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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.

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