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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