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Investor Fraud in Connecticut

Investor fraud is a deceitful practice that influences investors to make purchases and choices based on incorrect information. This can lead to a significant loss for the victim and various SEC violations by the defendant. Connecticut has been home to numerous investor fraud cases that have left victims vulnerable searching for justice.

In January 2020, news broke out that the co-founder of a hedge fund named Sentinel Growth Fund Management, LLC, was reportedly found guilty of wire fraud, securities fraud, and conspiracy charges, among other things. This Rowayton co-founder was allegedly indicted for fooling investors, as well as using investor capital for his own use. On top of that, he was said to be associated with a Ponzi scheme that cheated dozens of individuals out of more than $19 million dollars. Violating SEC regulations, using investment funds for personal use, as well as other unrelated means of cheating the general public contributed to a hefty white-collar sentence of almost 20 years in prison.

In December 2019, according to reports, the founder of an investment company found himself in hot water for extorting individuals in his own private circle of friends in Chicago out of almost $14,000,000. The Connecticut native was sentenced to 88 months in prison and charged with wire fraud. Allegedly, his close friends were victimized by being encouraged to invest with a promise that he would trade a portfolio to make a profit regardless of market conditions.

In 2018, another man carried out an investment scheme that cost victims over $2 million dollars. The United States Attorney for Connecticut reportedly found the CEO of Safety Technology LLC guilty of wire fraud, mail fraud, money laundering, and securities fraud among other things.   He was reportedly not only liable to serve jail time, but also provide restitution to the victims and pay off unpaid taxes.

Sadly, it has also been reported that a Connecticut teenager was indicted for allegedly running a nearly $500,000 Ponzi scheme and defrauding 15 investors. In 2014, the FBI arrested a former financial adviser and broker of Cortland Place for allegedly milking investors out of millions of brokers. Then, in the widely reported and what is believed to be the largest Ponzi scheme in Connecticut, Francisco Illarramendi of New Canaan, former owner of a hedge fund, was sentenced to 13 years in federal prison for allegedly bilking millions from his investors.

These cases are simply the tip of the iceberg and open the floodgates to the extremely pervasive nature of investor fraud. Malecki Law has a great deal of experience with clients, both domestic and international, who are impacted by some form of securities fraud. Ms. Malecki’s extensive background as a securities arbitration attorney, whistleblower lawyer, and in securities fraud litigation speaks to reliability and qualification to serve client’s needs successfully.

Commercial litigation, appeals, audits, regulatory complaints from the SEC, or FINRA as well as unsuitable claims are just a few of the many securities cases that Malecki law has successfully litigated over its decades of experience. This skill and comprehension of the law have awarded Ms. Malecki was featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, and the National Law Journal, amongst other prime publications. Her cases are often mentioned in these leading publications and garnered her presence on various networks and syndicated shows. As a leading firm in their field, Malecki Law is equipped to support clients with any matter they seek to bring forward, either litigated, settled or reported to the government.

To schedule a free initial consultation with Malecki Law, please call 212-943-1233, or email jenice@maleckilaw.com.

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Jenice Malecki, is one of the most helpful individuals Ive had the pleasure of speaking with. She is super knowledgeable. She helped me navigate the ever changing world of securities law. You will find her understanding of complex matters helpful and insightful. She is straightforward and candid. She makes your options easy to understand. I would recommend her without any hesitation. 10/5 stars! Enrique Tiburcio
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I highly recommend Jenice and her team for any securities matters. She is a true professional and a pleasure to work with. She responds quickly to emails and listens to your concerns/questions. Jenice makes sure you're always informed and in the know about your case. Great experience and also very fairly priced! Jeff
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An excellent professional who represented us in trial regarding a bank fraud, an unexpected and difficult time. A professional that worked hard, persevering and who stood toe to toe against firms that had a team of excellent lawyers backing them up. Her unflinching determination really stands out, it makes you feel you have someone who really cares about trying to recover what you lost from the people that wronged you. Salomon Levi
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To say that my securities litigation was complex would be a severe understatement. With multiple parties involved and spanning many years, trying to understand the issues was daunting to say the least. Jenice and her team broke down the transactions by segment and by party uncovering every hidden expense. In the end, I was more than happy and could not thank Jenice and her team enough. I would not hesitate to recommend Jenice to anyone. She is highly professional, incredibly knowledgeable, well connected to industry experts, has a tireless work ethic and is so pleasant and easy to communicate with. Five stars for sure! Andrew Loughrane