SEC Charges Frederick Elm and Elm Tree Investment Fund LP
On January 21, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) announced fraud charges and an asset freeze against a Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based investment advisory firm, its manager, and three related funds in a scheme that raised more than $17 million since November 2013.
The SEC’s complaint filed in federal court in the Southern District of Florida charged Elm Tree Investment Advisors LLC, its founder and manager, Frederic Elm, and Elm Tree Investment Fund LP, Elm Tree “e”Conomy Fund LP, and Elm Tree Motion Opportunity LP. According to the complaint, Elm, formerly known as Frederic Elmaleh, his unregistered investment advisory firm, and the three funds misled investors and used most of the money raised to make Ponzi-like payments to the investors.
The complaint alleges that Elm used investor funds to purchase a $1.75 million home, luxury automobiles, and jewelry, and to cover daily living expenses. Elm’s wife, Amanda Elm, formerly Elmaleh, is named as a relief defendant.
The SEC’s complaint charges Elm, his advisory firm and the Elm Tree funds with violating anti-fraud provisions of federal securities laws and SEC anti-fraud rules. The SEC is seeking relief for investors, including return of allegedly ill-gotten gains, with interest, and financial penalties.
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