Last year MetLife and one of its subsidiaries were assessed $15 million in punitive damages by a jury for its failure to discover one of its agents was selling unregistered securities along with life insurance policies. The unregistered securities were actually promissory notes which were allegedly invested in a $200 million Ponzi scheme. The plaintiff, Christine Ramirez, claimed that MetLife’s subsidiary New England Life Insurance Company had an agent who was selling her these unregistered securities at the same time he was selling her life insurance.
If you or one of your clients are the victims of securities fraud, contact the securities fraud team at Starr Austen & Miller. Starr Austen & Miller has been representing investors in both individual and class actions since 1982.
On February 7, 2017, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations issued a report which is both telling and confirmatory of what the Starr Austen & Miller stock fraud team has seen for many years.
Attorney Scott Starr, who represented 33 of Schwartz’s victims, told the Kokomo Perspective in 2015 that 71 parties filed claims against the Schwartz estate, seeking more than $36 million.
Texas federal judge on Tuesday sentenced a New York-based oil futures trader to 10 years in prison for orchestrating a Ponzi scheme in relation to his operation commodity pool, which took more than $1.4 million from investors.
Financial industry regulators have permanently barred a local broker alleged to have participated in a Ponzi scheme.
New Albany, Indiana Man Arrested on Multiple Counts of Securities Fraud and Theft
An Illinois federal judge on Thursday refused to dismiss an indictment against a Chicago trader who has been charged with wire fraud for orchestrating an alleged $9 million Ponzi scheme, ruling that he wasn’t singled out for prosecution while other similarly situated violators were let off the hook.
Federal authorities said Thursday they had dismantled a massive call-center scheme perpetrated by individuals in the U.S. and India who bilked thousands of Americans out of hundreds of millions of dollars by posing as Internal Revenue Service and Department of Homeland Security officials.
A Florida man was sentenced Tuesday in Miami to more than 17 years in federal prison for duping about 300 investors out of millions of dollars through a phony currency trading firm before cashing out and fleeing to Panama.