SEC Shuts Down Woodbridge Group and Robert Shapiro, Calling His Real Estate Empire A Ponzi

The Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday charged Woodbridge Group and its owner, real estate developer Robert Shapiro, with operating what amounted to a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme. The SEC has frozen Shapiro’s assets amid one of the larger and last Ponzi schemes of late, saying the “business model was a sham” and putting a freeze on the high-flying fund manager's business activities.

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