A New Mexico couple facing the possible "clawback" of nearly $1 million from the largest Ponzi scheme in New Mexico history has filed for bankruptcy in a bid to avoid dodge the lawsuit. Mark and Maura Dahrling, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, were among hundreds of investors that lost approximately $75 million to now-convicted Ponzi schemer Doug Vaughn and his real estate company. After being sued in a "clawback" suit by a court-appointed bankruptcy trustee seeking hundreds of thousands of dollars in transfers from Vaughn, the Dahrlings filed a bankruptcy petition seeking to put an end to the "sinister clawback litigation" - listing the only substantial liability as their possible exposure to the clawback lawsuit.
Doug Vaughn operated Vaughn Company Realtors ("VCR"), which was once the largest independent residential brokerage firm in New Mexico. Started in 1983, Vaughn and VCR pitched investments in the form of promissory notes, promising potential investors annual returns averaging 17.5%. In return, Vaughn represented that investor funds would be used for real estate investments. In total, VCR collected more than $86 million from investors in eight states.
“We are good people and have done nothing wrong. We have been forced into bankruptcy in order to stop this sinister clawback litigation against us and hopefully put an end to this unbelievable nightmare.”