Ed Okun Tax Group Scandal Reaching Climax: Is Recovery of Monies in The Cards?

Reuters.com published this deansguide article September 26, 2008

United States Trustee Gerald McHale’s 9th newsletter briefing of the status of the Ed Okun 1031 Tax Group case highlights the difficulty and frustration of trying to “get blood from a stone.” The proverbial stone being Okun and the assets which seem to either be non existent or hiding.

Highlights or Lowlights?

The people waiting for some type of settlement must be getting very restless and asking questions non stop. I am sure Mr. McHale is doing his best to get as much money back as possible but the following plea says it all:

McHale in an open plea to the “Train Wreck Victims”

“Trust me when I say that it goes against my open nature and I know how frustrating it must be not to have your questions answered in detail. . . “

Major Points

1. Supplemental Proof of Loss was filed by McHale July 30, 2008 “containing extensive analysis”

Analysis: What effect this supplement will have on recovery is anyone’s guess. At least McHale is working as much information into the mix as possible in regards to proving further damages and seeking compensation. The frustration for victims is they are often kept in the dark

2. JPS Capital, our old friends (Mr. Shapiro) who decided to set the record straight with deansguide but never delivered on that promise, are now a target of litigation or as McHale so clinically puts it “we have commenced an action against JPS and other parties asserting an interest in the New Hampshire lakeside mansion.” The goal is to recover $5.1 million in debtor monies

3. Richard Simring and David Field Plead guilty. For more information see Julie Kay’s article in it’s entirety on McHale’s site here

4. Ed Okun and Laura Coleman trial dates set for January of 2009

The saga continues as more money is being recovered, fewer players are left standing, and the victims remain holding the bag!

Okun promises
Monies disappear

Mystery caller

US Bankruptcy Judge Glenn Denies Okun’s “Indentured Servitude” Plea: Trustee McHale and 1031 Tax Group Victims Supported

“A bankruptcy judge has denied a bid by 1031 Tax Group owner Edward Okun to back out of his deal to sell his collection of luxury items to repay some of the $150 million owed to creditors of his failed real estate tax shelter” according to Associated Press reporter Patrick Fitzgerald in his article “1031 Tax Group Owner Ed Okun Loses Court Bid to Keep Toys.”

In deansguide’s article “Okun Attempting To Terminate Asset Transfer Agreement According To 1031 Tax Group Victim: “Indentured Servitude” Never Looked This Lucrative” Okun’s characterization of the ATA, a document he signed off on months earlier, as “Indentured Servitude” provides further evidence of this man’s motivations and utter disregard for the victims he directly effects everyday.

Consequently Okun was fighting for the necessities in life such as his four (4) cars:

1. Rolls Royce Phantom
2. Bentley Continental
3. Lamborghini Gallardo
4. Porsche 911

What will the rest of this ongoing saga bring us? Only time will tell but as it stands now it has been a long and sad trail to recovering settlement monies that will never fully be restored to their rightful owners.