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Fraudulent Investment Schemes Continue to Plague Investors: Beware of the “Red Flags”

Posted April 9th, 2018 by .

Categories: Investment Fraud.

We want to share with you a disturbing tale we heard recently from an investor in a private investment fund. We share this to alert you to “red flags” that signal the high likelihood of investor fraud. If you can spot them, you can better protect yourself from financial predators. The enactment of the Dodd-Frank […]

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FINRA Acts to Protect Senior Investors

Posted February 28th, 2018 by .

Categories: Investment Fraud.

As the U.S. population ages, senior investors increasingly have become more vulnerable to securities fraud.  Too often, caregivers ingratiate themselves with vulnerable seniors, only to secure powers of attorney and then use their new powers to drain the senior’s investment account. The so-called trusted caregiver then vanishes never to be seen or heard from again. […]

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Cryptocurrencies: A Virtual Mine Field

Posted January 25th, 2018 by .

Categories: Investment Fraud.

Cryptocurrencies, such as bitcoin and ethereum, are intended to serve as a type of digital money that consumers can use in everyday commercial transactions. They may be traded on online exchanges for conventional currencies, including the U.S. dollar, or be used to purchase goods or services, usually online.  But with one bitcoin recently trading at […]

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California Financial Elder Abuse Statute – A Powerful Weapon for California’s Seniors

Posted June 1st, 2017 by .

Categories: Investment Fraud.

Click here to read the Chinese version of this post America’s population is aging. As people age, their mental faculties can diminish. They can become isolated, dependent, and frightened.  Seniors who accumulated wealth over their lifetimes become attractive targets for unscrupulous people who prey on their vulnerabilities. It generally begins rather simply. A senior citizen […]

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Investment Fraud – Traps for the Unwary

Posted April 19th, 2017 by .

Categories: Investment Fraud.

Financial matters can be bewildering. Stockbrokers are supposed to help simplify the complexities and steer us in the right direction. But sometimes, stockbrokers care more about earning commissions than they do your well-being. It results in customers being stuck with dismal investments. Customers who complain are met with vigorous denials often supported by reams of […]

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401(K) Mismanagement: How to Recognize the Signs

Posted April 19th, 2017 by .

Categories: 401(k).

Each year, millions of hard-working employees invest billions of dollars in their employer’s 401(k) plans because they trust their employer to provide a best of class plan. Often, however, the employer’s endeavors are tainted by a failure of effort, competence and/or loyalty.  Employees’ hard-earned retirement savings are exposed unnecessarily to wasted fees and poor investment […]

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L-Share Annuities: Stale Wine in a New Bottle

Posted August 5th, 2016 by .

Categories: Annuities.

Annuities are a constant subject of litigation, and for good reason. Although the companies that pitch annuities describe them as relatively simple products, they are anything but.  These are complex contracts with high fees, long lock-up periods and bewildering disclosure documents. Basically, an annuity is a life insurance policy that is bundled with a separate […]

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Who is Lee D. Weiss? On Financial Adviser Misconduct

Posted July 14th, 2016 by .

Categories: Financial Adviser Misconduct.

Not everyone will recognize the name Lee D. Weiss, but many might know or have heard of people just like him, who have engaged in a similar type of misconduct. So who is this man and what did he do? Lee D. Weiss was the primary owner and served as the managing partner of Family […]

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Private Equity Investors Beware

Posted July 14th, 2016 by .

Categories: Private Equity Fraud.

Private equity conjures up images of billionaires investing in success stories like Facebook and Tesla.  Often, though, private equity investments come from retired persons who have labored a lifetime accumulating wealth for their golden years.  But when seniors fall prey to investments like Prometheus Law PLCMGMT LLC and Metropolitan Coffee and Concession, their golden dreams […]

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SEC Rewards Ex-Employees More Than $8 Million for Reporting Employer Misconduct

Posted March 23rd, 2016 by .

Categories: Whistleblower/Qui Tam Matters.

Last week the Securities and Exchange Commission said it will pay a former company employee who reported potential securities law violations between $5 million and $6 million — the third-largest award to date under the SEC’s whistleblower program. The tipster at the unnamed company had alerted the SEC to violations of securities law that the SEC […]

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