Equipment Finance Inc. Fraud

by Gerald F. Parrotto January/February 2011
Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? When Equipment Finance was acquired by Sterling Financial in March 2002, the specialty lender was hailed as a “well managed company with exceptional profitability and sound credit quality.” What eventually developed was a drama fraught with deception and collusion that would lead to the collapse and subsequent sale of a $3.3 billion community bank six years later.

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