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Jailed director's parents pay $340,000

The parents of disgraced Opes Prime director Anthony Blumberg pay the failed stock lender.

The parents of disgraced Opes Prime director Anthony Blumberg pay the failed stock lender.

THE parents of disgraced, jailed Opes Prime director Anthony Blumberg have paid the failed stock lender $340,000, part of $4.5 million recovered by the company's administrator earlier this year.

Accounts filed by Opes Prime's administrator, John Lindholm, of Ferrier Hodgson, show the single biggest payment collected in the six months between February and July was about $3.5 million - a payout from Opes Prime's investment in power management company Energy Response.

Former Opes Prime staff also made payments, totalling about $5000.

Mr Lindholm filed the accounts in his role as administrator of a scheme of arrangement under which Opes Prime's bankers, ANZ and Merrill Lynch, have so far paid 37? in the dollar to former customers owed about $610 million.

The accounts list the $340,200 received from Basil and Carole Blumberg on June 10 as ''accounts receivable (pre-appointment)''.

It is believed the money is the proceeds of the sale of an apartment at the Brighton on Bay Retirement Village bought by the couple in March 2008, just before Opes Prime's collapse.

Ferrier Hodgson and the Blumbergs had been locked in a dispute over the apartment, with the insolvency firm insisting the apartment was bought using money from a company in the Opes Prime group, Leveraged Capital.

A receptionist at the Brighton on Bay Retirement Village said the couple had bought the apartment but never moved in.

A $3.5 million payment from Energy Response was the proceeds of the sale of the company to US group EnerNOC in early July, Energy Response executive director Ross Fraser said.

He said Opes Prime's private equity arm, Hawkswood, ''invested in Energy Response a number of years ago''.

''They therefore received a payment for those shares when EnerNOC took over the company,'' he said. Energy Response is a middleman between power companies and big power users.


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