Benistar Troubles Leave Twisted Trail

Simsbury tax attorney sued, indicted over bankrupt business

After more than 20 years of building and operating more than a dozen financial planning firms, tax attorney Daniel E. Carpenter, tried his hand trading stock options in the go-go tech boom of the late 1990s. But when the millennium turned, so did his luck. Seven clients of Benistar Property Exchange Trust Co. were left holding the bag -- to the tune of more than $9 million.

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