Hedge Fund Manager Marc Lasry Turned Down French Ambassador Position Because of His Ties to Russian Mob Run Illegal Poker Ring
Hedge fund Avenue Capital founder Marc Lasry turned down ambassador to France position because of his possible ties to an alleged Russian mob money-laundering ring, the New York Post is reporting.
Obama had privately notified Manhattan hedge fund manager Marc Lasry in mid-March that he would be the new ambassador, according to statements made Lasry’s close friend, former President Bill Clinton, at a fundraiser.
But in an unexplained turn of events, the move was never finalized – even though Lasry’s hedge fund, Avenue Capital, had already announced a new CEO to replace him.
President Obama had privately notified Manhattan hedge fund manager Marc Lasry in mid-March that he would be the new ambassador to France, but the move was never finalized
Sources told NY Post that Lasry withdrew his name from consideration on Tuesday because of his ties with Illya Trincher, a 27-year-old who was charged last week with running an international gambling scheme that allegedly laundered tens of millions of dollars through a Carlyle hotel art gallery.
Trincher, the son of professional poker player Vadim Trincher, is among more than 30 others who have been charged in the scheme. The charges include racketeering, extortion, money laundering and illegal gambling, including threats of violence to make sure customers paid their debts.
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