Miami Hedge Fund Adviser Charged With Misleading Investors

by Wall Street Fraud on June 19, 2012

stockbroker fraud attorneyThe Securities and Exchange Commission recently charged a Miami-based hedge fund adviser for misleading investors about whether its executives had personally invested in a particular hedge fund, often referred to as “having skin in the game.” As highlighted by the SEC, investors frequently inquire about the extent of the manager’s personal investment during their due diligence process.

The SEC alleges that Quantek Asset Management LLC made various misrepresentations about fund managers personally investing in the $1 billion Quantek Opportunity Fund. In fact, Quantek’s executives never invested their own money in the fund. The misstatements were made when responding to specific questions posed in due diligence questionnaires that were used to market the funds to new investors.

“When making an investment decision, private fund investors are entitled to the unvarnished truth about material information such as management’s skin in the game or the adviser’s handling of related-party transactions,” said Bruce Karpati, Co-Chief of the SEC Enforcement Division’s Asset Management Unit. “Quantek’s investors deserved better than the misleading information they received in marketing materials, side letters, and other fund documents.”

Several fund executives involved in the fraud agreed to pay more than $3.1 million in total disgorgement and penalties to settle the charges.

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