Judge Again Declines to Free Graham
A federal judge has declined to release former Princeton resident Ford Graham, who is being held at the Manhattan Federal Correctional Facility in order to pressure him to release documents related to a fraud lawsuit.
The businessman and his wife, Katherine, were jailed in November on the order of the judge in a lawsuit filed by a former employee who says he never paid for work she did on behalf of Graham’s company, Vulcan Power Group, during the 2003 invasion of Iraq (U.S. 1, December 11, 2019). Katherine has since been released. Ford Graham is also being sued by the state of New Jersey for allegedly scamming investors including his Princeton social group.
In a January 16 hearing before Judge Loretta Preska, Marc Stadtmauer, the attorney for plaintiff Susan Flannigan, said that the Grahams had failed to provide bank statements and business records both personal and relating to 60 or more business entities that they had created.
Christopher Olsen, one of Graham’s attorneys, said that Ford Graham created many of the companies using the website LegalZoom. “A lot of the corporations that are listed were corporations that were essentially created on the hopes that a deal would go through,” he said. “A large majority of these corporations, nothing ever happened.”
Stadtmauer also wanted access to 12 boxes of documents that the Grahams kept in a garage in the Virginia home of Katherine Graham’s mother, and for the Grahams to authorize their banks to release complete statements relating to all of their bank accounts. He also wanted access to a safe deposit box belonging to the Grahams that they refused to open.
For his part, Graham’s attorney David Taus said his client had already turned over everything he had. “There is no intent to hide anything,” he told the judge.
Stadtmauer also said that Graham mentioned several assets in bankruptcy filings that he had previously not disclosed, including a 1997 car and some antique guns. “On the issue of the guns, because Mr. Taus has indicated to the Court that Mrs. Graham is suffering from a breakdown or some kind of a mental issue, it would seem appropriate to me for Mr. Taus to take possession of those guns or provide them to the trustee in the New Jersey bankruptcy,” he said.
Preska said the storage of the guns was not the business of the plaintiff. She did, however, ask Graham to produce a statement under oath that he had produced everything in his “possession, custody, or control” and to produce documents requested by the plaintiff.
Until then, he remains in jail.
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