"Hey, Charles, how are ya? It's Allen, I was wondering if... Allen Stanford. Sir... Allen Stanford. Yeah. I know. I know. Well, I'm sure you know that we sure could use a little help. We sure could. Well, come on now. I don't think those charges are credible. That's right. No way that stands up. Look, we're calling everyone and reminding you about all those favors we did and all those parties we had and... Well, Charles, I don't think that was anyone's fault but the valet. That's right. Well, ok, I hear you on that too, I know, but it was just my knee. Really, there wasn't anything to it. Nothing. Anyhow, I was hoping that you might consider being a character witness, you know. I just need someone to... hello? Hello? Charles?"
Accused fraudster and Texas billionaire Allen Stanford has been making calls to his Caribbean base of Antigua to try and gain support and allies, CNBC has learned.
Stanford, head of Stanford Financial Group, was charged with orchestrating an $8 billion fraud. He attempted to get a one-way flight out of the country to Antigua, where his offshore banking operations are based.
Of the money Stanford allegedly swindled, as much as $1.5 billion belonged to U.S. investors, who recouped most of their investments through redemptions that began to pour in following the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme.