U.S. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Litigation Release No. 22860 / October 30, 2013
Securities and Exchange Commission v. Andrew J. Franz, Civil Action No. 5:12-cv-00642 (N.D. Ohio) (Pearson, J.)
The Commission announced that on October 23, 2013, the Honorable Christopher A. Boyko sentenced Andrew J. Franz (“Franz”) to 57 months imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release, as well as $357,068.77 in criminal restitution. U.S. v. Andrew J. Franz, Criminal Action No. 1:13-cr-00331 (N.D. Ohio). Previously, on July 23, 2013, Franz pled guilty to ten counts, including counts of mail fraud, securities fraud, investment adviser fraud, and income tax evasion. The criminal information in this action alleged, among other things, that Franz stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from advisory clients at Ruby Corporation, a registered investment adviser with which he was associated.
Previously, the SEC filed an action against Franz in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. SEC v. Andrew J. Franz, Civil Action No. 5:12-cv-00642 (N.D. Ohio). The SEC’s complaint alleged that Franz operated a fraudulent scheme in which, through forgery and other fraudulent means, he misappropriated approximately $865,969 from clients of Ruby Corporation, including $779,418 from family members and $86,551 from other clients. The complaint alleged that Franz kept a net of approximately $354,000 in stolen funds. According to the SEC complaint, Franz violated Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act) and Rule 10b-5 thereunder, and aided and abetted violations of Sections 206(1) and 206(2) of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (Advisers Act).
At the SEC’s request for emergency relief, on March 15, 2012, the Honorable Benita Y. Pearson, United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio, entered an order of permanent injunction against further violations of Section 10(b) of the Exchange Act and Rule 10b-5 thereunder and Sections 206(1) and (2) of the Advisers Act, as well as an order freezing all assets under Franz’s control and other emergency relief. Finally, on March 15, 2013, Franz was permanently barred from the securities industry.
For further information, see Litigation Release No. 22303 (March 22, 2012), or contact: