Premier Cru—Ponzi Scheme

ponzi scheme attorneysPremier Cru Allegedly Ran a Fraudulent Wine Ponzi Scheme

Imagine you had been in the market for a Rousseau Chambertin 2012, which has a market spread between approximately $1,350 and $2,020 from various United States vendors. Then, perhaps, you see the same bottle listed at $1,299 by Premier Cru, a Berkeley-based fine wine purveyor. What would you do?

Many wine investors and enthusiasts chose the latter, and invested their money in Premier Cru’s “pre-arrival” basis program.  The FBI, however, is looking into this program, and has confirmed that it is investigating Premier Cru and claims of a Ponzi scheme involving the California wine dealer. Premier Cru’s owner has also filed for personal bankruptcy, the FBI reports.

The Peiffer Rosca Wolf securities lawyers are currently investigating Premier Cru and its alleged Ponzi scheme, and investors are encouraged to contact Peiffer Rosca Wolf for a free evaluation.

Premier Cru Allegedly Waited for Years for Delivery, Misrepresentation and Fraud Allegedly Took Place; $70 million in Debts to More than 9,000 Customers Contrasted with Only $7 Million in Assets

Premier Cru allegedly left customers waiting years for wine delivery, listed $70 million in debts owed largely to more than 9,000 customers, and carried only $7 million in assets, according to a recent FBI reports presently being reviewed by attorneys Joe Peiffer and Alan Rosca.

In addition, Premier Cru is facing customer lawsuits alleging that it committed acts of fraud and misrepresentation had taken place, the FBI reports.

Premier Cru, which was run by a partnership under the name Fox Ortega Enterprises, and was widely known for its active email program that sent out wine deals to potential purchasers around the globe, is now e of the largest defaults in American wine retail history.

Securities Lawyers Investigating

The Peiffer Rosca Wolf securities lawyers often represent investors who lose money as a result of alleged Ponzi schemes and are currently investigating Premier Cru’s alleged Ponzi scheme. They take most cases of this type on a contingency fee basis and advance the case costs, and only get paid for their fees and costs out of money they recover for their clients. Investors who entrusted money to Premier Cru are encouraged to contact Peiffer Rosca Wolf for a free evaluation.

Investors who believe they lost money as a result of Premier Cru’s alleged Ponzi scheme are encouraged to contact the securities lawyers at Peiffer Rosca Wolf, Alan Rosca or Joe Peiffer, for a free no-obligation evaluation of their recovery options, at 888-998-0520.

Alan Rosca (1157 Posts)

Alan is a securities lawyer. He also teaches Securities Regulation at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. He focuses his legal practice on complex commercial and financial litigation and arbitration, particularly in the areas of securities and investment fraud. His office is in Cleveland, Ohio.


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