California Based RIA Charged in Ponzi Scheme

Posted on March 19th, 2015 at 4:57 PM

From the Desk of Jim Eccleston at Eccleston Law LLC:

The SEC has barred a California-based RIA from the industry after the firm was charged with misleading investors - including falsely claiming that its fund was "SEC approved."

According to the SEC, GLR Advisors raised over $60 million by inflating the performance and misrepresenting the strategy of a private investment fund.

Between 2005 and 2011, the firm advertised its "SEC approved" GLR Growth Fund as having returns of 17%-25% during every year of its operation.

GLR's marketing materials claimed the fund was "tied to well-known stock indices such as the S&P 500, Nasdaq and Dow Jones, as well as in oil, natural gas and technology-related companies.”

 But since mid-2009, the fund did not invest in any publicly-traded securities. Instead, funds were placed in "illiquid investments" (two private startups) and also were used to pay back other investors.

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