Dan Frishber’s BizRadio: Tax Relief for Scammed Investors – Maybe? Section 165

January 3, 2011

So…I’m not a tax adviser!  I used to be, but frankly screwed that up many years ago based on the unethical choices I made.  My choices cost me my license, my career and earned me a coveted (just kidding) spot in the federal pen!  How’s that for a disclaimer?

That now said, I know many of you who have followed my work on the Dan Frishberg – BizRadio scam have lost substantial sums of money with little hope of any significant recovery.  So, as the pages of the year 2010 turn into a new year – 2011 – the question is – what kind of tax relief can you expect to receive considering your losses at the hand of Dan “The Money Man”?

Last year this time I was reporting on the same thing, but this time it was for those who had losses from other Ponzi schemer’s like Bernie Madoff and Gordon Grigg.  So let me dredge through some past information and see if this might be of help to the Frishberg’s victims.

As a busines ethics and fraud prevention speaker, I believe in giving credit where credit is due.  Today I received a response to two blog postings I made by Moira Souza Shiver who reminded me about a provision of the Internal Revenue Code that, in many ways, is little known.  Her website can be found here and it states the following:

My name is Moira Souza-Shiver and I am the founder and President of MSS Advocacy Group, LLC (MSSAG).  I’m extremely proud to have established an organization whose main mission is bringing help to victims by attaining the assistance they deserve and were promised.  Working in the investment fraud industry for the past 10 years has created in me a passion to fight for what’s right and even more, has instilled in me a deep respect for victims and the suffering they endure.

My decision to establish MSSAG came from what I describe as a desperate need within the 165 industry.  After serving 6 years with JK Harris 165 Services, LLC, it was clear there was little being done in the form of victims’ advocacy and an organization was needed to help alleviate their suffering.   Believing that investment fraud victims deserve the same rights allotted to other victims, MSSAG was born.

MSSAG is committed to doing everything it can for this cause, including aligning itself with other organizations and advocates that can provide complimentary assistance through established programs.  By combining forces with these types of organizations, we intend to maximize all available sources of assistance and bring hope back to victim’s lives.

Now, before you assume that I have a financial interest in promoting Moira or Section 165, let me clarify that I do not.  But like Moira, I do have an interest in making sure that all aspects of ethics and fraud (including prevention and recovery) are explored.

An excellent article was written in the Journal of Accountancy related to Section 165.  A portion of the article is reproduced below:

When a client is the victim of fraud or embezzlement, for example, CPAs can reduce the client’s ordinary income, recoup any previously paid taxes and minimize future tax obligations by using IRC section 165(c)(2).

Be aware that CPAs who prepare and defend an investment loss deduction under IRC section 165(c)(2) must meet numerous technical requirements and make certain determinations based on examining the circumstances. Section 165(c)(2) deductions also frequently prompt IRS oversight, and in many instances, the standard tax preparation software does not adequately address this deduction, since it’s generally geared to the more familiar section 1211 capital loss treatment. But while section 1211 is an appropriate treatment, using it may result in clients’ paying more taxes than are required.

If a client suffers an investment loss as a result of a fraudulent investment or unethical sales practice, probably the most prudent action a CPA can take, even though there is no requirement to do so, is to suggest the client first discuss it with his or her lawyer. Taxpayers are required to take reasonable action to recover a loss and not doing so disqualifies it for section 165(c)(2) treatment. If the lawyer feels there was malfeasance and it is not practical to pursue recovery due to a lack of recoverable assets, the cost of litigation or other reasons, the loss probably is deductible in the current period. Losses from embezzlement, blackmail, kidnapping for ransom, burglary, larceny, extortion and threats also may qualify for section 165 treatment.

A WORD OF CAUTION:

If you’re considering taking advantage of this section of the Internal Revenue Code – FIND A COMPETENT ADVISER.  Not every CPA or tax specialist is competent to assist you with this complicated section of the Internal Revenue Code.  I strong suggest that you find someone who will provide references and that you verify the results those references received.  DON’T BE SCAMMED TWICE!

Here are some other links that were provided to me that might be of help as well.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/04/AR2009040404341.html

http://www.journalofaccountancy.com/Issues/2005/Apr/MaximizeTaxBenefitsUnderIrcSection165.htm

http://www.traderstatus.com/section165theftloss.htm

http://www.taxreliefinc.com/165services2.htm

https://chuckgallagher.wordpress.com/2009/03/02/madoff-grigg-dryer-investment-fraud-victims-tax-relief-through-irc-section-165-c2/

http://www.crimes-of-persuasion.com/Victims/theft_loss_deduction.htm

Thanks to Vince Rowe for reminding me of the tax provisions that might help the Frishberg victims.  By the way, if any of you have a recommendation of someone who is competent to provide tax help in this matter in the Dallas or Houston area…feel free to respond to this blog and I’ll be delighted to share.

YOUR COMMENTS ARE WELCOME!


Dan Frishberg – BizRadio: Salem Communications settles Lawsuit with Rehan Siddiqi

January 3, 2011

It’s been almost a year since the world that Rehan Siddiqi lived in was dramatically changed.  Kicked off a radio station that he was joyfully buying, he found himself embroiled in a meltdown of major proportions created by BizRadio’s leader Dan Frishberg – also known as “The Money Man” – although it would appear that Dan’s money to support BizRadio was nothing more than an elaborate scam.

As a refresher, Rehan Siddiqi had entered into an agreement to lease/purchase the former station that BizRadio was aired on in early January 2010.  Asia Vision took the air the first of January on what Rehan thought was their new home.  Dan Frishberg took BizRadio to another station – one that cost him less and seemed to be a solution for the financial failure he was experiencing.

ONE MONTH…that’s all it lasted.  Frishberg (now well documented) couldn’t meet the financial obligations on the new station (he had no credit) and the result – SIDDIQI WAS KICKED OFF HIS NEW STATION.

The result was a lawsuit filed by Rehan Siddiqi for $18 million in damages against multiple parties including but not limited to:  Dan Frishberg, Elisea Frishberg, and Salem Communications.

Today, now almost a year later, this new year is starting with some good news for Rehan Siddiqi.  From reliable sources, it appears that Salem Communications has settled their issue with Siddiqi and as a result – Salem Communications – is no longer a party to the lawsuit filed by Rehan Siddiqi / Asia Vision.  What are the terms of the settlement – I don’t know.  But, this settlement opens the door for one major step forward with respect Dan Frishberg and his issues with the SEC (which still seem to be unresolved – and a lot of folks are wondering why) that is the sale of the station can now move forward with the Siddiqi lawsuit settled.

To be clear – Siddiqi’s settlement with Salem Communications does not mean he has settled with Dan Frishberg or Elisea.  The lawsuit for tortious interference against them still stands – although collecting from Dan or his wife should Siddiqi win the suit might be difficult at best.

I suspect that, based on Tom Taylor’s efforts (the SEC Receiver) the sale of the station will move forward fairly quickly in early 2010.  Who will buy it?  That remains to be seen.  Salem is an obvious candidate as they expressed interest in the station.  Likewise, Siddiqi, at one time, was interested.  Either way, whom ever buys the station, it would appear that this chapter might soon come to an end.  For the investors, however, I don’t suspect that the money from the sale will come close to making you whole as you look at your losses.

THE NEW YEAR’S QUESTION:

With things now open to move forward with the sale of the station, what action is the SEC going to take with respect to Dan Frishberg?  There seems to be sufficient evidence that he was an active part in the defrauding of numerous investors – most of whom will not come close to getting their principle losses back.  Al Kaleta lost his license as an investment advisor.  Dan Frishberg, on the other hand, has not.  Why?

Frishberg – “The Money Man” brand – is expanding with the conversion of Salem Stations to talk business stations, so it seems that Dan buys his suits with kevlar material…as thus far nothing seems to stick to him when it comes to law enforcement – either his investment license (SEC authority) or criminal – FBI, US Attorney or others.  Perhaps 2011 will bring some resolution to this sad affair.

PRIOR POSTS ARE HERE:

https://chuckgallagher.wordpress.com/2010/02/12/biz-radio-and-rehan-siddiqi-when-the-dust-clears-will-siddiqi-be-a-victim-or-a-victor/

https://chuckgallagher.wordpress.com/2010/03/03/dan-frishberg-and-bizradio-slapped-with-18-million-lawsuit-rehan-siddiqi-and-asia-vision-strike-back/

Meanwhile – YOUR COMMENTS ARE WELCOME!


Biz 1190 WAFS now features Dan Frishberg – Under investigation by the SEC for fraud! Go Figure?

December 2, 2010

What an exciting month this has been for Dan Frishberg!  I mean really!  Dan has moved his program from his home in Houston where his entire business model crumbled under the weight of a massive investor fraud to expanding into the Atlanta and Miami markets.  I will be the first to say that this is a clear miracle.

So Atlanta…let me share with you some information so that you, too, can be informed about the person you hear each morning from 7 to 8 a.m. – perfect morning drive time.

Atlanta –  I’m sure that you can provide a great Georgia welcome to one of the newest additions to Atlanta’s business radio – The Money Man himself – Dan Frishberg!  Formally of BizRadio fame in Houston, Dallas and San Antonio – Dan Frishberg – self proclaimed Money Man has now found a new outlet in Atlanta at 1190 a.m.

But before the excitement sets in for the new morning drive time sensation, perhaps a few questions should be asked.

Referred to as the Pirate of the Airwaves – an interesting article appeared in the Houston Chronicle by reporter Loren Steffy.  The full article appears here.  For purposes of brevity and full disclosure let’s look at part of Loren’s article which I quote:

The BizRadio Network’s slogan is “the sound of your money growing,” but for about 50 investors, it’s sounding more like their money disappearing.

The AM radio network — which broadcasts investment advice and other business information in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Denver and Colorado Springs — received millions raised from investors under false pretenses, according to a lawsuit filed last week by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The SEC claims that between December 2007 and August of this year, Albert Kaleta and his investment firm, Kaleta Capital Management, sold $10 million in promissory notes, telling investors the money would be loaned to small businesses at 12 percent to 14 percent interest. Instead, the SEC said, it went to the money-losing radio network and an affilated investment advisory firm, Daniel Frishberg Financial Services, also known as DFFS Capital Management.

Kaleta and Dan Frishberg, who appears on BizRadio as “The Money Man,” were among the network’s founders. Kaleta also was part owner and chief compliance officer for DFFS.

To my friends and followers in Atlanta – that is just the tip of the iceberg.  Dan “The Money Man” is under investigation by the SEC and, if my sources are correct, is likely to lose his license as a potential Registered Investment Adviser.

Interestingly enough, Dan Frishberg, in what appears to be an effort to preserve his income from his RIA – DFFS – sold the asset to Barrington Financial Services before the SEC Receiver Tom Taylor could get his hands on the asset.  Tom’s interest is to protect the defrauded investors and work to recover any assets that could be used to make them whole.  To date, Frishberg seems to have protected his income to the detriment of the defrauded – scammed investors.

Loren Steffy also wrote an interesting piece – Beware of those who say beware of Scams.  Here’s the piece for your to review.  What’s ironic and quite amazing is that Dan Frishberg and his cronies are up to their necks in lawsuits and claims of being scammed and perpetrating frauds, yet, Dan must have a teflon tailor in that he seems to slide right past the claims with no consequence.  Example, he’s now on the air in Miami bringing his radio show and skilled investment advice to a new crowd.

Here are two other links that might shed some light on this new morning radio sensation on Biz 1190 a.m.:

https://chuckgallagher.wordpress.com/2010/04/18/bizradio-dan-frishberg-several-tentacles-to-a-complex-story-every-choice-has-a-consequence/

https://chuckgallagher.wordpress.com/2010/03/03/dan-frishberg-and-bizradio-slapped-with-18-million-lawsuit-rehan-siddiqi-and-asia-vision-strike-back/

https://chuckgallagher.wordpress.com/2010/03/16/dan-frishberg-david-wallace-anatomy-of-an-investment-scam-laffer-frishberg-wallace-economic-opportunity-fund/

So here are some questions for well informed Atlanta listeners to consider:

  1. What motivated Biz 1190 a.m. to bring Dan Frishberg to the airwaves of Atlanta?
  2. Was the management team at Biz 1190 a.m. aware of Dan Frishberg’s past dealings and the allegations of fraud and wrongdoing or the SEC investigation?
  3. If they were aware, did they think that it was worth the exposure – that Dan would bring the ratings – or did they just not care?
  4. If they were not aware, then what do you think Biz 1190 a.m. management will do as they begin to see that their credibility is called into play by allowing someone under investigation by the SEC to potentially lure some unsuspecting person into a situation similar to those who were defrauded in Houston?

But here’s the real question – WHAT DO YOU THINK Atlanta?

Perhaps you should voice your opinion – do you want a person investigated for financial misdeeds by the SEC sharing his trade secrets during your morning drive time?

I’m just asking?  YOUR COMMENTS ARE WELCOME!


BizRadio to Salem Communications Business 1110 – Frishberg’s Fraud Follies?

July 13, 2010

Have you even awakened in the morning with breath so nasty that you had to brush your teeth before talking to anyone?  I mean “nasty breath” that would turn your dog against you?  Well…if I were a betting man, I would say that Salem Communications (purchaser of BizRadio 1110 am from Dan Frishberg) either has stinky breath today or is smelling it from their “good buddy” Dan Frishberg.

This story just keeps getting better.  I will say (for those who think I am jubilant about what’s happened to Dan) – I’m not!  In fact, frankly for Dan and his family it is sad.  Sad that Dan is so caught up in himself that he is digging a hole so deep that few could ever recover.  But…let’s look at what has happened so that those of you who are following can judge for yourself – whether you think Dan Frishberg is more focused on his well being than being ethical about his transactions and protecting the many who invested their savings only to find it lost.

UPDATE:

On July 12, 2010 Rehan Siddiqi and Asia Vision, Inc. brought suit against Dan Frishberg, Al Kaleta, Elisea Frishberg, Salem Communications, BizRadio and a host of related companies and individuals for tortuous interference, fraud, conspiracy, perjury, theft and a host of other claims. Now…I am not judge nor do I have any connection with the outcome of this claim by Siddiqi.  However, the case illuminates and illustrates patterns of behavior that I would judge to be unethical and probably fraudulent.  So…let’s look at what we do know and you be the judge.

BACKGROUND:

Sure seems like a long time ago, but in late 2009 Rehan Siddiqi (Asia Vision, Inc.) entered into an agreement with Dan Frishberg to lease – purchase – 1110 AM.  Siddiqi paid Frishberg a deposit and the lease in advance for six months – the sum – $180,000.  The agreement provided that Siddiqi would have the option to purchase the station for $3.5 million.  The agreement can be clicked on here.  Frishberg – Siddiqi – Biz Radio Purchase Agreement

No only was there the purchase agreement but the simple terms were listed on the agreement at the end of December 2009.  See here: BizRadio lease purchase agreement

Now why would Frishberg agree to sell his station to Siddiqi?  On the surface it seems clear: (1) Frishberg needed the money!; (2) Kaleta, Frishberg’s financial source of funding (from now some real unhappy investors) was busted by the SEC and Dan was broke; (3) if Dan could move to a more powerful station for just the cost of monthly lease…he might survive; and (4) Siddiqi was willing to provide a quick influx of cash that Frishberg desperately needed.  Understand now?

The announcement of this transaction is reflected here in an email announcement.  BizRadio Station Change Talk about spin…

Then it all falls to pieces.  Apparently Frishberg – seemingly happy with his new station – can’t pay or provide a letter of credit to continue and thereby is facing the loss of his show – the same show that is a feeder to his investment business – the business that feeds he and his family.  So what does he do?  What any self-respecting unethical person would do (sorry, but at times I have to share my feelings) – he screwed Rehan Siddiqi.  He kept Rehan’s money and kicked him off the station that he, just a month before, leased with an agreement to purchase.  See statement from Ron Crider.  Ron Crider Statement

Outcome…Rehan Siddiqi brings suit against Daniel Frishberg and BizRadio for $18 million and YES this is old news but it sets the stage for the rest of the story…

NEXT STEPS:

On March 2, 2010 Rehan Siddiqi filed notice with agent for Salem Broadcasting of his intention to exercise his option under the lease purchase agreement.  His exercise would have Siddiqi paying $3.5 million for 1110 AM.  The proceeds would have been a cash sale and represented a substantial inflow of cash to BizRadio and their respective investors – cash that would have been much needed to those who have lost literally millions.  See offer here.  Siddiqi Purchase Exercise

But according to the lawsuit there are several interesting twists!

INTERESTING TWIST ONE:

BusinessRadio Houston, LLC forfeited its charter to exist, operate and do business as of October 30, 2009.  WHAT?  That’s right…Dan Frishberg continued to operate and do business as if he had the protection of his LLC, but it appears that it lapsed and he was flying blind or “unprotected” if you will.  The BIG QUESTION this raises is – is Dan Frishberg now personally liable for the actions of BusinessRadio Houston, LLC – an entity that seemingly conducted business through at least part of March 2010?

Somehow I see more lawsuits being filed and perhaps the concept of “piercing the corporate veil” is effectively won.  This will be interesting to watch.

INTERESTING TWIST TWO:

Keep in mind the date of the Siddiqi offering – March 2, 2010.

Frishberg (perhaps realizing that his old corporation was nonexistent) filed to do business as BusinessRadio Houston Licensee, LLC on March 4, 2010.

O.K. so Siddiqi makes the offer on March 2nd and two days later Frishberg forms a new company in order to sell what his old company (remember the one that ceased to exist back in October 2009) could not sell.  Hum?

Now…I’m curious as to legally what happens to the license if the entity that holds it ceases to exist?  Who owns the station?  Who has access to the assets?  Who is liable for the actions of the station when the corporate enterprise or LLC fails or dies?  This is getting more twisted as each day passes.

THE SALE:

Oh my…now it gets interesting.  It is fairly common knowledge among those connected with Dan Frishberg and BizRadio that Salem and Dan were discussing the transfer of the station back to Salem back in February of 2010 even though Siddiqi had a purchase option agreement signed by Frishberg at the end of 2009.  So on March 5th – three days after Siddiqi exercised his purchase option for $3.5 million the station was sold FOR SUBSTANTIALLY LESS THAN THAT from Frishberg back to Salem.  Here’s the purchase agreement.  Salem Purchase Agreement

Terms:

(1) Payment of $800,000 to Frishberg

(2) Forgiveness of $1,260,000 of debt to Salem from their initial sale to Frishberg (in other words he had not yet paid them for his purchase in the first place).  Now why they didn’t foreclose and take it back I still, to this day, don’t know.  And…forgiveness of debt creates a taxable event, so I wonder what position the IRS will take on this or if Dan will ignore this and expose himself to tax fraud?

(3) An agreement of $1,640,000 in air time for Frishberg to keep his program on the air – again it would appear that this is a taxable transaction, but that’s Dan’s issue?

A MATTER OF ETHICS:

Let me get this straight…Dan Frishberg who said BizRadio was a loss leader: (a) sold his RIA or DFFS to Bill Heath (ostensibly to protect the quarterly income it generated) instead of having that income inure to the benefit of the BizRadio shareholders; (b) turned down a $3.5 million offer (again that would have benefited those who trusted Dan by investing in BizRadio); and (c) he structured a deal that clearly benefited him – so he could continue his show and remain the master of illusion.  Now is that in any way ETHICAL?

THE REST OF THE STORY (Thus Far):

Well…it appears that the SEC is taking a different look at this whole agreement between Salem and Frishberg (perhaps as a result of this new suit and the information it uncovers).  It looks like Siddiqi wasn’t just filing a lawsuit for the joy of creating a legal nightmare.  Rather, Siddiqi seems to have a legitimate claim.  Several things seem for sure:

  1. The SEC (according to my sources) seem to feel that Frishberg might have fraudulently conveyed the station for purposes of hiding assets and personal gain.  Keep in mind the SEC has no criminal authority, but the use of “fraudulently” might infer that others who do have criminal authority are waiting in the wings for Dan “The Money Man”.
  2. The SEC Receiver would appear to be interested in seeing if Siddiqi (or perhaps other parties) are interested in the station for a sum greater than $800,000 which (obviously) would give the SEC a greater pool of funds from which some form of “restitution” shall we say can be made.
  3. Salem is a substantial entity and while BizRadio is defunct – Salem’s pockets are deep – and one might assume that if Salem somehow “conspired” as the lawsuit alleges the outcome might be beneficial for those who invested in BizRadio.
  4. Likewise, if it is deemed that Salem “tortuously” interfered with Siddiqi’s agreement with Frishberg – again the pocket book might be open either to damages or a settlement – either of which changes the landscape of what seemed somewhat hopeless to date.

WHERE FROM HERE?

Dandy question!  The twist and turns seem, in the matter of BizRadio, to always bring a new challenge and varied and different outcomes.  But, if I were a betting man (and I am not) I would suggest that the following would be logical outcomes:

  1. The SEC Receiver will make dog gone sure that he gets his money for the defrauded shareholders of BizRadio…so the station will be sold for more than $800,000 (I think) and the SEC Receiver will get those funds.
  2. Salem Communication will clearly want to make this go away.  The publicity (and I understand that several media outlets are considering stories) will do no good for Salem.  In fact, I have had multiple inquiries asking why Salem wanted to get into bed with Frishberg considering all the baggage he brings with him?  Damn good question!
  3. Siddiqi will either end up with the station for some amount (likely less than $3.5 million) as it’s value and brand has diminished with all the negative publicity surrounding it or he will end up with a settlement for Frishberg and Salem’s interactions in deference to Siddiqi’s agreement.
  4. Frishberg continues to dig his hole deeper and, yet once again, has shown the SEC that he cares little for those who invested in his vision and cares mostly for Dan Frishberg.  The outcome – I predicted and continue to hold to the belief – the SEC will bust Frishberg and strip him of any investment license he might currently have.  That’s likely the most they can do.
  5. I believe the law enforcement community (at the Federal level) will indict Dan Frishberg and, perhaps, Al Kaleta for wire fraud, conspiracy and other crimes – especially if there is sufficient notoriety with this case.  Could be wrong here, but it’s hard to believe that the justice department will just let this one slide – especially since Frishberg has stayed on the air and continued the charade.

Stay tuned…there’s plenty more to come including an interview with Rehan Siddiqi.  IF you wish to read the Siddiqi lawsuit a copy is here.  Siddiqi Lawsuit July 2010

As always – YOUR COMMENTS WELCOME!


Salem agrees to buy BizRadio KETK – But substantial legal questions remain

March 17, 2010

Inside radio reports today that BizRadio has sold KETK (1110 AM) back to Salem in a drama that has been waged on multiple fronts.  What might seem like a straight forward transaction is anything but straightforward.  In fact, it would seem that now the drama just begins.  Here’s the release found on INSIDE RADIO:

Two months after BizRadio Network waged a legal fight to retain control of KETK (1110), the station is being transferred back to its previous owner.  But buyer and seller remain closely tied.

Salem will pay $2.06 million for the station, including $800,000 in cash and forgiveness of $1.26 million that remains on a promissory note signed by BizRadio two years ago when it bought KTEK for $1.5 million.  Salem also agrees to give it a $1.64 million credit to be used to buy airtime from Salem stations.  BizRadio founder Dan Frishberg didn’t respond to a request for comment.

In February, BizRadio went to court to block the proposed $3.5 million lease-to-buy sale of KTEK to Asia Vision owner Rehan Siddiqi that apparently had struck a deal with a BizRadio consultant who wasn’t authorized to sell the station.  The “BizRadio” format is still heard on KTMR, San Antonio (1130) under a lease agreement with Siga Broadcasting.

So let’s explore the questions that this “expected” sale creates:

1.  On Nov. 13, 2009, the Commission sued Albert Fase Kaleta and his company, Kaleta Capital Management, Inc. (KCM), in the United States District Court in Houston, Texas. The Commission alleges that Kaleta and KCM defrauded investors in the offer and sale of KCM-issued promissory notes in an offering that raised $10 million from approximately 50 investors. The Commission also sued two other entities, Business Radio Network, L.P. d/b/a BizRadio (BizRadio) and Daniel Frishberg Financial Services, Inc. (d/b/a DFFS Capital Management, Inc.) (DFFS) as Relief Defendants solely for the purposes of equitable relief.  QUESTIONSince BizRadio and DFFS Capital Management, Inc. were sued for equitable relief, and since a Receiver has been appointed to collect funds for scammed investors, does the “Receiver” have the ability and/or authority to attach the $800,000 in cash reported as part of the sale?

2.  As reported yesterday in my blog (see here), certain unnamed investors feel that they were also scammed when they invested in the Laffer Frishberg Wallace Economic Opportunity Fund.  While the fund reportedly required that no more than 20% of the capital be invested in any business, the investor reported that over 60% of the capital had been invested in the money losing operation of BizRadio.  QUESTION:  If the “Receiver” (from question #1 above), has the authority to attach the cash portion of this sale as a result of his work on behalf of the scammed Kaleta investors, does that leave the scammed Laffer Frishberg Wallace Economic Opportunity Fund investors in the COLD?  I’m afraid, based on a conversation I had with a knowledgable party, the answer is YES!  SCREWED! Sorry!!!

3.  An $18 million lawsuit was filed against BizRadio and Daniel Frishberg related to the failed sale of 1110 AM to Rehan Siddiqi.  Siddiqi offered to lease the station with a purchase option for $3.5 million.  All seemed well as Frishberg et al took Siddiqi’s $180,000 advance payment and then kicked him off the air when they failed to provide the necessary financing – letter of credit – to their new station 1180 AM.  OOPS…Frishberg finds that he’d be off the air unless Siddiqi is kicked out.  Bye…Rehan says Frishberg and hence the lawsuit.  QUESTION A:  If Siddiqi was willing to purchase the station for $3.5 million – what would motivate Frishberg to sell it to Salem for substantially less? QUESTION B:  Am I missing something, but Frishberg said that he had purchased the station for over $7 million, yet the news release states that he purchased it for $1.5 million? Sorry, but I’m lost on the math here and I have a Masters in Accounting…  QUESTION C:  Since there is an active lawsuit against BizRadio and Daniel Frishberg, why would Salem enter into the transaction now without concerning themselves with the outcome of the pending lawsuit? Seems as if they are thumbing their nose at Siddiqi and his attorney.

4.  Salem agrees to give $1.64 million credit so that Frishberg can stay on the air…as what I don’t know – BizRadio, Business 1110, Business 1110AM?  Confusing I know…  QUESTION: Is this truly a credit that is expected to be repaid?  Is Salem extending air time credit that they feel Frishberg or BizRadio or whomever will actually write a check to pay in the future? Yes…I know that is the same question asked in a different way…but – How could Frishberg pay Salem $1.64 million if they can’t pay their help, their power bill and it would appear that their source of revenue (investor funds) has dried up?  Who would honestly invest their funds with Frishberg, Wallace, Laffer, etc. with the SEC breathing down their back (at least that’s my guess)?

5.  Last, at least for this blog entry – the SEC stated that Kaleta defrauded investors and while Kaleta did not admit guilt (smart move on his part – although that does not preclude other federal agencies from looking into criminal charges), he is no longer in the investment business.  Frishberg seemed to be dragged into the responsibility for repayment.  QUESTION:  With all that is and has surfaced, do you suppose that Frishberg is the subject of an investigation?  Is so, wonder if the outcome will be similar to that of Kaleta? And, if so, what impact does that have on Daniel Frishberg’s continued broadcast on Salem’s newly acquired station?

My…my so many questions so few answers!

YOUR COMMENTS ARE WELCOME!