Douglas P. Simanski, a former Next Financial investment adviser and broker, has pleaded guilty to a $4.5M investor fraud for the criminal charges of wire fraud, securities fraud, and submitting false income tax returns. He is accused of bilking over 30 clients over a 14-year period.
According to the US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania, between February 2002 and May 2016, Simanski “fraudulently obtained” about $4.5M from investors. He “fabricated” contracts for “Tax Free Investments” and “fake CDs” that came with a list of guaranteed return rates and payouts. The bogus documents were used to solicit investors.
Simanski went on to use some of the investors’ funds to issue returns to other investors to make it seem as if the “investments were legitimate.” He also used some of their money for personal spending and in his own E*Trade account. The former Next financial broker is accused of turning in income tax returns that were “false.”