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Los Angeles Man Fights Extradition for $228 Million Ponzi Scheme

A Southern California man who prosecutors say fleeced investors out of $228 million in a real estate investment fraud, including many in Los Angeles, is fighting extradition from France, where he fled after his scheme unraveled.

Bruce Fred Friedman, 61, operated Diversified Lending Group out of swanky offices in Sherman Oaks until the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) shut his business down through a court order. Friedman then fled to Cannes, France.

A federal grand jury indicted Friedman on 23 charges related to what prosecutors for the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles called a Ponzi scheme arising out of real estate loans (real estate fraud, real estate investment fraud). Prosecutors say that Friedman’s scheme worked because it was believable – he offered reasonable returns to his investors, many of whom moved their retirement funds into his fund.

Although the French courts have authorized his extradition, the final decision to do so is in the hands of the French government.

Read the original article in the Los Angeles Times.

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