Our firm represents multiple clients who have collectively lost millions in the sale of fraudulent GPB Capital Holdings (GPB Capital) related investments. Our firm has analyzed the GPB Capital offerings and believe that brokerage firms did not review these offerings in any significant detail. Any serious due diligence would have revealed that GPB Capital was an investment fraud scheme.
Advisor Luke Johnson (Johnson), according to BrokerCheck records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), has been accused of selling GPB Capital. Johnson is currently registered with member firm Coastal Equities, Inc. (Coastal Equities). In addition, Johnson disclosed seven total customer complaints. If you have been a victim of Johnson’s alleged misconduct our firm may be able to assist you in recovering funds.
Our firm’s investigation has found that brokerage firms failed to conduct due diligence and investigate multiple aspects of GPB Capital’s business including its senior management, fantastical business claims, and intra-fund lending practices. For instance, with respect to GPB Capital’s senior management the company was founded by David Gentile (Gentile). Had brokerage firms investigated GPB Capital’s senior manager it would have found that prior to founding GPB Capital, Gentile’s experience was as a CPA and company advisor with the accounting practice his family ran at Gentile Pismeny & Brengel, LLP (GP&B) in New York. Nonetheless, GPB’s PPMs claimed expertise in these areas. GPB Holdings II, LP, PPM, pg. 9 (Apr. 13, 2015) (“GPB’s senior management have a great deal of experience investing in the Automotive Retail, Managed IT Services and Life Sciences sectors.”).