Illinois Man Arrested for $105 Million Ponzi Scheme

Posted on March 5th, 2015 at 2:13 PM
Illinois Man Arrested for $105 Million Ponzi Scheme

From the Desk of Jim Eccleston at Eccleston Law Offices:

Daniel Spitzer, an Illinois resident, pleaded guilty for perpetrating a $105 million Ponzi scheme, bilking about 280 investors including his brother-in-law.

Spitzer used several entities and sales agents to misrepresent to investors that their money would be invested in investment funds that, in turn, would be invested primarily in foreign currencies.

Spitzer managed the Kenzie Funds, which lost $34 million from 2004 to August 2010. While his customers were falsely told that the funds never had lost money and historically had produced profitable annual returns, one year reaching over 180 percent, Spitzer instead used money raised from new investors to pay earlier investors, and misappropriated investor funds to pay unrelated business expenses. He concealed his scheme by issuing phony documents to investors which led them to believe their investments were profitable.

Spitzer has been sentenced to 25 years in jail. The SEC has frozen the assets of Spitzer and his companies.

The attorneys of Eccleston Law Offices represent investors and advisers nationwide in securities and employment matters. Our attorneys draw on a combined experience of nearly 65 years in delivering the highest quality legal services.

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