$15 million to be refunded to California consumers involved in alleged Chais Ponzi scheme

By Mark Iandolo | Nov 8, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced Oct. 28 that Californians who invested money with Beverly Hills-based investor Stanley Chais will receive part of a $15 million restitution settlement.

Chais had allegedly funneled investor money into Bernard Madoff’s notorious Ponzi scheme.


According to Harris’ office, Chais violated California’s consumer protection laws and corporate securities laws by deceiving clients, many of whom were elderly. Chais purportedly coerced unaware consumers into paying him substantial fees, claiming he was actively managing their money when he was actually just turning money over to Madoff. Many of these consumers allegedly lost their life savings when Madoff’s fraudulent scheme was uncovered in 2008.


“For over 30 years, Stanley Chais unscrupulously defrauded Californians, many of them elderly, by taking their life savings, charging steep fees, and funneling their money to Bernie Madoff’s elaborate Ponzi scheme,” Harris said.  

“This settlement will help recover the losses suffered by victims who were cheated by Chais, many of whom lost everything.”


Chais passed away in 2010, and all of his remaining assets will be forfeited as part of a separate agreement.

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