Iorio Altamirano LLP is investigating claims on behalf of defrauded investors who were victims in the GPB funds scheme. The GPB funds were marketed to independent broker-dealers and investment advisers who would, in turn, sell the GPB funds to their retail investors. According to publicly available records filed with the SEC, broker-dealer Silber Bennett Financial, Inc. likely received sales compensation for selling the GPB funds to retail investors.
Silber Bennett Financial, Inc. is no longer registered with FINRA. The firm’s founder, Jamie Bennett, is currently serving a 2-year suspension from the securities industry through February 15, 2023. While registered with Silber Bennett Financial, Bennett served in a variety of capacities, including Director, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Financial Officer. Bennett also acted as his firm’s Chief Compliance Officer and Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Officer from June 2017 to March 2019. Accordingly, he would have been tasked with performing due diligence on the GPB funds. If you lost money in GPB funds with Silber Bennett Financial, Inc., you may have a claim.
The SEC has charged GPB Capital, Ascendant Capital, and Ascendant Alternative Strategies with running a Ponzi-like scheme that raised roughly $1.8 billion from securities issued by GPB Capital. The SEC believes that as many as 17,000 retail investors nationwide have been defrauded.
Nearly $1.7 billion of that total was invested in GPB Capital’s four flagship funds:
- GPB Holdings, LP / GPB Holdings Qualified, LP (“Holdings Qualified”) (collectively, “Holdings I”), launched in March 2013;
- GPB Automotive Portfolio, LP (“Automotive Portfolio”), launched in May 2013;
- GPB Holdings II, LP (“Holdings II”), launched in April 2015; and
- GPB Waste Management, LP (“Waste Management”), launched in August 2016.
If you invested in the GPB funds with Silber Bennett Financial, Inc., contact New York securities arbitration lawyers Iorio Altamirano LLP for a free and confidential evaluation of your account. We have nearly 20 years of combined experience as securities arbitration lawyers and have helped investors recover investment losses in over 1,000 cases. Our firm will file a FINRA arbitration claim on your behalf on a contingency fee basis to try to recover your losses. If we do not obtain a recovery, you do not owe us a legal fee.
Related actions have also been initiated all over the country. The New York State Attorney General filed a complaint against GPB Capital. According to the complaint, as of June 2019, GPB Capital estimated the fair market value of its funds’ portfolio assets at approximately $1 billion – representing a more than 40% loss on investors’ initial capital contributions. The exact portfolio asset values are unknown, as the funds have not issued audited financials since 2016.
In addition to the State of New York, Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, South Carolina, and Alabama have initiated similar legal proceedings.
You can read more about our firm’s investigation into the GPB funds and the SEC action here.
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