Final Page Has Been Written In Huge Minnesota Ponzi Scheme
Minneapolis (KROC AM News) - The final court order has been issued in a Ponzi scheme orchestrated by a well-known Minnesotan that was one of the largest and most sophisticated in US history.
Businessman Thomas Petters was convicted in 2009 on 20 counts of mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, and conspiracy for orchestrating the $1.9-billion scam. Petters is currently serving a 50-year prison sentence.
According to Wikipedia:
Petters Group Worldwide was an American diversified company based in Minnetonka, Minnesota that was turned into a $3.65 billion Ponzi scheme by its founder and CEO, Tom Petters. It had 3,200 employees and investments or full ownership in 60 companies, of which it actively managed 20, with offices in North America, South America, Asia, and Europe. Among its assets were Sun Country Airlines, Petters Warehouse Direct, and the remnants of Polaroid. Petters Group Worldwide had $2.3 billion in revenue in 2007.
The federal government opened its case against Petters in 2008, freezing all his assets and those of others charged in the case.
Prosecutors said “Petters and the other defendants had created a vast web of more than 150 entities over the course of thirteen years – entities that were all propped up by fraud. Some of the entities, however, were legitimate businesses that employed innocent persons.” Those included Sun Country Airlines and Polaroid Corporation.
A judge appointed a receivership that essentially took control of the assets and managed them until the case was resolved.
On Friday, US Judge Ann. Montgomery issued an order closing the receivership that led to the distribution of more than $722 million to victims and creditors.
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