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Michael Cohn Allegedly Stole Information About SEC Probe Into GPB Ponzi Scam Allegations

Nearly a year after he was charged with obstruction of justice, Michael Cohn, the former Chief Compliance Officer of GPB Capital Holdings, has pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor crime of theft of government property. 

The initial charges against him had been classified as federal crimes and included obstruction of justice, unauthorized disclosure of confidential information, and unauthorized computer access.

Delayed Filing with the SEC Shows 45.2% Drop in AUM Over 18 Months 

Last month, GPB Capital Holdings finally filed its Form ADV with the US Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) after requesting an extension from the regulator in 2019.  

In the form, the alternative asset firm, which is already under siege in the wake of numerous federal and state regulator investigations, an FBI probe, and lawsuits accusing it of operating a massive Ponzi scam, reported a $196.3M decline in assets under management (AUM) over 18 months from the end of 2017 to the end of June 2019. That’s a 45.2% drop from $434.3M in AUM to $238.6M. 

Alternative Asset Firm Gets Federal Aid While Its Investors Fight To Recover Their Losses

Even as the US Securities Exchange Commission (SEC), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the FBI, state regulators and others have continued to investigate GPB Capital Holdings over allegations that it ran an up to $1.8B Ponzi scam, the alternative asset firm and its affiliated companies were able to secure between $3M and $7M in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans following the outbreak of COVID-19. 

News of the loans was disclosed by the Small Business Administration.  GPB is one of over 660,000 small businesses that received loans under the PPP program, which is part of the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Watch Out for Brokers Looking to Make High Commissions During COVID-19

With the market crashing in the wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), many investors are suffering from massive losses in their portfolio and are looking to their brokers for investment advice.

Unfortunately, not all stockbrokers work with their customers’ best interests at heart, breaching their fiduciary duty in the process. There are also unscrupulous registered representatives who may even seek to take advantage of these hard times and try to persuade investors to buy into risky investments that charge high commissions. Such fraudulent and negligent behavior will lead to even more investment losses and ultimately, acts of stockbroker misconduct. 

Preferred Apartment Communities Investors Pay High Commissions

Throughout the United States, our non-traded real estate investment trust (REIT) attorneys at Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm) are speaking to investors whose registered brokers or investment advisors persuaded them to invest in Preferred Apartment Communities, which is a non-traded REIT. 

This investment has paid stockbrokers up to 7% commission and comes with additional fees, including around 4-5% in brokerage firm fees and offering costs. 

Triad Advisors Sued Over GPB Private Placement Sales

In our latest GPB investor fraud claim against a brokerage firm, Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas, (SSEK Law Firm) is seeking up to $500K from Triad Advisors on behalf of a retired Texas couple. The claimants, who are in their seventies, entrusted a significant chunk of their savings to Triad brokers Jack Jones and Mark Robare, whom they are accusing of overconcentrating their money in GPB private placements and other unsuitable investments. The couple contend that they lost half a million dollars as a result.

GPB Capital Holdings, an alternative asset firm that issued the private placements, is accused of operating a $1.5B Ponzi scam. Now, the 60 brokerage firms whose registered financial representatives sold these investments are finding themselves the subject of broker fraud claims from investors seeking to recover their money.

Ex-Commonwealth Capital Broker Was Accused Of Misusing Investors’ Money 

If you or someone you know lost money while working with former Commonwealth Capital broker, Kimberly Springsteen-Abbott, please contact our stockbroker fraud lawyers at Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas so we can determine whether you have grounds for a claim. 

In 2013, Springsteen-Abbott was accused by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) of misusing about $345K of investor funds to pay for her own expenses. These included home renovations, meals, travel, and other items. 

Ex-NYLIFE Securities Broker Accused Of Selling Investments In Mass Ponzi Scam 

If you suffered losses after former NYLIFE Securities broker, Kari Bracy, also known as Kari Falwell, or any other registered representative persuaded you to invest in Future Income Payments, please contact Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm) today. 

Our stockbroker securities law firm has been looking into claims involving Future Income Payments, LLC. By the time the company stopped doing business in 2018, over 2600 investors were owed more than $300M. The firm has since been accused of running a Ponzi scam. 

Texas-Based Broker Sold GPB Private Placements To Retiree Couple 

Once again, Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm) has filed an investor fraud claim against a broker-dealer after its financial advisor sold investments in GPB Capital Holding’s funds to customers. 

This time, the brokerage firm is International Assets Advisory (IAA), LLC and the broker involved is Williams Keen Butcher who is based in Houston. 

Another Kalos Capital Broker Sold GPB Investments To Investors

Once again, our GPB investment lawyers at Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm) have filed an investor fraud lawsuit against Kalos Capital and one of its brokers, Kristian Finfrock. 

In this latest broker fraud case, the Claimants are a retired couple who contend that Kalos Capital broker and investment advisor, Kristian Finfrock, pushed them into placing $750K of their life savings into alternative investments including non-traded real estate investment trusts (Non-traded REITs), annuity contracts, and GPB Capital private placements. 

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