SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - A Silicon Valley financier who owns a stake in the NHL's Nashville Predators has filed for personal Chapter 11 bankruptcy just weeks after being accused of loan fraud.
William ``Boots'' Del Biaggio III's filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California caps a turbulent two weeks for this scion of a prominent San Jose banking family.
While the filing didn't list the 40-year-old businessman's assets or debts, a list of the biggest unsecured claims against him shows that he has at least $57 million in unpaid personal and business loans, credit card bills and other financial obligations.
In the filing, Del Biaggio estimates his assets and liabilities each between $50 million and $100 million. More complete information about Del Biaggio's finances are expected to be submitted later to the court.
A call to Del Biaggio's bankruptcy attorney by The Associated Press wasn't immediately returned Friday afternoon.
Outside of his stake in the Predators, Del Biaggio is known for co-founding the investment firm Sand Hill Capital, which has given money to chip maker Broadcom Corp., juice company Odwalla Inc. and other companies, according to Sand Hill's Web site.
Del Biaggio abruptly resigned May 26 from Sand Hill Capital. His financial troubles began emerging shortly thereafter: three banks sued him claiming $17 million in unpaid loans.
Modern Bank, a New York-based private bank, is trying to force Del Biaggio to repay $10 million he used to help buy his slice of the Predators. Heritage Bank of Commerce, a San Jose-based bank co-founded by Del Biaggio's father, wants Del Biaggio to immediately repay a $4 million loan. And DGB Investments Inc., a San Jose-based investment firm, is suing Del Biaggio over an unpaid $3 million loan.
Those transactions and others are also being probed by the U.S. Attorney's Office and the Securities and Exchange Commission over allegations that Del Biaggio passed off brokerage accounts that weren't his as loan collateral.
Merriman Curhan Ford said it has fired the broker who helped Del Biaggio with the transactions and is cooperating with the federal investigations.
Del Biaggio's defense lawyer has said his client will cooperate with the investigations.
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