The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed fraud charges against Castleberry Financial Services, its president T. Jonathon Turner, and CEO Norman M. Strell accusing them of running an investment fund scam that defrauded at least investors of $3.6M in the last year and continues to solicit new investors. The regulator also announced an asset freeze against the company’s operators. Based in Florida, Castleberry, which is a limited liability company, and its investment offerings are not registered with the SEC.
According to the Commission’s emergency action:
- Castleberry falsely represented that it had hundreds of investment properties in its portfolio, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars invested in local businesses. Biz Journals reported that Castleberry touted itself as an alternative investment manager overseeing nearly $800M in capital. Also, in reality, the company never made significant revenue from investments.