The Florida Office of Financial Regulation and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement are investigating Michael O. Traynor and his son, Matthew O. Traynor, former brokers at InterSecurities, Inc. Complaints from at least a dozen investors allege that the Traynors defrauded clients out of approximately $8 million.
In addition to an affiliation with InterSecurities, Inc., the Traynors are reported to have been affiliated with or operated under the firm names of Mariner Financial Services, Western Reserve Life, Association of Professional College Advisors, Inc., College Advisors Group, Inc., LifeTime Advisors, Inc. and LifeTime Advisors Group, Inc. Michael Traynor was licensed in securities and insurance and represented himself as a financial planner and certified college planning specialist.
According to reports, many of the investors were first in contact with the Traynors through their church and were lured to invested funds into accounts entitled “Freedom Bond Account,” “7 Day Freedom Money Market,” as well as “CGU Broker Services” and “Allianz Broker Services”. Apparently, statements on these accounts were falsified to indicate assets, income and profits which did not exist.