Preve, Rothstein's point man at Banyon, was charged in a criminal information with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Usually, an information indicates a plea deal has been struck, but Preve's attorney—Ramon A. Rasco, a partner at Podhurst Orsek in Miami—told the Daily Business Review his client hasn't agreed to anything as of yet.
Rasco said the case against Preve is about "omissions," his failure to disclose to investors Rothstein's financial shenanigans in the months leading up to the implosion of the fraud in October 2009.
From July to October 2009, "Preve caused investors and lenders to pay more than $20 million to the Banyon Group by wire transfer for investments in confidential settlements," the information reads.
Rasco noted the information doesn't accuse Preve of having any direct knowledge of Rothstein's settlement financing fraud. "Considering the allegations that have been made against Frank over the years, it is a very, very watered-down version of events," he said.
Preve and Rothstein exchanged thousands of emails, but they met only a handful of times, and Preve did not have an office in Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler's Fort Lauderdale office as alleged in civil suits, Rasco said.
"He did not have any knowledge of the Ponzi scheme, and he wasn't working with Rothstein, and he certainly did not benefit from it," Rasco said. "What the government is alleging now are basically technical violations."
Rothstein's scam was disguised as an investment strategy where Rothstein would purchase discounted confidential settlements in sexual harassment or employment whistleblower cases.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Another 5-year cap in the Rothstein web
This time to Frank Preve, the 70-year old COO of Banyon Investments LLC. Even though the 5-year count in the information is a sure tell that the case has been resolved the DBR reports as follows: