Investment adviser Dennis Gibb of Redmond, Wash., has pleaded guilty today to defrauding some 15 investors of more than $3 million.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Seattle, Wash., said that Mr. Gibb, president and owner of Sweetwater Investments Inc., pleaded guilty to wire fraud and falsification of records, and that he and the Securities and Exchange Commission have entered into a consent decree liquidating his Sweetwater Income Flood LP Fund and barring him from further investment activity.
As part of the agreement, Mr. Gibb has agreed to forfeit a money judgment in the amount of $3,197,401 and will owe full restitution for the amount he stole. The SEC is also ordering him to liquidate the approximately $1.8 million remaining in the Income Flood Fund and provide it to the SEC for disbursement to victims.
Sentencing in the criminal case is scheduled for June, the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a release.
According to the criminal case filings and the SEC consent decree, Mr. Gibb created Sweetwater Income Flood Limited Partnership, a private fund he managed, in 2008. As early as 2007, he began soliciting investors for the fund targeting those who wanted steady retirement income in the near future. Between 2007 and 2018, the SEC said that about 20 investors put about $7.3 million into the fund.
Then, Mr. Gibb secretly transferred more than $3.1 million from the fund for his own expenses, the SEC said. To hide his theft, he sent investors falsified quarterly account statements. An SEC examination Sweetwater in May 2018 revealed that Mr. Gibb provided false records to examiners indicating the fund had been liquidated.
Mr. Gibb faces up to 20 years in prison for wire fraud and up to three years in prison for falsifying records.