The latest discoveries come four years after the Daily News began reporting on what is believed to be one of the most extensive frauds ever perpetrated on professional athletes. [...] “Many of the players are either broke or don’t want to spend any more money on legal fees or time trying to figure out where the money is and how it was taken, which is unfortunate but understandable,” says Berard [...].
The other players affected include former Islander Michael Peca, former Ranger Mattias Norstrom, Jere Lehtinen of the Dallas Stars and NHL journeymen Glen Murray and Jozef Stumpel. One of the bigger investors was five-time All Star and Stanley Cup winner Sergei Gonchar of the Dallas Stars. “Some of the players still don’t even realize their money is gone,” Berard says. “But nothing is going to stop me from continuing to get the documentation and information showing these two guys that they just can’t take my money and get away with it. This was my retirement money, my nest egg.”