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Dean G. Yuzek and Caitlin L. Bronner Quoted In IAWatch Weekly Briefing

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Prison awaits pair who ripped off adviser and others in a plot with many twists.

All this story’s missing is the screenwriter.

The real-life characters include a failed politician turned skillful fraudster. He heads to prison next month. Add to the cast the brother of a pop music star who ran an aspiring hedge fund and an attorney who doggedly
spent years uncovering the fraud.

The scene opens with a chance encounter in an airport lounge between John Lakian and Diane Lamm in 2006. This touches off a romance (Lakian was married) and a crime spree reminiscent of Bonnie and Clyde. But instead of Tommy guns and bullets, the defendants lobbed a labyrinth of shell companies and subterfuge that Lakian had honed over the years. Before any credits rolled, they would make off with millions...

 

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