Senior financial fraud uncovered in California, New Jersey

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A California agent lost his insurance license after selling unregistered securities to seniors. According to Department of Insurance investigators, the agent gave misleading advice to at least six state investors, collecting over $1.5 million over a 10-year period. Among the phony investments the agent promoted was an unauthorized annuity from the National Foundation of America, a purported charitable organization. In reality, the foundation was an unregistered and unlicensed entity, one of whose executives was earlier convicted of fraud following an FBI investigation.

A New Jersey insurance agent will serve up to 10 years in state prison for defrauding 20 clients out of some $1.5 million. The agent held himself out as an investment advisor from 2009 to 2012, focusing his efforts on area senior citizens. He promised to invest their money in various securities, but instead used their money for personal purposes.

A former vice president and senior financial consultant in the wealth management group of a major bank admitted to stealing $1.8 million from an elderly, widowed client. According to California authorities, the consultant admitted to writing checks on his client’s brokerage account and home equity line of credit in order to generate funds for his personal benefit. The executive made the checks payable to his family members, his girlfriend, a female acquaintance, and his personal credit-card accounts. The executive faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a fine of $1 million, plus restitution.

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Harry Lew

Harry Lew

Harry Lew is Chief Content Officer of the National Ethics Association (NEA). Since 2001, NEA (and its predecessor, the National Ethics Bureau) has helped over 25,000 business professionals enhance their reputation and build their businesses on a foundation of trust, ethics, and best practices. For more information on the benefits of membership, go to www.ethics.net.

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