(Editor's Note: Through her attorney Alan Breaud, former Stanford Group Co. financial advisor Tiffany Angelle says the story below includes untrue information. “She is quite upset about the article and the damage to her reputation,” Breaud writes in an e-mail. “She has never given a Rolex or any other gift to get someone to invest.” In a phone interview, Breaud also said Angelle didn’t take any investors on trips to keep them from withdrawing money. The Independent Weekly has attempted several times to reach Angelle by phone [at the address listed in the lawsuit], but no one answers and there is no machine set to accept messages.)
When a Lafayette investor was threatening to pull his money out of Stanford Group Co., local financial adviser Tiffany Angelle set about to change his mind, flying the investor to the West Indies Island of Antigua, where parent company Stanford International Bank is headquartered. He was lavishly entertained and presented an expensive gift: a Rolex watch.
Such extravagancies (anyone ever go to a Stanford-sponsored LSU tailgating party?) appear to have been a common tactic for a company the SEC alleges was operating a Ponzi scheme that has cost victims more than $9 billion, most of which was sent to Antigua. Now more of those alleged victims are seeking to recover $6.5 million from 10 investment advisers in Louisiana, The Advocate reported yesterday. Seven of those advisers are in Baton Rouge, and three others are in Denham Springs, Zachary and Lafayette. Angelle and Hank Mills of Baton Rouge, who also worked in the Lafayette office in River Ranch, are among them. A lawsuit was filed in Baton Rouge last month by 10 investors; this suit, filed Wednesday in district court in Texas, is the first to name Angelle, who worked out of the Lafayette office.
According to The Advocate, 66 financial advisers in Louisiana and seven other states were sued for more than $40 million by a court-appointed receiver attempting to recover billions from R. Allen Stanford’s companies. The suit was filed on the heels of the receiver's request that the court release accounts held by Stanford Trust Co., which is based in Louisiana.
“These amounts were paid to the financial advisers as compensation for soliciting their clients to purchase certificates of deposit from Stanford Group Company’s affiliate, Stanford International Bank, Ltd.,” Dallas-based receiver Ralph S. Janvey said in a written statement.... In return for placing investors’ money with the offshore bank, Janvey alleged, advisers often received a 1 percent commission. He said an adviser could earn an additional 1 percent commission if the money remained with Stanford for the term of the deposit. “Significant portions of the bank’s portfolio were misappropriated by … Allen Stanford and used by him to acquire private equity investments and real estate,” Janvey alleged.
Investors are seeking $1.4 million from Mills, and $675,664 from Angelle, whose address in the suit is listed as the 400 block of Boulder Creek Parkway in Lafayette. The INDsider was unable to reach Angelle by phone at that address. Read the rest of The Advocate story here.
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Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, March 07, 2014:
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
She’s the daughter of the legendary Johnny Cash, but she’s been a gifted artist in her own right for three decades, and she’s coming to Lafayette.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
State lawmakers will not appeal a judge's ruling that it was improper to use $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers' retirement fund to balance the state's operating budget.
Prepare yourselves for sun
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Conservatives have been losing their minds over this satirical bit on the Colbert Report.
Due to the chaos of Mardi Gras and the weather, the entry deadline for this year's INDesign Awards has been extended by one week.
The Lafayette Parish School Board leaves a lot to be desired, but is scrapping the election process in favor of an appointed board the answer?
Queen Evangline and King Gabriel ruled Tuesday night
The House approved legislation Tuesday night to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance program, after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp premium increases.
IND Style does Gabriel
Newsy bits for the fam
The NFL has formally designated New Orleans' Jimmy Graham as a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag value, which is now set at $7.05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints subsequently agree on a long-term deal.
A federal appeals panel ruled Monday that businesses don't have to prove that they were directly harmed by BP's 2010 Gulf Of Mexico oil spill to collect settlement payments.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has closed Interstate 10 from I-49 in Lafayette to Seigen Lane in Baton Rouge.
Jim Bernhard, who engineered the sale of The Shaw Group for $3 billion, recently has told several people involved in Democratic politics that he intends to run for governor in 2015.
Saluting the red, white and blue — let freedom ring
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Feel the spectrum
Unless you work for an energy company, specific decisions related to the economics, risk, etc. are not conveyed to the public. They are a closely guarded secret.
A New Orleans levee board wants to hold the oil and gas industry accountable for decades of damage to our state’s coastline, but the Legislature may be poised to put the kibosh on the suit.
Lafayette native screenwriter returns