About

I’m a professional financial investigative journalist who has written for the Greenwich Time, Hearst CT Newspapers, Forbes Magazine, Fortune.com, The Atlantic.com, New York Magazine, New York Post, Trader Monthly, Housingwire, ML-Implode, The Business Insider, Long Island Business News, Dealbreaker, New York Observer, Bitcoin Magazine, DealFlow Media, SIRF.org and more. For the last five years I have been a contributing reporter for Market Nexus Media who publishes a financial trade publication called Growth Capital Investor.

I earned my breaking/investigative news chops reporting during the financial crisis in 2008 for the Sunday edition of the New York Post. I was one of the first to report on the missteps at IndyMac that lead to government investigations and lawsuits against the banks founders. Caught hedge funds like Carrington Capital abusing investors without disclosing conflicts of interest with senior RMBS bond holders; they were sued by Wilbur Ross for Civil RICO. I exposed Bear Stearns misleading their own investors and monoline insurers on the quality of the loans in their mortgage-backed securities, which led to a fraud lawsuit against JP Morgan/Bear Stearns and the $13 billion settlement with the DOJ in 2013. Since 2010 multiple Wall Street firms, that my reporting warned about first, have been [JP Morgan, SpongeTech, Security Savings Bank, SAC Capital, Palm Beach Capital Management, New Stream Capital, NIR Group/Cory Ribotsky, Bear Stearns RMBS Traders, Mike Perry IndyMac CEO, Steven Muehler and the Nanocap MarketPlace, Barry Honig and The Frost Group] investigated or charged for financial violations by the FBI/SEC/State AG or shut down by bank regulators.

The Huffington Post named me the number three most dangerous financial journalist for being willing to challenge the establishment and inform readers best. I’m working on trade-marking “Smashmouth Journalism”!

In 2009 I started a series of investigative reports that ran at, Dealbreaker, HF-Implode, Dealflow Media, Forbes, and Growth Capital Investor exposing hedge fund executives at Ridgefield-based New Stream Capital, run by David Bryson, over a scheme to defraud their investors through lying about the firm’s capital structure and asset valuations. In May 2015 three of the executives were sentenced to serious jail time by Conn. federal Judge Janet Hall. Jail for CT hedgies is rare but the government’s appetite to imprison for white collar crime is slowly changing.

Frontline has made a documentary film about my reporting at The Atlantic on the Bear Stearns RMBS traders who stole billions from their own clients but have never been prosecuted for criminal wrong doing. After the movie aired Lonnie Breuer, head of financial crimes at the DOJ, suddenly retired.

In December 2018 a New York State court judged signed an order allowing hedge fund bad actor Bruce Bernstein of Rockmore Capital to sue me via a pre-discovery motion in an attempt to force me to turn over a confidential source and then sealed the whole case for three months. This is called prior restraint and I wasn’t able to report I was being bullied by the subject of one of my stories. The Press Freedom defense fund stepped in and secured a grant to fund my legal defense. On March 5th we won the case and Judge Franc Perry ordered the lawsuit unsealed. Judge Perry also said in his ruling my reporting at this publication offers me journalistic privilege because I am working here as a professional journalist. This meant I did not have to turn over any source information. It was a huge win that creates good case law for all freelance journalist in New York. I was able to continue reporting on Bruce Bernstein, and his co-defendant Richard Abbe of Iroquois Capital, securities fraud in a company called XpresSpa and as a result of unsealing the case I know had new documents that shows the duo had allegedly lied in SEC filings.

I was raised a Reagan Republican and believe in free markets but don’t let me catch you abusing them or you’ll end up in one of my investigative stories.

I earned an Accounting/Business degree from the University of Southern California. I do not take any form of payment from subjects of a story to print news or opinions at this publication and hold no economic interest in the companies I write about. I will take a paid ad on this news publication which doesn’t signal an endorsement from me. Some of the news reports on this publication have been paid for via crowdfunding at www.piratemyfilm.com This is a news publication not a blog. My original reporting is often sourced, quoted and followed by my peers at other main stream publications. The full body of the text can not be republished without my permission. I expect journalistic standards to be carried out with links and name credit if you follow one of my news reports.

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