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Former employees of Peregrine Financial Group, Inc. and other companies owned by Russ Wasendorf Sr. pick up information about benefits that could be available to them during a meeting in Waterloo, Iowa on Wednesday, July 18, 2012. Wasendorf's business empire collapsed last week after he was found unresponsive in his car outside Peregrine's headquarters in Cedar Falls following a suicide attempt. He left a note in which investigators say he detailed how he embezzled customer funds for nearly 20 years and falsified bank records to fool regulators. Federal regulators shut down his firm, which was missing more than $200 million in customer accounts that it claimed to have, and it filed for bankruptcy. (AP Photo/Ryan J. Foley)

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