Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Andriana Vamvakas, the New York District Director for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Labor-Management Standards (“DOL-OLMS”), and Robert Panella, the Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General, Office of Labor Racketeering and Fraud Investigations (“DOL-OIG”) announced today the unsealing of a three-count criminal Complaint charging JOSEPH LOMBARDO, the founder and managing director of Prim Capital Corporation (“Prim”), with attempting to defraud the National Basketball Players Association (“NBPA”) of $3 million through the use of a fraudulent retention contract.
The Complaint also charges LOMBARDO and CAROLYN KAUFMAN, a principal at Prim, with obstructing a grand jury investigation in the Southern District of New York. LOMBARDO and KAUFMAN were arrested this morning at their residences in Ohio, and were presented in federal court in the Northern District of Ohio, Cleveland branch, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Greg White. LOMBARDO and KAUFMAN will make their first appearance in Manhattan federal court on May 2, 2013.
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