Read The National Futures Association Report On Paul Greenwood And Stephen Walsh; Association Asserts Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars Unaccounted For Amid Suspensions
We’ve previously pointed out that, in recent times, some of the actions filed against financiers and fund managers — and the findings of investigators — have read like works of fiction. On Friday, for example, Irving Picard, the trustee in the Bernard Madoff case, asserted that Madoff appears not to have purchased securities for customers in at least 13 years.
It’s an incredible assertion that suggests Madoff was running a virtually pure Ponzi: money in, money out, with no attempt even to try to make it work in a legitimate way.
Now comes incredible assertions by the National Futures Association against Paul Greenwood and Stephen Walsh, who’ve been suspended from NFA for stonewalling on an audit.
On Friday, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh sued Greenwood, Walsh, Westridge Capital Management (WCM) and related entities for the return of $114 million feared lost in an investment swindle.
At least 16 public entities invested with WCM, including universities and retirement funds for educators, police officers and firefighters. It is possible than $2 billion or more is at risk.
CMU and Pitt sued in the aftermath of the NFA audit. NFA’s documentation of its attempts to audit Greenwood and Walsh — its recounting of the stonewalling and its partial findings based on what it what it was able to uncover despite the stonewalling — is yet another example of nonfiction that reads like fiction.
Big money is involved here, and the facts are not all known. But NFA’s document can only be described as jaw-dropping. It really makes one wonder how many other shoes will drop and how many more times the public will be asked to suspend its disbelief before these almost unbelievable financial tales come to an end.
Read NFA’s report on Greenwood and Walsh, including the sworn declaration of an NFA compliance director, Jennifer Sunu, who supervised the audit.
See our earlier post.