Atty Can't Tap Into Receiver Assets In Belize Fraud Case

Law360 (August 16, 2019, 8:33 PM EDT) -- A Maryland federal judge has denied a defendant's bid to release restrained funds so he can pay his lawyer about $189,000 in fees and costs in a Belize property sales case, which the Federal Trade Commission calls the largest overseas real estate investment scam it has ever targeted.

U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte refused Thursday to release $188,773.60 from receivership funds requested by alleged scammer Peter Baker to further compensate his former counsel, William I. Rothbard, for legal services related to a preliminary injunction proceeding in the case. Baker told the judge on July 31 that he has no meaningful...

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