MINNEAPOLIS – United States District Judge Ann D. Montgomery has issued an order closing the receivership of Thomas J. Petters and discharging the Receiver in one of the nation’s largest and most complex Ponzi schemes. Through the efforts of the Receiver, the United States, and related bankruptcy trustees more than $722 million was distributed to victims and creditors.

In issuing the order, Judge Montgomery remarked that the receivership was “prompted by one of the largest and most complex Ponzi schemes in U.S. history.” Judge Montgomery went on to state that “the primary objective of the Receivership was to preserve assets for victims and creditors…After more than 120 public [court]hearings and nearly 3,300 [case]docket entries, the work of the Receiver has concluded.”

The United States commenced the receivership case in October of 2008 to enjoin the ongoing fraud by Petters and the other named defendants and to…

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