The manager of hedge funds that lost $1.6 billion when they went bankrupt in July has left Bear Stearns, and federal investigators are looking into whether he withdrew his own money before the collapse. Ralph Cioffi moved $2 million in March—before the funds tanked in the subprime collapse—to another Bear offering, Bloomberg reports; the feds are investigating.
One of Cioffi's funds earned a 46.8% return from October 2003 to March 2007, Bloomberg reports. Bear Stearns has seen its stock price decline 43% this year as hedge funds linked to debts incurred in subprime mortgages went down the drain. Regulatory reviews launched by the US Attorney in Brooklyn and the Securities and Exchange Commission appear to have snagged Cioffi.