UPDATE: Criminal Prosecutors Say Jason Bo-Alan Beckman Stole Nearly $4 Million From Elderly Husband And Wife; Wife A Stroke Victim With ‘Hemispheric Paralysis,’ According To Court Records; Beckman’s Manipulations Amount To ‘Contumacious Disobedience,’ SEC Says

UPDATE: Facing a margin deficit of more than $10 million and at risk of having his trading account closed in February 2008, Jason Bo-Alan Beckman — a figure in the Trevor Cook Ponzi scheme — sought to address the whopping shortfall and prop up the monumental fraud by stealing about $3.9 million from an elderly couple, federal prosecutors in Minnesota now say.

Separately, a federal judge has denied Beckman’s bid for the court to release $3,000 for living expenses. Chief Judge Michael J. Davis ruled Beckman could not have the money after receiver R.J. Zayed and the SEC claimed Beckman had failed to repay an earlier loan of more than $5,120 made to him from receivership proceeds and had shown no proof that $1,248 of that sum had gone to pay child-support obligations as required.

Beckman, 41, has been charged both civilly and criminally, amid allegations he was a central figure in Cook’s $194 million fraud, believed to among the largest in Minnesota history. Victims have complained that Beckman is thumbing his nose at them, and prosecutors say he “has provided shifting and inconsistent rationalizations” for his conduct.

The SEC chose a different phrase to describe Beckman’s alleged manipulations of victims and the courts: contumacious disobedience. (See definition below.)

In shocking new allegations, criminal prosecutors said Beckman stole millions of dollars from an elderly husband and wife now in their nineties and tried to make it appear as though the wife — a stroke victim with “hemispheric paralysis” — had become his business partner.

Beckman sold two life-insurance policies on the woman’s “then 92-year old husband” for about $3.9 million, and then converted “the proceeds of that sale for his own benefit,” prosecutors alleged.

He told neither the wife nor the husband about the sale, but later claimed that the woman — described by prosecutors as “C.O.” — had become an investor in Oxford Private Client Group, an advisory firm controlled by Beckman that allegedly fed Cook’s Ponzi.

“Put differently,” prosecutors alleged, “Beckman now claims that C.O., who was a stroke victim in her eighties, knowingly contributed millions of dollars to the Oxford Private Client Group capital so that she could become Beckman’s partner in high finance.”

The woman, prosecutors said, resides with her husband at an assisted-living facility and suffers from partial paralysis on her left side.

She “can transfer herself from one place to another only with significant assistance,” prosecutors said.

Prosecutors interviewed the woman at the facility last month and now are seeking court approval to take her formal deposition at the facility and preserve it for trial, saying it was “doubtful that she would be able to give live testimony in a federal courtroom without great hardship to herself.”

Prosecutors argued that she was a “critical witness” who’d told them that “Beckman arranged for the purchase of the life insurance policies” on her husband’s life in 2005, telling the couple that he would sell the policies “at a substantial profit.”

But Beckman “subsequently told her that the policies had no value,” prosecutors said. “She reported that Beckman did not tell her that he sold the policies or that their sale had generated almost $4 million in proceeds. She reported that she certainly did not give Beckman permission to use the proceeds. Perhaps most importantly, she reported that she never purchased an interest in the Oxford Private Client Group. On this point she was unequivocal.”

In successfully arguing against the release of funds to Beckman, the SEC said his victims “face a dire situation.”

“The Court has already accommodated Beckman by ordering that some of the limited, frozen funds be advanced to him,” the SEC argued. “Beckman has returned the Court’s leniency with contumacious disobedience.”

See definition of “contumacious” here.

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