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21 Jan 2008

Hedge Fund Scam Artist to be Deported

Ayferafat Yalincak, also known as "Jackie Yalincak," and "Irene Kelly," age 50, has been ordered deported to her native Turkey. Her son, Hakan Yalincak, also known as "Hagen Yalincak," age 21, also a Turkish citizen, may also be deported after he completes his 3.5 year sentence, according to officials.

The mother and son team were charged in March of 2007 with operating a multi-million dollar investment hedge fund fraud scheme. According to documents filed with the Court and statements made in court, Ayferafat Yalincak and Hakan Yalincak solicited approximately $7 million from several investors for their fake hedge fund.

The conspiracy charge carried a maximum term of imprisonment of five years and a fine of up to $250,000. She completed her prison term in November after getting credit for serving more than 14 months in prison before her sentencing. She is now in the custody of federal immigration officials.

Prosecutors say Hakan Yalincak charmed his way into the exclusive world of Greenwich high finance by posing as an heir to a wealthy Turkish family. He moved counterfeit checks and brokered deals with a Kuwaiti financier. Ayferafet Yalincak told a federal judge last year that she attended meetings with investors and allowed her son to present her as a member of an exceedingly wealthy Turkish family who was going to invest millions in his hedge fund.

Prosecutors say Ayferafet Yalincak was responsible for an intended loss of $5.3 million and an actual loss of $3.9 million after some of the money was returned to investors.

Mutual Fund to Replicate Hedge Fund in Japan

BNP Paribas Securities announced plans to launch a mutual fund in Japan which will go after similar investment returns to those generated by hedge funds.

The mutual fund will target regional banks and other institutional investors replicating the structure and investment methods of hedge funds.

Japanese regional banks have begun to hold back on hedge fund investments since the requirements for new capital ratios mandate stricter assessment of credit risks for institutions. Since this move last year by the Bank for International Settlements, a growing number of overseas brokerages have begun offering mutual funds and other investments that replicate methods adopted by hedge funds but offer greater transparency.

A Canadian asset management company in which BNP Paribas holds a stake will oversee management of the fund. Because the fund invests in exchange-traded funds and bond futures, it offers higher liquidity and lower costs compared with individual hedge funds charging high fees, according to the Canadian firm.