An investment fund manager based in Philadelphia made headlines recently when she was arrested and charged in connection with an alleged $100 million securities fraud scheme, according to the US Attorney’s office based in Newark, NJ. The fund manager, Brenda Smith of Philadelphia, PA, was charged with several counts of wire fraud and one count of securities fraud. She was arrested in Philadelphia and charged in Newark.
Philadelphia is getting serious about its elder financial abuse problem. As we noted in a recent blog post, the Philadelphia Office of the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it would be hosting public awareness talks and meetings to combat the growing problem of elder financial abuse. That announcement was followed by the District Attorney for Philadelphia Larry Krasner's statement that he would be creating a special task unit targeting perpetrators of financial fraud against senior citizens.