As investigations continue into the business dealings of Tim Durham and Fair Finance, a motion has been filed on behalf of some Fair Finance investors to appoint a receiver in the case. The motion was filed Feb. 4 by the law firms of Maddox Hargett & Caruso and David P. Meyer and Associates.
“The remaining Fair Finance assets are in imminent danger of being siphoned away by [Tim] Durham and [Jim] Cochran now that their Ponzi scheme has been exposed,” said David Meyer of David P. Meyer and Associates, in a Feb. 4 article in the Indianapolis Business Journal.
In December, Meyer’s law firm, along with the law firm of Maddox Hargett & Caruso, filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of investors who purchased $200 million in unsecured investment certificates from Akron, Ohio-based Fair Finance. Fair Finance is owned by Durham and Jim Cochran.
Following the November FBI raids on Fair Finance, investors have grown increasingly fearful that the company’s owners may be spending what remains of the company’s finances. The Akron offices of Fair Finance have been closed since the FBI raids, with no word from Durham on when or if his company will ever repay investors.
In December, Ohio Congressman John Boccieri called for an asset freeze on Fair Finance and its owners. He reiterated that plea in late January at a town hall meeting held in Ohio. As reported Jan. 27 by the IBJ, Boccieri was seeking the asset freeze after learning Fair Finance co-owner Jim Cochran had posted an ad on Craigslist for an estate sale at his $3.5 million Naples, Florida, residence. According to the article, the sale went as planned, with Cochran selling off everything from Bentley and Porsche automobiles to a 28-foot boat and a large potted plant.
The Feb. 4 motion for a receiver was filed in Summit County, Ohio. It asks that the receiver take control of Fair Finance and its parent company, Fair Holdings.