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Bitcoin scam? Here are 3 signs a cryptocurrency investment, ICO or altcoin is a fraud

Bitcoin scam? Here are 3 signs a cryptocurrency investment, ICO or altcoin is a fraud

By James Dennin of Mic.com When perpetrating any kind of scam, it helps to move in a space that’s hard for everyday consumers to understand. It’s safe to say digital currencies, which were confusing to begin with and now come in more than a thousand different varieties, offer fertile ground for fraudsters. One recent scam story making the news pertains to the aptly-named Confido, a new cryptocurrency startup that successfully raised more than $300,000 in investment money through an initial coin offering. Then, according to reports in The Next Web and Inc, the company quickly disappeared. Altogether the startup was able to...

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Former heavy-hitter stockbroker Buck charged with fraud

Former heavy-hitter stockbroker Buck charged with fraud

By Indianapolis Business Journal staff Thomas. J. Buck, a former top investment broker who was fired by the local office of Merrill Lynch in 2015 after nearly 34 years with the firm, is now facing serious prison time, according to federal officials. Buck, 63, has agreed to plead guilty to one count of securities fraud and faces up to 25 years in prison, U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler’s office announced Tuesday morning. Buck also agreed to pay $5 million as part of a civil settlement he reached with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Federal investigators say Buck defrauded clients by charging excessive commissions...

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SEC Settles Ponzi Scheme Suit Against Ex-NFLer, Biz Partner

SEC Settles Ponzi Scheme Suit Against Ex-NFLer, Biz Partner

By Christine Powell of Law360.com A Massachusetts federal judge greenlit a deal Friday resolving the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s allegations that a former NFL player, his business partner and three companies they founded together ran a $31.7 million Ponzi scheme that involved convincing investors they were helping provide short-term loans to professional athletes. U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani entered final judgment just one day after the SEC moved for the approval of the settlement in its civil enforcement action against William D. Allen, who played for the New York Giants, the Miami Dolphins and the New England Patriots; former banker Susan...

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FINRA Fines JPMorgan $1.25M For Faulty Background Checks

FINRA Fines JPMorgan $1.25M For Faulty Background Checks

By Evan Weinberger of Law360.com A JPMorgan Chase & Co. securities subsidiary on Tuesday agreed to pay $1.25 million in a settlement alleging that the firm did not perform adequate background checks on around 95 percent of its support staff. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority said that J.P. Morgan Securities LLC did not perform timely or sufficient background checks on approximately 8,600 of its “nonregistered associated persons,” including sales assistants, information technology staff and other back office workers, between January 2009 and May 2017. “FINRA member firms play an important gatekeeper role in keeping bad actors from harming investors. Firms have a clear responsibility to...

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Indiana investment adviser sentenced to prison for fraud

Indiana investment adviser sentenced to prison for fraud

From The Indiana Gazette Acting U.S. Attorney Soo C. Song announced Monday that former Indiana investment adviser Bernard Parker was sentenced to 87 months imprisonment, three years supervised release and ordered to pay $1,212,663.93, on his conviction at trial of one count of securities fraud, one count of mail fraud and four counts of filing false tax returns. Parker, 56, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton. According to Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert S. Cessar and Rachael L. Mamula, who prosecuted the case, the evidence presented at trial established that Parker, the principal of Parker Financial Services, solicited his clients by...

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Never Invest in a Company Started or Managed by Your Stockbroker, Insurance Agent, or Investment Advisor

The United States Securities & Exchange Commission recently sued a Colorado investment advisor for fraudulently convincing his clients to invest in a company he started and owned.  The SEC alleges that the investment advisor misrepresented his credentials, the purported safety of the investments he was selling, and his success in creating and operating such companies in the past.  These poor victims violated a cardinal rule of investing:   You should never invest in any company created or managed by your stockbroker, insurance agent, or investment advisor unless and until: You thoroughly check out the so-called “investment opportunity” by having your CPA...

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Indiana’s Secretary of State’s Efforts to Educate Hoosiers about Securities and Investment Fraud

The Indiana Secretary of State, Connie Lawson, is conducting a “Movie And A Meal” tour around the State of Indiana to educate Hoosiers about securities and investment fraud. The tour features screenings of the documentary “$cammed,” which details the dramatic impact experienced by victims of three major Indiana securities fraud cases. The presentations are free and a meal, either breakfast or lunch, is provided. You do need to RSVP in advance. RSVP by email to Katrina Ent at kent@hirons.com or call her at 317-977- 2206. A list of the upcoming dates and locations are as follows: September 21, 8 – 9:30...

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Three members of The Dane Group sentenced for securities fraud

Three members of The Dane Group sentenced for securities fraud

By Current Publishing -- currentinwestfield.com According to a press release sent to Current from the Office of the Indiana Secretary of the State, all three members of The Dane Group have been convicted of security fraud. The Dane Group is a capital investment firm in Fishers. Bruce McIntyre, Shelly Guzman and Fennis Bledsoe formed the company in 2012 to provide capital to expanding businesses. From 2013-2014, they sold unregistered short-term promissory notes to at least four Hoosiers totaling more than $375,000. According to bank records, the funds were used for personal expenses. Bledsoe was the last of the three to be sentenced, and he...

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Chicago ‘Mini-Madoff’ Gets Nearly 6 Years In $1.7M Fraud

Chicago 'Mini-Madoff' Gets Nearly 6 Years In $1.7M Fraud

By Jon Hill of Law360.com A 26-year-old Chicago man was sentenced Wednesday in Illinois federal court to nearly six years behind bars after copping to conning investors out of more than $1.7 million in what federal prosecutors have called a “mini-Bernie Madoff scam.” Randall Rye, who pled guilty in April to one count of wire fraud in connection with the scam, was ordered by U.S. District Judge Ronald A. Guzman to serve a 70-month sentence in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release and pay back his investors $1.72 million in restitution. The prison term handed down by the judge is at the...

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