Welcome to the website established by the Court appointed Receiver Kelly Crawford. Mr. Crawford was appointed the Receiver by the United States District Court for the District of Delaware (the “Receivership Court”) in a lawsuit brought by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission against Defendants First State Depository Company, LLC, Argent Asset Group, LLC, and Robert Leroy Higgins, in Case No. 22-1266. The purpose of this website is to provide information regarding the receivership to persons or entities who did business with the Defendants.
RECEIVER’S NOTICE OF PUBLIC AUCTION
Kelly M. Crawford, Receiver, gives his Notice of Public Auction, as follows:
The Receiver entered into an agreement with Local Liquidators, LLC (the “Auctioneer”) to provide auction services for the contents of 100 Todds Lane, Wilmington, Delaware (the “Depository”), other than the inventory of Argent Asset Group, LLC and any precious metals, change, coins, numismatics, foreign currency, or collectibles.
The auction will be conducted online at the following website: https://online.localauctions.com/auction/wilmington-de-office-liquidation-auction-id3951-3951/bidgallery.
The Depository will be open to the public January 30-31, 2024, from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. EST for potential bidders to view the merchandise being auctioned.
The auction will close on January 31, 2024.
On February 1-2, 2024, successful bidders will pick up the merchandise from the Depository between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. EST.
The items listed for auction can be viewed using the link in paragraph 2 above.
Pursuant to the Orders of the Receivership Court, the following persons are prohibited from bidding on any auction item: any party or any employee, independent contractor, or attorney of a party or of the Receiver, or any member of their immediate families, or entities in which any persons have a material ownership interest.
On November 30, 2023, the Receiver completed the distribution of metals, foreign currency, and other holdings to the claimants or the claimants’ custodian who had holdings at the First State Depository. The Receiver is working on the liquidation of the Argent inventory and other assets of the Defendant to generate funds for distribution to those who hold an approved claim in the receivership.
Information Regarding the Criminal Charges Against Robert Higgins
One of the most common questions I receive from depositors is whether Robert Higgins is in jail. I serve as the Receiver in a civil case against Mr. Higgins. It is not a criminal case. There are two criminal cases pending against Mr. Higgins in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware. In one criminal case, Mr. Higgins faces charges for alleged tax fraud and for alleged fraud perpetrated against a victim who purchased metals from Mr. Higgins through his company Certified Asset Management, Inc. (“CAMI”) and Certified Assets Management International, LLC (“CAM-INT”). Here is a copy of the Second Superseding Indictment in that criminal case. In the other criminal case, Mr. Higgins faces charges of committing perjury, making a false declaration before the Court, and attempted witness intimidation. Here is a copy of the Criminal Complaint against Higgins in that criminal case. Mr. Higgins was arrested for a short time in June, but a magistrate judge released Mr. Higgins to home confinement. The Department of Justice is appealing the Magistrate’s decision. On February 15, 2024, another superseding indictment was rendered against Mr. Higgins.
Kelly Crawford is an attorney in Dallas, Texas. He has served as the receiver or counsel to the receiver in more than 15 cases brought by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission, or the Federal Trade Commission during the past 20 years. He has been appointed the receiver by federal courts in each of the four districts of Texas, as well as by the federal court for the Southern District of New York. He is a founder of the National Association of Federal Equity Receivers.
The Receiver Kelly Crawford may be contacted by telephone at 214-420-4293 or email using the link below. When contacting Mr. Crawford, if he is not available please leave a message and either Mr. Crawford or one of his attorneys will respond to your message.