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SEC: Claimed Investment Adviser Defrauded Brokers, Investors

The Commission has brought a number of suits against investment advisers, money managers and their affiliates in recent weeks. See, e.g.,SEC v. Falcone, Civil Action No. 5027 (S.D.N.Y.)(recently settled action against Philip Falcone); SEC v. Dearman, Civil Action No. CV-553 (N.D. Okla. Filed Aug. 27...

Management Company Partner Convicted on Multiple Fraud Counts

A partner in an investment management company was convicted following a jury trial on multiple counts of mail and wire fraud as well as securities fraud. The charges stem from a scheme in which most of the $5 million in investor funds raised were siphoned off by the defendant and others for their personal...

Former Hawaiian Political Candidate Gets Four-Year Prison Sentence For $1.4 Million Ponzi Scheme

A Hawaiian man who once served as an Army reservist and former president of the Filipino Chamber of Commerce has been sentenced to four years in prison for masterminding a $1.6 million Ponzi scheme that bilked over 30 investors. Jason Pascua, 39, received the sentence after previously pleading guilty...

Husband, Wife, and Son Indicted in $10 Million Ponzi Scheme

In what is being touted as one of the largest investment scams in Boston since Charles Ponzi's infamous scheme nearly 100 years ago, Massachusetts authorities unveiled additional charges against a husband, wife, and previously-uncharged son for orchestrating a massive Ponzi scheme that allegedly...

TD Bank Agrees to Pay $52.5M to Settle Charges Related to Rothstein Scheme

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) TD Bank NA on Sept. 23 agreed to pay $52.5 million to settle federal regulators’ allegations that the bank helped attorney Scott Rothstein run a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme out of his law firm. The Securities and Exchange Commission announced in a press...

NHL Players Defrauded in Series of Investment Schemes

National Hockey League Players were the primary victims of a series of fraudulent investment schemes orchestrated by financial adviser Phillip Kenner and former professional race car driver Tommy Hormovitis. Collectively, the players others lost about $15 million. The court papers charge conspiracy,...

Principals of Investment Adviser Charged in SEC Action

Two principals of an investment adviser were named as Respondents in an SEC administrative proceeding. The action centers on claims that the two men improperly advised their clients to invest in off-shore funds without fully disclosing their affiliation with those funds or the fees they were paid. In...

$1 Billion High-Yield Investment Fraud Leads Three Investment Advisers to Prison

Three former investment advisers – William J. Ferry, a former stock broker and investment adviser; Dennis J. Clinton, a former real estate investment manager; and Paul R. Martin, a former senior vice president and managing director of Bankers Trust – have been sentenced to prison for their...

SEC Files Two Investment Fraud Actions

The SEC brought two investment fraud actions. One centered on defendant Thomas J. Lawler, known as the Reverend Tom, and the sale of administrative remedies or ARs which eliminated the purchaser’s debt while yielding significant profits. SEC v. Lawler, 1:14-cv-02468 (N.D. Ga. Filed July 31, 2014...

The SEC Brings Another Case Centered on the EB-5 Immigration Program

The government’s EB-5 program is supposed to be a win win for everyone. For immigrants seeking admission to the United States it is supposed to provide a path to citizenship if the requirements, centered on the investment of $500,000 or more in select projects, are met. For the U.S. it is a job...

SEC Charged Los Angeles-Based EB-5 Lawyers with Securities Fraud

Los Angeles-based EB-5 attorney Justin Moongyu Lee, and his wife Rebecca Taewon Lee and his law firm partner Thomas Edward Kent were charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission today with securities fraud. Misrepresentation to the Investors The Lees and Mr. Kent raised nearly $11.5 million...

SEC Wins Summary Judgment Ruling in Ponzi Scheme Case

The Commission prevailed in an investment fund scheme action, obtaining a favorable summary judgment ruling. In reaching its conclusion the Court rejected claims that the action was time barred and that the cause of action was outside the scope of Exchange Act Section 10(b). SEC v. Funinaga, Civil Action...

Investment Adviser Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud Charge

Investment adviser Ismail Elmas pleaded guilty this week to an information charging one count of wire fraud. U.S. v. Elmas, No. 1:14-cr-00358 (E.D. Va.). This action is the latest is a series cases centered on investment frauds in which the adviser or promoter solicits funds from unsuspecting investors...

Two Criminal Investment Fund Fraud Actions

Despite massive publicity and numerous cases by enforcement authorities, investment fund fraud actions continue to be a staple of the SEC, CFTC and the DOJ. In case after case investors are convinced to part with their hard earned cash, trusting those who claim to have a safe path to large profits. That...

SEC, NY AG Halt Fraudulent Investment Scheme

The SEC teamed last week with the New York AG to halt an on-going investment fund fraud run by a Pakistani citizen residing in New York. The SEC obtained a freeze order. The NY AG filed criminal charges and arrested the claimed fraudster. SEC v. Malik, Civil Action No. 15-1025 (S.D.N.Y. Filed February...

The Business Court Rules Again on Claims Under the North Carolina Securities Act

Last week's decision in Atkinson v. Lackey , 2015 NCBC 13 doesn't tell you everything you wanted to know about the North Carolina Securities Act (the "NCSA"), but it comes pretty close [ an enhanced version of this opinion is available to lexis.com subscribers ]. The lawsuit was...

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Prevails in Securities Fraud, RICO Case

The SEC has brought a series of investment fund fraud and Ponzi schemes. Indeed, the Commission has brought so many of these cases in recent years they have become a staple. None of those cases, however, involved securities fraud tied to an investment scheme, a racketeering charge centered on an automobile...

Star Investment Manager, Advisers Charged With Fraud by SEC

The SEC issued an Order which charged investment manager Lynn Tilton, known as the Diva of Distressed Debt according to news reports, and her entities with fraud. Specifically, the Order Instituting Proceedings issued by the SEC, claims that Ms. Tilton overvalued certain funds in a manner which was contrary...

SEC Halts Fraudulent Farm Loan Investment Program

The Commission initiated an action centered on the misuse of offering proceeds tied to farm loans. The defendants include an investment adviser, a financial planner and an attorney. SEC v. Veros Partners, Inc., Civil Action No. 14-cv-659 (S.D. Ind. Filed April 22, 2015). The Court entered a temporary...

Father-Daughter Conclude Settlement With SEC

The SEC concluded its litigation with a father – daughter combination that solicited investors to purchase promissory notes based on representations that there would be risk free returns from forex trading. There were no returns, however, and most of the funds went to the father daughter tandem...

Investment Professional Charged with Fraud, Self-Dealing by SEC

The SEC charged another investment professional with fraud and self-dealing. SEC v. Ahmed, Civil Action No. 3:15-cv-00675 (D. Conn. Filed May 5, 2015). Defendant Iftikar Ahmed is an investment professional who was a partner at Oak Investment Partners, a multistage venture capital firm. It advises several...

Investment Advisor Admits Theft to Settle SEC Fraud Charges

The Commission filed another action in which admissions were required as part of the settlement. The action centers on an investment adviser who misappropriated just under $2 million from his clients. As part of the settlement he admitted the theft. SEC v. Donnelly, Civil Action No. 15 6873 (E.D. Pa...

November 2015 Ponzi Scheme Roundup

Below is a summary of the activity reported for November 2015. The reported stories reflect: 3 guilty pleas or convictions in pending cases; over 77 years of newly imposed sentences for people involved in Ponzi schemes; at least 9 new Ponzi schemes worldwide; and an average age of approximately 54 for...

Mining for Virtual Currencies – The SEC Charges Fraud

Virtual currencies such as bitcoin have grown in popularity. With that popularity it may well have been inevitable that the SEC would bring enforcement actions centered on the new phenomenon, alleging fraud. A new variation of those actions is the predicate for the Commission’s most recent enforcement...

SEC Alleges Jay Peak Owners Engaged in Massive Fraud of EB-5 Investors

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged and frozen the assets of Ariel Quiros of Miami, FL, William “Bill” Stenger of Newport, VT, Q Resorts Inc. and Jay Peak Inc. in connection with violations of the antifraud provisions of Section 17(a) of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section...