Former Merrill Lynch Broker Accused of Additional Ponzi Scheme Charges
Jane O’Brien, a former Merrill Lynch broker who is serving a 33-month sentence for securities fraud, faces additional charges for wire fraud, mail fraud and investment adviser fraud related to misappropriating $1.3 million of client funds.
From June 1995 to April 2013, Ms. O'Brien, 61, convinced several clients to take money from their bank and brokerage accounts and give the money to her for private-placement investments. Ms. O'Brien promised clients a 25% return, but the money went to personal expenses and to make payments to other clients.
The charges pertain to three accounts that Ms. O'Brien served while at Smith Barney and later after she had moved to Merrill Lynch in 2007.
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