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Still no money for Fair Finance victims
Investigations and litigation continue but no big payouts to victims of $200 scam yet
by WKSU's TIM RUDELL


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Again, no money is coming in the immediate future for victims of the Fair Finance fraud. In a status report to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Akron, the Fair Finance bankruptcy trustee said winning judgments against figures in the case has been relatively successful, but collecting on those,not so much.  WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports.

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Brian Bash, the Cleveland attorney appointed Fair Finance bankruptcy trustee, filed his June, 2013 report at the courthouse in Akron. In it, he said default judgments have been obtained for more than $193 million. 

Authorities believe nearly $220 million was stolen by Timothy Durham and others who ran the Akron-based securities seller after buying it a decade ago. AnFormer Fair Finance headquarters building, Akron FBI raid shut it down in late 2009. And the bankruptcy court has been trying to recover assets for more than two years.

Despite the judgments, the report shows that only about $6 million has been recovered so far.  It’s being held in a special fund.

And a scan of the 40-plus entries in the report showing the status of judgments, most were listed as “unlikely to be collectible.”  

But, Bash indicated that the investigation to find assets, and vigorous pursuit  of payments will continue.  


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Thursday, November 1, 2012

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