Sunday, August 25, 2002

FBI intercepts $10M bank transfer

The Associated Press

        DAYTON, Ohio - The FBI has seized more than $10 million from a bank account it says may be linked to a man whose securities licenses were suspended in 2000 for selling bogus investments.

        FBI Special Agent Michael Bush said in an affidavit that he sought the seizure because he received information that Philip Lehman, founder of Tower Equities Inc., was trying to transfer about $10 million from an account at Key Bank to one in Switzerland.

        U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Merz granted a warrant, made public on Friday, based on Mr. Bush's affidavit, the Dayton Daily News reported Saturday. The money was seized Wednesday.


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