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On April 5, 2021, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed a Complaint against Zachary Horwitz and 1inMM Capital arising from an alleged “offering fraud and Ponzi scheme in violation of federal securities laws.” Among other things, the SEC alleged Horowitz and 1inMM “raised over $690 million from investors by selling promissory notes . . . using fabricated agreements and fake emails with prominent third parties with whom Defendants had no actual business relationship.”  The SEC was able to obtain an asset freeze and emergency relief, but investors are now struggling to figure out whether they will receive any meaningful portion of their investments back.  Los Angeles-Based Actor Zachary Horwitz Was Alleged Mastermind Of The Ponzi Scheme  According to the SEC’s Complaint, Horwitz raised money from investors in the form of promissory notes issued by his company, 1inMM Capital. Regarding the promissory notes, the SEC alleged:  Horwitz and 1inMM “represented that 1inMM would use the proceeds from each Promissory Note to finance transactions in which Defendants would: (1) acquire distribution rights in a specific movie; (2) license those rights to a specific media company; and (3) use the profits from these transactions to satisfy the note.” “Horwitz represented to investors that he and 1inMM would profit from these transactions by selling the movie rights to HBO or Netflix at a profit in excess of the profits paid to investors, and that Horwitz and 1inMM would retain this excess.”On April 5, 2021, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed a Complaint against Zachary Horwitz and 1inMM Capital arising from an alleged “offering fraud and Ponzi scheme in violation of federal securities laws.” Among other things, the SEC alleged Horowitz and 1inMM “raised over $690 million from investors by selling promissory notes . . . using fabricated agreements and fake emails with prominent third parties with whom Defendants had no actual business relationship.” Continue reading ›

On February 4, 2021, the SEC charged GPB Capital Holdings, its officials, and other affiliated entities with making material misrepresentations, violating whistleblower laws, and defrauding over 17,000 investors in a $1.7 billion Ponzi-like scheme.  In the complaint, the SEC alleges that David Gentile, GPB Capital’s owner and CEO, and Jeffry Schneider, owner of a GPB affiliate called Ascendant Capital, falsely told investors that an 8% annualized distribution payment came exclusively from monies generated by the company’s portfolio companies. In reality, the distribution came from new investor contributions.  The SEC also charged Jeffrey Lash, another GPB exec, with manipulating financial statements to further the Ponzi scheme and allege that GPB violated whistleblower laws by including language in its contracts that impeded potential whistleblowers and retaliated against a known whistleblower.On February 4, 2021, the SEC charged GPB Capital Holdings, its officials, and other affiliated entities with making material misrepresentations, violating whistleblower laws, and defrauding over 17,000 investors in a $1.7 billion Ponzi-like scheme. Continue reading ›

Investors filed multiple Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration claims against stockbrokers at multiple different brokerage firms. The claims involve allegations of unsuitable investments in GPB Capital Holdings, and negligent due diligence resulting in millions of damages. GPB And Advisor Group In February of 2020, Advisor Group acquired Ladenburg Thalmann and its subsidiaries, including Triad Advisors. Advisor Group already owned SagePoint Financial, Royal Alliance, and other brokerage firms. So with the mounting claims against GBP Capital, Advisor Group now has become one of the many investment firms facing allegations of negligence, misconduct, or fraud by its financial advisors and stockbrokers. Triad Advisors is one of over 60 broker-dealers that sold GPB Capital Holdings investments to its customers. On February 4, 2021, the U.S. Department of Justice and the SEC charged GPB Capital Holdings, its officials, and other affiliated entities with making material misrepresentations, violating whistleblower laws, and defrauding over 17,000 investors in a $1.7 billion Ponzi-like scheme. Investors have filed multiple Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration claims against stockbrokers at multiple different brokerage firms. The claims involve allegations of unsuitable investments in GPB Capital Holdings, and negligent due diligence resulting in millions of damages. Continue reading ›

With the Department of Justice’s recent indictment of GPB Capital Holding’s executives, David Gentile, Jeffry Schneider, and Jeffrey Lash, for securities fraud, wire fraud, and conspiracy, it’s abundantly clear that investment fraud is alive and well in the industry.  In that case, it is estimated that broker-dealers sold GPB to over 2,000 investors, with losses of up to $1.8 billion. Although investors understand the risks associated with investing, they often aren’t aware of the many avenues available to them to recover their losses if they occurred due to negligence, misconduct, or fraud by financial advisors and stockbrokers. If this is you, here’s what you need to know to recoup your GPB investments.   FINRA Mediation Or Arbitration  One of the most common pathways to recoup an investment is through a FINRA mediation or arbitration. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) is a government authorized non-profit designed to protect investors by overseeing and regulating U.S. broker-dealers. The government authorizes both the SEC and FINRA to take enforcement actions against broker-dealers who violate the law, including granting monetary awards to investors.With the Department of Justice’s recent indictment of GPB Capital Holding’s executives, David Gentile, Jeffry Schneider, and Jeffrey Lash, for securities fraud, wire fraud, and conspiracy, it’s abundantly clear that investment fraud is alive and well in the industry. Contact Silver Law Group to recover your GPB Losses. Continue reading ›

No one enjoys losing money on investments. Still, investors can feel even worse if they lost money because they invested in funds that their financial advisor or brokerage firm didn’t properly vet. Investors in GPB Capital Holdings may find that they are facing this exact situation. In parallel actions filed on February 4, 2021, the SEC and the United States Department of Justice charged GPB Capital Holdings, its officials, and other affiliated entities with making material misrepresentations, violating whistleblower laws, and defrauding over 17,000 investors in a $1.7 billion Ponzi-like scheme that lasted more than 4 years. Though the loss of money alone isn’t an indication of bad financial advice, when it comes to investments in GPB, there may be other indications that advisors failed to uphold their fiduciary duties. No one enjoys losing money on investments. Still, investors can feel even worse if they lost money because they invested in funds that their financial advisor or brokerage firm didn’t properly vet. Investors in GPB Capital Holdings may find that they are facing this exact situation. In parallel actions filed on February 4, 2021, the SEC and the United States Department of Justice charged GPB Capital Holdings, its officials, and other affiliated entities with making material misrepresentations, violating whistleblower laws, and defrauding over 17,000 investors in a $1.7 billion Ponzi-like scheme that lasted more than 4 years. Continue reading ›

Silver Law Group represents investors for losses in funds offered by SEC-registered investment advisor Indie Asset Partners, LLC (“Indie Asset”).  Indie Asset is an Indiana-based investment adviser firm that, among other things, offers its clients a series of “house funds” managed by its affiliate: Indie Diversified Partners, LLC. Among others, these funds include: Indie Diversified Asset Fund (“IDAF”) Indie Diversified Absolute Return Fund (“IDARF”) Indie Diversified Income Fund (“IDIF”) Indie Asset advertised a prudent investment model that included research and diversification to limit risks, but several of its funds invested a large percentage of Indie Asset clients’ portfolios in Prophecy Asset Management, L.P. (“Prophecy”).  Unfortunately for investors, Prophecy is now embroiled in litigation and may have lost hundreds of millions of dollars that belonged to investors.Silver Law Group represents investors for losses in funds offered by SEC-registered investment advisor Indie Asset Partners, LLC (Indie Asset). Indie Asset is an Indiana-based investment adviser firm that, among other things, offers its clients a series of “house funds” managed by its affiliate: Indie Diversified Partners, LLC. Among others, these funds include: Continue reading ›

Silver Law Group is investigating potential claims arising from losses in Prophecy Asset Management, L.P. (Prophecy), an investment fund that has been the subject of recent litigation and that may have lost hundreds of millions of dollars over the past two years.  Prophecy is a New York-based investment operation owned and operated by Jeffrey Spotts. Prophecy’s investment model involves conduct thorough research and selecting various sub-advisors to manage its capital.  However, two of the sub-advisors Prophecy has opted to do business with over the past several years have create cause for serious concerns among investors.  Two Funds That Invest In Prophecy Sued Prophecy In Delaware Chancery Court To Inspect Prophecy’s Books and Records  In July 2020, two investment funds that invest with Prophecy filed a Complaint for Inspection of Books and Records against Prophecy and its managers in Delaware Chancery Court. Among the allegations in the lawsuit are assertions that the Plaintiff needs access to Prophecy’s books and records because Prophecy cannot account for money the Plaintiffs invested in Prophecy. These allegations include:Silver Law Group is investigating potential claims arising from losses in Prophecy Asset Management, L.P. (Prophecy), an investment fund that has been the subject of recent litigation and that may have lost hundreds of millions of dollars over the past two years. Continue reading ›

On February 4, 2021, a federal indictment was unsealed against three GPB Capital insiders: David Gentile, Jeffry Schneider, and Jeffrey Lash. Gentile was the founder, owner, and CEO of GPB Capital, Schneider was the CEO of Ascendant Capital, the placement agent for GPB, and Lash was a managing partner of GPB Capital primarily responsible for overseeing GPB’s investments in car dealerships.  GPB Capital is a New York-based alternative asset manager that raised over $1.8 billion dollars from investors across the United States.  GPB offered a series of limited partnership deals, including: GPB Holdings, LP; GPB Holdings II, LP; GPB Automotive Portfolio, LP; GPB Waste Management, LP, and GPB Cold Storage, LP.  GPB was sold by a vast network of brokerage firms who promised protection of principal investment, a steady dividend payment, and major upside if GPB went public.  GPB’s funds have not paid any distributions since 2018, have substantially declined in principal value, and are illiquid, meaning investors are stuck in these funds with no way to sell and/or recoup their losses.On February 4, 2021, a federal indictment was unsealed against three GPB Capital insiders: David Gentile, Jeffry Schneider, and Jeffrey Lash. Gentile was the founder, owner, and CEO of GPB Capital, Schneider was the CEO of Ascendant Capital, the placement agent for GPB, and Lash was a managing partner of GPB Capital primarily responsible for overseeing GPB’s investments in car dealerships. Continue reading ›

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