Laura Menninger is a Colorado-based attorney who represents Maxwell in both the criminal case as well as in several civil lawsuits.
Laura A. Menninger – hmflaw.com
Prior to law school, Laura worked in Goldman, Sachs & Co.’s Corporate Finance Department as a financial analyst, where she primarily focused on initial public offerings and public debt offerings for major corporations. Her corporate expertise serves her well in her legal practice where she appreciates and accounts for the business implications of her clients’ legal decisions. She joined Haddon, Morgan and Foreman in 2012.
MAXWELL HAS multiple passports and $20 million.
Steven Jude Hoffenberg, Epstein’s former mentor.
Epstein used fraudulently gotten funds as seed money.
Vicky Ward wrote in an extensive 2003 profile of Epstein in Vanity Fair, he earlier worked for Hoffenberg. In the late 1980s, Hoffenberg “hired his new protégé as a consultant at $25,000 a month.” They traveled the world together on Hoffenberg’s plane, Ward wrote.
Hoffenberg now tells Quartz that Epstein was deeply involved in the fraud. Epstein was never charged in the case, but he was “totally in the mix,” Hoffenberg said. He added that Epstein helped him set up the Ponzi scheme.
“He was my colleague daily, seven days a week,” Hoffenberg added.
Epstein named in legal filings
Hoffenberg’s allegations are also made in a lawsuit filed in August 2018 by former Towers investors. The suit calls Epstein an “uncharged co-conspirator.” It also alleges that the millions in stolen investment was the seed capital for Epstein’s hedge fund, which it values at $50 billion. The suit says Epstein “knowingly and intentionally utilized funds he fraudulently diverted and obtained from this massive Ponzi scheme for his own personal use to support a lavish lifestyle,” but does not elaborate.