Dreier Claims His Son Was Promised Property, Prosecutors Say

Bloomberg – Marc Dreier, the New York lawyer accused of cheating hedge funds, said he told his 19-year-old son he could have properties worth $12.5 million after the teenager agreed to spend the summer with him, prosecutors said.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Streeter in New York made the disclosure yesterday in a letter urging a federal judge to deny bail to Dreier, who is accused of defrauding investors of hundreds of millions of dollars. Streeter said statements made by Dreier to the receiver of his law firm, Dreier LLP, aren’t “credible” and that Dreier may have assets hidden overseas.

Dreier, 58, was arrested Dec. 7 on charges that he persuaded two unidentified hedge funds to give him more than $100 million by falsely claiming he was selling at a discount notes issued by Sheldon Solow, a New York developer. Prosecutors later said “very sophisticated investors” lost $380 million. In yesterday’s letter, they said the loss topped $400 million.

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