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In 2013, Meyer Wilson was investigating claims surrounding former Ohio realtor Brenda Ashcraft that she defrauded investors out of millions of dollars. Recently, she pleaded guilty to these charges. ... Continue reading "Ohio Realtor Brenda Ashcraft Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Investors Out of $15 Million" »
Meyer Wilson is currently investigating accusations against broker Marc W. Evans that he sold securities without first getting approval from his employing firm. Marc W. Evans ( CRD 859585 ) faced ... Continue reading "Meyer Wilson Investigates Accusations Involving Broker Marc W. Evans" »
The investment fraud law firm of Meyer Wilson is currently investigating accusations against Colorado broker James O. Maloney that he sold annuities without MetLife Securities' permission. James ... Continue reading "Colorado Broker James Maloney Faces Selling Away Accusations" »
Meyer Wilson is currently investigating claims involving an unregistered investment advisor from Northeast Ohio, Geoffrey W. Nehrenz. In a new investment fraud case coming out of Northeast Ohio, an ... Continue reading "NE Ohio Investment Advisor Accused of $7 Million Ponzi Scheme" »
The Jon Guay story is one of a wolf in sheep's clothing. Guay, who recently pleaded no contest to fraud and grand theft, was accused of befriended a group of people in California's Bay Area, ... Continue reading "California Man Steals $300,000 from Bay Area Investors" »
By Chad M. Kohler, Esq. Many people contact our law firm with questions about unregistered securities that they were sold. All too often, these "investments" are nothing more than a scam and ... Continue reading "SEC Warns Investors about Unregistered Securities" »
On Tuesday of this week, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") filed a civil lawsuit against Oscar Villarreal for swindling investors out of more than $18 million. Knowing about the ... Continue reading "As I Predicted Last Year, Oscar Villarreal's WW Capital Partners Fund Appears to be a Ponzi Scheme" »
Within the past few months, I have spoken with numerous potential clients who lost money in various foreign currency exchange (or "forex") trading scams. According to the Commodity Futures ... Continue reading "Investors Should Be Leary of Forex Trading Promoters" »
By Chad M. Kohler, Esq. Our law firm is contacted periodically by people who believe that they have knowledge of potential securities law violations and would like our firm to represent them in ... Continue reading "Individuals May Qualify for Significant Monetary Awards Under the SEC's Whistleblower Program" »
By Chad M. Kohler, Esq. White collar criminals who plead guilty to, or are convicted of, financial crimes are traditionally given probation or light sentences, with only brief terms in prison. But ... Continue reading "Former Attorney Received the Longest Sentence Ever for Insider Trading" »
Van Kampen Master Municipal Income Portfolio May Have Been Improperly Sold As a Low-Risk Investment The investment fraud attorneys at the Ohio-based law firm of Meyer Wilson have been contacted by ... Continue reading "Meyer Wilson Law Firm Investigating Huntington Investment Company's Sales of Unit Trusts to Customers" »
Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") published an investor alert on affinity fraud. The alert outlines the characteristics of investor scams that prey upon affinity ... Continue reading "SEC Issues Investor Alert on Affinity Fraud" »
By Courtney Yeager According to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), It has fined Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc. $8 million for failing to waive mutual fund sales ... Continue reading "FINRA Fines Merrill Lynch $8 Million for Overcharging Charities and Retirement Plans for Mutual Fund Fees" »
Securities fraud attorney David P. Meyer was recently interviewed on local Columbus radio station WTVN 610 AM to share his thoughts and insight on the Phil Mickelson insider trading investigation. The ... Continue reading "David Meyer Discusses Phil Mickelson Insider Trading Investigation on WTVN Radio" »
By Chad M. Kohler The Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) last week filed a lawsuit against Douglas E. Cowgill and his company, Professional Investment Management, Inc. (PIM), a longtime ... Continue reading "Ohio Registered Investment Adviser Charged with Federal Securities Fraud" »
By Chad M. Kohler If you're a customer of a full-service brokerage firm or wirehouse, chances are much of the day-to-day work relating to your investment account is handled by your broker's ... Continue reading "UBS Enters Settlement with Ohio Securities Division Relating to Sales by Unlicensed Sales Assistants" »
By: Courtney Yeager According to the recent annual report filed with the SEC by Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services, Inc., which owns Securities America, the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and ... Continue reading "Securities America is Under Investigation for Sales Practices of Non-Traded REITS" »
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced just yesterday that six men from both the U.S. and Switzerland have been indicted in Nevada for selling fraudulent investments and stealing a suspected ... Continue reading "Six Men Indicted in Nevada over Fraudulent Investments Promoted through Malom Group" »
Recent court documents reveal that a U.S. Representative from Florida and more than 100 other investors were cheated out of more than $35 million. Rep. Alan Grayson's losses make up over half of ... Continue reading "Rep. Alan Grayson and Over 100 Other Investors Fall Victim to Investment Fraud Scheme" »
Investors defrauded around the time of the 2007/2008 housing market crash and resulting economic recession are running out of time to file claims against brokerage firms for recovery. FINRA rules ... Continue reading "File Claims Now for '07/'08 Market Crash Investment Fraud: 6-Year Window is Closing" »
In a recent press release, the FBI announced that they had uncovered a billion-dollar investment fraud scheme by using an undercover operation named "Collateral Monte." This undercover ... Continue reading "FBI's "Collateral Monte" Uncovers Billion-Dollar Investment Fraud" »

Common "Red-Flag" Sales Pitches

Avoiding Scams at the Holidays: Part Three of a Six-Part Meyer Wilson Blog Series Has your financial adviser, or a friend, or someone on the Internet via e-mail or social media offered you an ... Continue reading "Common "Red-Flag" Sales Pitches" »
Introduced in the past week in both the U.S. House and Senate is proposed legislation that could help victims of Ponzi scheme investment fraud to recover more of their cash losses. Titled the ... Continue reading "Proposed Law Could Mean Greater Recovery for Ponzi Scheme Victims" »

There's NEVER a "Free Lunch"

Avoiding Scams at the Holidays: Part Two of a Six-Part Meyer Wilson Blog Series It's the giving time of year. Spirits run high; twinkling lights appear all around us; cards flood our mailbox. ... Continue reading "There's NEVER a "Free Lunch"" »
The Wolf is Always at the Door—Especially at Christmas The holiday season is approaching, and with the excitement of giving comes an increased risk of being taken—as a victim of an ... Continue reading "Avoiding Scams During the Holidays: Part One of a Six-Part Meyer Wilson Blog Series" »
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