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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Stanford Receiver Sues Democratic, Republican Groups

Democratic and Republican political groups were sued for the return of more than $1.6 million in money investors entrusted to Stanford Financial Group before the company’s principals were charged with a $7 billion fraud.

Court-appointed receiver Ralph Janvey claims the Republican National Committee, the Democratic and Republican senatorial committees and each party’s congressional campaign groups have refused to return the money, according to a complaint he filed Feb. 19 in federal court in Dallas.

U.S. prosecutors in June announced separate charges against company founder R. Allen Stanford and chief financial officer James Davis for their roles in what the government said was a $7 billion securities-fraud scheme.

“The committee defendants did not furnish any consideration whatsoever for the funds they received from Stanford, Davis and the Stanford Financial Group,” according to Janvey’s complaint. “Consequently, they have no legitimate right to retain the funds.”

Stanford and others were also sued last year by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, triggering Janvey’s appointment to oversee Stanford’s businesses and recoup money for investors. Stanford has denied wrongdoing.

Davis pleaded guilty in August to three felony counts. His lawyer, David Finn, said then that his client would cooperate with federal investigators.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee received $950,500, according to Janvey. The organization didn’t immediately reply to an e-mailed request for comment on the lawsuit.

Sara Sendek, a spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee, didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.

The political contributions case is Janvey v. Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, 10cv346, in the Northern District of Texas (Dallas).

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