SEC Charges Unregistered Investment Advisor For Operating A Decade-Long Scheme

Posted on March 11th, 2021 at 3:16 PM
SEC Charges Unregistered Investment Advisor For Operating A Decade-Long Scheme

From the Desk of Jim Eccleston at Eccleston Law LLC:

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged George Heckler for running a decade-long fraudulent scheme through two private hedge funds. Heckler allegedly formed Cassatt Short Term Trading Fund LP and CV Special Opportunity Fund LP to conceal significant losses incurred by Conestoga Holdings LP, also controlled by Heckler. 

According to the SEC, Heckler transferred Conestoga's underperforming assets to Cassatt and CV and misrepresented the funds' objectives and performance to investors. Heckler told investors that their funds were used to engage in short-term equity trading and that the investments were consistently generating positive returns. In contrast, a substantial number of investors' funds had not been invested at all or had been used to make Ponzi-like payments to prior investors.

The SEC also alleges that Heckler raised at least $90 million in new investor capital through Cassatt, CV, and three other entities he managed. $32 million of the new investor capital raised was used to pay back prior investors. 

Heckler also used over $ 1 million of investor funds for personal use, according to the SEC. Heckler also allegedly concealed these losses from investors by providing them with false account statements showing fabricated gains.

The complaint charges Heckler with violations of antifraud provisions of federal securities laws. Heckler agreed to settle the charges by consenting to a bifurcated judgment that permanently enjoins him from engaging in future violations. Heckler also agreed to a bar from the industry with disgorgement penalties. 

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