Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter duped Wall Street and East Coast social circles for years with his charm and lies. But he couldn’t talk his way out of a California murder.
The epic saga of Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, the imposter who posed as an heir to the Rockerfeller fortune and ingratiated himself into East Coast high finance and blue blood social circles finally came to an end on April 10, when a Los Angeles jury found him guilty of first degree murder for the 1985 killing of Jonathan Sohus in the upscale bedroom community of San Marino.
Specialty lenders adopt forensic background checks to avoid doing business with bad actors
In early 2012, Rajesh Veejay Ansari approached a direct money lender in California for a multi-million dollar loan. He had purchased a hotel out of foreclosure and needed to close the deal in less than a week. Aaron Goldberg also went in search of a specialty lender when he was under pressure to refinance a number of commercial properties. At the time, both men appeared have the necessary bona fides to qualify for large loans; they were successful entrepreneurs who had property to put up as collateral.
Thoroughly investigating high-value insurance claims helps defend against fraud
It was dusk on a Saturday in the spring in 2010 and the courtyard of the Heavenly Acres Apartments in South Whittier, California, was alive with the hum of children playing, mothers chatting and men home from work enjoying a beer in the cool of the evening air.
Marc Dreier’s epic fraud looted some $750 million from its corporate victims. Could investigators hunt down the loot before it vanished?
In January 2009, as federal Judge Douglas Eaton pondered bail for super lawyer-turned-master con artist, Marc Stuart Dreier, the scope of Dreier’s swindle and the fascinating lengths he was willing to go to perpetrate it were still coming into focus.