Securities and Exchange Commission v. Nadel et al
Unopposed MOTION to Approve Settlement re: YMCA Foundation of Sarasota, Inc. by Burton W. Wiand. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A)(Morello, Gianluca)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE
Case No. 8:09-cv-87-T-26TBM
SCOOP CAPITAL, LLC,
SCOOP MANAGEMENT, INC.
SCOOP REAL ESTATE, L.P.
VALHALLA INVESTMENT PARTNERS, L.P.,
VALHALLA MANAGEMENT, INC.
VICTORY IRA FUND, LTD,
VICTORY FUND, LTD,
VIKING IRA FUND, LLC,
VIKING FUND, LLC, AND
RECEIVER’S MOTION TO APPROVE SETTLEMENT
Burton W. Wiand, as Receiver, moves the Court for an order approving settlement of
claims against the YMCA Foundation of Sarasota, Inc. (the “YMCA”) for recovery of sums
received from one or more Receivership Entities as purported charitable contributions and
purported investment distributions on the basis of the Settlement Agreement attached as
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT
The Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission” or “SEC”) instituted
this action to “halt [an] ongoing fraud, maintain the status quo, and preserve investor assets
. . . .” (Dkt. 1, Compl., ¶ 7.) Burton W. Wiand was appointed by this Court as the Receiver
for Defendants and Relief Defendants.
(See Order Reappointing Receiver (Dkt. 140).)
Additionally, the Receivership was expanded to include Venice Jet Center, LLC and
Tradewind, LLC (Dkt. 17); Laurel Mountain Preserve, LLC, Laurel Preserve, LLC, the
Marguerite J. Nadel Revocable Trust UAD 8/2/07, and the Laurel Mountain Preserve
Homeowners Association, Inc. (Dkt. 44); The Guy-Nadel Foundation, Inc. (Dkt. 68); Lime
Avenue Enterprises, LLC, and A Victorian Garden Florist, LLC (Dkt. 79); Viking Oil & Gas,
LLC (Dkt. 153); and Home Front Homes, LLC (Dkt. 172); and Traders Investment Club
All of the entities in receivership are collectively identified herein as the
Pursuant to the Order Reappointing Receiver (Dkt. 140), the Receiver has the duty
and authority to:
Investigate the manner in which the affairs of the Receivership
Entities were conducted and institute such actions and legal proceedings, for
the benefit and on behalf of the Receivership Entities and their investors and
other creditors as the Receiver deems necessary . . . against any transfers of
money or other proceeds directly or indirectly traceable from investors in the
Receivership Entities; provided such actions may include, but not be limited
to, seeking imposition of constructive trusts, disgorgement of profits, recovery
and/or avoidance of fraudulent transfers under Florida Statute § 726.101, et.
seq. or otherwise, rescission and restitution, the collection of debts, and such
orders from this Court as may be necessary to enforce this Order.
The Receiver’s investigation has revealed several organizations that received
“charitable contributions” which consisted of proceeds of the scheme underlying this case.
Those organizations’ receipt of those funds operated to the detriment of investors in the
scheme underlying this case who lost money as a result of their investment. Unlike other
charitable organizations, however, the YMCA reinvested almost all of its purported
contributions in Receivership Entities. Specifically, the YMCA received $1,219,222 directly
or indirectly from Receivership Entities and reinvested $1,111,111.40, which was lost when
Nadel’s scheme collapsed. As such, the YMCA retained and did not reinvest $108,110.60.
In addition, the YMCA received $30,315.90 as purported investment distributions from
Receivership Entities. In total, the YMCA received $138,426.50 from Receivership Entities
that it did not reinvest in Receivership Entities. The YMCA submitted a Proof of Claim
Form, designated Claim No. 478 (the “Claim”), in the amount of $1,111,111.40 (the
“Claimed Funds”) in the claims process established by the Receiver and approved by the
As shown by the attached Settlement Agreement, the YMCA, subject to the approval
of this Court, has agreed to pay $75,000, to be paid in accordance with a set payment
schedule. The YMCA has also agreed to withdraw the Claim and to waive any entitlement to
the Claimed Funds.
In reaching this agreement, the Receiver considered the risks and
expense of litigation, the YMCA’s willingness to resolve the matter before the Receiver had
to file a lawsuit, and the YMCA’s financial ability to pay. The settlement reflected by the
Settlement Agreement is in the best interests of the Receivership, the investors in the
Receivership Entities, and the YMCA, because resolution of the claims avoids protracted
litigation, conserving Receivership assets and judicial resources, and avoids the cost of
litigation to the YMCA.
WHEREFORE, the Receiver moves the Court to approve the settlement reflected by
the attached Settlement Agreement.
LOCAL RULE 3.01(g) CERTIFICATE OF COUNSEL
The undersigned counsel for the Receiver is authorized to represent to the Court that
the SEC has no objection to the Court’s granting this motion.
CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE
I HEREBY CERTIFY that on March 30, 2012, I electronically filed the foregoing
with the Clerk of the Court by using the CM/ECF system.
I FURTHER CERTIFY that on March 30, 2012, I mailed the foregoing document
and the notice of electronic filing by first-class mail to the following non-CM/ECF
Arthur G. Nadel
Register No. 50690-018
FCI BUTNER LOW
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 999
Butner, NC 27509
s/ Gianluca Morello
Gianluca Morello (Trial Counsel)
Florida Bar No. 034997
Michael S. Lamont, FBN 527122
Jared J. Perez, FBN 0085192
WIAND GUERRA KING P.L.
3000 Bayport Drive, Suite 600
Tampa, FL 33607
Tel. (813) 347-5100
Fax (813) 347-5198
Attorneys for the Receiver, Burton W. Wiand
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