IRISH INDEPENDENT: ‘Senior Judges’ Caught Up In Collapse Of ‘Custom House Capital’ As Ponzi And Pyramid Concerns Lead To ‘Shockwaves’

“The fallout from the collapse of investment firm Custom House Capital (CHC) is sending shockwaves through Ireland’s elite. Barristers, solicitors and prominent sports stars were all roped in by the investment firm with promises of attractive returns.”Irish Independent, Sept. 19, 2012

The Irish Independent is reporting that more than 1,500 investors may have plowed 500 million euros (approximately $650.7 million) into a now-collapsed investment firm known as Custom House Capital (CHC).

Senior judges were among the investors, the newspaper reports.

Authorities are investigating amid concerns that 90 million euros (approximately $117.12 million) was diverted in Ponzi scheme fashion to keep the scam afloat prior to its collapse, the newspaper reports.

Read the story in the Independent.

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3 Responses to “IRISH INDEPENDENT: ‘Senior Judges’ Caught Up In Collapse Of ‘Custom House Capital’ As Ponzi And Pyramid Concerns Lead To ‘Shockwaves’”

  1. This from January:
    Brian O’Driscoll invested €1/2million in Ponzi scheme firm
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2083743/Brian-ODriscoll-invested-1-2million-Ponzi-scheme-firm.html

    Brian O’Driscoll is one of three top Irish rugby stars who were investors in the €1.1bn collapsed pension firm Custom House Capital, the Mail on Sunday can reveal.

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  2. Also from the Independent, well worth reading:
    Rogues rob Custom House
    http://www.independent.ie/opinion/columnists/shane-ross/shane-ross-rogues-rob-custom-house-3223669.html
    A tale of ineptitude from the financial regulators, and criminal activity from a known scammer.

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  3. Thanks for those, Tony. The Shane Ross column in the Independent sure had a thought-provoking line:

    “Holding on to your money– not increasing it — is today’s challenge. There are too many sharks and scoundrels lurking around planning an ambush.”

    Another way of putting it, I suppose, is that fraud undermines faith in legitimate markets.

    Patrick

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