Have Your Loved Ones Been the Victims of Affinity Fraud?

by InvestorLawyers on February 20, 2014

in Affinity Fraud,Arbitration,Bank of America,FINRA,Retirement,Securities Fraud

Investment fraud lawyers continue to investigate claims on behalf of elderly individuals who have been the victims of affinity fraud. In many cases, it is up to the children and grandchildren of elderly individuals to discover and put a stop to the victimization of their loved ones by fraudsters.

Have Your Loved Ones Been the Victims of Affinity Fraud?

A recent article in Forbes examined why elderly parents are susceptible to scams that seem obvious to younger individuals. According to the article, there are three main reasons for this: isolation and loneliness, diminished cognition and feelings of financial insecurity. Fraudsters know how to talk to lonely elders in a way that garners trust and makes them feel engaged. In addition, Alzheimer’s Disease research indicates that the first kind of judgment to be impaired is financial judgment, which may go undetected in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s.

In one example, Gary H. Lane, a former Bank of America financial advisor, pleaded guilty to five counts of tax evasion and 12 counts of fraud on September 3, 2013 and was sentenced to a 10-year prison sentence on February 10, 2014. Allegedly, Lane defrauded six investors of more than $2 million from January 2010 until March 2011. During that time, Lane was reportedly employed by Bank of America Investment Services. Allegedly, Lane convinced these clients to invest their money through an E-trade account instead of following normal bank procedures.

According to the allegations, Lane sought out elderly or unsophisticated investors who were risk-averse and desired high returns. Fortunately, Lane was caught and ordered to pay restitution to his elderly victims. But securities arbitration lawyers say that many elderly investors are not so lucky. The best way to avoid and detect affinity fraud is for the loved ones of elderly investors to be alert for potential fraud and contact an investment fraud lawyer immediately if they believe fraud has occurred.

If your loved ones have suffered significant losses as a result of affinity fraud, they may be able to recover their losses through securities arbitration. To find out more about their legal rights and options, contact a securities arbitration lawyer at Law Office of Christopher J. Gray, P.C. at (866) 966-9598 or newcases@investorlawyers.net for a no-cost, confidential consultation.

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