Lawmakers want banks punished over massive Ponzi scheme

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Lawmakers are asking a top federal regulator to crack down on several banks connected to a mid-2000s Ponzi scheme, arguing the government hasn’t done enough to get victims compensation.

The lawmakers called on the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) to punish several banks for holding funds for Allen Stanford, convicted in 2012 of running the second-largest Ponzi scheme in United States history.

In a letter to acting Comptroller Keith Noreika dated Aug. 8, Reps. Roger Williams (R-Texas), Bill Posey (R-Fla.), Charlie Crist (D-Fla.) and Vicente González (D-Texas) asked the OCC to update them on efforts to hold the banks accountable, compensate victims and prevent similar schemes from happening again.

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Grant Thornton Update to Creditors June 2016

In an effort to keep you informed, below are some of the actives the Joint Liquidators have been working on since the filing of our last report.

The Creditors Advisory Committee
The CAC has been re-formed and a meeting was held recently to discuss the current status of the liquidation and its future plans. Some of the salient initiatives are listed below.

TD Bank Litigation 
TD has filed its Amended Statement of Defense and the JLs are in the process of preparing and finalizing our Reply. Meanwhile, the estate is pushing for the commencement of production and discovery proceedings. We have also been working closely with US Class Counsel to advance and coordinate the bank claims.

Law Firm Claims 
We are continuing to prosecute the claims against the law firms in Antigua. It is expected that hearings on the jurisdictional issues will be heard towards the end of this year

HSBC Claims 
HSBC agreed to provide disclosure on an agreed list of requests. In our view this issue has not been fully complied with. It has also become clear that we need to examine individuals, a position to which HSBC has yet to agree. Our current tolling agreement extending the time for filing expires on 30 June. Thus, we are of the view that we need to invoke S236 for proper production and examination. We anticipate our request to be contested.

Based on the information we have to date, we suspect that there were deficiencies in procedures by the bank and that certain “red flags” existed. We are working closely with our advisors to develop the case……………………..

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Multi-billion lawsuit against TD Bank headed to trial

Stanford liquidators seeking damages of US$5.5 billion

The Superior Court of Justice — Ontario has dismissed a motion for summary judgment from Toronto-Dominion Bank, which sought to dismiss a multi-billion dollar claim against the bank by the liquidators of Stanford International Bank Ltd. (SIB).

According to the court’s ruling on the motion, TD was SIB’s main correspondent bank until the Antigua-based bank was exposed as a massive Ponzi scheme in 2009, and collapsed. In 2011, the liquidators commenced an action against TD on behalf of SIB and its customers, seeking damages of US$5.5 billion for alleged negligence and knowing assistance. Those allegations have not been proven.

“Essentially, the claim alleges that as SIB’s correspondent bank from the 1990s to 2009, TD failed to act in accordance with the standard of care applicable to a reasonable banker,” the motion decision says.

“The plaintiffs allege that TD failed to conduct proper due diligence before it started providing banking services to an Antiguan off-shore bank, and compounded its negligence by continuing to provide banking services to SIB for 20 years. They allege that TD ignored public information and red flags that should have led it to terminate SIB’s access to TD’s facilities, report the conduct of Stanford and others to the appropriate authorities, and/or freeze SIB’s accounts,” the decision says.

TD brought a motion seeking a summary judgment to dismiss the claim on the basis that it came after the two-year limitation period had expired. TD argued that the bank’s previous liquidators ought to have known that SIB had a claim against TD before Aug. 22, 2009, based on the widespread publicity surrounding the case, among other things.

However, the court dismissed the motion, ruling that it could not determine, without a trial, when a possible claim against TD could have been discovered.

“The issue of when the former officeholders ought to have known that SIB had a potential claim against TD cannot be fairly adjudicated on this motion and is a genuine issue for trial,” the decision says.

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Grant Thornton File U.S. $ 5.5 Billion Lawsuit against Toronto Dominion Bank

Last week Grant Thornton filed a US $5.5 Billion claim against Toronto Dominion Bank.

We will post the filing as soon as we obtain a copy.

 

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