Jan M. Heger
We have come to understand that a communication from an attorney at law was recently addressed to Michelle Grissom, courageous former student of Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo. Michelle has recently confessed the details of her own 13 year-long web campaign against Jetsunma, information that has very much influenced public dialogue.
Interesting to note that the communication to Michelle from attorney Jan M. Heger was couched as an e-mail. Unlike most attorney communications, this one was not on official law firm letterhead. Mr. Heger, who included no telephone or physical address in the communication, claimed to be out of the country. Research indicates his law firm is located in Laguna Niguel, California.
Being curious about the attorney named above, we have searched out facts about his career. A feature that struck us immediately was the following notation on his AVVO profile: “This lawyer has been cited for professional misconduct by a state disciplinary authority.” (Two instances: 1993 and 1991.)
More interesting: Mr. Heger’s firm received fees from the Bayou Group, a hedge fund firm in Stamford, Conn., that was accused by federal prosecutors on Sept. 1, 2005, of conducting a $300 million fraud. The New York Times on September 17, 2005, notes Mr. Heger’s involvement in the following way:
Over the course of three weeks in June of this year, a lawyer named Jan Morton Heger received $461,000 in payments from Bayou Securities, according to the financial statements. Mr. Heger had not shown up in documents from previous periods. He did not respond to an e-mail message requesting comment and a telephone number for him was out of service.
At the time of these payments, in June 2005, the amount represented about three times the firm’s net capital as of March of that year.
Also of note: Mr. Heger represented Leo E. Wanta in his unsuccessful case against the State of Wisconsin. Mr. Wanta’s appeal of conviction for tax evasion was denied in 2004. The case has been a preoccupation of conspiracy theorists because of Mr. Wanta’s involvement as a U.S. Treasury official in the highly controversial case of a deposit of $18 billion worth of post-Cold-War funds in Swiss banks. Mr. Wanta was involved as trustee (co-trustee with former President George H. W. Bush) of those funds.
Mr. Heger has elsewhere been involved in news about international finance. In 1998, the board of the Commercial Bank of Greece rejected his bid for take-over of Ionian Bank, a mid-size Greek bank, as follows:
Commercial’s director general Mr. G. Michelis said the two bids submitted by Jan Morton Heger and the Exchange Finance Overseas group did not satisfy two of the basic terms of the tender, namely that the price should be paid-up wholly in cash upon transfer, and that the prospective buyers’ proposal should be accompanied by a certificate of a bank acceptable to the seller, validating their ability to pay the value of the shares.