August 13, 2014 · 2:54 am
Heh heh heh heh heh – again
News today that the father-son founders of GMB Capital have pled guilty to fraud and will spend five years in jail. What did these guys do? They promised investors that they’d trade their money using super-secret algorithms invented by the farther, MIT professor Gabriel Bitran , and instead gave the money to Walter Noel’s fund of funds Tremont Group, which in turn shoveled it over to Bernie Madoff.
So the Bitrans are guilty of telling investors that they’d employ one trading strategy but instead, they simply entrusted the money to a fund of funds group which, unfortunately was run by Walter Noel.
Walter Noel promised investors that he’d place their money with a meticulously selected group of other hedge funds, each managed by individuals scrupulously vetted by Noel and his experts. Instead, he did no due diligence, he used no other hedge funds, turned everything over to a single fund, the Madoff Scam LLC, and lost everything.
“The Bitrans’ funds suffered losses of more than $140 million. The men paid themselves as much as $16 million in management fees over the life of the businesses and recovered $12 million of their own investments when the funds were doing poorly, the U.S. said, adding that the two discussed their scheme in e-mail exchanges.”
Noel and his co-conspirators lost billions, paid themselves hundreds of millions of dollars, and have paid back something like $50 million of that, leaving them plenty of money to maintain the Noel lifestyle, keep their multiple residence, jet and cruise around the world and buy NYC townhouses for the five Noel fillies.
Walt seems to be shaping up as the Greenwich version of Jon Corzine; funny, he doesn’t look smart enough or have secrets enough to pull that off.
January 22, 2014 · 2:11 pm
Same scam, different results
Reportedly had a heart attack last month, although he’s now back in his cell.
The Madoff family has not come out of this well, unlike the Walter Noel clan, which just celebrated another Christmas / New Years on Mustique.
His only surviving son, Andrew Madoff, 47, is currently receiving treatment for stage-four cancer. Son Mark Madoff, 46, hanged himself in his SoHo apartment on Dec. 11, 2010, the second anniversary of his dad’s arrest.
His ex-wife, Ruth, 71, now lives in [Old] Greenwich, Conn.
September 26, 2013 · 3:32 pm
Feds showed up at Paul Konigsberg’s home on 19 Pinecroft Road at 6:00 AM this morning and hauled him away.
FBI agents arrested Paul Konigsberg at his Greenwich, Conn., home around 6 am Thursday. Konigsberg, 77, a longtime friend of Madoff, is expected to appear in Manhattan federal court later on Thursday.
“Konigsberg helped recruit new investors to Madoff’s Ponzi scheme,” a law enforcement source said.
The money man was a founding partner of Konigsberg Wolf & Company, a midtown accounting firm no longer in operation.
The five-count indictment that will be unsealed Thursday charges Konigsberg with conspiracy to falsify records of a broker-dealer and an investment adviser, falsifying such records, fraud, and conspiracy to commit fraud.
Konigsberg, the feds say in the indictment, directed the creation of false books and records at Madoff Securities, where a decades-long multi-billion investor ripoff was underway.
“… By December 2008, [Konigsberg’s firm] handled various accounting assignments in connection with more than 300 of Madoff Securities investment advisory accounts,” the indictment alleges.
Konigsberg through his arrangement with Madoff Securities also arranged for a relative to get a $20,000-a-year no show job that included benefits, the indictment alleges. The relative, listed as an unnamed co-conspirator, pocketed $320,000 plus health benefits from 1992 until 2008 when the firm collapsed.
Reed Brodsky, a lawyer for Konigsberg, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Well we can do that for you, Mr. Brodsky: “My client is completely innocent, and looks forward to his day in court”. Uh huh. My only question is, how come Walter Noel is still enjoying his pool up there at 175 Rond Hill Road?
August 11, 2013 · 10:25 am
(400 1st Neck Lane) Southampton bliss: the Noels enjoy the rewards of an ongoing criminal enterprise
For that matter, why is Walter himself still a member of the Round Hill Club? We’ll probably never know the exact extent of the Noel family’s take from Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme; Noel took in billions, and returned only a portion of that to his clients, but the Trustee suit against Noel and the Noel family gives at least a glimpse of the looting. Certainly hundreds of millions, probably more, and all distributed and hidden across the globe. We’ve pointed out here before, repeatedly, that when one of the Noel daughters appears at a charity function or on African safari or dining out, she’s doing so on stolen money. The trustee’s suit details a portion of how that money was stolen, and where it went. The hiding places included offshore affiliates, family trusts, children’s trusts, even IRA’s. Picture a pack of sharks ripping flesh off the carcass of a great blue whale and you have the Noel family, in action.
(Note, by the way, the late summer/early fall 2008 withdrawals of cash by the daughters – Madoff was arrested December 11, 2008, and the walls had been crumbling long before that).
Through his ongoing investigation, the Trustee discovered that the [Noel controlled] Feeder Funds were no longer directly in possession of the majority of the billions of dollars in transfers they received from BLMIS. Rather, the Feeder Funds had subsequently transferred the bulk of the money to FGG investors and a number of FGG-related entities and individuals (the “FGG Affiliates”). The FGG Affiliates include:
Other FGG Funds: Fairfield Sigma Limited (“Sigma”), Fairfield Lambda Limited (“Lambda”), Chester Global Strategy Fund Limited (“Chester”), Chester Global Strategy Fund, L.P. (“Chester L.P.”), Irongate Global Strategy Fund Limited (“Irongate”), Fairfield Greenwich Fund (Luxembourg) (“FGF”), Fairfield Investment Fund Limited (“FIFL”), Fairfield Investors (Euro) Limited (“FIL-Euro”), Fairfield Investors (Swiss Franc) Limited (“FIL-Swiss”), Fairfield Investors (Yen) Limited (“FIL-Yen”), Fairfield Investment Trust (”FIT”), FIF Advanced, Ltd. (“FIFA”), Sentry Select Limited (“SSL”), and Stable Fund LP (“Stable”).
- Administrative Entities: Fairfield Greenwich (Bermuda) Ltd. (“FGB”), Fairfield Greenwich Limited (“FGL”), Fairfield Greenwich Advisors LLC (“FGA”), Fairfield Greenwich GP, LLC (“FGGP”), Fairfield Greenwich Partners, LLC (“FGP”), Fairfield Heathcliff Capital LLC (“FHC”), Fairfield International Managers, Inc. (“FIM”), Fairfield Greenwich (UK) Limited (“Fairfield-UK”), Greenwich Bermuda Limited (“GBL”), and Chester Management (Cayman) Limited (“Chester Management”).
- Management Individuals: Walter Noel, Jeffrey Tucker, Andres Piedrahita, Mark McKeefry, Daniel Lipton, Amit Vijayvergiya, Gordon McKenzie, Richard Landsberger, Philip Toub, Charles Murphy, Robert Blum, Andrew Smith, Harold Greisman, Gregory Bowes, Corina Noel Piedrahita, Lourdes Barreneche, Cornelis Boele, Santiago Reyes, and Jacqueline Harary.
36. The other FGG funds and administrative entities collectively received over a billion dollars of management and performance fees for supposedly monitoring the Feeder Funds’ investments with BLMIS. Similarly, the through the other FGG funds and administrative entities, FGG management individuals received hundreds of millions of dollars.
Which of the Noels gorged themselves on Maddoff’s (and Walter’s) victims? All of them.
VIII. THE DEFENDANTS
60. Walter Noel was one of the original founding partners of FGG. Four of his sons- in-law and one daughter were partners or associated with FGG. As a founding partner, Noel was entitled to compensation and partnership distributions from FGG’s operations through FGL and FGB. As outlined below, Noel directed the compensation and distributions due him from FGG’s operations to a number of entities. In addition, a number of entities associated with Noel invested in FGG funds and as a result received subsequent transfers of Customer Property.
61. Upon information and belief, Noel, through the various Noel-related entities, directed a portion of the subsequent transfers of Customer Property to his daughters. Walter Noel has five daughters that were beneficiaries of certain Noel trusts and other related entities: Alix Toub, who is married to FGG partner Philip Toub; Corina Noel Piedrahita, an employee of FGG and married to FGG founding partner Andres Piedrahita; Marisa Brown, who is married to FGG partner Matthew Brown; Lisina della Schiava, who is married to FGG partner Yanko della Schiava; and Ariane Sodi.
70. Defendant Marisa Brown has, through her connections to various FGG entities, received transfers of funds that were initially transferred to BLMIS by the Feeder Funds. For example, as a beneficiary of Defendant Noel 2004 Family Trust—which received subsequent transfers from GS, Fairfield International Managers, and Chester Global Strategy Fund LP— Defendant Marisa Brown received subsequent transfers. For example, she withdrew $3,650,000 from Defendant Noel 2004 Family Trust in January 2008. This withdrawal constitutes a subsequent transfer of Customer Property.
75. Lisina della Schiava: Defendant Lisina della Schiava is a resident of Italy. She maintains a residence at Via Bramante 8, Milan Italy 20154.
76. Defendant Lisina della Schiava has numerous connections to FGG individuals and entities, including the other Noel entities named as defendants in this Complaint. She is the daughter of FGG founding partner Walter Noel and is married to FGG partner Yanko della Schiava. Defendant Lisina della Schiava is also one of the beneficiaries of Defendant Noel 2004 Family Trust.
77. Defendant Lisina della Schiava has, through her connections to various FGG entities, received transfers of funds that were initially transferred to BLMIS by the Feeder Funds. For example, as a beneficiary of Defendant Noel 2004 Family Trust—which received subsequent transfers from GS, Fairfield International Managers, and Chester Global Strategy Fund LP— Defendant Lisina della Schiava received subsequent transfers. For example, she withdrew $500,000 from Defendant Noel 2004 Family Trust in March 2008, and an additional $500,000 in July 2008. These withdrawals constitute subsequent transfers of Customer Property.
83. Defendant Ariane Sodi has, through her connections to various FGG entities, received transfers of funds that were initially transferred to BLMIS by the Feeder Funds. For example, as a beneficiary of Defendant Noel 2004 Family Trust—which received subsequent transfers from GS, Fairfield International Managers, and Chester Global Strategy Fund LP— Defendant Ariane Sodi received subsequent transfers. She made the following withdrawals from GS: $400,000 in May 2006; $300,000 in August 2006; $300,000 in October 2006; $300,000 in August 2007; $300,000 in August 2008; $400,000 in October 2008. In addition, she withdrew $300,000 from Defendant Noel 2004 Family Trust in July 2008. These withdrawals constitute subsequent transfers of Customer Property.
March 27, 2013 · 10:51 am
275 Round Hill Road
275 Round Hill Road has returned to the market at $5.575 million after a year lying fallow. This is a 1726 house, sort of, last remodelled in 2004. Owners paid $4.7 for it in 1999 and asked $8.4 million in 2008. That didn’t work as expected during the ensuing years that saw five price cuts and almost as many brokers, and it finally expired at the end of 2011 at a price of $5.995. And as noted, now it’s back at $5.575.
Might work – certainly a good location and the house retains much of its beauty, but lovers of old Round Hill Road houses might want to see what’s happening with Walter Noel’s place at 175 Round Hill. It’s rumored to be in the hopper, perhaps because, I was just surprised to learn, that the law suit brought by the town of Fairfield’s pension fund was withdrawn against Walter and his partner Tucker last August 16th. A quiet settlement, perhaps? Whatever’s going on, it seems that the Noels are getting ready to shake the mud off their golf spikes and vamoose.
March 20, 2013 · 8:18 am
Under new ownership
Walt and Monica clear out of Palm Beach. $6.6 million – after purchase cost ($4.4) plus renovations and transaction costs they maybe will net just a million or so, but that’s a far better return on their 2006 investment than any of Walt’s customers got.
With the old dump on Round Hill Road also seemingly headed for new ownership – creditor or buyer is unknown, so far – and the Mustique villa rumored to be going, that will leave the crooks just a few properties left in which to hide out. Of course there’s always son-in-law Andre’s yacht to escape on.
February 23, 2013 · 5:47 pm
From Madoffwatch London:
Dear Christopher Fountain,
Every now and again you post a little something about these appalling villains who continue to escape any kind of scrutiny by the mainstream US media, despite, as far as I am aware, not having faked their own deaths (like Jeffry Picower.)
How do they manage it? Is nobody interested any more? In the fall of last year I noticed that there had been a derisory “settlement” of $84 million or so …..in respect of the $7 billion or so ….of their investors’ funds that they had egregiously pissed away in the Madoff Ponzi scheme.
Picard sued them all over 2 years ago but I am not aware of any progress in that case – to some extent understandable while the Trustee is concentrating his fire on those with “deeper pockets”… such as the banks…etc. I saw also that Picard was seeking seeking to block the settlement between FG & its investors.
But surely there must be some traceable assets representing some at least of the fees etc collected by FG for their celebrated “due diligence”. Hoping you have some information about the current state of play.
October 21, 2012 · 6:39 am
FWIW spies are everywhere: Here’s the latest from a Craig’s List – type bulletin board in England, wherein Ariane Noel Sodi seeks domestic help.
We are a brazilian/italian/ american family looking for full time, mainly a live in housekeeper.
I have posted ads in the past and have found competent part time help, and have tried many combinations of shifts of hours during the week/two people part time, and i have not been satisfied with the results. I would like one person who is responsible for the house, deep cleaning, laundry and ironing, polishing silver, cooking, shopping, keeping outdoor space tidy, watering plants (as needed i can fill gaps with part time help). So far the day has seemed too long for live out. We have five children, but two girls at boarding school. If i find the right person, my idea is to have someone live in my daughters room who is away 90 percent of the time. When she is back from school for a weekend, i was hoping the person i found had a place to go … as well as during the persons time off.
Hours etc, can be discussed over an interview.
I would like someone energetic who likes family life, is willing to learn, takes the initiative, has had housekeeping and cooking experience.
If interested, please email.
Please let me know nationality, languages spoken, age, and housekeeping/cooking experience by email.
Kind regards, Ariane Sodi
July 21, 2012 · 5:46 am
The media has lost track of Walter Noel this summer and I can’t find him. Is he summering in Southampton? Anyone know?
And can you figure out how he’s allowed to stay in his beach cottage (last rented out, summer of 2009, for $375,000 per month) when he’s on the hook for a couple of billions of dollars? And how, four years on, is he still free?
December 23, 2011 · 10:19 am
"Everything I am today I owe to Bernie" (actual quote, July, 2008)
Where’s Walto? No, not our Walt but the Round Hill Road guy with all that money. I’ve heard complaints from his neighbors that nothing has changed at the Noel residence. The expensive cars still come and go, parties are held (who would attend such an affair except from morbid curiosity?) and Monica hasn’t conducted a single tag sale.
So, Mustique for Christmas? Vail? Inquiring minds want to know.
August 12, 2011 · 6:43 am
August 11, 2011 · 12:08 pm
Appellate court tosses out the town of Fairfield’s suit against him. It was a bullshit claim to begin with – Fairfield never invested through Noel’s firm, they just said that Noel helped the fraud which he did, of course, but that doesn’t make him liable for Fairfield’s loss.
Plenty of other suits out there that allege direct losses caused by Walt to keep the old man entertained through his dotage.
June 29, 2011 · 7:12 am
Judge rules that clients of feeder funds aren’t entitled to repayment from Madoff recovery. Some direct Madoff investors are on target to get at least 75% of their money back but people who entrusted their money to Noel’s Fairfield Greenwich Group will get bupkis. Unfortunately for them, Walt’s Round Hill home is worth, at best, maybe $3 million – that’s not going to do it, so look for continued pressure on the girls to also give up their illicit gains (if there’s anything left – the ladies are doing their best to spend it as fast as they can).
May 10, 2011 · 7:49 am
Madoff Trustee, Fairfield Group liquidator agree on settlement. That might at first blush sound like good news for our Round Hill resident but then there’s this:
The settlement allows the liquidators of the Fairfield funds to work together with Picard to purse [sic] assets from the former owners and managers of the Fairfield funds, David Sheehan, the Madoff trustee’s chief counsel, said in Picard’s statement.
I think Walt’s going to have a troubled retirement.
April 1, 2011 · 6:26 pm
This is not news I want to hear- it’s fun to pick on crooks, of course, but I really don’t wish ill on anyone, even a fool like Walt.
Submitted on 2011/04/01 at 6:21 pm
Inside sources have told my uncle that Mr. Noel was admitted last week at a NYC hospital and was found to have terminal cancer of the pancreas and has lost considerable weight, inoperable, and he is depressed and refusing everything except palliative care so he is going to a hospice. Sad story. Please do not kick this horse while he’s down
March 3, 2011 · 6:07 pm
Met’s owners strike out in Madoff court, and don’t get to count their “profits”. Look for a sale of the team, soon, because the Wilpons have no money. I’d say this judge got it right:
Dennis Jacobs, one of three judges hearing the case at the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, questioned whether a court-appointed trustee should be expected to make payouts based “on whatever amount Madoff made up while chewing on his pencil and looking at the ceiling.“
This ruling isn’t going to help Walter Noel with his own “we were victims too” argument.
UPDATE: I misread the article. As this WSJ makes clear, today’s hearing did not yield a ruling. But if the judges’ comments are indicative, the Wilpons shouldn’t hold out much hope.
February 15, 2011 · 10:45 pm
Well no, he didn’t exactly say that but in his first interview since the great bust, given to the NYT, he speaks of the complicity of his hedge fund investors and their “willful blindness”. “They had to know.”
November 26, 2010 · 12:42 pm
I got mine, Jack, so screw you!
Walter Noel’s “Greenwich Sentry” Madoff feeder fund goes bust. Actually, I thought the old fart filed for bankruptcy two years ago, but I guess not. Nice to see that, having enriched himself at the Madoff trough for twenty years, Walter is insisting that his defrauded friends pry back the lucre from his cold, stiff fingers. It’s a strategy that will probably work, because Noel’s an old man, and his lawyers can surely keep his avenging victims off his back until he shuffles off this mortal coil. Nice if he’d do the right thing, but that ain’t gonna happen. I love this bit:
The investment partnerships used a form of “non-traditional options trading” implemented by Madoff, [Sentry lawyer] McKeefry said.
I dunno, it seems to me that a Ponzi scheme is a very traditional form of trading, one that quickly separates suckers from their money. Walt must see things different.
June 21, 2010 · 8:41 am
So says a fellow inmate, and if you can’t trust a con then who can you believe? Supposedly, friends are hiding it for him and if so, I might want to make a late night visit to the Noel household on Round Hill Road and do some digging in the flower garden. But I wonder how much good even $9 billion will do a person after 150 years.