This doesn’t sound like good news for Sir Allen…
James Davis, the number two at Stanford Financial Group, is cooperating with the federal civil and criminal probes into the $8 billion Ponzi scheme that both are accused of orchestrating, Davis’ lawyer has told (sub. req.) the Wall Street Journal.
That’s a shift by the former SFG chief financial officer, who was also Allen Stanford’s college roommate. Previously, Davis had taken the fifth, along with Stanford himself, and had refused to provide investigators with key company documents.
To date, Stanford, Davis, and a third Stanford employee, Laura Pendergest-Holt, have been charged in a civil complaint filed by the SEC. But only Pendergest-Holt currently faces criminal charges, relating to obstruction of justice.
That’s likely to change. Even Davis’ cooperation doesn’t appear likely to shield him from facing his own criminal charges. But it can hardly come as welcome news for the cricket-loving billionaire.