The law offices of Gana Weinstein LLP are currently investigating an alleged Ponzi scheme run by financial advisor Patricia S. Miller (Miller) of McMurray, Pennsylvania. According to allegations made against Miller by investors, she convinced customers to invest in purportedly safe mix of securities including corporate and municipal bonds. However, it is becoming increasingly clear that these investments may not exist at all.
Miller was a registered broker with several brokerage firms including Janney Montgomery Scott LLC and Investors Capital Corp. (Investors Capital). According to Miller’s BrokerCheck, on May 19, 2014, Investors Capital received a complaint alleging that an investor provided Miller with $80,000 that had been misappropriated by Miller. Two days later Investors Capital discharged Miller alleging that the broker has been accused of misappropriating funds, borrowing money from customers, fraudulent investment activity, and creating false documents.
According to investor complaints, Miller may have used various entities, including KS Investments, KS Investment Partnership, K Squared Development, K Squared Investments, Buck Harbor Investments, Buck Harbor Investment Club, and Buck Harbor Investment Partnership in order to carry out her scheme. Investors in these vehicles may have received false statements listing securities holdings and values of securities that may not truly exist. For instance some investors may have been misled into believing that they owned bonds issued by companies like General Electric, McDonald’s Corporation, Ford Motor Company, and other municipal bonds.