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No Joke: National Lampoon’s CEO Running $200 Million Ponzi Scheme

What is it with rich white men and their ponzi schemes? It’s not as if Bernie Madoff or this guy, Timothy Durham, didn’t have highly paid jobs already. No doubt psychology professors are researching this very issue, so for their benefit, another example courtesy of the LA Times:

The chief executive officer of National Lampoon Inc., the comedy brand behind “Animal House” and the “Vacation” movie franchise, was arrested early Wednesday in West Hollywood in connection with an alleged $200-million Ponzi scheme, federal authorities said.

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Timothy Durham, 48, is accused in a federal grand jury indictment of defrauding investors through his loan company and using the money to support expensive homes and cars, a 100-foot yacht and travel on a personal jet.

The arrest and indictment come two years after the FBI raided two of Durham’s businesses — Obsidian Enterprises of Indianapolis and Fair Financial of Akron, Ohio. Also named in the 23-page grand jury indictment were business associates James F.

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