Forged opinion letters, purported to be from a prominent New Jersey lawyer, are at the center of a $7 million loan fraud case in federal court in Newark. The lawyer, Ben Becker, is the alleged signer of two letters provided to Merrill Lynch Business Financial Services in 2004, along with allegedly fake financial statements, based upon which Merrill Lynch loaned money to a now-defunct import-export company. Becker has said he had nothing to do with the opinion letters.
Forged Attorney-Opinion Letters Underlie Merrill Lynch Fraud Suit
New Jersey Law Journal
February 13, 2008