Armanino McKenna Suit Settled

Per this link, Armanino has agreed to settle for $3.325 million.

Don’t be too excited, though.  This won’t even begin to make anyone whole.  Expect a check for very little and let it serve as a reminder of just how badly we were fleeced.

It’s not a goose egg, but the check coming back to the Robie household probably won’t even cover the cost of our Thanksgiving turkey.

This is in no way diminishes the outstanding efforts of Theodore H.D. Jones, Jeanie Kayser-Jones, and Robert Frost, who fought this battle on our behalf.

Please comment if/when you receive a check.

And in the meantime, “Be passionate about your profession.”

armanino

Coco Times Weighs In

Dear Media,

With the exception of Dan Noyes, where have you been and what took you so long?  This is a big story and deserves your attention.

Regards,

The Robie Family

STORY HERE:

http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_26181046/local-investment-fund-accused-defrauding-investors-out-700

KGO Story on Walter & Kelly’s Sentencing

LINK —> click HERE

Without Dan Noyes, we wouldn’t be on the map.

Ng’s Didn’t Want Us To Talk

Didn’t have time to post this earlier today.  In a move that surprised absolutely nobody, Walter & Kelly’s attorneys filed this document in an attempt to gag us lowly investors.

Heaven forbid someone actually told the court the truth about these slimeballs  😉

Here’s a link to the filing:

Defendant Walter Ng’s And Kelly Ng’s Statement Regarding Investor Testimony

Breaking News

Walter gets sentenced to 5 years of probation.

Kelly sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Sound off.

Our Money

Excerpts from letters of support filed on behalf of Kelly Ng:

Richard Fitzgerald:

Paris

Omar Irigoyen, men’s volleyball coach at the University of California, Berkeley:

Omar IrigoyenAbhinav Janghala:

Abhinav Janghala

Brandt Ng:

Brandt Ng

 

Douglas White:

Douglas White

 

Frank Largusa:

Frank Largusa

 

 

 

James Wilcenski:

James WilcenskiLupe Rodriguez:

Lupe Rodriguez

Mark Lowe DDS:

Mark Lowe DDS

Nathan Wang:

Nathan Wang

Rick Dishnica:

Rick Dishnica

Rick Tune:

Rick Tune

Vincent Hua:

Vincent Hua

And last, but not least, Christina Zemba Casey — WHAT???

Christina Zemba Casey --- WHAT

Another Failed Investment Gone Awry

I believe we discussed this one years ago…

For those who don’t read the Bonner County Daily Bee every day, check this out:

LINK

This summons lists Barney, Wells, MF ’08, Pensco Trust and RE Loans.

 

Who is Frank Largusa?

In the recent comments section, you’ll find a comment by Just Do It pasting a letter in support of Kelly by a guy named Frank Largusa.  Who is Mr. Largusa?

Well, he’s the President of a company named Semano in Hayward:

Semano Inc. was incorporated in May of 1993 and was primarily formed to serve the demanding needs of the semoconductor industry relating to technical anodizing.  The forming partners have over 30 years of collective experience in the anodizing processing and business relating to the semiconductor industry.

Semano Inc. has designed a facility that includes a dedicated line for anodizing, selective nickel plating and chemical cleaning components, gas distribution plates, and etch.

What’s his deal?

Maybe he’s a friend of Kelly’s.  Maybe Semano has some REL/B-4 money…who knows.  Why he’d want to associate with a criminal like Kelly is beyond our understanding.  But since he’s not with us, he’s against us.  Consider emailing or calling Bengie Barretto to request a meeting with Frank.

Semano Inc. 

31757 Knapp St.
Hayward, CA. 94544
Phone: 510-489-2360      Fax: 510-489-4247 

Name                                      Title                                                         Email 

Frank Largusa             President                           flargusa@semanoinc.com

Hans Sellge                VP/Engineering                     hsellge@semanoinc.com

Jose Dacorro               Production Mgr                     jdacorro@semanoinc.com

Harrison Pham            Q.A. Manager                      hpham@semanoinc.com

Bengie Barretto           Scheduling                         bbarretto@semanoinc.com

Maggie Jimenez          Shipping/Receiving                mjimenez@semanoinc.com

Sentencing for Walter and Kelly Ng — MARCH 5th at 2:30 PM in Oakland

Re:

United States v. Defendant(s) Case Number 2011R00248 and Court Docket Number 13-CR-00650   United Sates v. Defendants Walter Ng and Kelly Ng

There’s been some talk on this site about Walter & Kelly’s sentencing.  And we’re aware that it’s not just us victims reading this site anymore.  We have readers from the media as well as law enforcement/judicial.  There’s a lot to learn here about what these crooks did to us and how they stole our hard-earned money.

Life isn’t fair sometimes and we’ve received the short end of the stick in terms of this investment and the fallout that has ensued.  Here’s to the legal system dealing a knockout punch to the hucksters who robbed us blind.

The enclosed information is provided by the United States Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS). As a victim witness professional with the United States Attorney’s Office, my role is to assist you with information and services during the prosecution of this case. I am contacting you because you were identified by law enforcement as a victim during the investigation of the above criminal case.

The sentencing hearing for defendants Walter Ng and Kelly Ng has been set for March 5, 2014, 2:30 PM at Courtroom 1, 4th Floor, 1301 Clay Street, Oakland, CA before Judge Phyllis Hamilton. You are welcome to attend this proceeding; however, unless you have received a subpoena, your attendance is not required by the Court.
guilty

Jail Time Coming for Walter & Kelly?

Dan Noyes on Ng’s Fate:

The charging document, “the United States of America versus Walter Ng and Kelly Ng,” says they, in effect, looted the funds by making repeated cash withdrawals. The Ng’s are charged with “structuring transactions for the purpose of evading a reporting requirement;” 11 counts for Walter, 20 for Kelly. Each count carries a possible 10 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

Quick math:

  • Walter 11×10 = 110 years, $500,000 fine
  • Kelly 20×10 = 200 years, $500,000 fine

May they live that long to serve out their potential prison terms….

Where’s Bruce, we ask?

Courtesty KGO

Courtesty KGO

While many of us are beyond the age when a tax write off is helpful, it may provide solace for some.  John Robie’s message to everyone who got ripped off:  KEEP UP THE FIGHT.  Anyone who invested in RE Loans, RE Reno, or Mortgage Fund ’08 needs each and every one of you to stay strong and keep the pressure on.  Kudos to Brown and Bernard Wittenburg, amongst many others, for their efforts.

Finally, thanks to Dan Noyes for being the only reporter in the NATION who has stayed on top of this story.

http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/video?id=9273735&pid=9273730

Faces of Failure

Where’s Mackinac These Days?

Faces of Failure

Faces of Failure       Jim Weissenborn

Certainly not “navigating companies to financial success.”  It’s astounding that Jim Weissenborn would publicize his association/relationship with RE Loans on his website:

As co-founder and Managing Partner, Jim leads or co-leads numerous Mackinac Partners practice areas, including Financial Restructuring, Transaction Advisory, and Specialty Real Estate, which includes advisory engagements with national and regional homebuilders, sub-prime mortgage lenders, Resort and timeshare operators and housing-related manufacturers. Jim has served as Chief Restructuring Officer for several of the firm’s hospitality and real estate-related clients, including…RE Loans, LLC.

My dog could have achieved similar results for far less pay.

 

 

The Tax Man Cometh

He’ll be here soon.

Many need to figure out their strategy.  Write off your losses, some of your losses or do nothing?

It’s been relatively quiet here lately after the MF ’08 news dropped and someone decided to fling some insults at me.  It’s okay, it’s all part of the game.  I’m just glad there’s something happening at the government level.  I wish MORE were happening (hint, hint FBI), but this is a good start.  I’m not sure anything can trigger a recovery of more than a few pennies on the dollar and I don’t think we’ll see 100 cents on the dollar – ever – but we’ll all take what we can get given the injustice that has been dropped on us like a pigeon from an overhead wire.

May the good graces of luck deliver good news for us and horrible news for the Ngs.

Cross your fingers and keep dialing the FBI.  They’ll listen one of these days.

p.s. What do you think Phil Tagami and Len Epstein are up to right now?  They got their money out.  So did Eddie Orton (some of it at least).  So did the McGah Family Trust.  The rich get richer, apparently, and they get away with it.

SEC Sues Walter, Kelly and Bruce for Fraud

By now, you’ve all likely heard the great news.  Stories are everywhere.

Here

Here

Here

and

Here (my personal favorite as it calls them “fraudsters”)

So…

What’s it mean for Mortgage Fund ’08 investors?

What’s it mean for RE Loans investors?

Does it mean anything for RE Reno investors?

Weigh in….

Per the Equitatus blog – Barney is mad :-(

Barney has decided to take a piss on some noteholders – again.  If enough wasn’t already enough, he’s trying to take two investors to the woodshed because they tried to do the right thing on behalf of the whole (unlike the Creditor’s Committee).

Here’s a picture of young Barney Joe Ng showing what he’ll do to you if you stand up to him. He was a punk then and he’s a punk now.

I don’t know if anything is going on with the Kelly and Bruce BKs, but there is a status conference in Barney’s case on Tuesday, June 5th (that’s TOMORROW) at 1 p.m in front of Judge Efremsky.  Barney is asking the judge to slam the investors (noteholders) who filed against him, claiming the filing was for “an improper purpose”.  A rhetorical question: What could possibly be “improper” about not owning up to one’s personal guarantees and responsibilities for loans that he and his family made to his business entities to the tune of over $100 million dollars while leaving RE Loans investors broke – many destitute.  It’s laughable, but Barney wants punitive damages for the loss to his reputation, attorneys’ fees and costs against these investors who stuck their neck out for all of us. Is this shocking?  No.  It’s expected, because that’s how these guys play ball.  Hard ball.

The judge has let Barney explore his theory and Barney is running up the attorney fees that he wants to collect from them.

It may seem impossible but has anything about the Ngs seemed fair?  Come and watch how Judge Efremsky treats our fellow investors who tried to take on Barney.  It’s at 1300 Clay Street, Room 201 at 1:00 pm. Get there a little early because you’ll have to go through security.  And while you’re there, the judge is also hearing a motion and having a status conference on the B-4 Partners Involuntary Bankruptcy. It could be a very, very interesting afternoon.

We should stand up for those who stood up for us.  The best way to do it is to show up tomorrow.

This is the best we can do?

Just accept the plan.  It’s the best we can do.  Wells Fargo didn’t do anything wrong.  We’re not in cahoots with the Ngs.  We weren’t chosen by the Ngs.  Our counsel wasn’t chosen by the Ngs.  We’re independent.  We’re looking out for you.  We have your best interests at heart.  We know more than you.  You don’t understand.  You’re not smart enough.  You should trust us.

Sick and tired of hearing these insulting types of comments made by members of the creditor’s committee and Walter and Kelly’s friends?  Vote to REJECT the plan.

When Robert Brower, Dixon Collins and many, many others who have fought tirelessly on behalf of the 99% are telling us to REJECT THE PLAN, throwing up your hands and siding with insiders (the 1%) who are covering their own asses is the wrong solution.  Reject the plan.  Reject the notion that you can be duped AGAIN.

Fool me once shame on you.  Fool me twice shame on me.

 

 

No Means No – REJECT THE PLAN

Why You Should Reject The Reorganization Plan

We (and by “we” I mean those of us who aren’t in on the scam) can make this easy on ourselves.  We really can.  Vote no.  Reject the plan.  I’m voting to REJECT THE PLAN.  All you really need to know is one simple item.  When your packet arrives in the mail, you’ll find a nine (9) page letter from the Official Committee of Note Holders of R.E. Loans, LLC, et al.  Search for the BIG BOLD CAPS.  Focus on this sentence:

THE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS THAT YOU VOTE TO ACCEPT THE PLAN

Interestingly, the letter from the “committee” “elected” to represent us doesn’t actually list their names.  It doesn’t matter.  Here’s the math:

Any Committee Member = Walter Ng

The very people recommending urging us to trust them and approve their plan are the same people who been accused of taking distributions when the rest of us got NOTHING.  They’re the same people who were purportedly spotted dining with Walter and Bel and they’re the same people who will, without a doubt, screw us over to protect themselves and their friends.

The nine page tome suggests five times that we accept the plan.  I suggest six times that we REJECT the plan.

The last time we “voted” on a plan, our ballots ended up floating in the proverbial Bay.  Our votes didn’t matter because once Walter and Kelly cast their votes, it was over.  The process is slightly different this time around.

The Class of Noteholders will have accepted the Plan if at least two-thirds in dollar amount and more than one-half in number of the Allowed Noteholder Claims that are actually voted are cast in favor of the Plan.

Walter can line up the two-thirds in dollar amount votes.  Can he line up MORE than 50% of the entire votes that will be cast?  I don’t think so.  Many of our busiest traffic nights on this very blog saw over 1,800 unique views.  We’re out there.  We can “win” (Yes, I’m using the term “win” rather loosely).  We can beat Walter at his own shell game.  We need to vote.  Every one of us for each and every account we hold.

A few other notable items from the expensive packet of crap they sent us:

Mackinac Partners and Jim Weissenborn would remain in charge to liquidate our assets.  They’ve done such an absolutely shitty job to-date that we should not allow them many more years of revenue on our backs.

Page five (5) item B discusses the “Plan Compromise”.  The Committee got this right in that you should read this in detail.  My reading says this is such a blatant cover your ass and screw the majority it’s not even funny.  It’s sad.  And it should be criminal (is ANYONE at the FBI or SEC actually listening?).  The only compromise we’d be making is to our own detriment.  Read this:

The Plan Compromise resolves potential objections to, or grounds for subordination of, the Noteholders’ Claims, and further eliminates the risk that Noteholders could be subject to future litigation over the recovery of distributions paid to Noteholders between November 2007 and the Petition Date.

Do you know what this means?  It’s a GET OUT OF JAIL FREE CARD in a legal sense for Walter, Kelly, Barney, Bruce and everyone who got money when the rest of us couldn’t.  It glosses over the fact that the exchange agreement was potentially illegal, but who cares when the committee elected to represent us doesn’t actually represent us?

If you’re worried about the sweet little bank with the stagecoach, don’t.  Wells Fargo will be just fine under this plan, because if the plan is accepted, we will be giving them a full release.

The document also warns us about the downside of rejecting the plan.  This downside would be a Chapter 7.  While Pearl, Gene, Allen Cone, Sherrat Reicher and their cronies warn us about the ominous nature of a 7, I believe there are many, myself included, who would welcome a 7.  This gives a Chapter 7  Trustee supreme power.  Walter would be instructed to bend over and cough while we inserted the Hubble telescope up his anus.

Finally, our friends on the committee estimate a distribution of  approximately $34-$63.6 million for Distribution to Holders of Allowed Claims, including Noteholders”.  INCLUDING Noteholders?  We’re still second fiddle, but this time we’re likely taking a back seat to the attorneys at Akin Gump and all the other firms eating our cake.  Do the math on the low number and we’re looking at a glass that isn’t just half-empty, it’s entirely empty.

I urge you to VOTE NO.  REJECT THE PLAN.

I’m John Robie and I approve this message.

The Trustee Strikes Back

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Could Walter’s days of sipping coffee on this Rossmoor terrace be limited?

On behalf of Trustee Fred Hjelmeset, attorney Tracy Green has filed an objection to Walter’s many exemptions in his personal bankruptcy case, including challenging the exemption of his new digs in Rossmoor, because it exceeds the $146,450 cap he’s allowed for a homestead.

While the investors have spent countless hours digging through old files in search of documents to support your claims and filings with the FBI and bankruptcy courts, take heart that Walter will now be digging through his files to prove the the source of funds in his bank accounts.

Those who have lost your IRA accounts to the Ng family could soon find Walter in your club, since the trustee is objecting to Walter’s exemption claim to keep his IRA “because the account was involved in prohibited transactions.”

Will Walter’s droid attorney challenge any of this? He’s already racked up over a quarter of a million dollars in legal fees, without being able to answer almost any question the judge asked, or making even an attempt at a repayment plan for chapter 11. What’s it going to cost us if Kaplan actually has to write or file something?

Looks like Walter might finally get some sense of the financial squeeze he’s put so many others in. But even if the trustee succeeds on every objection, Walter will still be living better than many of the people who trusted him with their life savings or retirement funds. Maybe Kelly will let them stay in a room at his 6441 square foot house, unless a future trustee lays claim to that too, along with Barney and Bruce’s McMansions. We can hope.

Read the whole filing here.

Ding Dong…

…is the witch almost dead?

 

You might want to give this whopper of a document a read:

2011-12-01_LETTER_from_W._McGrane_to_W._Neary

Holy smokes!

An Update From The Field

Don’t Miss the Tracy Green Show!

November 2, 2011 2:00 p.m. Courtroom 201 1300 Clay Street Oakland, California.

Come one, come all to hear Ms. Green’s motion on behalf of the esteemed creditor’s committee to move the Walter Ng Bankruptcy to Chapter 7. Didn’t Judge Efremsky already suggest this a while back. . .?

As usual, get there early because seating is limited. Let’s be nice and try to save a few seats for the FBI, SEC and Dept of Labor.

Also, if you could not make it to the October 25th Walter Ng Status Conference, here’s an update:

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FBI Update

By now, many of you have received a letter from the FBI notifying you of the the fact that we may be a “victim of a federal crime”.  The letter also included an “Investor Questionnaire” asking for some pretty detailed information.  At first glance, the FBI is asking for a lot of information.  Don’t let this stress you out.

A friend of the blog was able to confirm that the most important documents are cancelled checks or wire transfer confirmations on deposits and withdrawals to REL/MF ’08 (missing from the questionnaire is RE Reno)and to whom the money was sent and/or given.

For example, did you hand the money to Bruce at a dinner, did you mail a check to Susie, did you wire money through your bank account?  Conversely, did Walter hand you a check, did Bruce arrange for a wire transfer, or did they hand you a bag of cash?   Some of these scenarios are more likely than others, of course.

Just do the best you can, even if the information is complete.

Thanks and please use this thread to discuss and/or comment.

We’re on our way, folks.  Where?  I don’t know.  But we’re going somewhere, and that’s positive in and of itself.

RE LOANS FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY PROTECTION

RE Loans filed for bankruptcy.  While this was inevitable, no doubt, it’s still a shock to the system.  Despite the fact that it’s our money, our lives and our futures, the real bankrupt entity is the Ng Family Dynasty.  They’re morally bankrupt.  They’re ethically bankrupt.  Yet they’re still out there doing business and tricking more suckers like us out of their hard-earned savings.

Maybe Led Zepplin said it best in “When the levee breaks”

If it keeps on rainin’, levee’s goin’ to break,
When The Levee Breaks I’ll have no place to stay.
Mean old levee taught me to weep and moan,
Got what it takes to make a mountain man leave his home

Equitatus posted the following a few minutes ago: Continue reading

Eating a Loan – Weyrich article with REL/Walter mention

The more the merrier…

I-Team

Great story tonight, link to be posted shortly.  In the meantime, you can read more here:

http://iteamblog.abc7news.com/2011/08/i-team-investigates-ng-investments.html

Monday Funnies

Fighting Kaplan

The documents on Equitatus’ blog are worth reviewing.  In the end, Kaplan and his firm will likely be representing Maribel & Walter.  While it costs us money (that we don’t have) every time papers are filed and court appearances occur, we gain a deeper insight into the affairs of the entities and the individuals, which is highly beneficial.  Transparency benefits us.

UPDATE:  Forgot to mention that a mailing arrived yesterday from Kaplan.  Yesterday was, of course, June 7, 2011.  The Continue reading

Kaplan’s Kapers (UPDATED to include BRAVO, BROWER)

Thanks Equitatus:  http://equitatus.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/us-trustee-objection-to-hiring-of-counsel.pdf

Thanks Again to Equitatus and especially to Robert Brower:  http://equitatus.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/r-brower-objection-re-walters-attny.pdf

yes…we are fans of alliteration here…

Walter’s Financials

It’s rather interesting to peruse the financial exhibits provided by Walter’s attorneys.  Who knew that Bar-K was worth a grand total of $0?  Have you ever heard of LOWN, LLC?  We always thought Barney was the creative force behind the naming of the LLC’s, but we were wrong!

You can find the documents by clicking on THIS LINK.

Thanks to super sleuth Equitatus for their hard work in tracking down these documents.

Update From Bar-K’s Website

Here’s the latest from the good folks from Bar-K, RE Loans, MF ’08, Lend, Inc., Mackinac Partners, etc. etc. etc.

Take it for what it’s worth:  Click Here:  bk-additional-information

This Is Insulting

Lunacy is defined as “Insanity, especially insanity relieved intermittently by periods of clear-mindedness.”  What’s missing at the Bar-K office is the part about intermittent clear-mindedness, as evidenced by their statement below.  They certainly have the remainder of the definition covered.

REL Statement

Please Attend The Creditors Meeting – June 6th

Thank you to Dixon Collins for the following: Continue reading

BREAKING NEWS!

Maribel & Walter Ng filed for bankruptcy protection yesterday, listing their estimated assets at $500,000,001 to, get this, $1 billion.  The judge assigned to the case is the Honorable Roger L. Efremsky.

Walter checked the box that says, “Debtor estimates that funds will be available for distribution to unsecured creditors.”

Please do us a favor and click the links below to learn more (and to see your name listed as a creditor). Continue reading

May 13th Trial – Open to the Public

Attend if you are able….you’ll learn A LOT, starting on May 13, 2011:

John and Jane McGuire vs. Bruce Horwitz, M.D. and Walter Ng
Alameda County Superior Court

Assigned for all purposes to Judge George C. Hernandez, Jr.
Department 607, 2nd Floor
Fremont Hall of Justice
39439 Paseo Padre Parkway
Fremont

The Fremont Hall of Justice has a very large parking lot behind the building. It is two long blocks from the Fremont BART station.

Jury trials are held Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to approx. 2 p.m., with several short breaks during the day. There is no lunch break.

Is Anyone Surprised?

We thought the Tumwater story was over and that we could close the book on at least one awful Ng investment.  Turns out we were wrong.  Two newspapers, the Olympian and the Tacoma News Tribune, report that the folks who purchased the brewery property through their LLC (“It’s the Water LLC”) are suing you-know-who.  It’s the Water seeks to void their $12 million purchase of the agreement and seeks a return of their $360,000 deposit. Continue reading

Barney’s “Hobby” Revisited

The Siena saga is nearly over, but info keeps landing in our laps.  Therefore, we present another document with the following reader comment:

3 Page Notice that all claims close 15 April, then 26 pages of creditors.  Wouldn’t you love to know how much American Document Destruction is owed, and exactly what their services were?  It takes some major cajones to stiff your shredding company.

Click here for the document:  Creditors Doc 265

Do you see any creditors on the list that spark your curiosity?

 

What’s New In The Zoo?

A few items for your consideration and comment:

  1. KGO investigative reporter Steve Fyffe has been interviewing investors and noteholders.
  2. Hundreds of noteholders have contacted the FBI.
  3. People haven’t yet embraced the new message board (http://s3.excoboard.com/barkinvestors) – try it out today.
  4. Weissenborn remains in hiding.
  5. The Ad-Hoc Creditor’s Committee must be holed up with Weissenborn.
  6. Barney hasn’t sued or been sued in months.  Weird. Continue reading

Did RE Loans “Park” Money?

It has come to our attention that RE Loans may have allowed some of its investors the ability and/or option to “park” money in the fund.  “Parking” is a term used to describe money that is deposited into a fund, but not necessarily invested in the fund.  Rumor has it that R.E. Loans offered a parking service for some of its preferred investors who wished to place their money somewhere on a temporary basis.  The interest earned may or may not be reported to the IRS, some have speculated.

For example, it seems possible that the $5,000,000 returned to J. Robert (“Eddie”)  Orton, III, on March 30, 2007, just a day or two before the “freeze” letter was mailed to investors, was money that had been “parked.”  Same with Len “Austin Val Verde” Epstein’s return, perhaps? Continue reading

Mortgage Fund ’08 2010 Year End “Newsletter”, Doom & Gloom Edition

For those keeping score, Kelly Ng wins.  Jim Weissenborn loses.  Kelly (the good son?) did everyone a favor by getting the end of the year newsletter out “early”.

Unfortunately, we’re the real losers based upon Kelly’s bullshit-laced tome.

You might as well sit down, pour a cocktail, practice your breathing or do some yoga, because this is not pretty.  Despite our favorite Cal Volleyball Coach’s strong effort to make everyone think everything is hunky-dory, it ain’t, people.  In fact, MF ’08, as everyone already presumed, is just about as screwed as RE Loans and RE Reno.  If you want to keep reading, this story and the link to the letter continues after the jump.

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Required Minimum Distributions (RMD’s) and your “investment”

Equitatus brings up an issue that has been discussed here and there, but we believe this topic is important enough to highlight and discuss:

Equitatus writes:

“I’m not asking for tax advise but my brother noteholder will be 70 this year. The following is from the IRS web site:

Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) generally are minimum amounts that a retirement plan account owner must withdraw annually starting with the year that he or she reaches 70 ½ years of age or, if later, the year in which he or she retires. However, if the retirement plan account is an IRA or the account owner is a 5% owner of the business sponsoring the retirement plan, the RMDs must begin once the account holder is age 70 ½, regardless of whether he or she is retired.

How do make or account for an RMD when you funds are frozen?”

Good News (sort of)

Our 1099 arrived via mail today.  Turns out the good folks at Bar-K zeroed it out without even having to be asked, so we won’t be paying interest on all that money we made in 2010 on our “investment”.  Yee-haw.

Keep Your Eye On The Ball

Or don’t.

Just know that the Siena story isn’t simply history.  It is a story that is constantly evolving and unfolding right before our very eyes.  It is an amazingly instructive story that can only help us if we pay attention.  Continue reading

Heads They Win Tails We Lose

People often ask what the difference is between the Siena bankruptcy and a soap opera.  We’re not sure we know the answer, but research genius and insider-outsider founder of www.rereno.com might have some insight, as the following was sent along:

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What’s On The Horizon (a positive posting)

While the future of RE Loans/Mortgage Fund ’08/RE Reno appears bleak, not all is lost.  There are some good things happening in our little world.

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Barney’s Failed Experiment – The Siena…where the fun never ends…

Interested in staying up-to-speed on the Siena?  Click on the two links below and let us know if you can find any items of interest:

Cash Flow July 2010

Cash Flow August 2010

Tumwater Water Documents

If you like documents, you’ll love this posting.

We don’t want to sensationalize this posting, however.  Some documents are informative, many are not.  It has taken many months to cobble together these documents.  All-in-all, there are too many people to thank for assembling this information, but you know who you are and hopefully that’s thanks enough.

File management proved to be a severe challenge, so consider this more of a document dump than an orderly, numerical library.  Feel free to save the documents in a file on your computer and peruse them at your own speed.  Use this posting to discuss your findings and perhaps this will lead us all back to our inner “Researcher” by potentially helping us figure out who got the water money and why (and then where it went!).

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RE Reno Seven Months Later…

On May 14, 2009 Barney Ng wrote the following to RE Reno investors:

I recognize and appreciate the trust that you as an investor have placed in me in originally providing this Loan to the Siena, and because of this I am committed to the pay-off of the loan.

Barney’s commitment to paying off the loan should be lauded.  His follow-through, however, is laughable (so is yours, Walter – you, too, signed the personal guarantee).  Barney continues… Continue reading

Loan #A0110

We believe THIS DOCUMENT is very important.  We posted it on the old site.  Researcher and AnotherNgVictim batted it back-and-forth.  We’ve posted it on this site.  Now we’re posting it again.  Why?  Because we believe this is the single most important document we have discovered to date.  Do you think it’s important?  If so, why?  Please share your thoughts.

RE Loans # C0390 – Canyon Club (9% of REL portfolio)

Thank you Equitatus for bringing up one of our “favorite” REL investments, Canyon Club aka Snake River Sporting Club.  If you like documents, this post is for you.  Per Equitatus:

Q: Whats RE Loans biggest investment?A:  C0390 Canyon Club 61,146,348 9% of RE Loans (EDITOR’S NOTE – While technically true, if you add up Loan #s P0097 Georgetown/LochenHeath at $90M, Canyon Club is the second largest loan).

What does valuation expert Mary Ann say about it, “We are estimating that the loan will be paid in full seven years after the due date which is 1/7/2016, with several interim payments along the way beginning in 2011. As shown in the table, the estimated fair market value of the note is $16,821,364 or$16,800,000 rounded which is $28 per $100 of face value.”

Q: How did we end up in this mess? Continue reading

This Deserves It’s Own Thread

From Equitatus:

Jim Weissenborn has a new letter on the RE Loans web site. http://reloansllc.com/pdf/cro.pdf Comments please.

The Long Trail Of Lies Continues

Walter’s letter to RE Reno investors, dated November 11, 2010, states that the sale of the Siena “has not closed as of November 15, 2010.”  That’s just the beginning of the absurdity contained within Walter’s letter, found HERE.

Walter states that “it appears likely that the aggregate distribution to R.E. Reno from the sale proceeds will be in the range of $2 million to $2.5 million.”  Is Walter so senile as to actually believe that RER will command over half of the sale price when companies like IGT, Konami Gaming and the various city and state agencies are all vying for the proceeds?  This is just another case of half-truths and nonsensical blue sky B.S.

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Tumwater Brewery Update

Updated Story – Click HERE

The ‘Mourning’ After

Rage faded to disappointment overnight, but returned with a vengeance this morning.  The realization (or was it a reminder?) that the valuations provided by the NG family aren’t simply inflated, but greatly exaggerated, hit like a ton of bricks.  Weissenborn and his high-priced team have been noticeably quiet.  They apparently don’t have time to update us on anything, let alone the great financial loss we sustained yesterday.  Arent Fox made money.  Stephanie & Matthew Kelly made a few bucks.  So did Innovation Capital, to the tune of $300,000 plus consulting fees of $10,000 per month.  We, however, lost everything unless, of course, you believe in divine intervention.

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Siena Auction TODAY – Rambling Thoughts and Questions

From REreno:

“So tomorrow is the auction. I’m a bit of an insider and have been following the activity closely. There was only one party who conducted a thorough due diligence inspection of the Siena as far as I can tell (I read vanity plates and the contractor signs on the F-150s in the parking lot). I think the opening bid will be $1. And I have no indication that there is a back up bidder. I don’t think that RE Reno or Loans has the deep pockets anymore to enter the fray. Meaning you investors will be wiped out 100%.”

We know Konami Gaming filed another objection yesterday.  We read what REreno wrote above.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?


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CA Election Results May Not Bode Well for Bar-K Investors

Jerry Brown, former CA Governor, former Oakland Mayor, current CA Attorney General, and now about to once again become CA Governor, and Oakland movers and shakers Phil Tagami and Len Epstein;

“He (Tagami) is one of Brown’s closest confidants, and though he won’t admit it, one of the most influential players in downtown Oakland. “
http://articles.sfgate.com/2005-03-18/bay-area/17364783_1_fox-theater-buildings-loma-prieta

Jerry Brown’s wedding was held in the Oakland Rotunda.  (reference the newspaper article, above.)

His latest election night party was hosted in the recently renovated Fox Theater in Oakland.  (reference again the newspaper article, above.)

Tagami and his mentor/business partner Len Epstein, both fast friends of the Ngs, are/were very large investors in RE Loans and ‘may’ have received greatly preferential treatment when they were ‘given’ the Austin Val Verde loan/property (as was previously reported here and for which there are public documents, one of which is available here:  https://barkinvestors.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/santa-barbara-documents.pdf

Reportedly, at least two requests were made of Attorney General Brown last year by RE Loans, LLC investors to investigate Bar-K, RE Loans, the Ngs, et al.  On both occasions AG Brown’s office declined to do more than give the requests even minor consideration.

Hopefully the next AG will be willing to conduct an investigation into the almost one billion dollar fiasco that is commonly referred to as Bar-K.

ANV

Legal Discussion

Insider Researcher asked the following:

“Would you consider a new topic were we can discuss some of the pending litigation, the status of the case, and what it means to us as investors? Even discussing the closed cases, like Alegria/Grassi can help to uncover the truth or get a better understanding of how the Ng family and their attorneys operate.”

The answer is a resounding “yes”.

We’ll kick things off with a few updates.  First, it appears as though Dwight Dixon Collins and Kathleen D. Collins have sued Walter, Kelly, Bruce, RE Loans, Armanino McKenna, Greenberg Traurig and Elizabeth Cobey, an attorney at Greenberg.  Noticeably absent from the list is everyone’s favorite villain.  Secondly, down south in Reno, the Debtors (Team Barney) failed to appear on the 25th, so the case has been continued until November 15th.  Lastly, Judge Zive denied the application to approve the Kelly Law Group and Matthew Kelly as Special Corporate Counsel.

So let’s discuss.  Have at it….

Assignments to Wells Fargo Foothill

A quick search of the Harris County (TX) Clerk’s Office website shows that RE Loans assigned its interests in the Bravo Marshall development to Wells Fargo Foothill (pasted below).  It’s not difficult to track down these assignments to WFF.  REL noteholders were led to believe that each and every loan was assigned to WFF.  Is this the case?  If not, why would B-4 Partners exclude certain properties from the deal with WFF?  If there were certain properties not assigned to WFF, where did they go and who got them?  Could they be viewed as preferential payouts to preferred investors?  What makes one investor more important than another?  If this happened, B-4 could be much more ethically challenged than we imagined.  As we methodically work our way down the list, loan-by-loan, we’ll see if this is true. If anyone has information on this subject they care to share, please do so here.

File Number Description
Type
Vol. Pg.
Names File Date YYYYMMDD Sec.
Lot
Block
Misc.
Pgs Film Code
20080153115 SEE INSTR
ASSGN
Grantor: RE LOANS LLC
Grantee: WELLS FARGO FOOTHILL LLC
20080328

9 RP055290556
20080433825 SEE INSTR
SUBORD
Grantor: RE LOANS LLC
Grantee: BARRINGTON SEC 2
20080819

2 RP059241310
20070467886 KINGWOOD LAKES SOUTH
ASSGN
Grantor: RE LOANS LLC
Grantee: WELLS FARGO FOOTHILL LLC
20070801 01

INSTR

5 RP047860917
20090113699 BARRINGTON SUBDIVISION
PT REL
Grantor: RE LOANS LLC ETAL
Grantee: BRAVO MARSHALL COMMUNITIES LP
20090319 01

B0002
INSTR

5 ER010971715
20090113702 NO 096693Z
REL
Grantor: RE LOANS LLC ETAL
Grantee: BRAVO MARSHALL COMMUNITIES LP
20090319

5 ER010971720

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Siena Bankruptcy

There are a few documents that we are anxious to see as the bankruptcy moves forward.  The first document is the supposed lease signed in March 2000 between Wild Game Ng (Barney) and Hi-Five (Barney) where Barney is supposed to be paid approximately $350,000 per month in rent.  The second document is the underlying paperwork attesting to the fact that Hi-Five (Barney) owns 25% of One South Lake (Barney).

If you’re confused, it’s quite simple.  Barney will come out of this filing smelling like roses.  The rest of us won’t.  We’re not surprised.  Are you?

Jim Weissenborn’s September 9, 2010 Newsletter

We will spend time breaking down the newsletter in the near future.  In the meantime, here are our initial thoughts:

  1. The money is gone.  If you can’t figure this out after reading the newsletter, we feel sorry for you.
  2. On page 3, the nifty pie chart shows 0% of the loans Walter, Barney, Bruce and Kelly made are performing.  Note that everyone’s favorite, Walter, is included in this list.  Conventional wisdom these days is to point the finger at Barney, but it’s not too difficult to understand that sweet Walter may have unclean hands.
  3. Speaking of Barney, Capital Salvage is a far bigger player in this whole mess than I anticipated.
  4. Speaking of Bruce, it’s sad that such a well-respected member of the community found it so easy to mislead us.  These investments were safe according to Bruce.  They’d never lost a penny according to Bruce. Don’t worry, said Bruce.  NONE of the loans were safe.  Not a single one.  The exchange agreement is no big deal, said Bruce.  Nothing will change if you sign the exchange agreement, said Bruce.  The exchange agreement subordinated every single investor to WFF.  Forever.
  5. WFF drew down all but half a million dollars of REL’s cash reserves.  Question – how much was in the account before WFF drew it down?
  6. Weissenborn wants to take out a smaller loan to cover taxes and carrying costs in the amount of TWENTY MILLION DOLLARS!   Weissenborn is simply digging a deeper hole for us.  Question – Will the noteholders be subordinated even further down the list?  Likely pecking order if/when the new loan is secured:  1)  WFF 2) Company loaning $20 million 3) noteholders.
  7. The Ad-Hoc Creditor’s Committee isn’t supposed to communicate with the other noteholders, but they are supposed to help Weissenborn gain a better understanding of “investor concerns.”  How can the committee understand what we’re going through if they’re not allowed to converse with the rank-and-file?  The hand-picked committee is a sham.
  8. Pearl Tom is a member of the Creditor’s Committee.  Why does her name keep popping up everywhere?  Ms. Tom’s name appears on all the Siena/Wild Game Ng/High Five/Five-Way/One South Lake bankruptcy filings.  Somehow she’s figured out how to receive notice on all the BK filings.  Just who is Pearl Tom?  We’ll delve into that at a later time, but it’s becoming abundantly clear she’s in cahoots with sweet Walter.

More later….

Revolving Door Policy

Finally a bit of press coverage on something important to us.  Unfortunately, Rolf Boone, the author, got it wrong at the end, as Capital Salvage, as we all know, is Barney’s entity.  RE Loans recently “won” the property back at auction, essentially recovering the note for no money down. Get an NG out, replace that NG with another NG.  That’s the theory here.

If, in months or years past, “the brewhouse was listed for $2 million and the two parking lots were listed for $1 million,” then RE Loans (or Capital Salvage, if you will), isn’t taking home a lot of cash, which means the WFF LOC isn’t going to dwindle much, if at all due to this potential sale.  Also, what’s with the NG propaganda machine touting potential sales?  It’s all horse manure until there is something concrete to tell us.


After the article, in the comments section, my favorite newly found, highly informed commenter, AnotherNgVictim, pops up again and points out the following rock-solid information:

“A bit more research would have shown that Capital Salvage, Inc., a California Corporation, is owned and managed by Barney Ng. (of Siena Hotel, Reno, NV infamy.)  RE Loans, LLC, the entity which recently had the winning bid, is owned and managed by Walter and Kelly Ng, Barney’s father and brother.  All three of them have held ‘ownership’ of the property for some time through one corporation or another. They’re the ones who loaned the original money to All American Bottled Water Company.  The “cast of characters” is listed at http://www.reloansllc.com/partners.htm
The list of corporations owned by these three is too long to post here.  Be aware that with any sale of the Tumwater property, even if papers are signed and money has changed hands, the Ngs will still be involved, wheelin’ and dealin’, and that we poor saps who invested the better part of a billion dollars with them won’t get one red cent of this or any other money.” 

Here’s the link to the article:

Plans solidify for brewhouse – Business – The Olympian By Rolf Boone

Scouring the internet for NG dirt

Technology is really amazing these days.  Back when I invested in RE Loans, the internet wasn’t what it is today.  Now, a simple Google search turns up some really incredible information.

Read this story about Michael Ohayon & David Papera.  Then scroll down to the comments section and check out the posting made by my favorite internet poster of the month, AnotherNgVictim. If you check the 2009 (de)valuation document written by Mary Ann Lerch, you’ll spot Loan Number T0467.  Loan Number T0467, as Lerch states, is “REO. Property is owned by R.E. LOANS, LLC (3XS, LLC).”  3XS, LLC is a registered business in the state of California.  The Agent For Service Of Process is none other than Michael Ohayon.  The comments made by AnotherNgVictim do a great job of pointing out the NGs history of doing questionable deals with crooks (see All American Bottled Water in Tumwater, WA).

AnotherNgVictim does us another favor by walking us through some of the history regarding the NG reign of terror.

Finally, AnotherNgVictim draws attention to some happenings in the Aloha State (click here for some pretty jaw-dropping information) that certainly confirm what many already presume to be true, i.e. that Barney loaned money solely to collect fees and points from every side of the deal, that this whole thing is a shell game being played to enrich a select few and, of course, that we’ve been snookered because none of these investments are the “safe” investments promised to us by Walter and Bruce.

I will continue my search for information and, more importantly, truth.  It’s about time people actually realized who the NGs are and what they’ve done to us.  They owe each and every one of us a staggering amount of money that we’ll likely never see in this lifetime.

December 31, 2012

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

December 31, 2012 is the maturity date of the RE Loans note.  As we all know from our thorough reading of the October 2007 RE Loans Reorganization Plan And Note Program (the “Exchange Agreement”), we can get our money back if the Ngs feel like it.

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Math Camp

It’s summer, and children across the country are having the time of their lives at camp.  Maybe it’s art camp, perhaps it’s religious camp, or something more athletic like soccer camp.  I figured the good readers of the Bar-K Investors website might want to join me at math camp.

As we all know, there are too many people who have had to end their retirements and go back to work.  Some have had to stop watering their lawns, or scrap the remodeling of their homes.  Others had to swallow their pride and move in with family members.  Even worse, some of us have skipped medical treatments or been unable to pay our medical bills.  I have heard stories about some unfortunate noteholders losing their homes to foreclosure.  It’s far from uplifting.

We generally know how many people are part of the Ng coalition (Walter, Barney, Bruce, Kelly, etc), but how many people have been affected by the meltdown/dismantling of the funds directly or indirectly?  There are roughly 2,000 RE Loans investors (rounding up for those nitpickers out there who have a tendency to be overly exacting).  Let’s start doing some math.  If there are 2,000 REL investors, how many are married?  Half?  Okay, so that’s another thousand people give or take.  We’re up to 3,000.  How many have kids?  Half?  Great, let’s be conservative here and say 1,000 people each have one child.  That gives us 4,000.  I know there are a lot of senior citizens invested, so there are some grandparents out there.  Let’s say 25% of those with kids are grandparents and that each grandparent has one grandchild.  That’s another 250 on the conservative side.  So we’re up to 4,250.  Add in the Mortgage Fund ’08 investors (anyone know the numbers?  I’m not a MF’08-er) and the RE Reno investors (same here, help please!) and I’ll estimate that we’re looking at 7,500 PEOPLE directly or indirectly affected by this catastrophe.  Multiply that number by 100,000, which could be the average investment into the Ng family of funds and you’ll arrive at about 750,000,000, which is the supposed amount, in dollars, of the value of the RE Loans fund.

Feel free to offer your own fuzzy math below in the comments section.  I welcome your input and your creativity as well as your stories.  You’ve finally got a place to share, to vent, to scream, to rant, to rave and to generally raise holy hell.

That is, of course, what math camp is all about.

B-4, aka a story by Mario Puzo

According to those in the know, B-4 includes the following:

— Walter Ng
*81 years old…coincidentally born the same year as the beginning of the Great Depression. Walter, the patriarch, is the Godfather, Don Corleone in this story. Loved and trusted by many, despised by some…will the people ever really know who the real Walter Ng is?

— Barney Ng
*Some consider Barney to be either Michael Corleone or Sonny Corleone. He’s probably a little bit of both — he’s smart, devious, impulsive, lives in the shadows, pulls all the strings….

— Kelly Ng
*Some consider Kelly the Fredo Corleone of the family. Call him up on the phone and come to your own conclusions.  To make ends meet, Kelly coaches volleyball (Kelly’s Other Day Job – go to roster, then scroll down to coaches).

Dr. Bruce Horwitz
*This is the guy who got people to trust the investment pools. Who better to trust than a pediatrician?
*Consider him the Tom Hagen of the family, the consigliere, in a way, except for the fact that Michael Corleone and Tom Hagen never sued each other.