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July 12, 1994 | DEBORA VRANA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Securities and Exchange Commission has withdrawn a contempt order asking a federal judge to jail the three owners of First Pension Corp. The SEC had requested the order on June 10, saying that the three had not complied with a May 23 court order requiring them to provide the SEC with various financial records. The agency said Monday it now has those documents. "We were able to work this out within the parties," said Lisa Gok, assistant regional director for the SEC in Los Angeles.
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January 27, 1995 | DEBORA VRANA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After nearly five hours of arguments from attorneys, a federal judge Thursday delayed the sentencing of Orange County financier William E. Cooper, who, along with two former partners, has admitted to swindling thousands of investors, most of them senior citizens, out of $136 million in retirement funds. U.S. District Court Judge John G. Davies said he would sentence Cooper on Feb. 2 at 9:30 a.m., after considering whether to give Cooper a stiffer sentence than other principals in the scam pension company.
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BUSINESS
January 23, 1995 | Times Staff Reports
Sentencing in First Pension Fraud: William E. Cooper of Villa Park, who pleaded guilty to defrauding thousands of investors out of $121.5 million while running now-failed First Pension Corp., will be sentenced at 8:30 a.m. Thursday by U.S. District Judge John G. Davies. Cooper and two other defendants, Valerie Jensen of San Juan Capistrano and Robert E. Lindley of Laguna Niguel, have admitted to enticing investors to put money into phony mortgage pools created by Irvine-based First Pension.
BUSINESS
January 23, 1995 | Times Staff Reports
Sentencing in First Pension Fraud: William E. Cooper of Villa Park, who pleaded guilty to defrauding thousands of investors out of $121.5 million while running now-failed First Pension Corp., will be sentenced at 8:30 a.m. Thursday by U.S. District Judge John G. Davies. Cooper and two other defendants, Valerie Jensen of San Juan Capistrano and Robert E. Lindley of Laguna Niguel, have admitted to enticing investors to put money into phony mortgage pools created by Irvine-based First Pension.
BUSINESS
June 7, 1994 | DEBORA VRANA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal judge Monday left in place a preliminary injunction filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 26 freezing the assets of all three principals in failed First Pension Corp. At a hearing in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, Judge Harry Hupp ruled that the assets of William E. Cooper, Robert E. Lindley and Valerie Jensen, all former prinicpals of the now-defunct Irvine pension management company, will remain frozen until a federal investigation is concluded.
BUSINESS
June 1, 1994 | DEBORA VRANA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a raucous session punctuated by angry outbursts, about 150 investors in failed First Pension Corp. packed a U.S. Bankruptcy Court hearing room in Santa Ana on Tuesday, demanding that officials tell them where their money went. They got little satisfaction. Trustee James Joseph could report only that a new administrator may take over the accounts of the Irvine-based pension management firm, which has filed for liquidation.
BUSINESS
June 2, 1994 | DEBORA VRANA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
William E. Cooper, founder of failed First Pension Corp., and his two partners have agreed to plead guilty to expected criminal charges stemming from a federal investigation into the disappearance of more than $100 million at the Irvine-based pension management firm, prosecutors said Wednesday. Cooper, along with Robert E. Lindley and Valerie Jensen, have signed agreements to cooperate with the U.S.
NEWS
August 2, 1994 | DEBORA VRANA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Expressing "incredible remorse" at cheating thousands of investors out of $121.5 million in retirement funds, prominent Orange County businessman William E. Cooper on Monday acknowledged that the fraud engineered by his company began only one year after it was founded in 1982. Losses at First Pension Corp.
NEWS
June 2, 1994 | DEBORA VRANA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The three top officers of a failed Irvine pension management company have agreed to plead guilty to anticipated criminal charges resulting from the disappearance of more than $100 million in retirement money invested by 8,000 clients. First Pension Corp. founder William E. Cooper, along with partners Robert E. Lindley and Valerie Jensen, have signed cooperation and plea agreements with federal prosecutors, said Leslie Swain, assistant U.S. attorney in Los Angeles.
BUSINESS
January 27, 1995 | DEBORA VRANA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After nearly five hours of arguments from attorneys, a federal judge Thursday delayed the sentencing of Orange County financier William E. Cooper, who, along with two former partners, has admitted to swindling thousands of investors, most of them senior citizens, out of $136 million in retirement funds. U.S. District Court Judge John G. Davies said he would sentence Cooper on Feb. 2 at 9:30 a.m., after considering whether to give Cooper a stiffer sentence than other principals in the scam pension company.
NEWS
August 2, 1994 | DEBORA VRANA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Expressing "incredible remorse" at cheating thousands of investors out of $121.5 million in retirement funds, prominent Orange County businessman William E. Cooper on Monday acknowledged that the fraud engineered by his company began only one year after it was founded in 1982. Losses at First Pension Corp.
BUSINESS
July 26, 1994 | DEBORA VRANA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal prosecutors filed mail fraud charges Monday against the three operators of First Pension Corp., the failed Irvine pension management company accused of running a $121.5-million Ponzi scheme. The three, who have already agreed to plead guilty, face maximum prison terms of 10 years and fines of up to $500,000 each. They will be arraigned Monday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on two counts of mail fraud each. The charges were filed against against businessman William E.
BUSINESS
July 12, 1994 | DEBORA VRANA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Securities and Exchange Commission has withdrawn a contempt order asking a federal judge to jail the three owners of First Pension Corp. The SEC had requested the order on June 10, saying that the three had not complied with a May 23 court order requiring them to provide the SEC with various financial records. The agency said Monday it now has those documents. "We were able to work this out within the parties," said Lisa Gok, assistant regional director for the SEC in Los Angeles.
BUSINESS
June 7, 1994 | DEBORA VRANA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal judge Monday left in place a preliminary injunction filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 26 freezing the assets of all three principals in failed First Pension Corp. At a hearing in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, Judge Harry Hupp ruled that the assets of William E. Cooper, Robert E. Lindley and Valerie Jensen, all former prinicpals of the now-defunct Irvine pension management company, will remain frozen until a federal investigation is concluded.
NEWS
June 2, 1994 | DEBORA VRANA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The three top officers of a failed Irvine pension management company have agreed to plead guilty to anticipated criminal charges resulting from the disappearance of more than $100 million in retirement money invested by 8,000 clients. First Pension Corp. founder William E. Cooper, along with partners Robert E. Lindley and Valerie Jensen, have signed cooperation and plea agreements with federal prosecutors, said Leslie Swain, assistant U.S. attorney in Los Angeles.
BUSINESS
June 2, 1994 | DEBORA VRANA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
William E. Cooper, founder of failed First Pension Corp., and his two partners have agreed to plead guilty to expected criminal charges stemming from a federal investigation into the disappearance of more than $100 million at the Irvine-based pension management firm, prosecutors said Wednesday. Cooper, along with Robert E. Lindley and Valerie Jensen, have signed agreements to cooperate with the U.S.
BUSINESS
July 26, 1994 | DEBORA VRANA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal prosecutors filed mail fraud charges Monday against the three operators of First Pension Corp., the failed Irvine pension management company accused of running a $121.5-million Ponzi scheme. The three, who have already agreed to plead guilty, face maximum prison terms of 10 years and fines of up to $500,000 each. They will be arraigned Monday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on two counts of mail fraud each. The charges were filed against against businessman William E.
NEWS
May 14, 1994 | MICHAEL A. HILTZIK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The owners of Irvine-based First Pension Corp. operated an elaborate pyramid scheme that misled clients into thinking they were investing in mortgages that in fact did not exist, federal authorities disclosed Friday in alleging that as much as $124 million may have been lost to fraud and outright theft. The allegation in federal court by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is the most complete version so far of how the scheme may have worked.
BUSINESS
June 1, 1994 | DEBORA VRANA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a raucous session punctuated by angry outbursts, about 150 investors in failed First Pension Corp. packed a U.S. Bankruptcy Court hearing room in Santa Ana on Tuesday, demanding that officials tell them where their money went. They got little satisfaction. Trustee James Joseph could report only that a new administrator may take over the accounts of the Irvine-based pension management firm, which has filed for liquidation.
NEWS
May 14, 1994 | MICHAEL A. HILTZIK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The owners of Irvine-based First Pension Corp. operated an elaborate pyramid scheme that misled clients into thinking they were investing in mortgages that in fact did not exist, federal authorities disclosed Friday in alleging that as much as $124 million may have been lost to fraud and outright theft. The allegation in federal court by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is the most complete version so far of how the scheme may have worked.
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