Petters partner recounts 14 years of fake business deals

Deanna Coleman provided more details about Tom Petters' $3.5 billion Ponzi scheme during her testimony in a bankruptcy court hearing. Coleman took part in the fraud before eventually reporting it to authorities.
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Deanna Coleman provided more details about Tom Petters' $3.5 billion Ponzi scheme during her testimony in a bankruptcy court hearing. Coleman took part in the fraud before eventually reporting it to authorities.

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