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Statement Of Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara On The Conviction Of Joseph Collins, Principal Attorney For Former Commodities Firm Refco Group Inc.

Friday, November 16, 2012

“In the eight years since Joseph Collins used his law license to help orchestrate this massive accounting fraud that left a major commodities firm in tatters, neither the gravity of the scheme nor our commitment to prosecuting its perpetrators has diminished, and today’s conviction is testimony to that commitment. Over and over and over again, Collins ignored his duties as an officer of the court by actively participating in the crimes of his client – telling blatant lies, falsifying important documents, and concealing others. In addition to the staggering losses and financial disarray caused by his actions, Collins gave the legal profession a black eye, something that is intolerable to this Office and to the vast majority of attorneys who serve their clients and the courts ethically and honorably every day.”




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