Samuel Israel

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Israel to Proceed Directly to Jail

Fugitive banker loses $500K bail, could get 10 years tacked on 20-year sentence

(Newser) - A federal judge in New York ordered white-collar fugitive Samuel Israel to start serving his 20-year fraud sentence immediately, the Wall Street Journal reports, and ruled that his $500,000 bail be forfeited. "My hope is it will be applied to the resources taxpayers incurred to find Mr. Israel,... More »

Israel to Judge: I Did Attempt Suicide

Painless or not, hedge-fund scammer couldn't off himself

(Newser) - A hedge-fund cheat who faked his death to try to dodge a 20-year prison sentence has told a judge that he did actually try to commit suicide this week. Samuel Israel appeared in Manhattan federal court today for a new charge that could get him an extra 10 years. More »

Fugitive Hedge- Fund Swindler in Feds' Custody

After faking his own death, Samuel Israel turns himself in

(Newser) - It's official: Samuel Israel definitely isn't dead. The fugitive hedge-fund swindler turned himself in today, federal authorities say. Israel disappeared last month on the day he was supposed to report to federal prison. His car was found parked near a bridge over the Hudson River, with the words "suicide... More »

Girlfriend of Fugitive Fund Chief Charged

Police say she helped him fake his own suicide and escape

(Newser) - The girlfriend of a hedge fund swindler whose car was found abandoned in New York has been charged with helping him elude his sentence. Police arrested Debra Ryan today and accused her of aiding and abetting the escape of Samuel Israel III, who bilked investors out of $450 million. He... More »

Bridge 'Suicide' Ruled Fugitive

Hedge fund founder on the lam: marshals

(Newser) - A New York hedge fund manager who bilked investors out of $400 million has been declared a fugitive by federal authorities, reports Bloomberg. "Suicide has been ruled out,'' said a spokesman for the US Marshals Service. Samuel Israel disappeared the day he was scheduled to begin a 20-year... More »

With No Body, Cops Doubt NY Banker's Suicide

'He's dead as far as I can throw him,' skeptic says of fraudster

(Newser) - An international manhunt is now under way for a former hedge-fund manager who disappeared the day he was to begin serving a prison sentence for defrauding investors. A car belonging to Samuel Israel III was found Monday at a bridge over New York's Hudson River, the Wall Street Journal reports;... More »

Hedge Fund Fraud Missing; Suicide Possible

Car on NY bridge belonged to exec due yesterday in prison

(Newser) - Police aren't ruling out suicide as a New York hedge-fund manager due to begin serving a 20-year prison term yesterday remains missing, the Wall Street Journal reports. Police found Samuel Israel's car parked near a bridge over the Hudson, with “Suicide is painless” written in dust on the hood. More »

Hedge Fund Fraud Gets 20 Years

Samuel Israel denied leniency in $400M investor 'ponzi scheme'

(Newser) - The founder of defunct hedge fund Bayou Group was given a 20-year prison term today for bilking investors out of more than $400 million, Bloomberg reports. Samuel Israel must also pay $300 million in restitution for masterminding a “ponzi scheme” in which investment returns were paid with new investors’... More »

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