Vienna Virginia Financial Advisor Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Customers
Ismail Elmas plead guilty on October 21, 2014 to a Count of Wire Fraud in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office press release (which can be found here), Mr. Elmas worked at Apple Financial Services, an affiliate of Apple Federal Credit Union during the time of the offense.
FINRA’s Brokercheck Report for Mr. Elmas states that Mr. Elmas was previously registered as a securities registered representative with CUNA Brokerage Services and CUSO Financial Services, both FINRA Broker-Dealers. The Brokercheck Report states that he was terminated by CUSO because he “allegedly converted funds for personal use…”
The above press release references that Elmas admitted to misappropriating client funds given to him for legitimate investments, and that he defrauded more than 10 of his clients, many of whom were seniors and widows.
Greco & Greco is currently investigating and pursuing claims against the parties involved in the Elmas case. Greco & Greco regularly represents investors in “selling away” cases such as this where the broker sells unauthorized securities or converts funds away from his firm. Customers may attempt to recover their losses in FINRA arbitration and/or court by demonstrating firms’ failures to supervise, failure to follow up on red flags, and by arguing the firm is responsible for the acts of its agent under the legal theories of respondeat superior and vicarious liability. Federal and state securities laws also mandate liability of control persons (such as brokerage firms) if certain requirements are met. If you are a victim of Mr. Elmas, please contact one of our attorneys for a free consultation.