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States Crack Down on Investment Fraud

There is an old adage that says, “The grass is  always greener on the other side.” Don’t tell that to the thousands of investment advisers who switched from SEC regulation to state regulation. The Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act allowed investment advisers with assets under management between $30 million and $100 [...]

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Senator to SEC: Strengthen Stockbroker Fraud Rules

Following a recent expose in the Wall Street Journal, Massachusetts Senator Edward Markey called on the Securities & Exchange Commission to strengthen FINRA’s ability to fight stockbroker fraud. (FINRA is the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, a self regulatory organization that derives its enforcement powers from the SEC.) The Journal reported that over 5000 stockbrokers are [...]

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Is Bambi Holzer A Fraud? Some People Think So

Bambi Holzer – investment adviser to celebrities and prolific author of books on money and investing. In 2007, she published “Financial Bliss.” According to one review, the book is a valuable “guide that helps couples solve money problems and create a life plan.” Dozens of former clients have a different opinion; they think she almost [...]

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Investment Fraud Roundup – September 2013

This post summarizes recent enforcement actions against stockbrokers. You may be able to recover your money if you suffered losses as a result of investment fraud, unregistered offerings of securities, excessive trades, unauthorized trades, bad investment advice (suitability rules), or broker misconduct. Kevin Cline, Robert Burr, Vincent Christopher & Thomas Gilleland – Source Capital Group Kevin [...]

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Cockroaching – New Trend in Investment Fraud Cases

“Cockroaching” – I must admit until I picked up today’s Wall Street Journal, I wasn’t familiar with term. Although the term was new to me, the underlying practice is unfortunately well known in the world of investment fraud lawyers. Cockroaching refers to the practice of stockbrokers jumping from one troubled brokerage firm to another. The [...]

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Affinity Fraud? SEC Charges Broker in Alleged $4.7 Million Ponzi Scheme

The Securities and Exchange Commission charged Larry Dearman Sr, an investment advisor working for Focus Group Advisors, with defrauding dozens of investors between 2008 and 2012. They say that many victims entrusted him with their savings because of his affiliation with a small town Oklahoma church. According to published reports, Dearman at one time served [...]

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Investment Fraud – “Guaranteed Returns” Was Really a Scam

Every week we hear about people who gave money to a promoter offering “guaranteed returns.” About the only thing guaranteed is the loss of all or most your money. Unless you are putting money into government savings bond, nothing is guaranteed. (Many of our readers would question the safety of savings bonds!) One of the [...]

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Anderson Scott Hall Faces New Charges In Abaco Securities Scam

In June we wrote about Anderson Scott Hall, head of Abaco Securities International. At the time, Hall was awaiting trial on 20 counts of wire and mail fraud. Prosecutors say he bilked millions of dollars from teacher and school district employees near Jacksonville, Florida. Hall’s case was scheduled for trial in August but a federal [...]

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Stock Fraud Post – “Outside Business Activities”

Stock fraud is a hot topic these days. With interest rates at all time lows, investors are demanding higher returns. Financial professionals such as stockbrokers and investment advisers have limited options. Although there are some high yield alternative investments available, most are too risky for the average investor. Good brokers are honest with their clients [...]

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TICs and REITS – “Accidents Waiting To Happen”

William Galvin, Massachusetts Secretary of State and chief securities regulator, is investigating 15 brokerage firms for possible misconduct in the sales of “alternative investments.” These investments include Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), Tenancy-in-Common interests (TICs), private placements and oil and gas partnerships. Massachusetts shares our growing concern that these investments are frequently peddled to senior [...]

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