Financial friendship turns sour

Financial friendship turns sour

There are 104 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Jul 20, 2007, titled Financial friendship turns sour. In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

For a decade, Helen Alpert, an 86-year-old from Lauderhill, thought of Doria Sabia-Lawrence as much more than her Merrill Lynch financial adviser.

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Viperman

Osteen, FL

#65 Jun 10, 2010
IMPORTANT !!!! All people that have lost money to Mark Colodne MUST IMMEDIATELY call the Palm Beach Sheriff's Department and report to them what has happened to you !!! Besides myself, the Sheriff's Dept claims that NO other person has called them and reported the loss of money at the hands of Mark. I can't believe this !!! What this boils down to is that Mark has been running a PONZI SCAM and is continuing too, with 2 open Corporations in place. PLEASE make that call and contact me on this thread..
Frank Sonny Jerry

Greenville, SC

#67 Jul 28, 2010
A Call to Action wrote:
I think you misunderstood completely. This was not about LENDING money to a friend or family member.
This was about INVESTING money with someone that portrayed themselves as a 'PROFESSIONAL'. Someone that gave you a false sense of security, lied, and preyed upon the elderly. This is about a financial SCAM.
Maybe you should do some research before making uninformed comments.
<quoted text>
Why are you getting angry with me ? There are millions of people who prey on the vulernable especially naive women. My ex was always preyed upon and they usually target the unsuspecting.My ex was a retailers delight.

South Florida is the scam capital of the world. I was just stating a fact, never lend money to a friend.

A college professor of mine felt sorry for one of his brothers who was down on his luck and kept sending him money every week. Before too long they never spoke together again. Just some sound advice.

He was trying to teach us a living lesson.
Confused

Lake Worth, FL

#68 Jul 30, 2010
Firstly, we are beyond misconceptions.......He destroyed many lives and people......Viperman wrote, we need to notify Palm Beach Sheriffs Dept.
Palm Beach Sheriffs was notified, but didn't want to get involved.
So my question is: has anyone heard what is going on with Mark, did they foreclose on his house??? Is he still in business on Glades Road???? Is he even in the country?????? In other words...What's going on?
Frank Sonny Jerry

Greenville, SC

#69 Jul 31, 2010
Confused wrote:
Firstly, we are beyond misconceptions.......He destroyed many lives and people......Viperman wrote, we need to notify Palm Beach Sheriffs Dept.
Palm Beach Sheriffs was notified, but didn't want to get involved.
So my question is: has anyone heard what is going on with Mark, did they foreclose on his house??? Is he still in business on Glades Road???? Is he even in the country?????? In other words...What's going on?
Don't be confused, Please vote all encumbent Judges off the bench in the West Palm Beach Couthouse and Ft. Lauderdale Courthouse in November. They are the ones allowing such corruption because there corrupt themselves.

These Judges have to go !!
Judge Jack H. Cook West Palm
Judge Lisa Carol Phillips Ft Lauderdale
Judge Lisa Trachman
Judge Mark A. Speiser
Howard C. Forman Jerk of the Court!!

Thanks for reading !!
Frank Sonny Jerry

Greenville, SC

#70 Jul 31, 2010
Confused wrote:
Firstly, we are beyond misconceptions.......He destroyed many lives and people......Viperman wrote, we need to notify Palm Beach Sheriffs Dept.
Palm Beach Sheriffs was notified, but didn't want to get involved.
So my question is: has anyone heard what is going on with Mark, did they foreclose on his house??? Is he still in business on Glades Road???? Is he even in the country?????? In other words...What's going on?
Ms. Confused, unfortuantely here's the reality of it all.

Judge Jack H. Cook West Palm Beach Probate Judge allowed Brian M. O'Connell to sell my mothers jewelry in Probate worth at least $60,000. to his cronies for $6,500.00 and then took a $3,500.00 fee for the transaction to boot.

He also allowed Brian to sell my parents valuable land for a fration of it's value. They simply play ball with each other and

Judge Vonhoff before he retired gave numerous unnecessary work to a number of attorneys at my parents expense. This is the game they play, all in the name of justice. There is no justice in West Palm Beach currently and reason most propety is in negative equity position.

Get rid of Judge Jack H. Cook who is a crook. I'm glad that Judge Gary Vonhoff another crook in West Palm Beach retired.

Vote all encumbents off the bench, there all tied at the hip.
Not Confused

Pompano Beach, FL

#71 Jul 31, 2010
Lets concentrate on Mark Colodne...In order to help the confused or uninformed here.
This entire thread has enough information for ANYONE that was ever scammed by Mark Colodne to contact the office of financial services, obtain court information on GreenOak scam AND the attorney that represented GreenOak. Also the State of FL contact named Mike Ward who is a rep for Fl Fin services...I feel that if the STATE is not doing anything or so overloaded with multi-million dollar scams and Mark Colodne CONTINUES to fall under the wire so to speak that the only way ANYTHING will ever get done is to hire a private investigation of Mark Colodne and actually find where he hid the money....I still believe that he was partner in crime to the 'disappearance' of the GreenOak money and staged his lawsuit knowing that it would go nowhere...
Is anyone now NOT clear on this or know what must be done? If the cost of a PI is too much for one person the bear then it is time for a group to collectively hunt this crook down since the state of FL does nothing and NO attorney will touch it as they do not see a 'payoff' with visible funds...in other words they do NOT want to hunt for their fee and helping people is NOT what lawyers are in business for unless one wants to step up here and help for the principle of it....
It is time to figure out how to do this together! GET IT???
interesting conversation

Jupiter, FL

#72 Aug 2, 2010
I have used mark for many year as an accountant.
I have had no problem's with him except he is very hard to reach during tax time.

Now, if you ahve redemptions or felt he did somthing wrong get an lawyer.

I have read over this thread and I am shocked that many people here talk a lot but no action. I see people write call here and call here. This is a country that sues everyone for everything. So sue him.

Now, what I have noticed is only about 2 people here have had any problems with Mark the rest have gone here, as I have because I we googled our accountant. I confirm this with what viperman said that Palm Beach Sheriff's Department had no compaints on mark.

I wish I did'nt have to work every day I would love to just sit here and chat, post every day etc... That was a joke!
Confused

Lake Worth, FL

#73 Aug 4, 2010
There certainly is more than 2 people hurt by this man, many contacts have been made as stated in this thread pages 1-4. I personally know of several people that contacted the PBSD and was turned away. You can't sue if attorneys will not step forward and take the case. It seems the only government department that have an interest in this is The Dept of Finance, Mr. Ward, and supposedly the FBI has an interest.

Unfortunately for my grandparents too much time has gone by, my grandfather passed away just recently and was extremely depressed over his loss, no one should have to bear such a heavy heart at the end of their lives. May He Rest in Peace!
Confused

Lake Worth, FL

#74 Aug 4, 2010
By the way I am not confused over what is being said. I know exactly what went on....What I am confused over is " HOW THIS MAN COULD PULL OFF A SCAM LIKE THIS AND GET AWAY WITH IT!" I guess it was just enough money to stay under the wire.
west

Los Angeles, CA

#75 Aug 11, 2010
Frank Sonny Jerry wrote:
<quoted text>
Don't be confused, Please vote all encumbent Judges off the bench in the West Palm Beach Couthouse and Ft. Lauderdale Courthouse in November. They are the ones allowing such corruption because there corrupt themselves.
These Judges have to go !!
Judge Jack H. Cook West Palm
Judge Lisa Carol Phillips Ft Lauderdale
Judge Lisa Trachman
Judge Mark A. Speiser
Howard C. Forman Jerk of the Court!!
Thanks for reading !!
Is it true that Judge Jack H. Cook is owned by the law firm Gunster Yoakley & Stewart?
west

Los Angeles, CA

#76 Aug 11, 2010
Is it true that Judge Jack H. Cook is owned by the law firm Gunster Yoakley & Stewart?
NYC Pigeon

Colts Neck, NJ

#77 Aug 11, 2010
Holy Cow!! I don't know what it'll take for you people to wake up. Mark was my accountant for over 15 years and he took a very large sum from me and lost it/stole it/whatever!

He's not a good guy...don't you people understand? At one time, I considered him a good friend. That's who he preyed on and unfortunately, I didn't listen to others who warned me that this was not a good idea.

Saying "just sue the guy" is naive. He broke the law under what the hedgefund indicated. That he's hidden the money, lost it, or shoved it up his butt is unknown for now. That this happened and he's still out there providing services AS AN ACCOUNTANT AND LAWYER, is insulting to all of us.

When I went back to speak with the Palm Springs police, they changed their tune and said I needed to initiate a complaint at my local police dept. because that's where the fraud occurred. I gave all of the info including a written statement to my local police and they sent it on to the NJ Attorney's office and (probably) then to the FBI.

Mark...if you're reading this...I don't know how you can live with yourself.

If anyone who wants to contact me in order to pursue this; if there's an honest groundswell, I'll contact lawyers, send me a letter including your phone number. It's trust time...I'm putting myself out there because I"m sick and tired of feeling like I can't control this part of my life.

I'll get back to you with my e-mail address and keep all posted.
Send your letters to PO Box 44, Demarest, NJ 07627

I don't want to hear from those of you who are sympathetic with Colodne. I'm sure his karma will catch up with you sometime soon.

And please...don't use this post as a political soapbox to vote out
people that you've got an issue with. I'm not unsympathetic but this is about Mark Colodne. Period!

Frank Sonny Jerry

Greenville, SC

#78 Aug 14, 2010
west wrote:
Is it true that Judge Jack H. Cook is owned by the law firm Gunster Yoakley & Stewart?
It really doesn't matter. Here you have a military man whose salary was paid for by the U.S. Government not seeing to Federal Taxes are being paid on the Estate. Court approved Accountings which were never examined.

I say this makes him one very corrupt Judge with absolutely no honor.!!!

His salary also paid by the State of Florida and the Judge never saw to it the State Intangible Taxes were paid until the tax was discontinued.

I call this collusion and corruption with the law firm responsible for those tax returns. Boose Casey Ciklin Martens and O'Connell. One hand washing the other.
West

AOL

#79 Aug 16, 2010
There is no Mark Colodne list with the Florida Bar Association!
Concerned

Pompano Beach, FL

#81 Aug 20, 2010
He was registered in NY...probably would help to complain to the NY Bar Association....but that wont get people's money back that he stole... however, it may be poetic justice for him to finally loose something...that is IF he still is licensed....
West wrote:
There is no Mark Colodne list with the Florida Bar Association!
Viperman

Osteen, FL

#82 Aug 28, 2010
New Hope !!! I have been very busy on my end and here is an update. First, Mark has no license of any kind in Florida. Yes, he can legally do your taxes and call himself a "Tax Adviser". However, It is illegal for Mark to use ESQ behind his name or represent himself online or verbally as an Attorney of any kind, in the State of Florida. Mark has committed a criminal act in Palm Beach County. Mark set up a Corporation called Green Oaks. This Corp. was to solicit funds to make investments or trading in commodities. You need a license for this. Mark has committed intentional FRAUD against each and every one of us. Your contact is Detective Connaly at the PBSO. He runs the Fraud unit. His Supervisor is named Alexander. Hound these people under the premise on Mark's act of Fraud. It is a crime. There is also an ACE in your pocket. If they do not act on this, there is a law called "Obstruction of Justice". They can be arrested for inaction by the State Attorney's Office. Forget about the Finance Dept and Mr Ward. He is very ill and the case is gathering mothballs and will continue. It's a dead end. What all this boils down to, is that Law Enforcement doesn't want to do the paperwork. Their jobs to them are just another 9 to 5 and home. There are no freedom fighters for the Public. The more noise you make, the more likely they will listen. I'll update again in about a week and please post your findings on this new route to get at Mark ....
concerned

Lake Worth, FL

#84 Nov 4, 2010
Mark is licensed in the State of New York, and providing he is not actually practicing law in the State of Florida he can retain his title, also, because he uses EQS after his name when doing taxes and immigration law, this is legal because they are Federal. The other issue, he wasn't trading in commodities and was trading as a Hedge Fund which is not governed by anyone. At least at the time he was trading for Green Oak.They are trying to change that and in fact some Hedge Funds are....Unfortunately not Green Oak. Believe me I have tried everything from meeting with lawyers to calling the SEC and FBI. Everyone is very sympathetic but that is all. I am now trying to get on with my life

Q
Lookin for a new Tax Acct

United States

#85 Dec 3, 2010
Mark is a scam artist, as an accountant he was handing me different tax information than what the IRS had on file. He probably scammed a majority while being a "GREAT" accountant as some of you have claimed. When I called to confront him about it during tax season (how convenient it is to be so hard to get ahold of during that time) he would not return my calls! I believe in Karma.
Concerned

Miami, FL

#86 Apr 8, 2011
I attempted contact to NYC Pigeon......I wonder where NYC Pigeon and Viperman are at with this issue...How about the fact he stole so much money...Has he escaped yet to Equador??? IS there NOTHING that we can do?
NYC Pigeon

Oceanside, NY

#87 Apr 14, 2011
Concerned wrote:
I attempted contact to NYC Pigeon......I wonder where NYC Pigeon and Viperman are at with this issue...How about the fact he stole so much money...Has he escaped yet to Equador??? IS there NOTHING that we can do?
I'm here and sorry that I've not followed up on contacting you. will do so in the next week. Does anyone have info on what Colodne is up to these days? Is he actually doing taxes?

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