Native Sun News Today: Lawsuit filed in fraudulent relationship purchase scheme

Native Sun News Today: Lawsuit filed in fraudulent relationship purchase scheme

FAST CITY – A lawsuit filed in October within the Wakpamni Lake Community Corporation scandal that defrauded retirement trust funds of $43 million, alleges three law offices and lots of people included, did not perform their diligence that is due in issuance of “worthless” bonds and it is waiting to attend test.

The Wakpamni Lake Community Corporation, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, designated because of the U.S. Census Bureau among the poorest areas within the country, ended up being the target of a nasty complicated scheme orchestrated to use these unsica (poor) individuals as being a front side to enrich on their own.

The main perpetrators had been caught as they are presently serving federal prison time for securities fraudulence.

Though the trust funds which were bilked away from $43 million believe more people and a few law offices are culpable when you look at the scheme and also have filed suit.

The situation, filed by Chicago Transit Authority Retiree medical care Trust additionally the Board of Trustees for the Chicago Transit Authority Retiree Health Care Trust (RCHT) is targeted at the law offices Dilworth Paxson, LLP; Timothy Anderson; and Greenberg Traurig, LLP

In accordance with the brief filed on October 18, 2019, within the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois County Department, Law Division the “lawsuit comes from the Defendants’ involvement in, and advice about, the issuance of $43 million in useless bonds (the «Bonds») to unwitting general public retirement funds, including RHCT. The Bonds are not element of the best general public finance project, but alternatively a unlawful scheme to enrich a few people attached to the Defendants, including wellВ­ known fraudster, John Galanis, their son, Jason Galanis (collectively, the «Galanises»), and flyВ­ by-night tribal financiers, Steven Haynes and Raycen Raines, the second allegedly had been romantically involved in the Greenberg partner Heather Dawn Thompson representing the issuer throughout the deal.”

Based on the lawsuit Heather Dawn Thompson, a part of this Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, whom once served as being a prosecutor that is federal presently somebody at Greenberg Affiliated inside their Denver workplace, had been employed in 2014 by Raycen Raines the CEO for the WLCC to express them in relationship deal.

The brief states, “In or just around might, 2014, Timothy Anderson informed Raines he will be representing the Galanis’s and their companies within the relationship transaction, and never their client that is former WLCC. Because of this, Raines necessary to find split counsel to express WLCC.

Heather Dawn Thompson («Thompson») is just a partner with Greenberg connected to its Denver workplace, but life in South Dakota near or in the Oglala Sioux’s Pine Ridge Reservation.

Thompson, whom focuses primarily on things regarding law that is tribal financial development, served as Greenberg’s main customer relationship lawyer for the relationship deal.

Thompson had been Raines that is allegedly dating’s CEO, during the time Greenberg represented WLCC within the Wakpamni relationship deals, therefore the two are now actually hitched.

Thompson ended up being assisted by two lovers from Greenberg’s Denver workplace: Michael McGinnis and Jennifer Weddle. McGinnis is an experienced relationship attorney and person in the nationwide Association of Bond solicitors.”

In line with the lawsuit Raines had formerly incurred critique to be associated with that which was termed “predatory financing” techniques within the set-up of pay day loan businesses which presumably place him at chances aided by the leadership associated with Oglala Sioux Tribe.

Next Up: Hunter Biden, son of previous vice president Joe Biden, implicated in Wakpamni Lake scandal. Later on into the series: a reply from Wakpamni Lake Community Corporation.

Acerca de Alberto del Rey Poveda

Investigador Titular del Instituto de Iberoamérica. Grupo de Investigación Multidisciplinar sobre Migraciones en América Latina [GIMMAL]. Profesor del Departamento de Sociología y Comunicación de la Universidad de Salamanca.
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