The Investor’s Watchdog

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Former Multi-Million Dollar Hedge Fund Founder Pleaded Guilty to $19.6 Million Securities Fraud

Friday, January 31, 2020

Jason Rhodes, the co-founder of hedge fund Sentinel Growth Management, pleaded guilty to securities fraud, investment adviser fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy charges in a Ponzi scheme to defraud $19.6 million out of 25 investors.

Rhodes, a resident of Rowayton, a village in Norwalk, and his co-conspirators falsely represented to investors that their funds would be used for legitimate investments, largely by purchasing securities.  Instead, Rhodes diverted investor funds for his and his co-conspirators’ personal use and to make payments to earlier investors. The U.S. Attorney for the District of New York, Geoffrey Berman, also claimed that Rhodes falsified an investor account statement in an attempt to conceal that most of the $4.2 million this investor placed in the hedge fund had been misappropriated. The scheme lasted through December 2016.

Rhodes will be sentenced on April 6, 2020 where he faces numerous years prison time and over $5 million in fines.

If you invested and lost money in the Sentinel Growth Management Ponzi scheme at the advice of a broker, attorney, insurance agent, financial advisor, or CPA, you may be able to recover. Since 1998, the experienced attorneys at Chapman LLC have been fighting for victims of investment fraud and broker misconduct. Call us today at 1-877-410-8172 for a free consultation.

 

Author: Jason T. Albin

Jason Albin is an Attorney and Partner at ChapmanAlbin, the investor rights law firm. He has represented hundreds of investors who have lost money due to broker misconduct, unsuitable investment advice and fraud.​ Jason also represents individuals in “whistleblower” suits filed against unscrupulous companies that try to defraud the US federal and state governments.

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