Cordish rolls snake-eyes with offshore investment?

Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Rarotonga, Cook Islands

According to a report by The Washington Post in a story on offshore tax havens says the Cordish family was allegedly swindled out of $12 million by New York hedge fund manager Brian Callahan. According to the Post, the Cordishes came to Callahan’s attention when they were “in the process of setting up four trusts in the Cook Islands through TrustNet and the family eventually placed $116 million worth of assets in them, a transfer they disclosed to the IRS.”

In the spring of 2006, New York financial planner Brian Callahan and a TrustNet attorney toured the United States with a sales pitch that urged wealthy Americans to invest their money through trusts set up in the Cook Islands. Among the clients that Callahan and the attorney approached was a family that runs a large commercial real estate and casino development company in Baltimore, the Cordish Cos.

At the time, the Cordishes were already in the process of creating four trusts in the Cook Islands through TrustNet and the family eventually placed $116 million worth of assets in them, a transfer they disclosed to the IRS. They invested some of the money with Callahan, but instead of protecting their investment, he allegedly swindled the Cordishes out of nearly $12 million, according to previously confidential documents and a civil lawsuit brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

David Cordish is known for making some very shrewd development bets, but the owner of the Inner Harbor’s Power Plant Live! and the Maryland Live! casino appears to have made an investment for which he’d have to give an unfortunate title: Developer Swindled!

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