The United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York issued a press release today announcing the arrest of Hassan Nemazee, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nemazee Capital Corporation, “in connection with a scheme to defraud Citibank.” The complaint against Nemazee says he:
engaged in a fraudulent scheme to induce Citibank to lend up to $74 million to NEMAZEE based on false representations that NEMAZEE owned millions of dollars in collateral. NEMAZEE submitted, and caused to be submitted, to Citibank numerous documents that purported to establish the existence of accounts in NEMAZEE’s name at various financial institutions containing many hundreds of millions of dollars. In fact, those were fraudulent and forged documents.
This might prove slightly embarrassing because Nemazee is a major Democratic Party donor. According to federal records, he has donated at least $150,000 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee since 2006, and also gave money in recent years to Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Rahm Emanuel, Tom Vilsack, John Kerry and Harry Reid.