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Ex-Bear Hedge Manager Allegedly Sought to Use Funds for Condo

Bloomberg – Former Bear Stearns Cos. hedge fund manager Ralph Cioffi, indicted for an alleged fraud that helped bring down the securities firm, attempted to use his $2 million redemption from a fund he supervised as collateral for a condominium, U.S. prosecutors said.

Cioffi, 53, also ”rarely” heeded compliance trading measures, the government said in a court filing in Brooklyn, New York, federal court. Cioffi and another former Bear Stearns hedge fund manager, Matthew Tannin, 47, were indicted last year for misleading investors about the health of two hedge funds that failed in July 2007, costing investors $1.6 billion. The implosion helped trigger the credit crunch and the eventual sale of Bear Stearns to JPMorgan Chase & Co.

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