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shutterstock_103681238-300x300The law offices of Gana Weinstein LLP continue to report and update investors on their investigation into GPB Capital Holdings (GPB Capital).  The firm currently represents multiple clients who have been recommended GPB Capital by brokers who were paid large commissions to sell the investment.

GPB Capital has been plagued with issues since last year when the firm stopped raising new money, lost an auditor, and engaged in a lawsuit with a former business partner Patrick Dibre (Dibre).  GPB Capital complained that Dibre reneged on the sale to GPB Capital of certain auto dealerships causing the fund to lose $40 million according to GPB’s complaint.  Dibre counterclaimed that GPB Capital is nothing more than “a very complicated and manipulative Ponzi scheme.”  Then it was reported that the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. (FINRA) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) launched investigations in to GPB Capital.

Now, according to newsources, GBP Capital is being investigated by the FBI who made an unannounced visit to GPB Capital’s offices in early March 2019.  None of this information is good news for investors who relied upon the due diligence efforts of their brokers in agreeing to invest in GBP Capital offerings.

Brokerage firms are unfortunately all too willing to subject their clients to the risks of investing in GPB due to the hefty fees and commissions these firms earn.  When GPB Capital’s Automotive portfolio raised a total of $369.2 million from more than 3,800 investors it paid out $43.4 million, or 11.75%, in commissions.  7% of that amount goes directly to the recommending broker’s pocket.  There are as many as 60 brokerage firms that sold these funds and among the largest of those firms are Royal Alliance Associates Inc., Sagepoint Financial Inc., FSC Securities Corp. and Woodbury Financial Services Inc.

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shutterstock_189135755-300x300The law offices of Gana Weinstein LLP have previously reported on their investigation into GPB Capital Holdings (GPB Capital) and its dispute with a former business partner Patrick Dibre (Dibre) who allegedly reneged on the sale to GPB Capital of certain auto dealerships causing the fund to lose $40 million according to GPB’s complaint.  That litigation is still playing out in court.

GPB Capital has raised an astonishing $1.8 billion in investor money since 2013.  However as reported, GPB will stop raising new money for now to focus on accounting issues and financial statements of its two large funds.  Subsequent reporting has alerted the public that investors should no longer rely on 2015 and 2016 financial statements and independent accounts’ reports for: GPB Automotive Portfolio, ($622.1 million); GPB Holdings II, ($645.8 million); and GPB Holdings Qualified.  Apparently, these accounting revisions are only being made because GPB Capital missed an April 30 deadline to file financial statements with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) which crossed industry thresholds for making such information public more than a year ago.

Investors should be concerned at this point as it is highly unusual for funds’ of this size to cease raising funds unless there are serious concerns.  Moreover, delays in reporting financials and the need to release new reports concerning financial statements made three years ago are highly troubling.  This suggests potentially multiple years of false information or a size and nature that is currently unknown.

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shutterstock_145368937-300x225The law offices of Gana Weinstein LLP are investigating GPB Capital Holdings (GPB Capital) and its dispute with a former business partner Patrick Dibre (Dibre) who allegedly reneged on the sale to GPB Capital of certain auto dealerships causing the fund to lose $40 million according to GPB’s complaint.  The complaint alleged that between December 2013 and April 2015 GPB Capital advanced Dibre $42 million for auto dealerships he then failed to deliver.  The lawsuit claims that Dibre failed to provide required notices to start the sales process of five dealerships.

Dibre owned auto dealerships in the New York area and purportedly held himself out to the GPB Capital as the person who could build out GPB Capital’s auto dealership business.  Instead of that happening, the complaint alleges that Dibre informed automobile manufacturers that they should withhold their approval of GPB Capital owning and operating dealers because of claimed malfeasance.  However, GPB Capital alleges that Dibre is negotiating for the sale of the same dealerships to an investment fund.

At this time it unclear the ultimate financial impact this failed transaction will have on GPB Capital Holding’s funds which include: