Michael Giokas – New York – Prison – Update on May 22, 2019
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The White Law Group continues to investigate potential claims involving New York financial advisor Michael Giokas and Giokas Wealth Advisors.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Michael Giokas, 58, pleaded guilty to wire fraud on Monday and is reportedly facing a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.
Giokas, president of Giokas Wealth Advisors, was arrested in October for allegedly stealing $200,000 from one of his clients.
In 2017, Giokas allegedly advised clients to invest in Trinity Council, which actually was a shell company that did no business, according to the US Attorney. It is alleged that the funds went directly to Giokas.
According to the US attorney, in a separate scheme, it is alleged that Giokas convinced Nationwide Insurance and Financial Services to transfer money from his clients’ Nationwide accounts to himself under the guise of “fee requests.”
In total, Giokas purportedly defrauded clients out of $1,473,396.
According to his FINRA BrokerCheck report, Giokas was registered with Fortune Financial Services in Clarence, NY from February 2013 until October 2017. Prior to that, he was registered with Comprehensive Asset Management and Servicing in Williamsville, NY from March 2002 until February 2013.
FINRA reportedly barred Michael Giokas from the securities industry last month for failure to respond to FINRA’s request for information in regards to Giokas’ recent criminal charges.
As of May 22, 2019, Giokas has 10 customer disputes against him, 4 are reportedly still pending. Allegations include Misrepresentation & Omissions; Breach of Fiduciary Duty; Negligence; Failure to Supervise, and Unsuitable Recommendations, among others.
Sentencing is scheduled for July 20.
Update On May 22, 2019 – Prison Sentence
According to the Buffalo News, U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara sentenced Giokas to 52 months in prison. “Giokas’s sentence stems from his guilty plea to a felony fraud charge and his admission that he cheated clients out of $1.4 million and used much of the money for personal expenses,” according to the news report.
Recover your Investment Losses
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The brokerage firms can be held responsible for any losses in a FINRA arbitration claim if it is determined that they failed to properly supervise their agent.
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