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September 22, 1995 | JAMES S. GRANELLI and GEBE MARTINEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
U.S. Rep. Christopher Cox, responding to a plea by victims in the $136-million collapse of First Pension Corp., said Thursday that he has turned over to them $2,000 in campaign contributions from the convicted swindler who operated the now-defunct company. The Newport Beach Republican, who has also been sued by investors, is only the second of 60 GOP politicians to return campaign donations made by the company's founder, William E. Cooper. Gov.
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December 11, 1995 | JAMES S. GRANELLI
The Securities and Exchange Commission has barred convicted swindler William E. Cooper from the securities industry for life for his role in bilking investors of $136 million in the First Pension Corp. scandal. The commission said that Cooper did not respond to accusations that he defrauded investors in 239 real estate limited partnerships by failing to tell them that critical documents didn't exist and that funds they paid to his Vestcorp Securities Inc.
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BUSINESS
February 3, 1995 | DEBORA VRANA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Citing the "enormity of fraud" by the owner of a pension investment company, a federal judge in Los Angeles on Thursday sentenced William E. Cooper to 10 years in prison, the maximum amount allowed under his plea agreement, and ordered him to pay back $73.1 million to investors. Cooper, 51, admitted that he swindled thousands of mostly elderly investors out of more than $136 million of their retirement savings through his First Pension Corp. in Irvine.
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September 22, 1995 | JAMES S. GRANELLI and GEBE MARTINEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Rep. Christopher Cox, responding to a plea by victims in the $136-million collapse of First Pension Corp., said Thursday that he has turned over to them $2,000 in campaign contributions from the convicted swindler who operated the now-defunct company. The Newport Beach Republican, who also has been sued by investors, is only the second of 60 GOP politicians to return campaign donations made by the company's founder, William E. Cooper. Gov.
BUSINESS
February 3, 1995 | DEBORA VRANA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With an impish smile and a Boy Scout pin fastened to his tie, the William E. Cooper pictured in Bellflower High School's 1961 yearbook looked like the kind of guy who would guide an elderly woman across a busy street--not grow up to steal her life's savings. But Thursday, Cooper, now 51, was sentenced to 10 years in a federal prison for defrauding thousands of mostly elderly clients of $136 million. Along with two partners, Cooper operated First Pension Corp.
BUSINESS
September 9, 1995 | JAMES S. GRANELLI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gov. Pete Wilson has turned over confidential appointment records to an Orange County judge who is trying to determine if convicted swindler William E. Cooper wielded political clout with the governor to help one of Cooper's attorneys win a high-ranking state post. Superior Court Judge Francisco F. Firmat ruled late Thursday in the long-running First Pension Corp.
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.
BUSINESS
May 14, 1994 | DEBORA VRANA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When William E. Cooper, a politically well-connected real estate investor, bought politician John Seymour's real estate brokerage in 1981, he said he hoped to emulate the giants of Wall Street finance. This may not be what he had in mind. Federal investigators revealed Friday that First Pension Corp., Cooper's Orange County pension management firm, may have lost or misappropriated as much as $124 million in client funds.
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September 22, 1995 | JAMES S. GRANELLI and GEBE MARTINEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Rep. Christopher Cox, responding to a plea by victims in the $136-million collapse of First Pension Corp., said Thursday that he has turned over to them $2,000 in campaign contributions from the convicted swindler who operated the now-defunct company. The Newport Beach Republican, who also has been sued by investors, is only the second of 60 GOP politicians to return campaign donations made by the company's founder, William E. Cooper. Gov.
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April 24, 1994 | JAMES S. GRANELLI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a hilly section of this affluent town, William E. Cooper bought a 3,400-square-foot house in a gated community by raising money the same way he did in business. He got it from investors. Those who helped by lending him money were eventually paid back. But 8,000 investors are wondering if they will recoup $350 million they put into the labyrinth of companies under Cooper's First Diversified Financial Services in Irvine. Cooper's First Pension Corp.
BUSINESS
September 22, 1995 | JAMES S. GRANELLI and GEBE MARTINEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
U.S. Rep. Christopher Cox, responding to a plea by victims in the $136-million collapse of First Pension Corp., said Thursday that he has turned over to them $2,000 in campaign contributions from the convicted swindler who operated the now-defunct company. The Newport Beach Republican, who has also been sued by investors, is only the second of 60 GOP politicians to return campaign donations made by the company's founder, William E. Cooper. Gov.
BUSINESS
September 14, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
SEC Seeks to Ban First Pension Fraud Figure: The Securities and Exchange Commission filed administrative charges seeking to ban William E. Cooper "from the securities industry for life," an SEC official in Los Angeles said. The charges against Cooper involve fraud in the sale of 239 limited partnerships in real estate deals by his Vestcorp Securities Inc.
BUSINESS
September 14, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
SEC Seeks to Ban First Pension Fraud Figure: The Securities and Exchange Commission filed administrative charges seeking to ban William E. Cooper "from the securities industry for life," an SEC official in Los Angeles said. The charges against Cooper involve fraud in the sale of 239 limited partnerships in real estate deals by his Vestcorp Securities Inc.
BUSINESS
September 9, 1995 | JAMES S. GRANELLI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gov. Pete Wilson has turned over confidential appointment records to an Orange County judge who is trying to determine if convicted swindler William E. Cooper wielded political clout with the governor to help one of Cooper's attorneys win a high-ranking state post. Superior Court Judge Francisco F. Firmat ruled late Thursday in the long-running First Pension Corp.
BUSINESS
September 9, 1995 | JAMES S. GRANELLI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gov. Pete Wilson has turned over confidential appointment records to an Orange County judge who is trying to determine whether convicted swindler William E. Cooper wielded political clout with the governor to help one of Cooper's attorneys win a high-ranking state post. Superior Court Judge Francisco F. Firmat ruled late Thursday in the long-running First Pension Corp.
BUSINESS
June 13, 1995 | JAMES S. GRANELLI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gov. Pete Wilson, putting potential problems from his past behind him quickly as he runs for President, has decided to refund $8,000 in campaign contributions made to his gubernatorial campaigns by convicted swindler William E. Cooper. The decision, disclosed Monday by one of Wilson's attorneys, is the first response from the current and former elected officials who were asked last week by clients of Cooper's defunct companies to return the donations.
BUSINESS
June 8, 1995 | JAMES S. GRANELLI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Investors bilked out of more than $136 million last year in the First Pension Corp. scandal started calling on their politicians Wednesday--not to get stronger laws passed but to get some of their money back from the lawmakers. An ad hoc committee for about 8,000 investors wants refunds on campaign contributions that convicted swindler William E. Cooper, First Pension's founder, made to a host of current and former Republican officeholders from Gov.
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 8, 1995 | JAMES S. GRANELLI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Investors bilked out of more than $136 million last year in the First Pension Corp. scandal started calling on their politicians Wednesday--not to get stronger laws passed but to get some of their money back from the lawmakers. An ad hoc committee for about 8,000 investors wants refunds on campaign contributions that convicted swindler William E. Cooper, First Pension's founder, made to a host of current and former Republican officeholders from Gov.
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