Per the Security and Exchange Commission’s request for emergency relief, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois has halted an alleged investment fraud scam involving Results One Financial LLC adviser Steve W. Salutric. He is co-founder of the financial firm. Hon. William J. Hibbler ordered that all assets under Salutric’s control be frozen and he issued a temporary restraining order against him. Hibbler is also granting other emergency relief.
The SEC complaint accuses Salutric of making unauthorized withdrawals from clients’ accounts that were located in another financial institution that was the custodian of Results One Financial’s client assets, forging client signatures on withdrawal request forms, and submitting the signed forms to the account custodian.
The SEC is charging the investment advisor with misappropriating several million dollars of his clients’s finds. Beginning in 2007, Salutric allegedly misappropriated more than $2 million from at least 17 clients to support entities and businesses that are linked to him. Funds that were allegedly misdirected include $610,000 to a film distribution company, $259,000 to two restaurants, and $321,000 to the church where he is treasurer. The SEC is accusing Salutric of misappropriating over $400,000 from a 96-year-old nursing home resident who has dementia. He also allegedly made Ponzi-like payments to certain clients.
Courthouse News Service says that Salutric managed over $16 million through Results One. The SEC says that there may be more clients who were defrauded and additional funds may have been misappropriated.
The SEC is seeking penalties, disgorgement, and an injunction.
Related Web Resources:
Securities and Exchange Commission v. Steve W. Salutric, Civil Action No. 1:10-CV-00115 (N.D. Ill.), SEC, January 8, 2010
Read the SEC Complaint (PDF)
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