Unsuspecting and trusting investors were unaware that the nest eggs they had entrusted their broker with were being used to for his personal expenses……. including his gambling debts.
While working as a registered broker for Geneos Wealth Management, Inc. from 2005-2011, former broker Marc Duda, age 37, bilked more than 10 investors , most of which were elderly retirees , out of millions, possibly as much as ten million. Duda told these unsuspecting victims that he was purchasing safe and secure investments while he was actually using their life savings as his personal piggy bank purchasing a plane, a boat, a car, a motorcycle and to make mortgage payments, pay child care expenses and even to fund gambling trips to Las Vegas.
He was able to continue the fraud using the time tested ponzi technique of paying off old investors with money raised from new victims. He operated two outside businesses KAD Capital Group, LLC and Capistrano Beach Funding Corporation, where some of the stolen money was directed.
Duda agreed to a permanent bar from association with any FINRA member.
Brokerage firms have a duty to supervise and oversee the activities of their brokers, however it appears that Duda’s firm was negligent in overseeing his activities, resulting in financial devastation for many retirees.
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