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14
Nov

San Mateo County Sues Lehman Executives

The San Mateo County Investment Pool has filed a civil lawsuit against executives for Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., accusing them of concealing information from investors about the firm’s losses in the real estate market while taking home lucrative bonuses.

The investment pool, which represents public agencies that invested in Lehman, lost more than $150 million when Lehman Brothers went bankrupt. They are suing the executives and the firm’s auditor, Ernst & Young, alleging fraud, negligent misrepresentation and violations of California law and the federal Securities Act.

According to Supervisor Mark Church:

“The theory here is the top management fraudulently represented that the company was financially strong at a time when they were about to declare bankruptcy. What makes this case so outrageous is all the while, they were siphoning off millions of dollars for their personal benefit, leaving good-faith investors holding the bag. It hurts our schoolchildren, our transit projects, and other essential services that we provide.”

Lehman Brothers was also in the news as the source of tens of millions of dollars lent to the Beverly Hills real estate fraud, appraisal fraud and mortgage fraud ring, whose accused members include Mark Alan Abrams, Charles Elliott Fitzgerald, Joseph Babajian and Kyle Grasso. Read earlier articles in the California Real Estate Fraud Report and another in Mortgage Law Central.

Read the Full Article in the San Jose Mercury News.

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