Coexist Foundation, Inc. v. Fehrenbacher, No. 16-3332 (7th Cir. 2017)Annotate this Case
Coexist was formed by Hubman, an admitted con man, after a court found that his previous enterprise, Hubman Foundation was not a charity but a sham designed to insulate Hubman from his debts and obligations. Hubman was introduced to Fehrenbacher, the president of a wholesale banking institution that packaged and sold mortgage notes to investment banks, and of a retail loan broker. In 2009, Fehrenbacher offered Hubman a deal via email that promised returns of 25-30% per week and that any invested funds would not be at risk and would be held in escrow. Coexist ultimately wired $2 million from Coexist, plus $2.8 million of Hubman's money to Assured Capital, following Fehrenbacher’s instructions. It was a Ponzi scheme. Hubman complained to the FBI and filed a civil suit. Assured ultimately paid him $4.3 million. Fehrenbacher then returned $1,494,250 to Coexist. The $2 million that Coexist “invested” was actually the money of Stewart, a retired professional baseball player. The Stewarts obtained a judgment for $2 million against Hubman and Coexist. Hubman did not pay. Coexist filed suit against Fehrenbacher and his companies. The Seventh Circuit affirmed a finding that the defendants violated a Florida law prohibiting the sale of unregistered securities and an order of rescission.