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Man Who Ran RMA Strategic Opportunity Fund Ponzi Scam Pleads Guilty

Raymond K. Montoya, a Boston hedge fund manager, has pleaded guilty to operating a multi-billion dollar Ponzi scam involving the RMA Strategic Opportunity Fund, LLC. Montoya pleaded guilty to multiple counts of mail fraud, wire fraud, and conducting an unlawful monetary transaction.

Montoya was charged and arrested last year. His victims included relatives, friends, and people he knew. They invested millions of dollar, including their savings and retirement funds.

State Street Resolves SEC Fraud Charges for $35M
To settle charges brought by the US Securities and Exchange Commission, State Street (STT) will pay over $35M to resolve charges accusing the financial firm of overcharging transition management customers in secret, purportedly making $20M in improper revenue in the process, and leaving out material information related to GovEx, the trading platform it uses for US Treasury securities. The charges against State Street were brought in two separate orders.

In the first SEC order, the firm is accused of using false trading statements, post-trade reports, and pre-trade estimates so it could misrepresent the compensation it received on different transactions. After one customer noticed certain concealed markups, State Street’s employees claimed that these were “inadvertent commissions.”

In the second order, the SEC said that the firm did not notify GovEx subscribers that although the trading platform had been touted as “fair and transparent,” one subscriber was given a “Last Look” option that briefly allowed for the opportunity to turn down matches to quotes that were submitted. The Last Look trading functionality was used by that subscriber to turn down 57 matches, each face valued at $1M. Counterparties were not notified by State Street that Last Look had rejected their orders.

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After Pleading Guilty, Massachusetts Money Manager Must Repay Investors
Stephen Eubanks is sentenced to 30 months behind bars for bilking investors of $437K. He also must pay restitution in that amount to his more than 20 victims.

Eubanks presented himself as a hedge fund manager at Eubiquity Capital, which he founded. He raised over $700K from investors and claimed that he was running a hedge fund that had ties with UBS (UBS), TD Ameritrade (AMTD), Fidelity, and Goldman Sachs (GS).

While Eubanks invested some of the clients’ funds for them he also spent a healthy amount of their money on his own spending. Eubanks also is accused of on occasion operating his fund as if it were a Ponzi scam.

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Two of the three ex-State Street Corp.(STT) executives whom US prosecutors have charged with bilking six clients via secret commissions on billions of dollars of trades have agreed to plead guilty. Edward Penning, a former State Street Sr. managing director, and Richard Boomgaardt, the former head of the transition management desk for Africa, Europe, and the Middle East, will plead guilty to securities fraud and conspiring to commit wire fraud. Ex-State Street EVP Ross McLellan, who has pleaded not guilty to the criminal charges against him, is scheduled to go on trial later this year.

State Street is a custody bank based in Boston. Its unit that was involved in the securities fraud assists institutional clients in moving investments and liquidating big portfolios.

Penning, Boomgaardt, and McLellan were charged last year in a US probe. Earlier this year, State Street agreed to settle related criminal and civil probes over the men’s alleged misconduct for $64.6M. That’s a $32.3M criminal penalty to the US Justice Department and a $32.3M civil settlement to resolve the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s case. As part of the settlement, the firm admitted that it overcharged six clients of State Street’s transition management business by secretly billing them commissions on billions of dollars in securities trades, including equity trades and fixed-income trades. In 2014, State Street also paid a $38M fine to the UK Financial Conduct Authority for charging the same clients mark-ups for certain transactions.

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State Street Corp. (STT) will pay $32.3M to the US Securities and Exchange Commission and $32.3 to the federal government to resolve probes accusing the firm of bilking six clients on billions of dollars of trades by charging them secret commissions. As part of the settlement, the Massachusetts-based bank agreed to a deferred prosecution deal and admitted to conspiring to include these secret commissions on the trades conducted. State Street reportedly made at least $20M in commissions without these clients knowing they were paying.

According to prosecutors, from ’10 to ’11, former State Street executive Ross McLellan and ex-senior managing director Edward Pennings conspired to charge the secret commissions involving equity and fixed income trades that were conducted for these clients.

These commissions were in addition to fees that clients had consented to pay even though there had been written instructions given to State Street traders noting that these six customers didn’t have to pay these fees. The clients had been working with a State Street unit that supports institutional customers in liquidating big investment portfolios or moving investments between asset managers.

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SEC Files Fraud Charges Against Former State Street Executive
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is filing fraud charges against ex-State Street Corp. (STT) executive Ross McClellan. According to the regulator, McLellan was one of a number of people who purposely charged hidden markups on certain transactions to customers, making the bank $20M in extra revenue.

Addressing the charges, McLellan’s lawyer claims that his client did not commit any securities law violations and that all banks charge client markups on bond transactions to make money. The attorney also noted that it was State Street and not the bank that profited from the charges.

The U.S. Department of Justice has charged McLellan with securities fraud, conspiracy, and wire fraud.

Ex-Wells Fargo Broker to Be Barred
Christopher John Pierce, a former Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC) broker, will be barred from working with any FINRA-registered firm and associating with any member of the self-regulatory organization. Pierce agreed to the bar after he was accused of stealing money from the accounts of banking customers.

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The SEC said that State Street Bank and Trust Company will pay $12M to resolve civil charges accusing the firm of involvement in a pay-to-play scam. The regulator is accusing State Street of trying to gain contracts so it could do business with Ohio pension funds.

Vincent Debaggis, who helmed the public funds group of State Street Corp., is accused of entering into a deal with the deputy treasurer of Ohio. The arrangement allegedly included both illicit payments and political campaign contributions. In return for the money, State Street is accused of obtaining sub-custodian contracts that involved keeping the investment assets of certain Ohio pension funds safe and effecting the securities transaction settlements of the funds.

DeBaggis and State Street have agreed to the SEC’s order without denying or admitting to the regulator’s findings. The $12M that State Street will pay includes an $8M penalty and $4M in prejudgment interest and disgorgement. Meantime, DeBattis will pay over $174K in disgorgement plus prejudgment interest and a $100K penalty.

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