Securities and Exchange Commission v. Nadel et al
NOTICE by Burton W. Wiand re 843 Notice (Other)Notice (Other) Notice Of Additional Factual Development Regarding Sale Of Real Property Located In Graham, Alamance County, North Carolina (Cohen, Jonathan)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE
SCOOP CAPITAL, LLC,
SCOOP MANAGEMENT, INC.,
CASE NO.: 8:09-cv-0087-T-26TBM
SCOOP REAL ESTATE, L.P.,
VALHALLA INVESTMENT PARTNERS, L.P.,
VALHALLA MANAGEMENT, INC.,
VICTORY FUND, LTD,
VIKING IRA FUND, LLC,
VIKING FUND, LLC, AND
VIKING MANAGEMENT, LLC.
NOTICE OF ADDITIONAL FACTUAL DEVELOPMENT REGARDING
SALE OF REAL PROPERTY LOCATED IN GRAHAM,
ALAMANCE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA
Burton W. Wiand, as Receiver (the “Receiver”), by and through his undersigned counsel,
files this Notice in order to inform the Court of the following additional factual developments in
connection with the sale of real property located in Graham, Alamance County, North Carolina
(the “Rite Aid Property” or “Property”), which this Court approved on May 8, 2012. (Docs.
After the Receiver filed his Notice of Factual Development Regarding Sale of
Real Property Located in Graham, Alamance County, North Carolina (Doc. 843) on Friday, May
11, 2012, the following events transpired.
On Monday, May 14, 2012, the undersigned received a series of e-mails from
counsel for Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. (“Wells Fargo” or the “Bank”) informing him that a buyer
named Jay Newhouse is interested in purchasing the Rite Aid Property via a company named
Winston Mills, LLC for $2.8 million and could be prepared to close early next week.1
According to the Bank’s counsel, Newhouse will be sending a unilaterally-drafted and signed
contract for purchase of the Property to Wells Fargo’s counsel. Further, the Bank contends that
the proposed contract will be in the same form as the Court-approved contract between the
Receiver and the original purchaser, Trinet West, LLC (“Trinet”). Exactly how the Bank and/or
its counsel have managed to make themselves the middlemen for this unilaterally-proposed
purchase of the Property is unclear to the Receiver.
Unlike the Court-approved contract for sale of the Property, counsel for Wells
Fargo stated that the proposed contract will contain no conditions for closing other than the
delivery of the (unspecified) documents typical for this type of real estate transaction. At this
point, there are no contingencies left to be satisfied by the Receiver or Trinet under the Courtapproved contract for sale. The Receiver and Trinet have fulfilled their respective obligations
and all documents in connection with the sale have been executed. Notably, no reference has
been made regarding Newhouse’s willingness to pay the advanced payment of $25,000.00 in
According to Wells Fargo’s counsel, Newhouse is represented by Tim Giambrone – the same real estate broker
whom the Receiver spoke with on May 10, 2012. To reiterate, during their telephone call on May 10, 2012, the
Receiver informed Giambrone that, in accordance with the Court’s approval of the sale of the Property, he is
contractually obligated to proceed with the closing scheduled for May 15, 2012. Ignoring the Receiver’s position,
Giambrone and his client are apparently continuing with the unilateral drafting and executing of a contract for
purchase of the Property, which the Receiver has not agreed to or even had the opportunity to review.
earnest money, as was fully performed by Trinet in accordance with the terms of the Courtapproved contract.
Finally, the Bank has made clear its intention to file a motion for reconsideration
of the Court’s approval of the sale of the Rite Aid Property (Docs. 840, 842) if and when it
receives a copy of the unilaterally-drafted and executed contract from Newhouse.
The Receiver discloses the above-described factual development to ensure that the
Court is apprised of these additional developments and that the record accurately reflects the
circumstances leading up to the sale of the Rite Aid Property. Given that: (1) the Court has
approved the sale of the Property; (2) no bids or firm offers were submitted by the conclusion of
the publication period; and (3) Trinet has completed all of its terms of purchase, the Receiver
believes that he is obligated to honor the executed contract and proceed with the sale of the Rite
Aid Property to Trinet for the approved contract price of $2,400,000.00. Accordingly, the
Receiver will proceed with closing on the Rite Aid Property after 3:00 p.m. on May 15, 2012,
unless the Court enters an order before that time directing him to proceed otherwise.
/s/ Jonathan B. Cohen
Jonathan B. Cohen (FBN 0027620)
Sean P. Keefe (FBN 413828)
JAMES, HOYER, NEWCOMER
& SMILJANICH, P.A.
One Urban Centre, Suite 550
4830 West Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33609
Telephone: (813) 397-2300
Facsimile: (813) 397-2310
Attorneys for the Receiver, Burton W. Wiand
CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE
I HEREBY CERTIFY that on May 14, 2012, I electronically filed the foregoing with
the Clerk of the Court by using the CM/ECF system.
/s/ Jonathan B. Cohen
Attorney for the Receiver, Burton W. Wiand
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