Allen Stanford was unquestionably guilty of fraud in the billions of dollars. But he was never allowed bail, got put into the general population in Texas prison while awaiting trial where he was beaten senseless, had something close to a nervous breakdown, then got addicted to prescribed drugs while in prison. In short, his treatment was vastly harsher that financial fraudsters usually get and seem designed to break him psychologically.
Bernie Madoff was allowed to stay in penthouse luxury while awaiting trial. Allen Stanford got beaten badly in prison while awaiting trial and then pictures of him lying on a stretcher with a battered face were released to the press. WTF?
He must have really pissed someone off.
A possible clue.
“Whether I’m a scapegoat or whether I just became the thing used to deflect, I don’t know,” said Stanford.
Maybe he was laundering drug money and the money disappeared?