Head of Financial Planning Entity Charged With Fraud

by Wall Street Fraud on May 29, 2012

Securities fraud attorney PhiladelphiaMark Spangler, a former chairman of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors, is facing criminal and civil charges for allegedly defrauding investors by secretly investing their money in two risky start-ups he founded. A federal grand jury has indicted Spangler for fraud, and the Securities and Exchange Commission has filed a parallel enforcement action.

"These investors lost millions to a man they trusted to safeguard their resources. We are working closely with the SEC to ensure Mr. Spangler is held accountable for his fraud," U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan said in a statement.

As detailed by the SEC, Spangler funneled approximately $47.7 million of client money into his own private ventures despite telling investors that their funds would be primarily placed in publicly traded securities. These risky investments were inconsistent with the investment strategies that Spangler promised his clients and contrary to their investment objectives.

As Reuters notes, this is not the first time a NAPFA executive has been in trouble with the SEC. In 2009, the agency charged James Putman, a former president of the association, with accepting $1.24 million in kickbacks on client investment pools. Putman has been ordered to pay a total penalty of $1.6 million.

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