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4 Jun 2010

Pastor's Hedge Fund Fraud Verdict Upheld

HedgeCo news - A Colorado Springs pastor found guilty in 2008 of hedge fund fraud lost his appeal in a Court yesterday according to the Colorado Springs Gazette.

The pastor, Douglas Alan Scott, was charged with taking part in a $12 million hedge fund scam, more than 400 investors were solicited from his parish for a fraudulent hedge fund, XL Capital Partners Inc.

The conviction was upheld in a 14-page, three-judge panel, who unanimously upheld the jury’s guilty verdict on charges of theft and securities fraud, the paper reported.

The appeal was held because the defense alleged flaws in the jury instruction, the evidence presented and in the prosecution's closing arguments. The panel dismissed the arguments, saying the errors were insignificant.

Scott is sentenced to 15 years probation and ordered to pay $1.4 million in restitution.

People Moves: Kathryn Graham Joins London Board Of 100 Women In Hedge Funds

HedgeCo News - Kathryn Graham has been appointed to the 100 Women in Hedge Fund's London Board, a non-profit organization for professionals in the alternative investments industry.

"I joined 100 Women in Hedge Funds in 2008 as a member because of its dedication to providing educational seminars, networking events and philanthropy work and now I look forward to contributing as a London Board member." Ms. Graham said "I have been very impressed with both the quality and creativity of the organisation's work and look forward to building on this success".

Ms. Graham is a Director of BT Pension Scheme Management Limited, the pensions advisory arm of the BT Pension Scheme, the largest in the UK. She joined BTPSM in 2004 to help establish a new team mandated to invest up to 5% of the BT Scheme directly into single manager hedge funds.

In 2007, she took responsibility for Manager Selection across the BT scheme before moving in 2009 to set up a new team tasked with managing Liability Risk. She has more than 15 years experience in capital markets and hedge funds both as an end buyer and structurer. She began her career at SG Warburg in 1994 and also worked at UBS and Progressive Alternative Investments before joining BTPSM. She was educated at Edinburgh University, where she was awarded an MA in Economics and Mathematics.

Ms. Graham is a member of the BTPSM Investment Committee, through which she is fully involved in all aspects of the scheme’s investments. She has a special interest in improving the treatment of investors in offshore vehicles and most recently has been heavily involved in lobbying for changes to the EU Alternatives Directive alongside other like-minded investors. She is a Trustee of the Hedge Fund Standards Board, a Director of a number of BTPSM offshore vehicles, is an occasional board member at the UNPRI, and was one of the Hedge Fund Journal’s “50 Leading Women in Hedge Funds”.

Ms. Graham is the seventh member of its London Board. She joins an already well established London board that includes London Board Chair - Effie Datson, Product Head of the dbSelect Platform for Deutsche Bank; London Board Vice Chair - Carole Philippe, Global General Counsel, Aviva Investors; Treasurer - Olivia Bernard, CFO, Massena Capital Partners; Philanthropy Board Champion - Kristen Weldon (Eshak), Managing Director, The Blackstone Group; Swiss Board Champion - Claire Smith, Research Analyst, Partner, Albourne Partners Limited, and Anne Popkin, Chair of the Board of 100WHF Association. The Board manages 2,000 members in London, and has extended its European reach to Paris, Geneva and Zurich. Amanda Pullinger serves as the organisation’s global Executive Director.