Fraud Charges Brought Against an Adviser for Showing Fictitious Performance Returns

August 26, 2011

The SEC brought an administrative action against Renee Marie Brown, a Minnesota-based investment adviser, finding that she defrauded clients into transferring their money to Investors Income Fund X, LLC.

According to the SEC, she falsely represented that the Fund was a bond fund with fixed annual returns of 8% or 9%.  The SEC stated that she distributed bogus returns to investors in order to further the fiction that the Fund was a legitimate and successful investment opportunity.  From July 2009 through March 2010, clients invested more than $1.1 million with the Fund, and that Brown, according to the SEC, used most of that money to, among other things, purchase a condominium and build-out office space for her new business.

Click http://www.sec.gov/litigation/litreleases/2010/lr21483.htm to access the administrative order.


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Enforcement Actions, Investment Advisers