The Post reports that Irving Picard, the court-appointed trustee overseeing the liquidation of Ponzi Nation, has received a $100 trillion offer for Big Bern's baby. It comes from Ade Ogunjobi, who put an "all stock tax free transaction involving $100 trillion in stock or 400 million shares" of his company, Toks Inc on the table. Picard, who never likes to have any fun, characterized the plan as "replete with credible and unfounded statements" with "no facts to back up the deal" and requested that Manhattan bankruptcy Judge Burton Lifland dismiss the offer, and GTFO. For his part, Ogunjobi apparently told the Post that he is dead serious and will be in court the scheduled June 2 hearing, which we appreciate.
Former Madoff Employee Pleads Guilty To *A* Madoff Securities Scam Just Not *The* Madoff Securities Scam
You know what has got to suck? When you decide to start charging stuff that doesn't fall under "business expenses" to your corporate card and engage in a few other amateur hours scams that probably wouldn't have been found out (or, if discovered, not taken to the authorities because your boss had high tolerance for fraud) but then they are because the CEO of your firm had to go and engage in the largest Ponzi scheme on record, which shone an uncomfortable light on company personnel and all of the cheese, popcorn, and salsa of the month clubs you joined (for example). Craig Kugel knows what we're talking about. The son of a longtime trader for convicted Ponzi scheme operator Bernard Madoff pleaded guilty to conspiracy and other criminal charges Tuesday, but denied any involvement in the decades-long fraud. Craig Kugel, the son of David L. Kugel, a former supervisory trader in Madoff's proprietary-trading operation, admitted to filing false forms that claimed people were on the Madoff payroll when they didn't actually work for the firm and to not declaring as income personal expenses charged to the firm's corporate credit card. Those individuals were paid salary and benefits, but weren't actual employees, he said. "I am sorry for my lapses in judgment in committing these federal crimes, but I want to make clear I had nothing to do with the Madoff Ponzi scheme and I was never involved in the Madoff trading operation," Craig Kugel said at a hearing before U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain in Manhattan. Ex-Madoff Employee Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy [WSJ]