Kieran Conroy

Emails show Citco knew of Lancer fraud long before collapse, says Receiver

Fund administrator Citco knew that Lancer Offshore was fraudulently valuing assets nearly two years before the fund collapsed but its sole concern was how to extricate itself from the $400 million insolvency, rather than warn investors and regulators. That is the most serious allegation contained in a civil lawsuit that was filed as long ago as January 14, 2005 at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida but kept sealed until February 21, 2006 due to concerns that its release may breach a court order prohibiting disclosure of certain information. It is supported by copies of extraordinary email exchanges between Citco's senior executives that were disclosed in discovery that Citco opposed.

Rift develops between Lancer Offshore Receiver and majority investors

A deep rift has developed between the SEC's Receiver of the failed Lancer hedge fund group and the majority of its investors. The group of investors, who claim to have invested more than $570 million in Lancer Offshore Inc. and The OmniFund Ltd., have accused Marty Steinberg of "antagonism" and a lack of co-operation.