前顾问因骗取投资者 900 万美元而入狱 22 年

这位前顾问告诉客户,他将资金投资于低风险年金和担保票据。据当局称,实际上,他将其转移到了他的个人银行账户和他控制的公司。...

据美国俄亥俄州北区检察官办公室称,一名前财务顾问因实施庞氏骗局从投资者那里骗取 930 万美元而被判处近 22 年监禁。


在五年的时间里,Raymond Erker 向至少 54 位客户出售了他歪曲为年金和担保票据的投资;据称,这些投资风险低,回报有保证。实际上,Erker 和两名共同被告将客户资金转移到他们的个人银行账户和他们控制的公司。协助该计划的共同被告此前曾认罪并于今年早些时候被判刑。



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据当地新闻网站 Cleveland.com 报道,他们的受害者包括 Erker 的寡妇、警察、机械师以及朋友和家人,该网站报道称,大约 50 人参加了 Erker 8 月 2 日的宣判。


Erker 通过为投资者创建虚假网站和账户报表来掩盖他的不当行为。此外,他还与呼叫中心签订合同,负责接听客户电话。司法部表示,这位前俄亥俄州韦斯特莱克顾问利用新投资者的资金支付老投资者的资金,这是“庞氏骗局的决定性特征” 。


法庭文件尚不清楚当局是如何以及何时发现庞氏骗局的。


“Mr. Erker misled, cheated and conned over fifty victims, many of them elderly, into trusting him with their life savings and hard-earned retirement funds, all for guaranteed rates of return and low-risk investments that were fabricated,” First Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Baeppler said in a statement. “Instead, Erker squandered the money he was entrusted with and caused financial ruin and pain for many.”


An attorney for Erker did not respond to a request for comment.


Erker, 52, got his start as an advisor in 1999, and worked at nine firms over the following 13 years, including Merrill Lynch, Lincoln Financial Advisors, and LPL Financial. LPL discharged Erker in 2010 for allegedly borrowing money from a customer without following firm policy, according to a note the company entered into his regulatory record.


Erker opened a registered investment advisor firm, Sageguard Wealth Management, in 2012. Ohio’s state securities regulator revoked Erker’s license and the firm’s registration in 2019, according to the state’s regulatory records. The Ohio Division of Securities accused Erker of nondisclosure of matters that shows “a lack of good business repute and is grounds for suspension or revocation of the Ohio investment adviser representative license,” according to a note contained in Erker’s regulatory record.


In 2020, federal prosecutors charged Erker with fraud, conspiracy to commit fraud, money laundering, and making false statements under oath. Earlier this year, he was convicted following a seven-day trial before U.S. District Judge Dan Polster in Cleveland. The Justice Department credited Ohio’s securities regulator, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the Westlake Police Department with aiding in its investigation.


“Be suspect of anyone who guarantees that an investment will perform a certain way, because all investments carry some degree of risk,” Ohio Securities Commissioner Andrea Seidt said in a statement.


Write to Andrew Welsch at andrew.welsch@barrons.com



Erker 通过为投资者创建虚假网站和账户报表来掩盖他的不当行为。此外,他还与呼叫中心签订合同,负责接听客户电话。司法部表示,这位前俄亥俄州韦斯特莱克顾问利用新投资者的资金支付老投资者的资金,这是“庞氏骗局的决定性特征” 。

Source: https://www.barrons.com/advisor/articles/westlake-advisor-ponzi-prison-raymond-erker-51659637658

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