June 1, 2015
Phil D. Williamson, 48, of Miami, Florida, was charged with investment advisor fraud according to an FBI Press Release which reports that he raised over two million dollars from 17 individuals who were led to believe he worked for a nationally recognized financial services firm.
Williamson deposited the victims money in bank accounts in the name of two companies he owned, Sterling Investment Fund and Sterling Financial Partners. Investors were led to believe they would be investing in real estate in Florida and Georgia. He concealed the fraud by issuing false statements and in classic Ponzi scheme style, by paying early investors with money received from new investors.
In a parallel action the SEC charged him with securities fraud and other violations. Williamson agreed to settle those charges and is liable for over $700,000 in disgorgement.
The victims include retired teachers and law enforcement officers who sought safe investments for their retirement savings.
According to FINRA records, Williamson previously was registered with the following firms:
- Hartford Equity Sales Company
- OneAmerica Securities
- MML Investor Services
- AXA Advisors
If you suffered losses in an account handled by Williamson, you may be able to recover damages from the firm that employed him. Call to discuss your options.
Rex Securities Law , with offices in Boca Raton, FL, and Austin, TX, provides representation to investors nationwide who are seeking recovery of investment losses due to the negligence or fraud of stockbrokers and broker dealers. If you have questions about how your account has been handled, call to speak with an experienced securities attorney.
Most cases handled on a contingent fee basis meaning that you do not pay legal fees unless we are successful.
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