This "Asset Search News Roundup" contains a copy of the indictment filed against Minneapolis auto magnate Dennis Hecker. It also discusses the securities fraud complaints pending in New York against Bank of America.
- A press release from the U.S. Department of Justice announced that Mr. Hecker was indicted last Wednesday for allegedly hiding his assets. "Has Auto Magnate Dennis Hecker Hidden His Assets?" had described a few of Mr. Hecker’s supposed fraudulent financial transfers and explained that Mr. Hecker had reportedly been under criminal investigation.
Mr. Hecker’s seven-count indictment accused him of concealing assets through money laundering in violation of 18 U.S.C. §1957. The indictment additionally charged Mr. Hecker with allegedly violating 18 U.S.C. §1343 (wire fraud) and 18 U.S.C. §1349 (conspiracy to commit wire fraud).
- As an October 19, 2009 Amended Complaint and a January 12, 2010 Complaint demonstrate, the SEC had filed securities fraud complaints in New York against Bank of America. These complaints were over alleged non-disclosure about Bank of America’s merger with Merrill Lynch and / or year-end bonuses paid to Merrill Lynch employees.
The February 12th article "Fork It Over: Rakoff Wants the Scoop on Why Bank of America Fired Its GC " reported that the Court is contemplating a settlement of these SEC complaints. Said article explained that Bank of America was also just sued in connection with its Merrill Lynch merger, by New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. The New York Attorney General’s securities fraud suit can be viewed here.
Copyright 2010 Fred L. Abrams