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Heidi Planck cops probing her boss who's charged in $43m fraud as ex thinks disappearance is linked

POLICE probing the disappearance of Heidi Planck are looking into her work after her boss was probed over a $43 million fraud, her ex-husband has told The Sun.

The FBI raided the missing mom's house late on Friday evening with guns drawn after she disappeared on October 17.


Her boss, Jason Sugarman,is accused of stealing "$43 million from unwitting
pension funds to finance the acquisition of a global financial conglomerate of European and Bermuda insurers, and investment advisers based in Virginia and Connecticut" according to legal documents obtained by The Sun.

It is not clear what the status of that civil lawsuit is.

Sugarman's father-in-law, Peter Guber, is the CEO of Mandalay Entertainment and owner of the Golden State Warriors NBA team.

Sugarman himself is said to be a minority owner of Los Angeles Football Club.

In September last year his reported busniess partner, Jason Galanis,was "sentenced to 189 months in prison for his participation in multiple fraudulent schemes", according to legal records.  

Asked about Sugarman, a managing partner at Heidi’s firm Camden Capital, Heidi's ex-husband Jim Wayne, 63, told The Sun she had never spoken to him about the legal issues her colleague is facing.

Jim said: “Heidi would have been working with him daily, for sure."

He added: “I know for a fact that the police are looking into that. That’s absolutely one of their lines of enquiry."

There is no evidence to suggest that Sugarman was involved in Planck’s disappearance, and police have not named him as a suspect or person of interest in her disappearance.

Heidi was captured on security footage leaving her home with her dog in her gray 2017 Range Rover on October 17.

That dog was found later that day on the 28th floor of a high-rise building in downtown LA – 12 miles from her home in Downey, California.

She had been seen earlier that same day at her son's football game where she appeared "edgy" and "angsty", according to Jim.

He then reported her missing on October 20 after she failed to pick their 10-year-old son up from school.

Jim told The Sun: "When this all started and the news started calling me, a federal prosecutor for the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) actually called me on my cell phone.

“I have no idea how they got my cell phone number, I have no idea how they even got my name, but they did.

“They wanted to know more about Jason Sugarman and I was like ‘I don’t work for him’.

“Don't forget, Heidi’s my ex-wife. She's not talking to me about this stuff."

On October 29, FBI agents raided Heidi's home, allegedly leaving with files; they had been expecting to find a crime scene there, according to local reports.

NEW BOYFRIEND

Ex-husband Jim told The Sun Heidi had an argument with the man she had been dating in the week before her disappearance – but insisted her new beau is a "great guy."

He said: “They had been in an argument the week before so he didn't know anything about her disappearance.

“He thought she was just ghosting him. He had no idea.

“He said that they got into an argument because he lives in San Francisco and she wanted him to come down but he couldn’t because he had to work."

But Jim insists Heidi's new man is a "great guy", adding: "I don’t have any worries about him, he’s a great guy."

He added: “I'm no detective for sure, but he seems like a really great guy. 

“As I said, I'm not a detective, but I can pretty much assure you that that’s not it.”

There is no evidence to suggest that Heidi's partner was involved in her disappearance, and police have not named him as a suspect or person of interest in her disappearance.

Jim explained that he is acting as the “lead contact” for the police and Heidi’s friends through the ordeal. 

GREAT MOM

Asked to describe Heidi, Jim said: “She’s a great worker and a great mom. 

“We have totally different parenting styles, I’m a very strict dad. This is not my first rodeo, I’ve got two older kids. 

“Our son is Heidi’s only child and she is a bit more relaxed in her parenting style.

“We were married for a couple of years but had been with each other for four years. We divorced nine years ago." 

Heidi's car remains missing, according to local reports, after her laptop and phone were found at her home during a wellness check on October 20.

Planck's friends posted flyers in LA on Saturday near to the where her dog was found wandering an apartment building on October 17.

Los Angeles Police Department Detectives have not said if Planck is connected to the complex.

Jarrod Burguan, a retired San Bernardino police chief, said: "People are very, very attached to their pets, and their pets do not just go missing.

"There clearly is something out of place here."

One friend told CBS: "It seems to us that everything stems from that building where her dog was found."

HUNT GOES ON

Heidi is white, 5-feet-3 inches tall, and weighs about 120 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes.

If you have seen or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Planck, Heidi please contact the Los Angeles Police Department’s Missing Persons Unit at 213-996-1800.

During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).

Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the Los Angeles Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to http://www.lacrimestoppers.org.




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