Securities Lawyer on Wrong Side of the Law

by Wall Street Fraud on April 13, 2012

Philadelphia securities fraud attorneyA former securities lawyer on the wrong side of the law was recently sentenced to 23 years in prison for his role in a massive fraud scheme that victimized about 200 investors in 21 states, including several Baptist churches. Gregory Bartko, 58, of Atlanta, was convicted on six counts related to an elaborate conspiracy to sell millions of dollars in fraudulent securities in 2010.

The Associated Press reports that Thomas Walker, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, had asked for Bartko to be sentenced to 90 years in prison. "Defrauding decent folks out of their life savings amounts to robbing them of their dreams," Walker said.

According to prosecutors, victims were promised that their investments were safe and insured. However, their funds were really being diverted for the personal use of Bartko and his associates. The complicated financial fraud unraveled following a complaint to the North Carolina Secretary of State's Office, prompting an investigation involving the FBI, IRS, and U.S. Postal Inspector.

Bartko was convicted following a 13-day trial that included key testimony from Scott Hollenbeck, a former Kernersville investment advisor whose role was to raise money from unsophisticated investors. In exchange for his cooperation with the government, Hollenbeck received a reduced sentence of nine years.

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