Lamorinda Weekly issue 23 volume 8

Page: A2
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
2010 THROUGH 2014
Public Meetings
City Council
Monday, Jan. 26, 7 p.m.
Lafayette Library & Learning Center,
Community Hall, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
Planning Commission
Tuesday, Jan. 20, 7 p.m.
Lafayette Library & Learning Center,
Community Hall, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
Design Review
Monday, Jan. 26, 7 p.m.
Lafayette Library & Learning Center,
Arts & Science Discovery Center,
3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
School Board Meetings
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 7:30 p.m.
AUHSD Board Room
1212 Pleasant Hill Road, Lafayette
Acalanes Union High School District
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 7 p.m.
Regular Board Meeting
Stanley Middle School Library
3477 School St., Lafayette
Check online for agendas, meeting
notes and announcements
Lafayette School District
City of Lafayette:
Phone: (925) 284-1968
Chamber of Commerce:
Lafayette Police
Department Incident
Summary Report
Dec. 28 to Jan. 3:
911 calls
Animal Cruelty Diablo Foods
Burglary, Auto
1000 block Manzana Pl
3200 block Marlene Dr
3300 block Moraga Bl (2)
Old Jonas Hill Rd
Fire/EMS Response
3300 block Mildred Ln
Hit & Run
900 block Dewing Av
1800 block Ivanhoe Av
3200 block Rohrer Dr
Health & Safety Violation
1000 block Stuart St (2)
Stuart St/Mt Diablo Bl
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$1,189,000 |
More Legal Trouble for Former Lafayette Loan Businesses | 925.339.1918
By Cathy Tyson
he tangled legal fallout of a
series of limited investment
partnerships based in Lafayette
continues to unfold. Most recently, the U. S. Department of
Labor filed a complaint in December 2014 alleging that Bar-K Inc.,
Walter Ng and former Orinda pediatrician Bruce Horwitz engaged
in activities that violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.
The complaint alleges that Ng,
Horwitz and entity Bar-K Inc., “as
fiduciaries to the plan, engaged in
transactions and activities that violated the Employee Retirement
Petty Theft
1100 block Camino Vallecito
1800 block Reliez Valley Rd
900 block East St
1500 block Rancho View Rd
Round Up Lounge
50 block Lafayette Cr
Reported to police dept.
3300 block Johnson Rd
30 block Diablo Cr
Juvenile Disturbance
1st St/Moraga Bl
Missing Adult
3200 block Ameno Dr
Public Nuisance
400 block St. Mary’s Rd
10 block Carolyn Ct
1000 block Buchan Dr
Reckless Driving
3500 block Mt. Diablo Bl
Taco Bell
Mt. Diablo Bl/Lafayette Cr
Susp. Circumstances
Suspicious Vehicle
Suspicious Subject
400 block Happy Valley Rd
Traffic Stops
Vandalism Acalanes High School
Income Security Act of 1974,” said
Deputy Regional Director of Public Affairs with the U.S. Department of Labor Jose Carnevali.
Specifically, plaintiff – The
Department of Labor – claims that
defendants “imprudently invested”
the plan assets in two mortgage
pools, Mortgage Fund ’08 and RE
Loans LLC, which collected the
investors’ funds and loaned the
money to homebuyers and developers. In exchange, investors received interest from the loan
proceeds. As many borrowers
were unable to repay the loans, the
pools became unable to repay investors. Both Mortgage Fund ’08
and RE Loans LLC filed for bankruptcy protection in 2011.
A consent judgment issued by
Judge Jeffrey White on Jan. 6 regarding this matter notes defendant Bruce Horwitz neither admits
nor denies the allegation, but settled the matter for $30,718. Similarly, the judge ruled that “as a
direct and proximate result of the
breaches of fiduciary duties” Walter Ng caused plan losses of
$1,310,252 and is judged in that
What started as cash flow issues snowballed with the help of a
collapsing real estate market,
which ultimately led to the father
and son, Walter and Kelly Ng,
along with business associate Horwitz being accused of scheming
1,500 investors out of more than
$700 million.
Prior to the Department of
Labor’s case, the Securities and
Exchange Commission filed suit;
it announced earlier this year that
the managers of Mortgage Fund,
LLC have agreed to resolve fraud
charges against them. The SEC alleged managers made false claims
about fund performance, reassuring investors that everything was
fine, while nearly half of the RE
Loan portfolio was delinquent or
in default, and even more loans
were underwater in Mortgage
Fund ’08 with 74 percent delinquencies in 2008.
According to the SEC, “In the
settlement, Kelly Ng, Horwitz, and
The Mortgage Fund, LLC will pay
a total of $5,205,367 and Kelly Ng
and Walter Ng will be barred from
the securities industry.” The SEC
filed a complaint against the Ngs,
Horwitz and the firm in federal
court in Oakland, Calif. in 2013, alleging that they defrauded investors
in their real estate fund called Mortgage Fund ’08 LLC by secretly
using its assets to rescue an older,
rapidly collapsing fund called R.E.
Loans, LLC. Having pled guilty to
20 counts of structuring cash transactions to avoid bank reporting requirements, Kelly Ng is currently
serving an 18 month sentence at the
medium security federal penitentiary in Lompoc, Calif.
In addition to the SEC’s case,
there is the Jones v. Armanino LLP
class action filed on behalf of investors in RE Loans LLC and
Mortgage Fund ’08. Armanino
LLP, formerly known as Armanino
McKenna, was an independent auditor, who plaintiffs allege did not
properly conduct its audit, which
resulted in financial statements that
omitted and misstated important
facts that misled investors. While
Armanino denies it did anything
wrong, the matter was resolved
with the creation of a settlement
fund of $3,325,000 for the benefit
of settlement class members.
The California Superior Court
in Alameda County consolidated
three separate class actions into
one for pre-trial purposes; it was
filed on Nov. 8, 2013. The complaint alleges aiding and abetting,
breach of fiduciary duty, liability
for securities fraud and common
law fraud, negligent misrepresentation and more. The defendant
moved for summary judgment recently, to get the case thrown out,
“which the judge denied, so litigation is going forward,” said attorney Mark Chavez of Chavez &
Gertler LLP. He mentioned that
depositions will start this spring.
What turned out to be their
downfall started with a reasonable
concept – Bar-K was created in the
mid-1970s to loan money to local
developers, and the business at that
time was profitable. RE Loans debuted in 2002, but within a few
short years everything began to
fall apart. A request for comment
from the Ngs’ lawyer at Swanson
and McNamara was not returned.
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