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GE Capital to Pay $19 MM in Largest “Clawback” in Petters Ponzi Scheme

May 31, 2012, 08:00 AM
Filed Under: Industry News

Star Tribune reported that GE Capital has agreed to repay $19 million in interest and principal it received from the $3.65 billion Ponzi scheme orchestrated by Tom Petters, the former Wayzata businessman.

According to the report, the settlement is the largest to date in a series of lawsuits seeking to recover false profits collected by investors and others who did business with Petters. So far, more than $284 million in assets have been collected, most of which will be repaid to victims.

The report cites documents filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in St. Paul indicating GE denied "any and all liability," but it agreed to pay the $19 million settlement after a confidential mediation process with Petters bankruptcy trustee.

At one time, GE was one of the principal lenders to Petters and his business interests. Petters' decade long scheme involved soliciting investment funds from individuals and various groups to purchase consumer electronic goods from manufacturers and sell them to big-box retailers. However, no such transactions took place, and early investors were paid often generous interest rates with the funds that came from later investors according to the Star Tribune report.

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