According to the government press release, Wetzel processed financial distribution documents for his investment advisory firm located in Rockville, Maryland. According to his plea agreement, from July 2010 to September 2012, Wetzel took a total of approximately $1,282,224 from an annuity account of an elderly client without the client’s knowledge, and used the money for his personal benefit. Wetzel knew that the client was elderly, whose age and physical condition would facilitate repeatedly taking money from the client’s account. Wetzel also laundered some of the money he took by transferring the money to other bank accounts he controlled.
We are currently involved in multiple cases against brokerage firms for mismanagement of elderly investors’ accounts and/or improper conflicts of interest between the financial advisor and the customer. We routinely work closely with estate planning attorneys to help resolve disputes between family members regarding the management of an elderly family member’s financial affairs and we are frequently consulted regarding the improper sale of securities or mismanagement of the portfolio by a fiduciary, trustee or other trusted advisor.