SEC settles fraud case with jailed former Morgan Stanley adviser

James Polese has already paid $355,000 in restitution as a result of his criminal case

Feb 22, 2019 @ 4:08 pm

By InvestmentNews

The Securities and Exchange Commission has entered a final judgment against James S. Polese, a Boston-based former adviser with Morgan Stanley, who was charged with misappropriating client funds. The agency also barred him from the securities industry.

The SEC's complaint, filed in January, 2018, charged Mr. Polese and his former colleague Cornelius Peterson with securities fraud for engaging in various schemes to defraud their clients. The complaint charged the two with misappropriating $350,000 of one client's money, using $100,000 of those funds to make investments in their own names, and directing the remaining $250,000 to Mr. Polese's personal bank account.

(More: Former Morgan Stanley adviser sentenced to 5 years in prison)

In the final judgment, Mr. Polese agreed to disgorge $307,300 in ill-gotten gains and pay prejudgment interest of $35,276. However, the monetary judgment was deemed satisfied by the $355,000 Mr. Polese paid in restitution in connection with a parallel criminal action brought by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts, in which Mr. Polese pleaded guilty to conspiracy, securities fraud, aggravated identity theft, and bank fraud. He was sentenced to 60 months in prison.


What do you think?

View comments

Recommended next


Hi! Glad you're here and we hope you like all the great work we do here at InvestmentNews. But what we do is expensive and is funded in part by our sponsors. So won't you show our sponsors a little love by whitelisting It'll help us continue to serve you.

Yes, show me how to whitelist

Ad blocker detected. Please whitelist us or give premium a try.


Subscribe and Save 60%

Premium Access
Print + Digital

Learn more
Subscribe to Print