Even though the private charitable foundation of Saul and Iris Katz took ample time until February 1, 2013 to prepare its 2011 Form 990-PF, such Form 990-PF suffers from a disappointing and manifest scarcity of information as to involvement with Madoff and the Settlement Agreement with Madoff Trustee Picard.
This blog series has been monitoring the quality of disclosures being made by private charitable foundations of the Wilpon and Katz families in their IRS Forms 990-PF as to involvement with Madoff and the Settlement Agreement made with Trustee Irving Picard approved on May 31, 2012. The Forms 990-PF provide not only a window into the internal operations of the foundations but also allow for analysis of the quality of the disclosures made as to a matter that has received wide and continuous publicity.
This posting will address the question of what officer of a charity should sign the 2012 Form 990 to be filed with the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) in light of the requirements of the IRS contained in the Form 990 itself and the IRS Instructions for Form 990.
It is perplexing that Forms 990-PF filed with the Internal Revenue Service by various Wilpon family private foundations provide no reference to the assignment to Madoff Trustee Irving Picard of their allowed net equity claims and the encumbering of their “Estimated SIPC Recovery – Madoff Theft Loss,” even though such 2011 Forms 990-PF were filed well after Federal District Court approval on May 31, 2012 of the Settlement Agreement dated April 13, 2012 between Picard and the Wilpons.
More than a week after the recent $2.5 billion distribution to victims in the Madoff scandal, Trustee Picard’s Web site reported that there was a reduction of $67.3 million in liabilities of the Wilpons to the Madoff bankruptcy estate in conjunction with the first two distributions.
This Installment points out the potential impact that the current $2.5 billion distribution by Madoff Trustee Irving Picard may have on the diverse and divergent interests among the Wilpons that are parties to the global Settlement Agreement with Picard.
The return of grants by a charity to private foundations related to the the sons of Bernard L. Madoff evidence that some charities may be exercising greater caution in their gift acceptance policies as a result of the dramatic and sometimes devastating consequences that highly respected charities have suffered from involvement in Ponzi schemes.
This Installment discusses some aspects of the potential impact that a large distribution to Madoff victims by Trustee Irving Picard may have on the diverse and divergent interests among the Wilpons that are parties to the global Settlement Agreement with Picard and how the Wilpons could address such an impact.
The numerous former defendants, constituting the Wilpon-Katz-Mets individual, business, family trust and charitable interests (the “Wilpons”), in the celebrated but now-settled case brought by Irving H. Picard, the Trustee in the Madoff liquidation, will benefit greatly from the Supreme Court’s refusal to review the net equity calculation formula adopted by Picard.
Having settled their long-running case with Irving Picard, the numerous defendants, constituting the Wilpon-Katz-Mets individual, business, family trust and charitable interests (the “Wilpons”), are cheering Picard on to recover every dollar that he can in his mass appeal to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a number of Judge Jed S. Rakoff’s earlier orders and opinions in the Wilpons’ case.
Would the great Yogi Berra, who is famous for saying, “It ain’t over till it’s over,” be likely to agree that, with the May 31, 2012 approval by Federal District Judge Jed S. Rakoff of the settlement agreement between Picard and the Wilpons, it is over? There appear to be a few loose strands still present, within the Wilpons’ case itself and generally for the many unresolved Madoff/Picard matters.
Those who were eagerly anticipating the final dénouement on May 15, 2012, in the epic battle between Madoff Trustee Irving Picard and the numerous defendants, constituting the Wilpon-Katz-Mets individual, business, family trust and charitable interests, will apparently have to wait at least until May 31, 2012. The approval of the final Settlement Agreement by Federal District Judge Jed S. Rakoff, originally scheduled to occur at a hearing on May 15, 2012 at 4 p.m., has been postponed until May 31, 2012 at 4 p.m.
This Installment raises some questions regarding the inclusion of the private charitable foundations, which Madoff Trustee Irving Picard had sued for recovery of “fictitious profits” and principal, as parties to the global Settlement Agreement between Picard and the Wilpons.
This Installment addresses some of the effects on, and implications for, certain charitable private foundations and their respective officers, directors, trustees and foundation managers under the proposed settlement agreement between Madoff Trustee Irving Picard and the numerous defendants, constituting the Wilpon-Katz-Mets individual, business, family trust and charitable interests.
Adam Rubin of ESPN reported that Madoff Trustee Irving Picard filed court papers on April 13, 2012, seeking approval of the settlement, which was reached on March 19 with numerous defendants, constituting the Wilpon-Katz-Mets individual, business, family trust and charitable interests.
While the Memorandum of Understanding of March 19, 2012 respecting the settlement of the Picard/Wilpons/Mets litigation in the Madoff case stated that it was a legally binding document, the Memorandum contained a number of conditions to finalizing the settlement to be completed on or before Friday, the 13th of April, 2012.
Today, a settlement was reached between Madoff Trustee Irving Picard and the numerous defendants, the Wilpon-Katz-Mets individual, business, family trust and charitable interests (the “Wilpons”), which requires the Wilpons to pay $162 million to Picard but appears to be a very favorable result, perhaps actually an outright victory, in their efforts to keep control of the Mets.
Judge Rakoff’s latest order, issued virtually on the eve of the trial between the Madoff trustee and the Wilpon-Katz-Mets interests, leaves the parties without clarity on an important trial issue.
The effect of Judge Rakoff’s Order yesterday in the Wilpons/Picard litigation and a likely March 19 jury trial date renders uncertain continuing efforts of the Wilpons to sell up to $200 million in minority interests in the Mets.
This posting will focus on the implications of recent postings on ESPN.com regarding the multiple events that are occurring with respect to the continuing economic and legal challenges facing the New York Mets and their owners in the Madoff aftermath.
In his latest Opinion and Order of January 17, 2012, Judge Rakoff denied the motion of Irving Picard, who sought an immediate interlocutory appeal to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals of Judge Rakoff’s earlier ruling that greatly limited the amount that Picard could seek to recover from the Wilpon interests. As a result Judge Rakoff’s “fixed and firm” trial date of March 19, 2012 remains unaffected.
This posting will utilize recent publicly-available consolidated financial statements and Forms 990 of Hadassah to review the impact over the last several years of the Madoff scandal on the membership and dues and legal fees of Hadassah.
It was recently reported that the Hadassah hospital in Israel, which is supported and owned by the non-profit Hadassah affiliate that actually paid the $45,000,000 in cash settlement to Trustee Irving Picard in the Madoff bankruptcy, has been unable to meet $2.65 million in payments to suppliers.
With the recent passage of the third anniversary of the arrest of Bernard Madoff, it appears appropriate to review where Hadassah currently stands, as reflected in publicly available documents, in light of its settlement payment of $45,000,000 in March 2011 to the Trustee of the Madoff bankruptcy proceedings.