Second Managing Partner Of Investment Advisory Firm, Martin Silver Pleads Guilty To Defrauding Clients And Investors In Over $100 Million Ponzi-Like Fraud Scheme
(STL.News) Audrey Strauss, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that MARTIN SILVER, a managing partner and the chief operating officer of the New York-based investment advisory firm International Investment Group (“IIG”), pled guilty today before U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein to investment adviser fraud, securities fraud, and wire fraud offenses in connection with an over $100 million scheme to defraud IIG’s investment advisory fund clients and investors. Throughout the course of more than 10 years, SILVER perpetrated the scheme by, among other fraudulent actions, creating fictitious investments and overvaluing investments used to generate funds to pay off earlier investors in a Ponzi-like manner. In connection with his plea agreement, SILVER has also agreed to cooperate with the Government’s ongoing investigation.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said: “Today, Martin Silver admitted to participating in a sophisticated, decade-long scheme to defraud IIG funds and investors, abandoning his fiduciary responsibilities to IIG’s clients, and causing millions of dollars of losses. My Office remains committed to policing investment advisers who seek to take advantage of their clients for personal and professional gain.”
According to the allegations contained in the Information and based on statements made in Manhattan federal court:
Background of IIG
SILVER and a co-conspirator (“CC-1”) founded IIG in 1994.