Updated January 2019- Fort Wayne, Indiana
The FINRA records of Alan Harold New , a former stock broker who is not currently registered and who was last employed by NYLife Securities , disclose a pending civil matter brought by the SEC and 13 pending customer disputes involving the allegedly fraudulent Woodbridge Mortgage Investment Funds and Future Income Payments (FIP).
Total damages sought by these customers exceed $3 million.
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.
Allegations by the customers include false representations by New that the investments were safe, secure and low risk.
In 12/2018 the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed a civil suit alleging that New served as an unregistered brokers on behalf of the Woodbridge Group of Companies. According to the SEC investors were told that the Woodbridge securities were safe and secure. The SEC seeks penalties, fines, disgorgement and an injunction.
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.”
New was employed by NYLife Securities from 6/2004-8/2016 and discloses an affiliation with Synergy Financial Group and Synergy Investment Services, both of which are located in Fort Wayne.
If you have losses in an account handled by Alan New , call for a no charge consultation to learn about your options for recovery of damages from NYLife Securities.
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