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Renee Marie Brown, 48, was recently sentenced for her involvement with an alleged investment scam that took $750,000 from investors. Brown was an investment advisor and a partner in Wildwood Wealth ... Continue reading "Investment Advisor Headed to Prison After Alleged Securities Fraud" »

What is a Ponzi Scheme?

What is a Ponzi Scheme? From Bernie Madoff and Allen Stanford to Trevor Cook and Arthur Nadel, it seems every con artist out there is a “Ponzi schemer.” But, what does that mean? What ... Continue reading "What is a Ponzi Scheme?" »
As a securities fraud attorney who has represented hundreds of harmed investors, I often have clients tell me that they wish they had recognized the signs of financial fraud earlier. Sadly, many of ... Continue reading "Avoiding Securities Fraud: The Importance of Reviewing Your Statements" »
Alleged Peregrine Investment Scheme Good Example of Copycat Fraud If he did the things he is accused of doing, Russell Wasendorf, Sr. is a perfect example of a copycat fraudster. Based on the ... Continue reading "Peregrine Financial Schemer Russell Wasendorf Accused of Copycat Fraud" »
Head of Oregon Investment Research Firm Pleads Guilty to Securities Fraud in NY Over Insider Trading Scheme John Kinnucan, President of Oregon-based investment research firm Broadband Research, LLC, ... Continue reading "Insider Trading Leads to Guilty Plea for President of Broadband Research" »
Ira J. Pressman, of Bala Cynwyd, pled guilty to fraud and money laundering in federal district court on Friday for his role in orchestrating a multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme that lasted about four ... Continue reading "Pressman Pleads Guilty to $6 Million Ponzi Scheme in Pennsylvania" »
Watch Out! That Seemingly Innocuous Recommendation Could Be Fraudulent As a July 12 U.S.News Money article recently discussed, the flood of Ponzi schemes and overt investment scams that have been ... Continue reading "How Brokers, Advisers and Other Financial Professionals Mislead Investors" »
Answer: The Securities Investor Protection Corp.’s main purpose is to help investors recover securities and lost funds when those losses occur as the result of an insolvent or bankrupt ... Continue reading "SIPC Won't Cover My Losses...Now What?" »
Ahmed Alabadi, of Dearborn, has pleaded guilty in a Ponzi scheme case that allegedly took in more than $2 million from investors. Alabadi is expected to pay restitution of $2.3 million to his ... Continue reading "Man Pleads Guilty in Iraq Rebuilding Ponzi Scheme" »
Earlier this month, USA Today personal finance columnist John Waggoner posed the question: Are self-directed IRAs too good to be true? His answer, and mine: generally, yes. Famous for their ... Continue reading "Are Self-Directed IRAs Too Good to be True?" »
Are Self-Directed IRAs Too Good to be True? Earlier this month, USA Today personal finance columnist John Waggoner posed the question: Are self-directed IRAs too good to be true? His answer, and mine: ... Continue reading "Self-Directed IRAs: Too Good to be True?" »
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently filed charges against Gurudeo “Buddy” Persaud for an alleged investment scam. According to the SEC, Persaud made many enticing ... Continue reading "SEC Enforcement Action in the Stars for Astrology Ponzi Scheme" »
Among the many duties of stockbroker is the duty to disclose all relevant information about an investment so that you can make appropriate decisions. If a broker chooses to leave out some information ... Continue reading "Stockbroker Misconduct, Disclosure and Misrepresentation" »
The Two Things You Need to Know to Avoid Securities Fraud The ever-increasing number of investment schemes and investment fraud scams out there can make it seem nearly impossible to avoid securities ... Continue reading "Two Signs of Securities Fraud and other Investment Fraud Red Flags" »
Exchange-Traded Notes Hold Unpleasant Surprises, Warns FINRA Due to the exchange-traded note market’s recent problems with price variations and issuer credit risk, the Financial Industry ... Continue reading "Exchange-Traded Notes Hold Unpleasant Surprises, Warns FINRA" »
As an investment misconduct lawyer who has been helping harmed investors for many years, I think it’s important to understand that many cases against stockbrokers are complicated and may involve ... Continue reading "The Relationship Between Stockbroker Misconduct and Stockbroker Duties" »
NASAA Offers Webinar to Help Investors Understand Risks of Self-Directed IRAs Though the SEC issued warnings last year about the potential for investment fraud in self-directed individual retirement ... Continue reading "Free NASAA Webinar Helps Investors Understand Risks of IRAs, What To Do If An Investor Suspects Investment Fraud" »
Three Plead Guilty to Nationwide Ponzi Scheme Involving ATMs and Advertising Monitors Two residents of Oxnard, CA and a South Carolina man pled guilty last week to participating in a $41 million ... Continue reading "$41M Ponzi Style Investment Scheme Looked to Leverage ATM Sales" »
One NC Representative Suspended as Another Banned by FINRA Two North Carolina financial services executives face FINRA sanctions after two separate FINRA investigations revealed alleged misconduct. In ... Continue reading "North Carolina Financial Services Executives Face FINRA Over Investment Misconduct" »
Unfortunately, many people don’t learn how to avoid securities fraud until it’s too late. To help you protect yourself and your cash, our securities fraud lawyers want to offer these ... Continue reading "Actions You Can Take to Avoid Securities Fraud and Ponzi Schemes" »
Aaron Travis Beaird, an Enumclaw, WA financial services and life insurance salesman who allegedly faked his own and a client’s death, has been arrested and charged with defrauding at least five ... Continue reading "Washington-Area Financial Advisor Who Faked Suicide Charged with Fraud, Stealing Retired Client's IRA" »
Former ND Insurance Agent Charged with Cheating Elderly Clients out of Nearly $1.5M Brent Kitzan, a former Bismarck insurance agent named in a Dec. 2011 Cease and Desist Order, has been officially ... Continue reading "North Dakota Insurance Agent Charged with Cheating Elderly via Insurance Fraud" »
Massachusetts Man Pleads Guilty to Using Forged Documents to Steal Nearly $7M from Investors in Investment Fraud Scheme James W. Massaro, of Boxford, Massachusetts, pled guilty late last week to using ... Continue reading "Massachusetts Man, James Massaro, Forged Documents to Steal Investors' Money in Foreign Investment Fraud Scheme" »
Kenneth Manuel Martin, formerly of Modesto, was recently arrested at an airport in Houston for alleged Social Security disability fraud and investment fraud. The arrest was the result of a warrant for ... Continue reading "Real Estate Agent Arrested for Alleged Real Estate Investment Scam" »
A Georgia-based investment adviser had his assets frozen on Monday after the SEC made allegations that he was running an ongoing offering and investment advisory fraud scheme. According to the SEC, ... Continue reading "SEC Freezes Georgia-Based Investment Adviser's Assets Over $40M Investment Fraud Scam" »
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