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My ex-best friend-greed, deceit, jail.

Old 01-09-2019, 09:07 AM
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Default My ex-best friend-greed, deceit, jail.

I met Luis 20 years ago, shortly after moving to Key West. We instantly bonded over our passions- fine wine, business, cigars and boating, and grew as close as brothers over the years. He and his partner ran a hedge fund, minimum investment $100K, nice office in Key West, well versed in the markets. As our respective businesses grew, he celebrated with great parties at the yacht club, condo in Fort Lauderdale, grand vacations and great wine- our last shared auction purchases were delivered on pallets via refrigerated truck. .He approached me with several "incredible opportunities" over the years, but I never invested with him as I know money and friendship don't mix . Of course, this didn't stop him from secretly soliciting my wife, who thought it would be great to "surprise" me with a nice bonus at retirement. It all blew up 18 months ago ala Madoff and the wheels of justice have finally turned

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I met Luis 20 years ago, shortly after moving to Key West. We instantly bonded over our passions- fine wine, business, cigars and boating, and grew as close as brothers over the years. He and his partner ran a hedge fund, minimum investment $100K, nice office in Key West, well versed in the markets. As our respective businesses grew, he celebrated with great parties at the yacht club, condo in Fort Lauderdale, grand vacations and great wine- our last shared auction purchases were delivered on pallets via refrigerated truck. .He approached me with several "incredible opportunities" over the years, but I never invested with him as I know money and friendship don't mix . Of course, this didn't stop him from secretly soliciting my wife, who thought it would be great to "surprise" me with a nice bonus at retirement. It all blew up 18 months ago ala Madoff and the wheels of justice have finally turned

https://www.flkeysnews.com/news/loca...224072830.html
I gotta ask. Did you suspect anything along the way?
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Old 01-09-2019, 09:15 AM
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I did think he worked very "relaxed" hours- office by 10, lunch at home, finished by 3. Also, he went to church EVERY DAY, which, in hindsight, was a dead giveaway LOL.
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He's my investment banker! You mean there may be a problemo?
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I don't know how these people sleep at night. I understand many don't feel guilt, but constantly wondering when the other shoe is going to drop and is tomorrow going to be the day they get cuffed.
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I can't believe you don't hear about some of these people being killed by an investor that has lost everything!
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Old 01-09-2019, 09:32 AM
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Originally Posted by lasik1 View Post
I met Luis 20 years ago, shortly after moving to Key West. We instantly bonded over our passions- fine wine, business, cigars and boating, and grew as close as brothers over the years. He and his partner ran a hedge fund, minimum investment $100K, nice office in Key West, well versed in the markets. As our respective businesses grew, he celebrated with great parties at the yacht club, condo in Fort Lauderdale, grand vacations and great wine- our last shared auction purchases were delivered on pallets via refrigerated truck. .He approached me with several "incredible opportunities" over the years, but I never invested with him as I know money and friendship don't mix . Of course, this didn't stop him from secretly soliciting my wife, who thought it would be great to "surprise" me with a nice bonus at retirement. It all blew up 18 months ago ala Madoff and the wheels of justice have finally turned

https://www.flkeysnews.com/news/loca...224072830.html
close friend of mine lost a bunch of money with Luis. Glad the bastard is gonna go to jail.
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I don't know how these people sleep at night. I understand many don't feel guilt, but constantly wondering when the other shoe is going to drop and is tomorrow going to be the day they get cuffed.
I think itís more of a never ending cycle of ďone last timeĒ and ďIíll pay it backĒ which never happens then they are in too deep, canít come clean and just get deeper and deeper. I donít think most people who end up in this situation intended to.

How many people do this with credit cards? Iím going to swipe one last time and pay it right back, $60k Iím CC debt later they are in over their head.
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Old 01-09-2019, 09:33 AM
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I hate thieves and liars. Sorry to hear.
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Old 01-09-2019, 09:36 AM
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Memories of Madoff. POS.
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Old 01-09-2019, 09:36 AM
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Ive always been of the mind that NOBODY takes care of my money more than ME !!

Im sorry for your troubles and I hope that rat-azz POS gets what coming to him, whether it be in jail, on the road or in his own home.
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safe to say Natalie is on the lamb
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“represented themselves as sophisticated"

Well right there is why I could never pull something like this off even if I wanted to.
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I did think he worked very "relaxed" hours- office by 10, lunch at home, finished by 3. Also, he went to church EVERY DAY, which, in hindsight, was a dead giveaway LOL.
Probably going to church every day to pray he didnt get caught.
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So how much was your bonus?
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Old 01-09-2019, 09:59 AM
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They're letting these guys out on bail. They're probably smart enough to have an escape plan. My bet is they already have something set up in another country. It will be interesting to see how it plays out. I'm sorry for those who got scammed. As for the OP, since you didn't miss the money your wife was investing, it shouldn't have hurt too much. It doesn't change things though.
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Lasik I had a fishing buddy who committed a crazy amount of fraud and we never had a clue. He carried it on for years, thank God I didn't invest in one of his real estate deals. Sadly left behind a beautiful wife and young kids.

I own a mansion and a yacht
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Unbelievable how smooth some of these conmen are.many of the people taken aren’t fools either.
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Unbelievable how smooth some of these conmen are.many of the people taken arenít fools either.
If they were not smooth they could not be con men.
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