

    December 12, 2008 | 5:02 pm


    Bernard Madoff at a 2007 roundtable discussion with Justin Fox, Ailsa Roell, Robert A. Schwartz, Muriel Seibert, and Josh Stampfli.

    "It's all just one big lie."

    With those words Bernard Madoff confessed to senior executives of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities that the $17...
  • Alan shrugged

    By Marty Kaplan

    October 13, 2008 | 7:35 pm

    What went wrong?

    Greed is only part of it. Yes, the people who sold subprime loans to unqualified buyers were concerned about their cut, not about ARMs spiking and home prices falling. Yes, the Wall Street wizards who sliced and diced collateralized debt obligations were greedy for...

  • Gotcha? You betcha!

    By Marty Kaplan

    October 6, 2008 | 1:44 pm

    John McCain and Sara Palin have been complaining that there's too much "gotcha journalism" going around.

    If only.

    When they say "gotcha journalism," what they're really trying to do, of course, is to demonize journalism itself -- to de-legitimize asking tough questions, and...
  • The Spinka money trail—and the informant who brought them down

    By Amy Klein

    January 10, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    The first snow flutters hesitantly in Brooklyn. Men wearing fur streimel hats and women wearing sheitls walk briskly past the corner of 15th Avenue and 58th Street in Boro Park as if nothing extraordinary has happened here.

    And why not? The kosher shops of this self-contained...

  • Fraudulent Friend

    By Gaby Wenig

    January 10, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    After being left a quadriplegic in a car accident in 1993, 53-year-old Alice Wintz received an insurance settlement that she thought would, with careful investing, leave her financially secure for life.

    So she asked money manager Reed Slatkin to invest her settlement. Wintz and her...

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