Securities fraud attorneys are currently investigating claims on behalf of the customers of Success Trade Securities who purchased Success Trade promissory notes. In April 2013, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced that it had filed a Temporary Cease-and-Desist Order in relation to these notes. The order is intended to halt fraudulent activity and misuse of investors’ assets and funds allegedly being conducted by Success Trade Securities and Fuad Ahmed, the firm’s president and CEO.
FINRA has issued a complaint against Ahmed and Success Trade Securities that charges promissory note sales fraud. These promissory notes were issued by Success Trade Inc., Success Trade Securities’ parent company. According to the complaint’s allegations, “Success Trade Securities, Ahmed and other registered representatives at the firm sold more than $18 million in Success Trade promissory notes to 58 investors, many of whom are current or former NFL and NBA players, while misrepresenting or omitting material facts. [They] misrepresented that they were raising $5 million through the sale of promissory notes and continued to make this representation, even as the sales exceeded the original offering by more than 300 percent.” According to investment fraud lawyers, FINRA also claimed that Success Trade Securities and Ahmed misrepresented the way in which they would use the proceeds and used the funds improperly, using them to pay existing noteholders’ interest payments and making unsecured loans to the president and CEO.
According to the allegations, Success Trade Securities and Ahmed also failed to disclose to investors the actual amount of the existing debt the company owed investors and the fact that it required raising money from additional investors to make future interest payments. Some of the promissory notes allegedly promised to pay as much as 26 percent interest, while most promised a 12.5 percent annual interest rate payment, due monthly, over the course of three years. Another FINRA allegation was that the exempt status and rate of return of the private placement offering used to sell the notes was misrepresented. Misrepresentations become material and therefore grounds for securities arbitration when it can be proven by a securities fraud attorney that the investor would have made a different investment choice if the misrepresentation or omission had not occurred. This, combined with the sales fraud allegations, suggests that Success Trade promissory note investors may have strong arbitration claims.
If you suffered significant losses as a result of your investment in Success Trade promissory notes, you may have a valid securities arbitration claim. To find out more about your legal rights and options, contact an investment fraud lawyer at Law Office of Christopher J. Gray, P.C. at (866) 966-9598 for a no-cost, confidential consultation.