New York (HedgeCo.Net) – Former hedge fund manager turned ponzi-schemer Tom Petters is being sued by so many parties that the Minneapolis federal judge actually had to call a “timeout” yesterday.
Judge Ann Montgomery called the cease-fire after court-appointed receiver Doug Kelley pointed out that the dozens of mounting civil legal actions are interfering with their attempts to salvage some of Petter’s enterprises.
“We’re seeking some amount of breathing room to fulfill the receiver’s responsibilities,” law partner Steven Wolter told Judge Montgomery.
Petters multiple businesses, many of which are in bankruptcy, have been reduced to a single case. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Gregory Kishel gave the order to consolidate 10 companies into one bankruptcy petition so that they may be easily dealt with.
The civil suits against Petters are coming from multiple states, with the count now over 30. Wolter argued that both time and money are issues when it comes to trying to find legal representation for the companies.
Petters Group Worldwide filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this month after feds launched a probe into the alleged $3 billion scam orchestrated by Tom Petters. He was arrested and sent to jail on charges on money laundering, wire fraud, mail fraud and obstruction of justice.
For now, all of the civil suits are frozen until further notice. No new suits can be filed at this time.
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