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As if he didn’t already have enough troubles, Githaiga Ramsey has now ticked off a federal judge. On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer held the Oakland solo practitioner in contempt for violating court orders. Ramsey allegedly twice tried to transfer ownership of property that had been frozen as part of an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Just two weeks ago, State Bar prosecutors initiated disbarment proceedings against Ramsey after accusing him of defrauding professional basketball player Jason Caffey out of more than $2.2 million. Ramsey was a San Francisco deputy DA at the time of the alleged fraud. Ramsey, the 41-year-old son of a retired Alameda County judge, couldn’t be reached when the State Bar charges were filed, and on Wednesday declined comment on the contempt order. Judge Breyer found Ramsey in contempt for trying to transfer ownership of a single-family home in the East Bay town of Hercules. The property had been placed in receivership after the SEC filed suit against Chicago D&P Inc. — an alleged real estate Ponzi scheme — its founder Patricia Morgen and her son Shalom Gibson. San Francisco attorney Jamie Dupree, who represents receiver Stephen Anderson in the case, said investors had been defrauded out of about $18 million. Ramsey entered the case, representing Nika Dobbins — the daughter of Morgen, the sister of Gibson and a board member of Chicago D&P. She also lived with her husband on the Hercules property, which was owned by yet another couple. Early on, Dupree, a partner in Futterman & Dupree, notified Ramsey by mail that he could be found in contempt if he tampered with the property, which was in the receiver’s sole control. The court itself issued three orders restricting the property’s transfer. Ramsey, who represented himself before Breyer, filed a declaration with the court claiming he had “no notice” of the court orders prohibiting the transfer of the property and denied fraudulent conduct. Breyer, however, held that Ramsey’s declaration was “inconsistent” with the stories told by “all other parties” and that there was “clear and convincing evidence” that he was aware of the court’s orders. “In her June 8 letter and e-mail, [Dupree] gave Mr. Ramsey explicit notice of the existence of the court’s [first] order and the fact that the order applied to him,” Breyer wrote. Breyer also accused Ramsey of trying to “cover up” the attempted transfers by telling the original owners — Antoinette Duckett and Jonathan Gatlin — to say nothing about it, especially to the SEC. Besides holding Ramsey in contempt, the judge also gave him until March 4 to repay the property’s receiver more than $60,000 that had been wired to Antron Thurman, who got the property from the original owners before transferring it to yet another party. The court also ordered Ramsey to pay the fees of the receiver and Dupree. The court made note of several attempts by Ramsey to claim tens of thousands of dollars in his own and client trust accounts. However, in all cases, either the checks were stopped or Ramsey stipulated that he no longer made claim to the funds. Weinberg & Wilder partner Doron Weinberg, who represents Ramsey in the State Bar case, wouldn’t comment. State Bar Deputy Trial Counsel Esther Rogers would only say that the contempt order would have no impact on her prosecution. Dupree, however, called the court’s order “well received and well supported by the evidence.” She said it would help restore funds to the defrauded investors. The ruling is Securities & Exchange Commission v. Chicago D&P, 04-01742.

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