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Former LPL broker sentenced to 20 years for stealing from clients

November 2, 2018

Former LPL Financial broker Sonya Camarco was sentenced on Oct. 31 to 20 years in prison for stealing $1.8 million from her clients. Ms. Camarco, 46, received 10 years for one count of securities fraud and 10 years for one count of theft over...

CEO in Woodbridge Ponzi scheme fined $120 million by SEC

November 1, 2018

Robert Shapiro, the former chief executive officer of Woodbridge Group of Companies, agreed to pay $120 million to the Securities and Exchange Commission to settle allegations he defrauded investors in a $1.2 billion real estate Ponzi scheme...

Finra bars broker who took wife's cash to pay brother's debt

November 1, 2018

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. on Wednesday barred a former RBC Capital Markets broker who took $5,000 from his then-wife's retirement account and used it to pay a debt for his brother, according to the Finra settlement. The...

Finra bars another broker who sold Woodbridge Ponzi

October 31, 2018

Finra has barred another broker who did not cooperate with an investigation into a real estate Ponzi scheme. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. on Tuesday barred Dennis Ferwerda for failing to provide documents and information...

Couple indicted for stealing $14.5 million from retirement plans

October 25, 2018

A Dallas federal grand jury indicted a couple Wednesday for allegedly stealing $14.5 million from retirement plans they ran and using the funds for business and personal expenses. Jeffrey Richie, 53, and Wendy Richie, 58, co-owners of Vantage...

Remember Bernie Madoff? Big time financial fraud is back

October 24, 2018

Ten years ago this December, Bernard Madoff, known as a "broker's broker" to many on Wall Street, told his sons that his business was one big, $65 billion lie. It turned out that Mr. Madoff wasn't the only financial adviser stealing from clients....

Finra bars broker accused of taking client cash to gamble, pay medical bills

October 19, 2018

Finra has barred a broker who allegedly took $270,000 in client money and used it to gamble and pay for medical bills. The broker, Chris R. Kubiak, deposited the funds of four clients, three of whom were senior citizens, into his own personal...

Dawn Bennett found guilty of $20 million Ponzi scheme

October 17, 2018

Former financial adviser Dawn Bennett was convicted Wednesday in federal court in Maryland of 17 charges related to a $20 million Ponzi scheme. Ms. Bennett, 56, was found guilty of all charges, including conspiracy, securities fraud, wire fraud,...

State regulators brought hammer down on unregistered advisers more than registered ones in 2017

October 10, 2018

State securities regulators brought more enforcement actions in 2017 against unregistered financial advisers than against those who were registered, an indication in part of the rising number of digital currency fraud cases. In its 2018 enforcement...

After setting up phony accounts, ex-Wells Fargo broker stole money

October 10, 2018

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. on Tuesday barred a former Wells Fargo Advisors broker, who was also a Wells Fargo Bank employee, who stole $2,226 after opening phony accounts using the names of clients. Based in Hilton Head...

Unregistered South Carolina adviser get 6 years in prison for fraud

October 4, 2018

Melvin Wimmer, an unregistered investment adviser in South Carolina who pled guilty to one count of securities fraud in May, was sentenced Tuesday to 75 months in prison. He was also ordered to pay more than $3 million in restitution to clients....

Settlements at old Schorsch REIT could cost shareholders $730 million

October 3, 2018

Vereit Inc., a net lease real estate investment trust, could be on the hook for as much as $730 million in settlement payments stemming from an accounting scandal four years ago when the company was controlled by Nicholas Schorsch, the former...

Merrill Lynch no longer will accept penny stock trades

September 28, 2018

With the Securities and Exchange Commission cracking down on penny stocks, Merrill Lynch recently told its clients and financial advisers that it is putting restrictions on the purchase and sale of a large swath of low-priced securities. "To...

SEC bars Texas adviser for cheating more than 40 investors

September 26, 2018

The Securities and Exchange Commission said on Tuesday it had barred an investment adviser it had earlier charged with lying to dozens of investors in connection with a multi-million-dollar offering fraud. The adviser, Thomas J. Caufield, 59,...

Ladenburg chairman Phillip Frost steps down

September 21, 2018

Dr. Phillip Frost, who was charged this month with fraud, said Thursday evening that he was retiring as non-executive chairman of Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. Dr. Frost and nine other individuals were charged Sept. 7 in a Securities...

Chairman should leave Ladenburg Thalmann

September 20, 2018

It's time for Dr. Phillip Frost to resign as non-executive chairman of Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc., the home of 4,300 retail brokers and financial advisers. The risk to Ladenburg Thalmann's reputation, as well as to the four independent...

SEC charges $54 million Louisiana RIA and owners for cherry-picking scheme

September 20, 2018

The Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday charged a Louisiana-based advisory firm and its two owners — a husband and wife — for defrauding clients via a cherry-picking scheme perpetuated over several years. World Tree Financial...

SEC charges Michigan-based adviser in $2.7 million investment scam

September 19, 2018

The Securities and Exchange Commission charged a Michigan-based financial adviser with defrauding elderly retirees and other unsophisticated investors out of $2.7 million. ​ According to the SEC, Ernest J. Romer III persuaded at least 30 of...

Determining if a message from Social Security is a scam

September 19, 2018

A financial adviser contacted me recently to ask if the email he received from the Social Security Administration reminding him to review his estimated benefits statement online was valid. "Does Social Security send out these types of emails,...

RIA charged for not disclosing commissions earned from selling risky tech stock

September 14, 2018

The Securities and Exchange Commission is charging an investment advisory firm with selling $13 million of high-risk securities to public school teachers without disclosing the exorbitant commissions the firm collected. A complaint filed Friday...

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