Rights offering detail :
Stolen Paradise: The Swindle that Rocked Hawai'i
Feb. 12, 2020
Author:
Michael A. Lilly and Mike Farris
Category:
Non-fiction: General/Other
Description:
A true insider’s look at a scheme that rocked Hawaii

I am representing Michael A. Lilly and Mike Farris and their story, Stolen Paradise: The Swindle that Rocked Hawai’i. A full proposal and sample chapters are available.
Stolen Paradise: The Swindle that Rocked Hawai’i tells the gripping story of how the charming but corrupt James Lull enticed victims to turn over their life savings, the lives and livelihoods he ruined, the efforts by law enforcement and the courts to bring him to justice, and a difficult hunt for millions of dollars in hidden assets.
In May of 2009, 60-year-old James Lull, reminiscent of the Thelma & Louise movie, swung his white Ford Explorer off I-82 in Yakima County, Washington, and plowed across a field of sagebrush before crashing through a barbed wire fence into the U.S. Army Yakima Training Center and hurtling off a 200-foot cliff to his death.
His crushed truck and body were discovered anywhere between 12 and 48 hours later. Shortly before that discovery, a federal judge in Honolulu had issued a bench warrant for his arrest for failure to appear in her courtroom to be sentenced up to 20 years in federal prison for a series of financial crimes that ran the gamut from simple fake loans and forgeries to a complex Ponzi scheme, the largest in Hawaii’s history.
When Lull, who came to be known as “Hawaii’s Madoff,” filed personal bankruptcy in 2006, creditors’ claims exceeded $57 million.

The co-authors are both retired attorneys with expertise in the world of financial fraud.

Michael A. Lilly, a former Attorney General for the State of Hawai’i, represented the trustee in Lull’s bankruptcy and was intimately involved in efforts to trace the proceeds of Lull’s fraud, much of it converted into fungible assets, such as hundreds of hand-made opal-encrusted pool cues, rare coins, signed baseballs (e.g., Mickey Mantle), original Disney art, and other collectibles. Lilly and the trustee recovered millions of dollars of Lull’s hidden assets, much of it funneled to Lull’s cronies and favorites, for his victims. But millions more were never found, even after Lull failed a polygraph demonstrating that assets were hidden with unknown third parties.
Mike Farris is a Texas attorney with a background in cases involving civil fraud in financial institutions, including an epic case arising out of a failed savings-and-loan that spanned ten years, including multiple appeals to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, before it was finally resolved in his client’s favor. His last trial before retirement resulted in a $13.2 million judgment in favor of his client in a case involving stolen royalties arising out of the publication of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy.
Rights available:
Print, ebook, audio
Contact:
Donna Eastman
Parkeast Literary Agency
parkeastlit2@bellsouth.net
Offering #:
16105
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