A Lot of International Playboys are giving Ponzi a Bad Name
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[SOURCE] "I inherited $100,000 from my father to continue my studies. I invested them with Ezzeddine, and now all my dreams are destroyed," says Mohammad, a 25-year-old student from Maaroub. "I don't know what I was thinking when I invested with him. We thought he was Hizballah's financier."
"Lebanon's" Bernie Madoff: A Scandal Taints Hizballah
By Andrew Lee Butters / Beirut, Youssef Ajami / EPA
Wednesday, Sep. 16, 2009 Lebanese businessman Salah Ezzeddine
Indeed, one Hizballah source told TIME that some top leaders did business with Ezzeddine. The Lebanese press has published unsubstantiated reports that his enterprise collapsed when a check he wrote to a senior Hizballah official bounced and that, as a result, the financier went into hiding until Hizballah security forces found him and turned him over to the government.