Jan 14 Peregrine Financial Group's former chief
executive, who pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $100
million from customers of his futures brokerage, will be
sentenced on Jan. 31, according to court documents filed on
Russell Wasendorf Sr., 64, who founded the now-defunct firm,
faces a potential maximum sentence of 50 years in prison
after pleading guilty in September to mail fraud, lying to
regulators and embezzling customer money.
Wasendorf has been awaiting sentencing in a jail in Iowa,
where Peregrine Financial was based. The Jan. 31 hearing is in
U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Wasendorf's life unraveled in July when he attempted to kill
himself and confessed in a suicide note to bilking customers
over nearly 20 years.
Peregrine Financial, known as PFGBest, quickly collapsed and
thousands of former customers are still missing money.
Meanwhile, bills from lawyers and accountants working to
help a court-appointed bankruptcy trustee figure out what
remains at the failed brokerage are rolling in.
PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of the world's largest
accounting firms, submitted a bill for $1.6 million for about
4,239 hours of work between July 22 and Oct. 31, according to a
filing in Peregrine's bankruptcy case on Monday.
PwC continues to provide financial advisory services in the
case, documents said.
On Friday, Shaw Fishman Glantz & Towbin, the law firm
representing Trustee Ira Bodenstein, submitted a bill for
$671,417 for 1,508 hours of work between July 10 and Oct. 31,
according to court documents.