Phil Preis, the Baton Rouge attorney who represents Louisiana investors suing their financial advisers for funneling their money into Stanford International Bank’s so-called CDs, calls South Louisiana the national epicenter of Robert Allen Stanford’s alleged multibillion-dollar bank-investment fraud. Today’s Advocate reports that Preis estimates about 70 percent of the program’s U.S. dollars came from Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Covington and the surrounding areas.
“I’ve talked to a lot of the victims,” Preis told the paper. “It is catastrophic.”
Three years ago, after the death of her husband, 53-year-old Kimberly Scullin invested much of her family’s savings in the CDs, according to the story.
She said she and two sons lost “hundreds of thousands of dollars.” Her bitterness extends to her financial advisers as well as to Stanford.
“All … were licensed by the state,” Scullin noted. “They had to know something was wrong. They had to know.”
Read The Advocate story here.
If you or someone you know has lost money with Stanford, which is accused of running a massive Ponzi scheme, help is available through the Stanford Victims Coalition Web site. Dozens of members of the Louisiana Stanford Victims Group appeared at the state Capitol last Wednesday to testify in support of state Rep. Bodi White’s bill to increase the criminal penalties for financial fraud in Louisiana. White's bill, which moved out of committee with overwhelming support, creates a mandatory minumum five-year prison sentence for anyone convicted of racketeering involving securities. It would not, however, have an effect on possible charges in the Stanford case.
The state victims' group, affiliated with the national coalition, also has been working with U.S. Sen. David Vitter’s office to ask that CDs held within the U.S. be covered under the Securities Investor Protection Corporation. SIPC works to return customer cash, stock and other securities when brokerage firms close due to bankruptcy or fraud. The Stanford victims affirm in a petition that the “Stanford Group was an active SIPC member and the CDs were sold as SIPC insured.” Read the SIPC coverage petition here.
Local and state agents Thursday night raided The Keg, the popular college bar located in the area known as The Strip, leading to the (at least) temporary closure of the venue.
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Time and time again, the Lafayette Parish School Board shows an overwhelming tendency toward idiocy, but Wednesday night’s contentious discussion over Northside High School’s teen mother program tops the list of dumb discussions.
C & C Technologies, HIT Fitness, R3 Sciences, the Acadiana Symphony Association and the United Way of Acadiana recognized for innovation.
“The accomplishment of this goal within the next ten years is not only critical for the region to effectively compete with other regions for residents and businesses, but also to provide an amenity for everyone in Acadiana to enjoy.”
Education Superintendent John White says a continued push to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating "a state of chaos" for public school teachers.
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra has decided to end its traditional Independence Day spectacular known as Red White & Boom.
Under the deal, Teche shareholders would get 1.162 shares of IberiaBank for each share of Teche stock.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use $210 million in surplus and one-time money to help balance next year's budget received the backing Thursday of the State Bond Commission, support that was needed for the maneuver to work.
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State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of stealing crawfish.
An East Feliciana Parish lawmaker has jettisoned his proposal to make it harder for a condemned prisoner to appeal a death sentence.
Senators advanced a proposal Wednesday that would let the governor remove New Orleans-area levee board members for violating what he considers to be public policy, despite concerns it would introduce political meddling into state flood protection.
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The annual juried competition recognizes excellence in architecture, interior design and historic preservation in Lafayette and the five surrounding parishes.
Cypress Bayou GM hosts open house.
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