When a Ponzi scheme collapses, as with musical chairs, there will be some investors with a place to sit, while others are bereft of such comfort. Unlike musical chairs, the first time the music stops for most Ponzi schemes, the majority of the participants are on the losing end.  A recent British Columbia decision in the Bankruptcy of Rashida Abdulrasul Samji explored what happens when some of the fortunate few “winners” in an alleged Ponzi scheme negotiate a resolution with a bankruptcy trustee responsible for making decisions in the best interests of all the creditors of the bankrupt entity at the centre of the alleged scheme. 
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