On Monday I told you about a former public employee losing $25 million when he left to work at a hedge fund. Here is another completely separate case of a failure in trust. Both are examples of the blind trust and greed that are the undoing of so many investors.
A businessman who is a focus of a federal corruption probe into the New York Police Department and Mayor Bill de Blasio’s fundraising helped arrange an investment of at least $10 million in a hedge-fund firm by the city’s correction officers’ union, people familiar with the matter said.
Jona Rechnitz, a Brooklyn real-estate investor, referred Norman Seabrook, the president of the Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association, to Platinum Partners, the people said.
The investment put a large percentage of the union’s money in a firm that has had a mixed stretch. Platinum generally has reported steady returns. Last December it blocked investors from withdrawing some of their money in one fund that contains hard-to-sell assets, according to people familiar with the matter. Such moves have been rare in the hedge-fund world since the financial crisis.
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