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Practice Areas

Investment Fraud / Financial Fraud

Any activity that uses fraud to separate investors from their money falls under state and federal financial fraud laws. Financial crimes are increasingly a top priority for prosecutors set to appease public demand for justice for high-cost crimes.

When is the Best Time to Act?:

It is critical to contact an attorney as soon as you suspect you are under investigation for investment fraud. These cases are complex and typically take months or years to investigate. Waiting until charges are filed can put your defense months behind. The Blanch Law Firm provides comprehensive defense that includes wading through financial documents while protecting your rights during pending investigations. Courts are handing out long prison sentences and demanding restitution in the millions. Can you afford to wait? Our attorneys have decades of experience successfully defending all manner of financial professionals in investment fraud trials. Our track record includes cases involving financial planners, hedge fund managers, brokerage firms, financial planners, analysts, investment banks and corporations.

Types of Crimes/ Charges:

Financial crimes fall under numerous state and federal laws, including the Securities Act of 1933, Securities Act of 1934, Investment Company Act of 1940, Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and New York’s Martin Act.

Criminal Schemes:

Investment fraud schemes can include myriad allegations and generally accuse the alleged perpetrator of pocketing clients’ money for their personal use. Some schemes are:
• Accounting fraud
• Affinity fraud
• Blind pools
• Breach of contract
• Breach of fiduciary duty
• Capital raising schemes
• Churning
• Embezzlement
• Estate financing fraud
• Factoring schemes
• Failure to execute
• Failure to supervise
• Insider trading compliance
• Misrepresentation
• Mutual fund fraud
• Negligence
• Nigerian schemes/419 letters
• Omissions
• Ponzi schemes
• Prime bank fraud
• Real estate fraud
• Share pushing/boiler rooms
• Shareholder fraud
• Shares scams
• Suitability / unsuitability
• Telemarketing fraud
• Time share fraud
• Unauthorized trading

Related Crimes:

A host of related white-collar crimes are charged in financial fraud cases, including securities fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, investment adviser fraud and conspiracy.

Penalties:

Depending on the specific charges and the value of the fraudulent scheme, prison time can reach 20 years or more. Additionally, defendants face stiff fines, costly restitution, loss of their professional license and lengthy probation.

Successful Defense:

The relatively new Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force is a coalition of more than 20 federal agencies, along with state authorities, charged with tracking down and prosecuting investment and other types of fraud. This is a clear indication that the government is putting its top investigators and prosecutors to work on these cases. You deserve the same caliber of attorney working on your defense. The Blanch Law Firm has the capacity to sift through the details of these sophisticated cases in order to establish the best defenses. We have been through these trials, so fully understand the law and can anticipate prosecutor strategies.

High Profile Cases:

Investment fraud often involves millions, and sometimes billions of dollars, so it is no surprise that numerous high-profile cases exist. A 2014 federal case in Brooklyn resulted in a 63-month sentence for Frederick Douglas Scott, the 29-year-old CEO of ACI Capital Group, LLC. He also was ordered to pay $1.3 million in restitution to investors that he fleeced. The investments he purported to participate in either did not exist, or he never invested in them. He kept his clients’ money for his personal use.