July 2018- Fort Wayne, Indiana
The FINRA records of Joel Vincent Flaningan , a former stock broker who is not currently registered and who was last employed by NYLife Securities , disclose a pending customer dispute involving the allegedly fraudulent Woodbridge Mortgage Investment Funds.
A customer of NYLife has filed a suit in Allen Superior Court alleging that material facts and the risks associated with an unregistered investment in Woodbridge Mortgage Investment Fund purchased in April 2017 were not disclosed. The customer seeks the return of his $65,000 investment less income received plus 8% interest, costs and attorney fees.
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is the agency that licenses and regulates stockbrokers and brokerage firms. FINRA requires brokers and brokerage firms to report customer complaints and disputes as well as regulatory sanctions. In addition brokers are required to disclose certain financial matters such as personal bankruptcies, judgments and liens.
Woodbridge-A $1.2 billion Ponzi According to SEC
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced charges and an asset freeze against a group of unregistered funds and their owner who allegedly bilked thousands of retail investors, many of them seniors, in a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme.
According to the SEC’s complaint, unsealed in federal court in Miami, Florida, Robert H. Shapiro and a group of unregistered investment companies called the Woodbridge Group of Companies LLC, formerly headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida, defrauded more than 8,400 investors in unregistered Woodbridge funds.
“We allege that through aggressive tactics, Woodbridge and Shapiro swindled seniors into a business model built on lies, which the SEC’s Miami Regional Office staff moved to halt,” said Stephanie Avakian, Co-Director of the SEC’s Enforcement Division.
“Our complaint alleges that Woodbridge’s business model was a sham,” said Steven Peikin, Co-Director of the SEC’s Enforcement Division. “The only way Woodbridge was able to pay investors their dividends and interest payments was through the constant infusion of new investor money.”
“Our complaint further alleges that Shapiro used a web of layered companies to conceal his ownership interest in the purported third-party borrowers,” said Eric I. Bustillo, Director of the SEC’s Miami Regional Office. “Shapiro used the scheme to line his pockets with millions of investor dollars.”
Flaningan was employed by NYLife Securities from 19/2009-5/2018 when he was discharged by NYLife Securities when the company learned of his sale of Woodbridge Funds. Flaningan operated his insurance sales business under the dba name of Advanced Strategies Group.
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