Report: Superior Court Judge Nominee Testifies at 'Gifting Table' Trial

According to CTpost.com, Shelley Marcus, a lawyer from Branford nominated for a state judge post by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, testified that "she never told members of an alleged pyramid scheme that their so-called gifting tables club was legal..


Several news outlets, including the New Haven Register and ctpost.com, are reporting that laywer Shelley Marcus has testified that she never told members of the alleged pyramid scheme that their gifting tables club was legal while her firm represented them, though several witnesses have testified differently. Marcus, a Branford resident, was recently nominated to serve as a judge on the Superior Court by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy

The 'gifting tables' trial began Jan. 24, 2013 and involves two Guilford women, Donna Bello and Jill Platt, who were charged last year as leaders of the gifting table. Bettejane Hopkins of Essex pleaded guilty to charges of a federal tax conspiracy offense stemming from her involvement in a the scheme. 

According to ctpost.com

Shelley Marcus took the witness stand Monday in federal court in Hartford in the trial of two Guilford women charged with running the scheme and defrauding participants and the IRS. Her testimony contradicted statements by other witnesses who said she and her father, former state Democratic Party Chairman Ed Marcus, told gifting table members that their activities were legal...

Malloy said recently that he will be reviewing Shelley Marcus' testimony to see if her nomination to the Superior Court bench should stand...

Shelley Marcus testified that she never told the gifting table members whether the club was legal or illegal and never gave input on whether the gifts were taxable. She said she warned the women that state gambling laws and securities laws might apply.

New Haven Register reporter Susan Misur also included a piece of Misur's testimony in her article.

Lori Fogler Nicholson February 16, 2013 at 02:09 PM
I was invited to one of those "women helping women gifting" scams and I asked right up front whether it was legal. I was shuttled to another room, out of earshot of a young divorced woman with three children, who had her checkbook out and writing a $2500 check. I was told that issues of a legal nature were not discussed which was also in the "handbook" present on the coffee table. There were alot of smart successful woman there, and I wondered how on this good earth they could have fallen for the oldest trick in the book. You don't need a law degree to know it's illegal ...just common sense.


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