Bloomberg – Elliott Management Corp., the $12.8 billion hedge-fund firm founded by Paul Singer 32 years ago, told clients that it bought securities from Marc Dreier, the New York lawyer jailed for alleged fraud.
Elliott lost money on promissory notes purchased in October from Dreier, who had previously done work for the company, it said in an undated quarterly letter to clients. The firm’s Elliott Associates LP fund declined 9.2 percent in the fourth quarter, its worst quarterly loss.
“There are many reasons why funds lose money, but being defrauded is among the most embarrassing and annoying,” New York-based Elliott said in the letter, a copy of which was obtained by Bloomberg News. “We continue to adapt our processes to keep several steps ahead of fraudsters, and we maintain an attitude of probing skepticism. But sometimes we get hooked, as in the Dreier case.”