Ex-New Jersey Broker Dealer Has A Good Time On His Clients’ Dollars


Brokerdealer.com blog update profiles ex-New Jersey broker dealer, Evan Kochav, who stole more than $500,000 from clients and using it spend on poker at casinos and football tickets. This brokerdealer.com blog update is courtesy of NJ.com’s reporter, Christopher Baxter “Ex-N.J. stock broker indicted for stealing $562K from clients for poker, football tickets“. An excerpt from NJ.com is shown below.

A Jersey City man has been indicted for stealing $561,745 from clients of his investment firm and spending the money on personal expenses including poker at casinos and football tickets, state authorities said today.

From 2012 to 2014, Evan Kochav, 33, allegedly stole money from 10 investors he had solicited through his Red Bank-based firm, White Cedar Group, which he marketed as an economic consulting firm that had links to investment and business groups worldwide.

But authorities said the business was a front for Kochav, a professional poker player, to divert money to himself in order to pay for his gambling at casinos in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Florida and on at least two poker websites.

He also allegedly transferred money to his wife and paid for shopping, dining, air travel, hotels, football tickets and other entertainment. A small sum was paid to his investors in order to cover up the scam, authorities said.

“Kochav bluffed investors like the poker player he is, claiming ties with lucrative business ventures around the globe to convince clients their hard-earned money was securely invested,” acting state Attorney General John Hoffman said.

The indictment, handed up by a state grand jury Monday, charged Kochav with theft by deception, money laundering, misconduct by a corporate official and writing bad checks for more than $85,000 to a client who had questioned what happened to his money.

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Banned BrokerDealer, Cacchione, Backs Into Industry via RIA —Gets Busted Again

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Brokerdealer.com blog update profiles David Scott Cacchione’s , a former managing director of Investment Brokerage Firm  who was sentenced to 5 years in prison in 2009 for his role in defrauding lenders into more than $100 million in loans, new failed attempt to get back into the brokerdealer game. This update is courtesy of a 20 March InvesmentNews article “SEC shuts down ex-broker’s attempt to start RIA from jail” with an extract from the article below.

Convicted felon David Scott Cacchione, who was barred from the brokerage industry in 2009 for helping orchestrate a $100 million fraud scheme, has been barred again by the Securities and Exchange Commission after he tried, while still incarcerated, to re-enter the securities industry through a registered investment adviser.

Mr. Cacchione, 50, attempted, as others barred from the brokerage industry have, to play on the dual licensing of brokers and investment advisers to resurrect a career in the securities industry.

Mr. Cacchione pleaded guilty in 2009 to securities fraud for pledging the securities of unknowing clients to secure more than $45 million in personal loans for a friend. The scheme eventually resulted in almost $47 million in losses, according to the FBI. He also engaged in unauthorized trading in the accounts of clients, including a local children’s charity and an elderly widow, according to the SEC.

Mr. Cacchione was sentenced to 60 months in jail followed by three years of supervised release and ordered to pay nearly $50 million in restitution. According to the SEC, he had paid only $502 of that as of last August.

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