May 23, 2016

Plans not to die fail, and so do plans to die.

"When his $5 million Ponzi scheme collapsed, a N.Y. lawyer tried to kill himself. He survived — but so did his confession."

7 comments:

damikesc said...

Once a successful lawyer at a powerful firm, he was now a wreck. His once promising career had been consumed by addiction. Meetings with clients had given way to bottles of liquor and 8-balls of cocaine, his lawyer would later admit in a court document. When his attempt at starting his own practice failed, he burned through his savings, then began duping friends and family members into investing in a Ponzi scheme. He even stole from his own mother.

Never forget kids, drug use is a "victimless" crime. Ignore the people who are victims of crime by the addict to support their habit. They aren't important here.

Curious George said...

Dude should have gone "old school." Click. Bang. Thump.

MayBee said...

I read "plans" as a verb and could not make s nose of the headline.....

knox said...

He also left behind a suicide note saying he could no longer bear “the pure emotional weight of the guilt I feel.”

Hmph. The pure emotional weight of getting caught, I suspect.

Virgil Hilts said...

He got a pretty harsh sentence. From the recent stories it sounds as though as long as you are white collar you only get about 1 year time for every $2M stolen.

CStanley said...

This reminds me of a much lighter story.

Friend of ours grew up in a large family (8 or 9 siblings.) One of his brothers, as a teenager, borrowed their dad's car without permission and totaled it. The siblings helped cover for him with a concocted story about the car getting stolen, and for years the old man was none the wiser.

Eventually their father became ill and was thought to be on his deathbed. The kids were all gathered in the hospital, going in one by one to say their goodbyes, and one of the sisters convinced the guilty brother that he should confess to their father. He did, and that night the father made a miraculous recovery. The family still jokes that their dad regained the will to live so that he could spend the rest of his life making his son feel guilty.

The Cracker Emcee said...

Thought this was going to be about Chelsea's husband...