Investors Need to be Careful About Who Has Custody of Their Money

The Securities and Exchange Commission recently filed fraud charges against a Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based investment advisor and related funds in the federal district court for the Southern District of Florida. The SEC’s complaint names Frederic Elm (formerly known as Frederic Elmaleh), his unregistered advisory firm Elm Tree Investment Advisors LLC, and three funds: Elm Tree…

Unregistered Investments Are Almost Always Unsuitable, and Are Often Fraudulent

Private placements are investments that have not been registered with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. The lack of registration is either unlawful, or lawful due to an exemption from registration under the securities laws. Private placement investments are always high-risk investments that are complex, not transparent, and illiquid (cannot be readily sold) –…

J. P. Morgan Chase Avoids Criminal Prosecution for Hosting Madoff Fraud

Banking giant J. P. Morgan Chase has reached a deal with federal prosecutors to avoid criminal prosecution for its role in the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme. According to the prosecutors, J. P. Morgan, which had custody of Madoff accounts, witnessed suspicious money transfers, too-good-to-be-true investment returns, unverifiable trading activity, and the use of a one-man…

Former Life-Settlement Executives Sentenced to 10-Years in Prison for Ponzi Scheme

Howard G. Judah and Gergory F. Jablonski, former executives at National Life Settlements LLC, were each sentenced to 10 years in prison for their parts in a $30 million investment scheme that utilized insurance agents to sell products. In 2009, the Texas Securities Board uncovered their securities fraud and selling of unregistered securities. They have…

Investors May Have a Path to Recovery in Cay Clubs Resorts and Marinas Ponzi Scheme

On January 30, 2013, the SEC charged five former real-estate executives with defrauding investors in an investment scam. The investors were led to believe that they were funding the development of five-star destination resorts in Florida and Las Vegas when they were actually buying into a ponzi scheme. The SEC alleged in the complaint that…

The Doss Firm Quoted In On Wall Street Regarding FINRA Barring Ex-ING Broker Michael J. Dimare

The financial publication On Wall Street published an article today discussing the fate of Michael Dimare, a former ING Financial broker who was recently permanantly barred by securities regulator FINRA for scamming approximately 22 victims out of approximately $2 million between 2001 and 2008. Accoding to Dimare’s CRD report, a report that tracks customer complaints…

FINRA Bars Former ING Financial Broker Michael J. Dimare From Ponta Vedra Beach, Florida For Running A Ponzi Scheme

FINRA anounced yesterday that it permanantly barred former ING Financial broker, Michael Dimare, from Ponta Vedra Beach, Florida for scamming approximately 22 victims out of approximately $2 million between 2001 and 2008. FINRA’s investigation uncovered that between 2001 and 2008, Dimare persuaded his clients to invest in fictitious investments. Between 2001 and 2006, Dimare was…