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Wife of Alleged Florida Scammer Has Assets Frozen

Feb 12, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP

The wife of accused Ponzi schemer Arthur Nadel has had her assets frozen.  According to BradentonHerald.com, the receiver in the Nadel case has among other things, frozen a trust fund belonging to Nadel's wife, and is moving to seize some property the couple owns in North Carolina.

Arthur Nadel was president of Scoop Management, which managed six private investment funds.  The funds managed by Scoop included Viking IRA, Valhalla Investment Partners LP, Viking, Victory, Victory IRA and Scoop Real Estate.  Viking IRA, Valhalla and Viking funds were managed by Nadel under contract with his partners, Neil and Chris Moody.  

Nadel disappeared on January 14, a day before he was to deliver a $50 million payout to investors. He left his family a purported suicide note, but it was always suspected that Nadel was alive and on the run.

Money belonging to about 600 investors disappeared along with Nadel.  Investigators say that those investors may have lost as much as $350 million.  

Nadel turned himself in to the FBI in Tampa late last month.  He has been charged with one count each of securities fraud and wire fraud.  If convicted, Nadel could face maximum of 20 years in prison on each charge.   His case was moved to federal court in Manhattan, where he is currently awaiting trial.  

According to BradentonHerald.com, court documents indicate that a federally appointed receiver has moved to freeze the Marguerite J. Nadel Revocable Trust because its $650,000 in assets had been funded through Nadel's alleged fraud.  The receiver also took action to seize a 430-acre tract of land near Asheville, N.C that Nadel and his wife had slated for residential development.  The receiver has charged that Scoop Management had funneled at least $2.9 million into the property, BradentonHerald.com said.

In addition to the criminal charges Nadel faces,  the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged him with securities fraud  in a civil suit.   According to the SEC’s complaint, the funds Nadel managed appear to have total assets of less than $1 million. The complaint also alleges that Nadel recently transferred at least $1.25 million from two of the funds to secret bank accounts that he controlled. According to the SEC, Nadel overstated the value of the funds by $300 million.

No one else has been charged with a crime as a result of the alleged Nadel Ponzi scheme.  But as we reported last week, both Neil and Chris Moody have been named in a lawsuit filed by one of Scoop’s investor. Among other things, the lawsuit claims  that the Moodys  took fraudulently obtained money from investors in Scoop’s funds and bought homes with part of the proceeds.


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