A hedge fund employee from a Hartford, Connecticut fund, pleaded guilty –without ever admitting — to a 2008 abduction during which a store manager’s mother was kidnapped at gunpoint and held for more than $20,000 ransom.
Zeno Daigre allegedly kidnapped and held the mother of a woman who managed a check cashing service at gunpoint as she was getting into her car. He then drove her car and ordered the manager’s mother to call her daughter at the check-cashing business.
After the daughter picked up the phone, Daigre got on the line to demand the she empty the safe into a bag, which he later picked up, according to the report.
The manager’s mother was left unharmed. She never had a good look at her abductor.
While the article doesn’t reveal the hedge fund Daigre worked for, the only firm his Bloomberg profile shows is Weiss International Management Ltd. Partners on 1 State Street Hartford CT.
There isn’t a website for Weiss International Management Ltd. Partners. However, privately-owned hedge fund sponsor George Weiss Associates Inc. is located at the same address.
Both Daigre and his late twin brother Zengo, who was shot dead in the temple and stomach in 2005, interned with Weiss while they attended the University of Hartford, according to Philly.com.
Interesting note: Daigre and his brother were able attend the University of Hartford thanks to assistance from the Say Yes to Education Foundation, which was founded in 1987 by George Weiss, the Connecticut-based money manager who ran the fund where Daigre and his late brother interned. During the foundation’s first year it adopted 112 Philadelphia inner-city sixth graders from Belmont Elementary School including Daigre and his twin brother.
The mission of the foundation is to increase high school and college graduation rates for at risk youth in inner-city schools.
Zeno Daigre, 36, was identified in a line-up by the manager of the Connecticut State Check Cashing Service for a July 9, 2008 robbery.
Daigre was arrested on June 5, 2009 and remains in custody on $1.2 million bail, the report said.
He will be sentenced on November 9.
Photos of Daigre from a benefit dinner for the Say Yes To Education Foundation can be found here.