BULLETIN: Verdict Goes Against TD Bank In Case Linked To Scott Rothstein Ponzi; Jury Awards $67 Million; Victorious Attorney For Investors Also Is Court-Appointed Receiver In Fraud Case With AdSurfDaily Tie
Read a story in the Sun Sentinel about the federal-court verdict that went against TD Bank.
The victorious attorney in the civil case is David S. Mandel, who represented the plaintiffs against the bank.
If Mandel’s name seems familiar to PP Blog readers, it’s because he also is the court-appointed receiver in the Commodities Online LLC fraud case brought by the SEC last year.
Separately, a company known as SSH2 Acquisitions Inc. had sued Commodities Online figure James C. Howard III on Sept. 15, 2010, alleging that Howard and others were running a massive Ponzi scheme into which SSH2 had plowed $39 million.
Records in Nevada show that former AdSurfDaily member and “Surf’s Up” forum moderator Terralynn Hoy was a “director” of SSH2.
Hoy has not been accused of wrongdoing.
The private lawsuit against Howard and the others became notable because of the clashing images: Although SSH2 was complaining about the alleged Ponzi scheme directed at it by Howard and others, it was doing so in the months after Hoy had helped lead cheers on Surf’s Up for accused ASD Ponzi schemer Andy Bowdoin, who was implicated by the U.S. Secret Service in an alleged Ponzi scheme even larger than Howard’s alleged scheme. Hoy also was a moderator on a forum that supported AdViewGlobal, an autosurf that vanished mysteriously in June 2009.
Now defunct, Surf’s Up was known for unapologetic, unabashed cheerleading for Bowdoin, whom federal prosecutors said had swindled investors in Alabama in a previous securities caper during the 1990s and took in at least $110 million through ASD. Clarence Busby, an alleged business partner of Bowdoin and the operator of the Golden Panda Ad Builder autosurf, swindled investors in three prime-bank schemes in the 1990s, according to the SEC.
More than $14 million linked to Golden Panda was seized as part of the ASD case — and yet the cheerleading for autosurf schemes continued on Surf’s Up. The forum labeled ASD pro-se litigant Curtis Richmond a “hero” after he accused the judge and prosecutors of crimes in 2009.