Cross-Examination of Stanford CFO James Davis Begins

James Davis is preparing to take the stand for a fourth day in the Ponzi scheme trial of Houston financier R. Allen Stanford. The former chief financial officer for Stanford Financial Group and Stanford International Bank is now undergoing cross-examination.

Defense counsel Robert Scardino made the question of Davis’ credibility as a witness the heart of his opening argument. He wasted no time in pressing the issue when finally given the chance to question Davis.

One of his first questions for the former CFO was, “When you met with prosecutors, did you tell them, ‘I’m a liar?’” Davis answered, “Yes.” Scardino: “Did you tell them you were a crook?” Davis: “A fraudster.” Scardino: “Did you tell them you were a coward?” Davis: “Yes. I told them I was a coward.”

Much of what followed hinged on Scardino’s efforts to tie Davis directly to criminal activity. He focused on the near $1 billion loan Davis took out from Stanford International Bank in December 2008 and January 2009, pointing to the lack of available evidence that Davis had obtained Stanford’s permission for the loan as Davis claimed.

Scardino also raised questions about a string of affairs Davis had. These included one with Laura Pendergest-Holt, whom he met while teaching a bible class with his wife and who later became Stanford’s chief investment officer.


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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Business Reporter

Andrew Schneider joined News 88.7 in January 2011. Since arriving in Houston, he has reported on the many changes wrought on the region’s economy by the revolution in domestic oil and gas production. His non-energy reporting runs the gamut from white-collar crime to cattle ranching. His work has aired on...

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