Saturday, December 12, 2009

David needs our help... lets do what we can. Please.

Reporter David Winzelberg is looking to speak to investors/victims for information for a book he's writing on Agape. No names will be used.

Email him at or call him at 917-796-1801

Friday, December 11, 2009












check out this video of one young womans courage to speak out against BOA:

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Victims Group Info

Non-profit group will focus on prevention of investment fraud and assistance for fraud victimsNew York, NY (Dec. 8, 2009) — A group of investment fraud victims has formed the Network for Investor Action and Protection (NIAP), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping investors and victims of investment fraud.

The Network, a natural outgrowth of the group’s meetings, planning, advocacy, and extensive collaboration that began in the weeks following the discovery of the Madoff fraud, will pursue regulatory reform to more effectively police and prevent investment and securities fraud, and will seek better treatment for fraud victims.NIAP ( - initially seeks to unite thousands of victims of several recent frauds, serving as an advocate for the rights of victims.

It will also line up support for much-needed legislative and regulatory change at market oversight agencies as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Financial Institutions Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC).“It’s extremely unfortunate that existing laws are being interpreted to the detriment of many victims of investment fraud, who are already suffering terribly from Washington’s poor oversight,” said Ron Stein, NIAP’s President and co-founder. “Most investors don’t realize how limited the protection of their investment assets is. NIAPs platform will allow us to pursue our goals of improved treatment for fraud victims and the equally important objective of better oversight of the investment community.”“The public doesn’t fully grasp the diversity of those whose lives were ruined by these frauds and the incredible hardship that resulted,” said Ilene Kent, a member of NIAP’s Executive Committee. “A vast number of the victims are every day, hardworking people of all economic backgrounds, a true cross-section of America. Our plight – made worse by decades of government negligence – is being largely ignored.”

As a 501c4 tax-exempt organization, NIAP will be able to solicit donations and lobby for legislative changes at both the state and federal levels. NIAP has already begun the process of reaching out to members of Congress to advance its agenda. Indeed, NIAP members played an integral role in making this week’s Congressional hearings on the Investor Protection Act amendments happen, and in drafting the legislation recently announced by Sen. Charles Schumer’s (D – New York) office that will provide significant relief for indirect investors.

NIAP represents a collaboration between existing Madoff investor groups and individuals and the investor population-at-large, rightly concerned about the protection of their assets and the safety of their brokerage firms.“We want to bring together victims of investment fraud — including union members, pension fund holders, in short direct and indirect investors alike — to speak with one voice on what important changes need to be made so all investors can feel safe under our country’s regulatory framework,” said Kent, who is also the group’s Outreach Coordinator. “We want investors to feel that the SIPC, FINRA, and the SEC are competent and actually represent investor interests.

Contacts:Michael Wichman, The Hamilton
P: 212-213-3144
Ilene Kent, Network for Investor Action and
P: 212-787-9826
C: 917-584-9474

Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Latest... (thanks Dave)

Trustee settling with Agape brokers
by David WinzelbergPublished: December 3, 2009Tags: , ,
Five people who the feds allege pocketed more than $40 million by selling bogus investments for Nicholas Cosmo’s Agape World are negotiating to settle the lawsuits brought against them by the bankruptcy trustee in the case.
Trustee Ken Silverman and attorneys from his firm Silverman Acampora told the federal bankruptcy court Tuesday that they were actively negotiating settlements with some of the former Agape World brokers, including Jason Keryc, Bryan Arias, Hugo Arias and Diane Kaylor, and each of their corporate entities.
Silverman is in “early stages of discussions” concerning a resolution of the claims against Jose Ricardo Diaz.
The trustee explained that any settlement is subject to further investigation regarding the disposition of funds received from the brokers and others who profited from Agape, the Hauppauge-based company that feds charge was really a $413 million Ponzi scheme.
Silverman had sued the brokers to reclaim the lucrative commissions Cosmo had paid to them, which feds estimated at $55 million. Keryc was sued for $16 million, Hugo Arias for $10 million, Diaz for $8 million, Kaylor for $4.75 million, and Bryan Arias, Hugo’s brother, for $2 million.
The court also approved the trustee’s $180,000 settlement with Stephenson Lane Carriage Homes, a Maine housing project Agape lent $214,000 to. A payment of about $749,000 to the trustee for services rendered so far on the Agape case was also approved by the court.
Also, about two dozen victims of Cosmo’s alleged fraud are expected to rally in front of the Bank of America tower across from Bryant Park in Manhattan on Friday at noon. New Jersey resident Lucille Manzella, who helped organize the protest, said the event is aimed at calling attention to the bank’s role in Agape World’s business operations.
A class-action suit filed on behalf of Agape victims claims the bank assigned more than one employee to Cosmo’s office in Hauppauge and supplied direct access to the bank’s accounts. The suit says Bank of America also provided Cosmo with access to information about the cash balances of Agape investors who had accounts with the bank. Those Agape investors routinely received aggressive solicitations from the company when their balances swelled, the suit claims.-- David WinzelbergReporterLong Island Business News631-913-4247david.winzelberg@libn.com

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Santa Claus is coming to town .... "not".

Ponzi scheme victims to get checks soon

Nicholas Cosmo arrives at federal

Photo credit: Newsday File / Oct. 8, 2009 / James Carbone | Nicholas Cosmo arrives at federal court in Central Islip.

On one hand, Dom DiColandrea, one of the victims in the Ponzi scheme allegedly run by Nicholas Cosmo, is encouraged he's going to see a share of the money recovered by the court-appointed trustee of Cosmo's bankrupt company.

On the other hand, DiColandrea is a little discouraged the initial recovery is so small: less than a half-cent on the dollar.

About 800 victims of Cosmo's alleged $413-million Ponzi scheme should start receiving checks early next month, according to court filings made public by Silverman Acampora.

The Jericho law firm has recovered a little more than $5 million in assets held by Cosmo and his Hauppauge company, Agape World Inc. A little more than $400,000 already has been paid out pursuant to prior court orders.

A motion in U.S. Bankruptcy Court Friday in Central Islip asked for interim distribution of about $2.4 million. The court is expected to decide on the motion Dec. 1, attorney Ron Friedman of Silverman Acampora said Tuesday.

"That comes to about $800 on every $100,000 invested," said DiColandrea, 53, a West Babylon real estate appraiser who lost about $200,000 in the alleged scam. "I'll get a check for $1,600. That's not exactly what you'd hope to get back."

About 5,000 claims have been filed against Cosmo - who is in jail awaiting trial - and his company. Cosmo was arrested by federal authorities in January and charged with wire and mail fraud in the alleged Ponzi scheme.

A Central Islip federal judge last month ordered that Cosmo be sent back to jail to await trial after finding that the former Lake Grove resident had violated three conditions of bail. Cosmo had been in jail since his arrest until he posted $1.25 million bail in July.

Friedman said up to $1.4 million of the recovered funds could go toward professional fees and another $1 million could be held in reserve.riedman also said more litigation was ahead and more assets were out there. "It's hard to put a dollar amount on it because you don't know what the market will bring," he said.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Regarding the Yahoo group "agape" website

Its been a several weeks since any of you have heard from me on "agape".
I generally post only that which I find relative and productive.

Well, a few of us have agreed that we should remove from access to this site
anyone who does not contribute comments and or support.

The consensus is that as long as we make the information free, the 400+ members
that observe but don't contribute will never come forward.

I put this thought out to you. If you are here with us in spirit, If you are
here with us emotionally, then you can post a comment in support. You don't have
to live nearby. It only takes a minute every now and then.

To those of you who do comment (regardless of your opinions), of course you
would continue to have access. But to those of you who chose to remain
"observers", I suggest that you be prepared to lose your ability to "watch
others do all the work".

I give you all one week to step forward and make some kind of contribution of
time and energy to the cause (something as simple as posting a comment so we
know you're interested).

At that point we regret to inform you that access to this site and your
membership thereof will be suspended.

Today is 11/7/09. Next Saturday is the cut off.

Those of you who are regular contributors know who you are. Dont worry, this
will not affect your membership access.

To post a comment on the yahoo group site go to:

Sunday, November 1, 2009


Court Dates:

Unless noted otherwise, all hearings will be held before the Honorable Dorothy T. Eisenberg at the United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of New York, Courtroom 760, Central Islip, New York

Oct. 22, 2009:
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Hearing on Trustee's Third Omnibus Claims Objection Motion

Hearing on Trustee's Fourth Omnibus Claims Objection Motion

Hearing on Trustee's Fifth Omnibus Claims Objection Motion

Hearing on Trustee's Sixth Omnibus Claims Objection Motion

Nov. 3, 2009:
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Hearing on Trustee's Seventh Omnibus Claims Objection Motion

Hearing on Trustee's Eighth Omnibus Claims Objection Motion

Hearing on Trustee's Ninth Omnibus Claims Objection Motion

Hearing on Trustee's Tenth Omnibus Claims Objection Motion

Hearing on Trustee's Eleventh Omnibus Claims Objection Motion

Hearing on Trustee's Twelfth Omnibus Claims Objection Motion

Hearing on Trustee's Thirteenth Omnibus Claims Objection Motion

Nov. 5, 2009:
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Hearing on Trustee's Fourteenth Omnibus Claims Objection Motion

Hearing on Trustee's Fifteenth Omnibus Claims Objection Motion

Hearing on Trustee's Sixteenth Omnibus Claims Objection Motion

Nov. 10, 2009:
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Hearing on Trustee's Seventeenth Omnibus Claims Objection Motion

Nov. 17, 2009:
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Pre-trial conference: Silverman v. Cyrek, Inc./Jason Keryc

Nov. 19, 2009:
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Status Conference

Pre-trial Conference: Silverman v. Hugo Arias, et. al.

Pre-trial Conference: Silverman v. Precision Processing, et. al.

Pre-trial Conference: Silverman v. Brandino Corp., et al.

Pre-trial Conference: Silverman v. Jose Ricardo Diaz, Inc., et al.

Another property sold and the brokers have their assets seized

Ponzi-schemer Nicholas Cosmo’s Louisiana land nets $850K for
Long Island Business News, Oct 30, 2009 by David Winzelberg
A Mississippi River tugboat company paid $850,000 for a 25-acre industrial property in southern Louisiana owned by Agape World, the Hauppauge-based company run by alleged Ponzi-schemer Nicholas Cosmo.
Gordon Konrad, chief of Belle Chasse Marine Transportation in Jefferson, La., was the winning bidder for the land located about 15 miles southeast of New Orleans, which it will use as a boat launch and barge service center.
Cosmo, who is currently in a Nassau County jail awaiting trial for allegedly scamming thousands of investors out of $413 million, had invested more than $1 million in a plan by California-based United Steel Supply to build a concrete distribution center on the Mississippi riverfront site. But the company went bust and Agape ended up with the property.
Agape World bankruptcy trustee’s designated auctioneer, Plainview- based David R. Maltz & Co., sold the land Monday.
Maltz already sold Cosmo’s Mercedes for $47,000 and his indoor sports complex in Hauppauge for $3.4 million. After the Louisiana land sale, the auctioneer will get a crack at property owned by Agape brokers and sub-brokers, which the feds have been systematically seizing in the last few months.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office has put lis pendens filings on a number of properties owned by brokers, including a Long Beach condo and Montauk house owned by Jason Keryc, Agape World’s most prolific salesman. Keryc, who grew up across the street from Cosmo in Wantagh, paid $850,000 for the Long Beach condo in November 2006 and spent $2.7 million in July 2008 for the 10-room, nearly two-acre Montauk house.
Other assets of former Agape brokers the feds could be eyeing include a 10-room, waterfront house in Massapequa that Marty Hartmann bought in August 2008 for $1.4 million, a two-family house on City Island in the Bronx that Hugo Arias paid $730,500 for in January 2007, and a house in Bayside bought by Anthony Ciccone in August 2007 for $1.787 million. Records show that Ciccone took out a $989,508 mortgage on the house with Wells Fargo.
In the wide-ranging search to recover Agape assets, bankruptcy trustee Ken Silverman, of Jericho-based Silverman Acampora, has sued several brokers for more than $40 million so far. Among those targeted by the trustee’s claims is Keryc for $16 million, Arias for $10 million, Jose Ricardo Diaz for $8 million, Diane Kaylor for $4.75 million and Bryan Arias, Hugo’s brother, for $2 million. Pretrial conferences on these claims are scheduled for next month.
The trustee has also asked for financial information from many Agape employees, salespeople and their family members including Hartmann, Richard Barry, Brandi Keryc, Maria Mendez, Rachel Tauz and Shamika Luciano, Cosmo’s girlfriend.
The trustee has asked the court to force several futures-trading companies rent generator to furnish information about the millions transferred to them from Cosmo and his companies. The government believes Cosmo lost at least $80 million of his client’s money while trading with more than a half-dozen firms

Friday, October 9, 2009

HE'S BACK ! ... in the slammer. see newsday article.

A federal judge found Friday that accused Ponzi scheme operator Nicholas Cosmo can't be trusted and ended his house arrest after less than three months and returned him to jail to await trial.

"It seems to me that he is unlikely to abide by any conditions of release," said U.S. District Judge Denis Hurley. "Mr. Cosmo is the type of individual - he will bend the rules if he thinks it advances his interests."

Cosmo, of Lake Grove, is charged with defrauding thousands of people out of more than $400 million through his Hauppauge firm, Agape World. He was arrested in January and was in jail until he posted $1.25 million bail in July.

But Hurley found that Cosmo violated three conditions of bail - that he used a computer, asked his girlfriend to access the Internet on his behalf and lied to his federal Pretrial Services officer about what he was doing on the computer. In addition, Hurley said he was troubled by evidence that Cosmo orchestrated the sale of an expensive watch, in violation of two court orders not to sell or transfer any of his assets.

Several of Cosmo's investors said they were relieved to see Cosmo remove his tie and be taken into custody by U.S. marshals.

"It's about time," said firefighter Michael Casey of Long Beach.

Earlier, as Hurley's decision approached, there was tension between Cosmo's sister, Fran Kegel, and another investor, Lou Piccoli, a Center Moriches contractor who said he's on the verge of losing everything he owns.

Piccoli said he was about to get on an elevator with Cosmo and Kegel when Kegel called for security. Later, Piccoli approached Kegel in the courtroom to explain himself and she told him sternly, "I don't want you near my brother."

In an attempt to keep her client out of jail, defense attorney Stacey Richman of the Bronx argued that Cosmo's violations were inconsequential and posed no risk to victims or to the public. All he was trying to do by accessing Agape documents was prepare for trial, she said.

"There has been no aspect of economic crime to any individual at all since Mr. Cosmo's release," Richman said. She noted that Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff gave away millions of dollars in jewelry after his arrest, but was allowed to stay out of jail until he pleaded guilty.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Grace Cucchissi said that Cosmo could easily victimize people again if he was allowed to gain access to investors' personal information. Putting him back in jail would protect the public from Cosmo's willingness to ignore the rules, she said.

Piccoli said later he was frustrated with the slow pace of the case - and Richman said with her client in jail again, it probably would be even slower.

Piccoli noted that foreclosure and repossession proceedings against him haven't slowed, and he said there ought to be a way to put those proceedings on ice until the criminal case is resolved and he gets any restitution he may be owed.

Going home Friday ???

Nicholas Cosmo may be one step closer to returning to jail to await trial on charges of running a phony investment scheme that bilked investors of more than $400 million.
U.S. District Judge Denis Hurley found Thursday night that Cosmo had violated several conditions of his bail, which allow him to live under home detention at his parents' home in Wantagh. Hurley put off deciding until Friday whether to return Cosmo to jail or to modify his bail conditions and allow him to remain under house arrest.
"He should be prepared for the possibility that he'll be remanded tomorrow," Hurley told Cosmo's attorney, Stacey Richman of the Bronx.
After two days of testimony and argument, Hurley found that Cosmo, of Lake Grove, violated three conditions of bail: He used a computer, asked his girlfriend to access the Internet on his behalf and lied to his federal Pretrial Services officer about what he was doing on the computer.
"It was a blatant violation of the court's order," Hurley said.
Richman characterized the violations as "technical" and said Cosmo stopped using his parents' computer after she told him to stop. She noted that the point of his actions was to prepare for his defense by going through documents and e-mails from Agape World, Cosmo's now-defunct Hauppauge firm that federal officials say has devoured the savings of numerous Long Islanders.
"It was a violation of the letter of the conditions, but not the spirit," Richman said after Hurley ruled, saying there's no reason to put Cosmo in jail again. "He's not a danger to the community."
Assistant U.S. Attorney Grace Cucchissi emphatically disagreed, noting the wreckage he's made of people's lives. "He's an economic danger to society," she said.
One of his former investors, who would not identify herself, agreed. She said the company documents that Cosmo reviewed had Social Security numbers on them, allowing him to commit identity theft or further steal from victims.
Cosmo was arrested in January and charged with running a Ponzi scheme through Agape World. He stayed in jail until a bail agreement was reached in July.
Earlier Thursday, Hurley heard testimony about another possible violation of bail conditions. Cucchissi said taped phone conversations from when Cosmo was jailed showed he was trying to sell an expensive watch, in violation of court orders not to transfer any of his assets.
Hurley, noting that this happened before Cosmo posted bail, wondered whether it was relevant. "I'm not sure if he can be deemed in violation of the terms of his release before his release," he said.
Cucchissi played the tapes of more than a dozen often vulgar phone conversations from April to June between Cosmo and either his girlfriend, Shamika Luciano, or his sister, Fran Kegel.
On the tapes, Cosmo is heard saying the watch could fetch as much as $12,500 and pushes Luciano and Kegel to sell it. Ultimately, it didn't have the value Cosmo believed. Kegel told him it sold for less than $3,000.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

We need more participants.

The prosecutor will get more support from the judge if more victims show up.
we had some twenty or more show up yesterday, but most of us cant do two days in a row.
If you have the time or can make the time.. please do.
the time and place are the same as posted for yesterday (see prior posting).

Home again.

Photo credit: James Carbone | Nicholas Cosmo leaves federal court in Central Islip on Wednesday. (Oct. 7, 2009

Nicholas Cosmo went home last night from federal court in Central Islip, something that displeased about 20 people whom the government says he defrauded with a phony investment scheme that cost investors more than $400 million.

U.S. District Judge Denis Hurley allowed several of Cosmo's former investors at Agape World of Hauppauge to speak before a hearing began on whether Cosmo had violated the terms of his $1.25-million bail. The government claims Cosmo, who is under home detention at his parents' house in Wantagh, has done so by using a computer, asking his girlfriend to access the Internet and by trying to sell an expensive watch.

Cosmo, of Lake Grove, was arrested in January and charged with running a Ponzi scheme through Agape World. He stayed in jail until a bail agreement was reached in July.

"I don't know how home detention helps the victims," Dominick DiColandrea said in court. "If it did, I would invite him into my house for Thanksgiving."

As he did last month, Hurley suggested that the explanation Cosmo attorney Stacey Richman offered for accessing e-mails wasn't sufficient. Richman, of the Bronx, said her client asked girlfriend Shamika Luciano to print out 57 pages of e-mails to prepare for his defense.

Hurley noted that the ban on computer use was clear and that Cosmo should have asked Richman to seek permission from him to make an exception.

"No party has the right to unilaterally adjust" the conditions, he said.

In court, Hurley heard a tape - at times garbled and apparently incomplete - of a phone conversation between Cosmo and Donna Mackey, the federal Pretrial Services officer who supervised him. Mackey asked him about a flash drive that was used to transfer computer files concerning the case.

"I use it to play chess a lot," he told Mackey on the tape.

Prosecutor Grace Cucchissi later noted that even playing chess on a computer violated the bail conditions.

Mackey testified that Cosmo never mentioned asking Luciano to download or print e-mails. And even if Cosmo's hands never touched a keyboard in seeking the e-mail, asking Luciano to do it for him was a problem, Mackey said.

"He is trying to circumvent his way into using the Internet," she said. "He is not being truthful."

At the end of the day, Richman asked Hurley to tell Cosmo's former investors to stop making rude or threatening gestures in court toward Cosmo's family.

"I recognize the loss" they've suffered, Richman said, but asked that Cosmo's family members be left alone.

The hearing will resume this afternoon in Central Islip.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

My Apology. the date is Wednesday October 7th 1:30pm

A hearing before Judge Denis Hurley is scheduled for October 7, 2009, 01:30 PM in U. S. District Court, EDNY, Long Island Courthouse, 100 Federal Plaza, Central Islip, NY 11722-4438 regarding the detention or release of the following defendant(s): NICHOLAS COSMO

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Is he going Back? Victims need to come to court on Wednesday to support the prosecutor.

Internal Case Number: 2008R01592
Court Docket Number: 09-CR-00255

A hearing before Judge Denis Hurley is scheduled for October 7, 2009, 01:30 PM in U. S. District Court, EDNY, Long Island Courthouse, 100 Federal Plaza, Central Islip, NY 11722-4438 regarding the detention or release of the following defendant(s): NICHOLAS COSMO.

Unless you have received a subpoena to attend as a witness in this matter, your attendance is not required. Because of the Court's schedule, hearing dates could change on very short notice. If you plan on attending, you may want to call the VNS Call Center or check the web site to confirm the date and time. On September 25, 2009, the government made a bail application to have the defendant's bail revoked due to what it believes are violations of the bail conditions. At the October 7, 2009 hearing, the judge will determine whether or not to revoke the defendant's bail or for him to remain out on bail and subject to home confinement. Your attendance is not required, but if you would like to attend this event, please call our office one business day before to confirm date and time.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Kerycs house.

In Listings: Marshals Selling Mini-Madoff Montauk Home
The U.S. Marshals have another Montauk listing on their hands, this one to the tune of $2.499 million. The 4,000 square foot home is owned by Jason Keryc, a former salesman for Agape World Inc., a Long Island company involved in a $400 million Ponzi-scheme run by its owner. (Keryc hasn't been charged with anything, but the home is part of a civil forfeiture case.) The listing for the two-story colonial went to Elliman's auctioneer extraordinaire Enzo Morabito, and once sold, the recouped millions will go into escrow until a final decision in the case. Though the house was built in 2003, Real LI reports that Keryc only bought the home in July 2008, for the slightly higher price of $2.7 million. If we know our Marshals, that number will be right back to its rightful pre-recession level in no time.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

September 2009 "trustee filings" with the court

September 2, 2009 Notice of Settlement of Order Granting Trustees First Omnibus Objection to Duplicate and Superceded Proofs of Claim.pdf NEW

Notice of Settlement of Order Granting Trustees Second Omnibus Objection to Duplicate and Superceded Proofs of Claim.pdf NEW
September 9, 2009 2004 Application for Production of Documents Examination of Christian Tully.pdf NEW
September 14, 2009 Notice to Creditors.pdf NEW
September 21, 2009 Trustees Third Omnibus Objection Seeking to Reclassify Certain Proofs of Claim Filed Against the Estate to General Unsecured Claims.pdf NEW

Trustees Fourth Omnibus Objection Seeking to Reclassify Certain Proofs of Claim Filed Against the Estate to General Unsecured Claims.pdf NEW

Trustees Fifth Omnibus Objection Seeking to Disallow Certain Proofs of Claim Filed Against the Estate.pdf NEW

Trustees Sixth Omnibus Objection Seeking to Reclassify and Reduce Certain Proofs of Claim Filed Against the Estate.pdf NEW
September 22, 2009 Trustees Objection to and Seeking to Disallow Proof of Claim Number 3526 Filed by Triton Capital Partners LLC Triton Mezzanine Fund LP and Richard Mittasch.pdf NEW
September 23, 2009 2004 Application for Production of Documents Examination of Ocean To Bay Tours Inc..pdf

to see these docs go to Silvermans website

upcoming events

October 8, 2009:
Time: 11:00 a.m

Hearing, if Objections to Trustee's Sale of Louisiana Property
October 15, 2009:
Time: 3:00 p.m
Status Conference

Inquest: Silverman v. Cosmo

Pre-trial Conference: Silverman v. Hugo Arias, et. al.

Pre-trial Conference: Silverman v. Precision Processing, et. al.

Pre-trial Conference: Silverman v. Brandino Corp., et al.

For update on cosmo. google "cosmo agape newsday"

it seems he may be guilty of violating his agreement with court and subject to re-incarceration.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Spoke to Agage Bankruptcy Trustees Office Yesterday

Rachael Dioguardi spoke To Bob and I for a good 30 minutes, answering any and all our questions as best she could.

The bottom line, The Trustees office is working aggressively towards recovering assets from brokers, investors who made profits, and any third parties that might have had a hand in supporting this fraud.

Many of the Agape brokers have had their assets frozen and are either cutting deals with the Trustee to avoid prosecution or pleading the 5th amendment.

As it was explained to us, Pleading the 5th would lead to a "negative inference" (Negative inference, is where an interpreter takes a statement of fact and then assumes the negative premise is true) position on the part of the investigation and the Trustee would take action accordingly.

The Trustee is about two weeks from having a final dollar amount of legitimate claims and claimants. They also expressed a possibility of a first disbursement sometime in December 2009.
The Disbursement wouldn't amount to much in the big picture but it would be a first step.

They also mentioned the probability of having another large law firm represent them (and us) in investigating third party liability (BOA, Commodities brokers, etc,).

All in all, I would say the Trustee is doing a great Job.

hang in there brothers and sisters,

Saturday, September 12, 2009

The Demonstration 09/12/09

My friends,
Today was wonderful. I stood shoulder to shoulder with good men, women and
children, telling who ever would listen that we were violated and that Bank of
America played a key role in that crime.

I'm very proud of you all.
I like the energy you brought to the demonstration, Rob, Rob Jr, Frank, Lu,
Ralph, Bob, Ellen, Jimmy... so many good people.
I wish I could remember all the names.

I have a few suggestions for the next gathering.

1. We wear "stick on name labels" (it'll help us relate to each other)

2. We Make up some "clear, concise poster boards. Pick up some 3/4 inch paint
brushes and make the lettering bold - easy to read.

3. Keep the messages simple

4. Don't use "BOA" abbreviation. Lets make sure the passerby's know we are
talking about "BANK OF AMERICA"

5. Lets designate task such as "walkers (we have to keep the group moving to
avoid loitering accusations), poster holders (Actually, i think poster boards
should be hung around the next with a ribbon when not being held high for
passing cars to read), flyer distributors (some to approach BOA customers coming
and going to and from the bank while others approach the cars that stop at the
red lights near the designated corners.

6. We take pictures and video's (i can edit the video and post it or email it if
need be)

7. We make up several hundred flyers or notices to be handed out to passersby.
The Poster boards will only keep their attention for the few seconds it takes to
read them. The flyers can be read later and contain information that leads the
reader to websites and related information.

8. Last but not least. We need a bigger turnout. We have two weeks to get it
ready. I'm going to post the list of email addresses we have recorded over the
past 9 months.
Use it. Send letters to whomever you can. Motivate them to take part in the
They dont need to be here with us on Long Island. I'll post the Flyers online,
they can print them and follow the same protical wherever they live and hold
demonstrations at those locations.
Two or more people at several branches can have a significant effect.
Lets show the world that we are organized and committed to seeking justice.

Today I saw a group of people willing to work for what is right.
Lets keep the ball rolling.




60 Hempstead Ave
West Hempstead, NY 11552



Friday, August 7, 2009

we all need someone to lean on...

Agape meeting

Its been suggested that victims will meet a a BOA location on long island saturday 8/22/09 at 11am to protest BOA involvement in agape scam.
the exact location has not been determined at this time and will be decided prior to the event and posted accordingly.
If youre interested, please come, bring friends, family and notify any media contacts you might have.
Personally, I'm happy to see the group taking such an initiative and will support the effort wholeheartedly.
check this out:

Thursday, July 23, 2009

He back on the Street.

Accused swindler Cosmo released on bail
by David WinzelbergPublished: July 23, 2009Tags: , , ,
After spending nearly six months at the Nassau County jail, Nicholas Cosmo was released on $1.25 million bail Thursday afternoon.
Judge Michael Orenstein signed the order that allowed the alleged Ponzi-schemer to trade in his orange jumpsuit for the blue shirt and navy suit his sister brought to court for him.
Only a handful of victims from the alleged Agape World scam attended the hearing in the federal courthouse in Central Islip.
Cosmo bounded down the steps trying to dodge reporters’ questions and a soaking rain, accompanied by his attorney Stacey Richman.
He then got into a red GMC SUV escorted by two U.S. court police vehicles and sped away.
The feds have charged Cosmo with taking $413 million from thousands of investors. Richman has asked the court to delay hearings on the case until September 25.
If convicted, Cosmo faces a return to federal prison for as many as 30 years. He served 21 months for a prior fraud conviction and was released in August 2000.

Monday, July 20, 2009


Bail conditions for defendant Nicholas Cosmo should be finalized on Thursday, July 23, 2009 at 2 p.m. before Magistrate Judge Michael Orenstein (courtroom 840), at the United States Federal Courthouse, 100 Federal Plaza, Central Islip, Long Island, New York. If you would like to attend, please call our office the morning of July 23rd to confirm date and time.
(sent to me a few minutes ago).

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Skank of America... WHERE DOES IT END ?

Who would want to do business with Bankof America if they knew how many people
are continually getting burned? They may have actuall helped AGAPE steal $417 Million
form hard working people. At least that what the Class Action Suit says about them!

Skank of America


Jere Beasley Report
Predatory Lending - Written by Jere Beasley on Tuesday, January 6, 2009 15:16 - 0 Comments
$141 Million Fraud Verdict Against Bank Of America
A verdict of $141 million was returned last month against Corp., the largest U.S. consumer bank, in a lawsuit over claims that one of its units defrauded investors who bought securities backed by a furniture retailer. Federal court jurors in New York decided in favor of the investors, including American International Group Inc., Bank Leumi Le-Israel Ltd., Allstate Corp. and Societe Generale SA, in a trial that started in October. The jury awarded $85 million, which with interest, totals $141 million. The Plaintiffs showed the jury that Securities knew the securities it was selling were much worse than they were holding them out to be to the marketplace.
The unit, Nationsbanc, underwrote securities issued by a trust created by Heilig-Meyers, once the largest U.S. furniture retailer. The securities were backed by money owed to Heilig-Meyers from installment contracts. According to the Plaintiffs, Nationsbanc deceived investors when it claimed in offering materials that Heilig-Meyers’s collection practices were effective and its receivables sound. Richmond, Virginia-based Heilig-Meyers, which catered to low- and middle-income consumers, filed for bankruptcy in 2000 and wasn’t a Defendant in the case.
Source: Bloomberg

Article: Suit Alleges B of A Fraud Role.(National/Global)(Bank of America Corp.)(Brief article)
Article from:
American Banker
Article date:
March 30, 2009

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Friday, July 10, 2009


Scavenger hunt widens for Agape assets
by David WinzelbergPublished: July 10, 2009Tags: ,

The United States Golf Association was hounded until it made good on rain checks for U.S. Open first-round ticket holders last month.
But the USGA is still trying to hold onto $31,875 it got from alleged Ponzi-schemer Nicholas Cosmo, who had reserved a hospitality table at the event for his company Agape World.
Agape’s bankruptcy trustee Ken Silverman, from Jericho-based SilvermanAcampora, has sued the USGA for the money, as part of his firm’s sweeping effort to recover a wide variety of assets from Cosmo and his former employees. The USGA wasn’t immediately available for comment at press time.
While the USGA won’t give back the money, other sports organizations are all too happy to get away from the scandal. Hugo Arias, who ran Agape World’s office in Jackson Heights, put a $75,750 deposit on a luxury box for New York Giants games at the new Meadowlands stadium. That money was returned to the trustee without legal action, said Rachael Dioguardi, one of the eight SilvermanAcampora attorneys working on the Agape bankruptcy since February.
The trustee has sued Arias to recover $10 million in ill-gotten gains from the alleged Agape fraud. Other Agape employees are in Silverman’s sights, such as Arias’ brother Bryan Arias, who’s been sued for $2 million, and Diane Kaylor, sued for $4.75 million.
Little by little, the assets from the alleged scam are finding their way to the trustee and will eventually be distributed to about 1,500 Agape World investors who have claimed losses of nearly $180 million.
“We have to uncover every stone in this case,” Dioguardi said. And some of the stones are far flung.
The trustee’s designated auctioneer, Plainview-based David R. Maltz & Co., is currently fielding offers for a 25-acre industrial property in southern Louisiana owned by Agape World. Cosmo had invested more than $1 million in a plan by California-based United Steel Supply to build a concrete distribution center on the Mississippi Riverfront site. But the company went bust and Agape ended up with the property.
Maltz already sold Cosmo’s Mercedes for $47,000 and his indoor sports complex in Hauppauge for $3.4 million.
So far, the trustee has collected $1.1 million of a $2 million settlement that Silverman’s team negotiated with ProMac, a cash-advance firm that was funded with $5.3 million from Agape World, but is unable to repay the whole debt.
Bankruptcy attorneys are trying to negotiate a settlement with the owners of Cosmo-funded restaurant Speranza Food Studio in Woodbury, who’ve yet to turn over their financials. They’ve also asked the court to force several futures-trading companies to furnish information about the millions transferred to them from Cosmo and his companies. The government believes Cosmo lost at least $80 million of his client’s money while trading with more than a half-dozen firms.
The U.S. Attorney’s office is also on the hunt for Agape assets and has put lis pendens on a number of properties and possessions owned by Cosmo, his company and staff.
In March, the federal government issued notice of its intent to seek the forfeiture of a Long Beach condo and Montauk house owned by Jason Keryc, a surfer and Agape World’s most prolific salesman.
Public records show Keryc paid $850,000 for the Long Beach pad in November 2006 and spent $2.7 million for the 10-room house on nearly two acres in Montauk. But before the trustee can put the properties up for sale, the feds have to prove the homes were bought with proceeds from the alleged Agape fraud.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Anyone interested in talking to ...

Arthur Delaney
Reporter for the Huffington Post
(646) 415-1161

He's looking for stories on how this agape scam has affected your lives.
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Monday, June 29, 2009

We need to support the "prosecutor" if we want a similar result.


Bernard Madoff, shown here in his mug shot
At the MCC, Bernard Madoff is getting a taste of life behind bars.

Madoff sentenced to 150 years

NEW YORK ( -- A federal judge sentenced Bernard Madoff, the convicted mastermind of the largest and most sweeping Ponzi scheme ever, to the maximum sentence of 150 years in federal court Monday.

Judge Denny Chin of U.S. District Court in New York announced the sentence just moments after Madoff apologized to his victims.

Chin, who called Madoff's crimes "extraordinarily evil," said the maximum sentence was important for deterrence, and also for the victims, many of whom erupted into applause after the judge announced the sentence. Many hugged and some of them broke down in tears.

"The sentence imposed today recognizes the significance of Bernard Madoff's crimes," Lev Dassin, acting U.S. attorney, said in a written statement.

The 150-year sentence is the maximum that federal prosecutors in New York requested, based on the number of Madoff's victims, the amount of money he stole and the extent of the damage he caused. Judge Chin said that the Federal Department of Probation had recommended a 50-year sentence.

Victims had urged the judge to dole out the stiffest punishment possible. "We implore you to give the maximum sentence at a maximum prison for this deplorable low life," said one of the victims in court before Madoff spoke. "This is a violent crime without a tangible weapon."

"We are committed to bringing additional charges against anyone else who bears criminal responsibility," said Dassin, in a written statement. "At the same time, we are focused on tracing, restraining and liquidating assets to maximize recoveries for the victims."

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Is BOA next?

Madoff victims offered settlement
Santander Spanish branch in Madrid
Many financial institutions have been hit by Mr Madoff's alleged fraud

Spanish bank Santander says it will compensate private clients who suffered
losses from the alleged fraud run by US businessman Bernard Madoff.

The bank said it will offer clients a 1.38bn euro ($1.8bn;£1.3bn) settlement.

Santander is being sued over claims it did not do enough to prevent losses in
funds that invested with Mr Madoff.

He is accused of perpetrating one of the largest-ever Wall Street frauds,
through a $50bn (£33.2bn) scheme that wiped out many investors.

Santander is the largest bank in the eurozone and owns Abbey and Alliance &
Leicester in the UK.

'Exceptional circumstances'

Santander has said its customers have exposure of 2.3bn euros to Mr Madoff
through its private banking business, Optimal.

The bank will issue 1.38bn euros worth of preferred shares to compensate
individual customers. The move will cost the bank 500m euros.

It said that it had decided to offer compensation because of the "exceptional
circumstances" and to maintain its business relationships with clients affected
by the alleged fraud.

Spanish law firm Cremades & Calvo-Sotelo said that it had filed a class action
suit in Florida with its US partner firm Labaton Sucharow.

The lawsuit claims that Santander was negligent in allowing its Optimal
Strategic US equity fund to invest with Mr Madoff.

Santander said in a statement that it acted in accordance with all applicable
laws and sound banking practices and procedures.

"Grupo Santander has acted at all times with the due diligence in the management
of its clients' investments," it said in a statement.

The Madoff scandal has hurt a number of high-profile banks and financial

Austria has taken control of Bank Medici, a small, private bank, because of the
losses it sustained.

In the UK, the Serious Fraud Office has said it would investigate Mr Madoff's
business operations.

Marc Gross, of the US law firm Pomerantz, which represents some of Mr Madoff's
clients, told the BBC that the compensation was "very significant".

"I think it's taking ownership of the problem, taking accountability and
standing up and saying we are going to reimburse... those who've been defrauded

Madoff accountant on fraud charge, how about cosmo's

Madoff accountant on fraud charge
David Friehling
David Friehling is charged with deceiving investors

US prosecutors have charged the long-term accountant of disgraced US financier
Bernard Madoff with fraud.

David Friehling, 49, has also been charged with aiding and abetting fraud, and
four counts of filing false audit reports. He has been released on bail.

Madoff pleaded guilty to all 11 charges against him when he appeared in a New
York court last week.

He has always insisted he acted alone in masterminding an estimated $50bn
(£35bn) investment fraud.

Madoff, 70, has now been remanded behind bars ahead of his sentencing in June.
He could receive a sentence of up to 150 years.

He ran a Ponzi scheme, whereby early investors were paid off with the money
injected by new clients.

'Falsely certified'

Mr Friehling, faces up to 105 years if found guilty of the charges he faces.

Although Mr Friehling is not charged with knowledge of the Madoff Ponzi scheme,
he is charged with deceiving investors by falsely certifying that he audited the
financial statements of the Madoff business
Acting US district attorney Lev Dassin

Acting US district attorney Lev Dassin said that Mr Friehling's company,
Friehling & Horowitz, was the accounting firm that "purportedly" audited the
accounts of Bernard L Madoff Investment Securities between 1991 and 2008.

"Mr Friehling is charged with crimes that represent a serious breach of the
investing public's trust," said Mr Dassin.

"Although Mr Friehling is not charged with knowledge of the Madoff Ponzi scheme,
he is charged with deceiving investors by falsely certifying that he audited the
financial statements of the Madoff business."

'Lied to investors'

Mr Dassin added that Mr Friehling was paid approximately between $12,000
(£8,600) to $14,500 a month by Madoff between 2004 and 2007.

Madoff arriving for Thursday's court hearing
Madoff has insisted he acted alone

"Simply put, Friehling failed to do his job, and lied to investors and
regulators in saying that he did," he said.

US commentators have said that Mr Friehling ran his accounting business from a
nondescript suburban building north of New York City.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


Agape suits against BofA consolidated
by Michael H. SamuelsPublished: June 24, 2009Tags: , ,
Manhattan attorney Jacob Zamansky confirmed Wednesday that he is combining his lawsuit against Bank of America with two other class action suits also filed in federal court.
Zamansky said the new complaint will be filed within the next 30 days.
“It’s just the way class actions work,” Zamansky said. “The judge and the defendants want one class case to respond to. We agreed to work together.”
Zamansky said he will be the point-person for the new consolidated complaint.
His original suit, on behalf of victims of Nicolas Cosmo’s company Agape World, stated that Bank of America “aided and abetted, encouraged, and rendered substantial assistance” to the alleged $413 million fraud.
The suit also claimed that futures trading companies are at fault because Cosmo had been barred from associating with the securities industry. Zamansky’s suit said that the trading companies should havealso verified the “source and propriety” of the millions that came from a convicted felon.
Cosmo has been held in jail since he was arrested on Jan. 26. On Tuesday, he was denied bail for a third time, but he is expected to be released later this week.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


Its a long boring story and it wont get us a single cent if he walks or stays locked up, so i'm going to work on Friday and leave the media to fend for themselves.
If any of you are interested in attending.... same place as usual.
see link below for story

Friday, June 19, 2009

Lawyers want books opened at Agape-funded restaurant

by David Winzelberg
Published: June 18, 2009

Bankruptcy attorneys are trying to force a Woodbury restaurant to produce its financial records because alleged swindler Nicholas Cosmo put more than $1 million into the business.

Attorneys from Jericho-based SilvermanAcampora, who are acting as trustees for the liquidation of Cosmo’s firm Agape World, have filed a motion in federal bankruptcy court to get the owners of Speranza Food Studio at 7940 Jericho Turnpike to reveal its financials to help determine the size of Agape’s investment in the eatery.

So far, according to attorney Ken Silverman, Speranza’s owners have not yet complied.

Speranza received its Certificate of Occupancy from the Town of Oyster Bay in February and it opened soon after. The restaurant’s owners had been honoring gift cards given to Agape investors for a month or so, but stopped recently, according to a card holder who tried to use his. Cosmo had issued thousands of dollars in Speranza gift cards.

Sources say the Agape chief had as much as a 33 percent stake in the restaurant.

Records show the owner of Speranza is listed as a corporation called 7940 Jericho Turnpike, the address of which is 135 Crossways Park Drive in Woodbury. That’s the same address as EKN Financial Services owned by Anthony Ottimo, and Jet One Jets, headed by Louis Ottimo.

Another member of the family, Richard Ottimo, told LIBN in February that all gift cards from Agape World would be honored as soon as he figured out how to limit customers from spending them all at once.

One Agape investor said he used the $2,000 gift card he got from Cosmo only twice, before he was told that the card was dead.

Ottimo referred requests for comment to his attorney Stuart Berg, who couldn’t be reached.

Cosmo served 21 months in prison for a 1999 securities swindle and was ordered to undergo therapy for gambling addiction. He is currently being held at the Nassau County jail after being indicted for defrauding investors out of $413 million in an alleged Ponzi-type scheme. Cosmo has yet to make the $1.25 million bond set for him a few weeks ago.

An attorney at SilvermanAcampora said an Agape World bankruptcy hearing scheduled for June 23 has been rescheduled for July 2.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Promac settlement of 2 million...

Bob and I have been waiting for days to talk to the trustees office about our concerns of settling for such a small portion of the debt with promac.
Today, Bob and I finally had the chance to conference with them.
They made a strong argument for settling.
The facts as presented to us were these:
They hired a forensic accountant to go over the promac books (promac was very cooperative).
It seems Agape was the only company "funding" promac loans to vendors.
We were in fact the "promac bank".
Promac took our 5 mil and gave it out as loans to 65 or so vendors (pizza places, etc).
5 of those vendors went belly up. The others are making payments as promised.
If the trustee forced his hand and decided he wanted more than the 2 million, they would have to close up shop and the company would be worth 1.7 mil before liquidation. After liquidating we'd walk away with 1.4 million or so.
So, the trustee decided to allow them to settle at 2 million instead.
I cant say that I completely understand the mechanics behind this strategy, but that is what they told us.
Should we file an objection?
I dont know at this point. But please, please, PLEASE !!! Dont follow me on this one. I'm telling you... I'm not sure!
Every one of you has the right to file an objection if you feel its appropriate. There will be no repercussions.
No one will fault you. You have to follow your heart.
the trustee said they would broadcast a clear explanation of the strategy by outlining the steps they took in making the decision in the next few days for us (all) to review.
I'm going to see what they post and decide at that time how I feel about filing an objection.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Check this out... Its important.

Updates of agape auction and proposal to settle debts

1. The trustees office offered to settle the 5.2 million dollar debt with promac at 2 million.

2. The sports complex in hauppague was sold for 3.4 million.

My thoughts:
Cosmo having given Promac 5.2 million dollars owned 20% of Promac under the corporate name "esau". So in fact the trustees office and the creditors should have automatically been entitled to 20% of promacs net worth (or gross, - not sure) and/or ownership rights.
Cosmo forced into bankruptcy is now being forced to liquidate all his assets to make creditors whole.
Why liquidate Promac interest? Its not Real Estate that has to be managed, such as the Sports Complex. Its a viable business operated outside of Cosmo, Agape or creditors day to day operations obligations. It runs without any responsiblity on our part.
I'd rather we continue to hold that 20% share as a new "creditors corporation" and be assigned individual shares accordingly.
Once the shares are assigned to us individually, we can chose to hold and receive interest on them or sell them to other parties.

Another upside, we dont loss 3.2 million in a negotiation process and or a percentage to Trustees office as a fee.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Another week gone by.

It would seem that as the weeks go by, a great number of us have come to accept our losses with less anxiety. That is not to say that we have decided to walk away from them, but slightly complacent.
I guess its a good thing to move on with our lives while the government and attorneys work towards some justice and recovery for us.

Personally, I cant help feeling that we should continue to keep the pressure on. My gut tells me that BOA is geared up for a fight. Certainly, it would be cheaper to have a small army of attorneys (already on retainer) keep this thing in court until our children and grandchildren might see some closure, however, If we make enough noise and ask the average American consumer to sanction BOA for aiding a criminal to bilk $400 million from honest hard working fellow Americans... Maybe the potential "bad press" and "lost revenue" might encourage them to play fair.

So the question is... If we organized monthly protest against BOA, How many of us would attend?
If you are interested in responding, please do so in the yahoo group "poll" section.
I hope your day is whatever you want it to be.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Recent Bankruptcy Conference

Trustees office updated the court with:

3 of the bigger agape brokers (two of them brothers) have agreed to (some kind of injunction) give up assets.

The trustee has identified but not verified 130 million dollars in claims thus far from 3200 victims and believes a fair portion of them will be erroneous.

The sports facility has multiple offers and great interest from potential buyers.

The trustee asked the court to allow them to abandon misc items left behind at agape offices after auction (no value)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Bail increased

10:53 PM EDT, May 19, 2009

It will cost the accused mastermind of a $413-million Ponzi scheme another $500,000 to get out of jail.

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Nicholas Cosmo, the former head of Agape World in Hauppauge, could be released on bail if he comes up with a bail package totaling $1.25 million, significantly more than the $750,000 bail set by a federal magistrate at the end of last month.

Rejecting an appeal by federal prosecutors that Cosmo was too much of a flight risk to be granted any bail, U.S. District Judge Denis Hurley in Central Islip nevertheless conceded that "in the right situation, the defendant will take advantage [to] extricate himself."

But Hurley said the new bail package would lead to the financial ruin of his nearest relatives if he fled. Cosmo's assets are frozen by the government. The bail is guaranteed by his parents and his sister and brother-in-law's assets, plus they'd be responsible for hundreds of thousands of dollars more if Cosmo fled, Hurley said.

Hurley ruled after a number of investors in Agape argued in court that Cosmo could not be trusted to be released on bail because of the callous way he looted them of tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The new bail package should eliminate "the high probability that he will skip town" under less onerous conditions, Hurley said. Cosmo, 38, of Lake Grove, had been held in federal detention since he was arrested on fraud charges in January.

The judge "ruled bravely in accordance with the law," said Cosmo's attorney, Stacey Richman of the Bronx. "The purpose of bail is not to punish." Richman said his client's family would meet the bail conditions.

Federal prosecutor Grace Cucchissi said, "We respect the judge's decision. The overall package will give the defendant pause if he thought to flee."

Until Cosmo meets all the conditions the judge set, in addition to the increase in the bail amount, he will not be released. If he is released, he will go to his parents' home in Wantagh. Richman said the release might take several days.

The judge ruled that before Cosmo could be released he wanted an accounting of all the tangible assets supporting the package. This would require appraisals of the parents' and sister and brother-in-law's homes, and the freezing of the parents' money market fund, the mother's savings account and the brother-in-law's 401(k) pension.

The estimated total value of these funds and properties is several hundred thousand dollars less than $1.25 million, Hurley noted, but if Cosmo should flee, the government will go after the relatives for the total amount.

Monday, May 18, 2009


There is a hearing on the US Attorney’s Appeal of the order by Judge Doyle granting Cosmo bail. US Attorney is appealing in an attempt to keep Cosmo in jail or have the bail set higher than $750,000. It’s at 2:30, same courthouse in front of Judge Hurley.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Bail hearing Tuesday May 19th 2009

I hope we can find the time to lend support to the Prosecutor.
I'm not clear on the time (I thought I read online it was scheduled for 2:30pm), but if anyone knows for sure, please let the group know.

Here's a little Song Cosmo is surely singing whenever he thinks about his upcoming bail hearing and release from the pen.
Any you can bet, he "will be ramblin" if he's released.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Been Weeks since last post...

Not for lack of interest. Nothing new or relevant to report.
Jacob Zamansky is Working the Third party class action.
Ken Silverman is Working the hidden assets bankruptcy angles.
Bob Mcmanus and I are trying to have the courts appoint a creditors committee.
Cosmo is still behind bars.

Hang in there.
Live your life to the best of your ability. "This too will pass"

Friday, May 8, 2009

Watch Dateline msnbc this Sunday 7pm... agape expose

Our first in a series of attempts to gain public awareness

Bank of America taking more tax payer money...

when does it end?
google "BOA Bailout" and see how crazy this is for yourself.
They assist in a criminal fraud activity and the government bails them out...
great system aint it?

Friday, May 1, 2009

Names named !!!

Feds: More Agape World arrests likely
by David Winzelberg
Published: May 1, 2009
Tags: Agape World, fraud, Nicholas Cosmo, Ponzi schemes

Nick Cosmo, who allegedly ran a Ponzi scheme, may not end up the only Agape World associate behind bars.
After appearing in federal court clean shaven and sporting an orange jumpsuit, accused Ponzi schemer Nicholas Cosmo’s bail was set at $750,000 Wednesday, an amount his attorney said might be attainable.

But while Cosmo tries to get out of jail, some of his Agape World associates are worried about being sent to slammer themselves.

Cosmo, who has spent more than 90 days at the Nassau County jail in East Meadow, in solitary confinement for his protection authorities say, is so far the only person arrested in the alleged scheme which feds say took in more than $410 million from as many as 6,000 investors.

But LIBN has learned that federal investigators are “looking at everyone” who may have worked for Agape World or solicited investors, and they say more arrests are likely.

The feds won’t say which of Cosmo’s cohorts will wind up being charged, but they will likely focus on some of the more prolific Agape representatives and sub-reps, who made more than $55 million in commissions, according to a U.S. Attorney’s complaint.

While at least three Agape representatives had criminal records before they began selling Cosmo’s investment offerings, some were cops. And many were family.

Named in a class-action lawsuit filed against Agape in February were former Nassau policeman Martin Hartmann, 63, of Massapequa, and his son Martin Hartmann, 34. Both were sub-reps of Long Beach resident Jason Keryc, 31, who the feds say made more than $15 million in Agape commissions within two years. Jason’s brother Michael Keryc, 34, of Baldwin, was also an active member of the team.

Others under the feds microscope include Anthony Ciccone, a former clerk at a Manhattan post office, and his brother Sal Ciccone, both from Maspeth. The Ciccones received nearly $17 million in payments from Agape and its subsidiary Agape Merchant Advance, according to the federal complaint.

Two other brothers, Hugo and Bryan Arias, also of Maspeth, worked out of Agape’s office in Jackson Heights and got nearly $10 million from the company, the feds have charged.

Agape reps Mario Restrepo and Juan Carlos Munoz had nearly 200 clients throughout Florida and North Carolina, according to former client Elena Alania, who was one of them. Alaina, a student at the University of North Carolina, lost the $250,000 she invested with Restrepo in Agape World.

Some Agape reps declined to comment and the others didn’t respond.

The class-action suit alleges that “all members of the Agape enterprise had actual knowledge of the illegal activities.”

And it isn’t just Agape reps the feds have looked at.

Cosmo’s accountant Gary Cusenza of Bethpage acknowledged that the FBI had questioned him about his client’s alleged fraud, but he said investigators only showed a “minor” interest.

“I’m not in their sights,” Cusenza said.

One investor said Agape’s loan originator Rich Barry worked closely with Cosmo. Barry has kept a low profile since Cosmo’s arrest and didn’t return calls for comment.

Also under scrutiny are the Agape investors who started their own feeder fund companies, which unwittingly helped to funnel more millions into Cosmo’s coffers.

Owners of one East End feeder fund company actually copied Agape World contracts and used them to sign up about a dozen investors. That company is making arrangements to reimburse its clients by giving them parcels of property that it owns in the Carolinas to make up for their losses, according to one of the firm’s principals.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Today 4/30/09 "341 Meeting

Over 200 people were in attendance. US Trustee addressed the group on "creditors committee" issues and followed the bankruptcy Trustee Questions and answer session.

I'll let you read the official minutes of the meeting when they're ready to be posted, but over all - the "interim trustee" was appointed "permanent trustee".

I was happy to see so many in attendance. I'd like to think that maybe some of you might have heard my plea for support and came forward to show your appreciation and concern.

Finally, I would like to suggest that you all go to
"" and read about the work Jake and his team of hard working, committed professionals are doing. Its seems they have really made significant headway in the class action suit.
Its also a good place to register to be included in his database of victims.

A special thanks to Ken Silverman, Ron Freidman, Rachael E. Dioguardi
Jacob H. Zamansky, Edward H. Glenn, Jr., Steven N. Berk, Christopher Seeger, Stephen Weiss and of course AMBER !

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