In one of the largest ever investment fraud schemes in US history, a federal judge in Florida has ordered the operator of a ponzi scheme to pay $1 billion in restitution and fines. Former investors, many of whom were elderly and unsophisticated, can look forward to at least some return on their original investment in the massive ponzi scheme perpetrated by the Woodbridge Group of Companies and its former owner, Robert Shapiro.
Green & Schalfe is pleased to announce that partners Adam Green and Michael Schafle have once again been recognized by their peers for selection to the prestigious The Best Lawyers in America list. This honor is bestowed upon the top 5% of private practice attorneys nationwide, as judged by other attorneys.
According to the SEC's complaint, a group of financial managers and companies located in different regions of the country, including in New York, Florida, Texas, and Ohio, orchestrated what appears to a massive fraud to bilk unwitting investors out of millions of hard-earned dollars.
Each month, the agency that regulates the financial industry, FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority), produces a detailed report that runs down all disciplinary actions recently taken against brokerage firms and brokers. We strongly encourage any investor who suspects their broker and/or broker-dealer of having lost them money on dubious terms to at least skim this report to see if you recognize any names, schemes, products, or securities.
Leading up to February, all of 2017 had seen volatility and the VIX at near record low levels. All was calm. Then, suddenly, in one day the percent gain in futures swung 96 percent. The huge leap crushed short-VIX ETPs, which lost nearly all of their value. Some of those products shut down entirely.
Green & Schafle has opened an investigation into the LJM Preservation and Growth fund, which was forced to cease trading and shut down after volatility in February caused dramatic losses.
What can you do, oh unsophisticated investor, to protect yourself against the attacks and traps of some of history's most dastardly fraudsters? For a start you can ask yourself the following 5 questions about investment fraud - and answer them as honestly as possible. Remember, when you're trying to protect yourself from the deception, the last thing you want to do is self-deceive!
FINRA Disciplinary Action Report April 2018