The Law: Do-lt-Yourself Recovery

When Financier Robert Vesco fled the U.S. to avoid his mounting legal problems, he took along a prized possession: a Boeing 707 jetliner lavishly fitted out with a dis cotheque, a sauna for five and sleeping quarters for twelve. Vesco may have thought his expensive toy was safe, but one of his more determined creditors reckoned otherwise. In what may turn out to be one of the most bizarre asset-recovery schemes on record, Alwyn Eisenhauer, Vesco's former pilot, settled a beef against his old boss simply by talking his way aboard the plane, then...

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