Yellowstone Partners LLC – SEC Files Complaint | Goodman & Nekvasil P.A. May Recover Investor Losses
According to the SEC Allegations
From at least 2008 through June 30, 2017 (the “Relevant Period”), Hansen, the former Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) of then-Commission-registered investment adviser, Yellowstone, caused Yellowstone to overbill investment advisory clients as part of a fraudulent scheme to inflate Defendants’ income. High participated in the fraudulent scheme by causing the overbilled management fees to be charged to and taken from client accounts.
During the Relevant Period, Hansen and High were investment adviser representatives associated with Yellowstone. Hansen and High were also registered representatives associated with broker-dealers registered with the Commission.
As part of their fraudulent scheme, Defendants stole over $11.8 million from over 120 client accounts by overbilling clients for investment advisory management fees that were never earned. Overbillings were taken from unsuspecting clients to generate additional revenue to cover Yellowstone’s operating expenses and to support Hansen’s lavish lifestyle.
Defendants targeted specific accounts, with the majority of overbillings occurring in a small number of larger accounts, where overbilled fees would be less noticeable.
As part of their scheme, Defendants billed client accounts twice for periodic management fees, thereby taking double the amount of fees earned during particular periods. Defendants also billed client accounts additional advisory fees for work that was never performed.
Defendants also failed to maintain current investment advisory agreements for each client and to keep such records easily accessible for a period of five years, as required by firm procedures, the Advisers Act, and the rules thereunder.
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