Another Florida Ponzi-Scheme?

New York (HedgeCo.Net) – Investors in South Florida are fearing the worst, with all eyes turned to Michael Riolo, a Boca Raton resident who may have bilked over $50 million out of investors.

Riolo regularly distributed performance reports to his investors showing admirable returns.  Now, three investors are claiming that it was all a sham.  Donald Gory, Anthony Leonardo and Nicholas Gory of Broward County have filed a suit against Riolo, claiming he stole more than $1 million from them. 

According to the suit, Riolo allegedly conducted a “Madoff-like Ponzi scheme” through his two companies, LaSalle International Clearing Corp. and Sterling Wentworth Currency Group.  The investors said they were recently informed that the firms had become insolvent.  They are asking the judge to freeze his assets and ban him from transferring any funds.

It seems that wealthy Florida residents have been hit hard by financial scams in recent months.  Bernard Madoff, the infamous Ponzi-schemer who lost $50 billion of investor’s money, was a part-time Palm Beach resident who garnered the trust and money of many elite Floridians.

Money manager Arthur Nadel of Sarasota is still missing, along with $350 million, after being exposed as a fraud in what authorities are now dubbing the “mini-Madoff.”

Julie Scuderi
Senior Editor for HedgeCo.Net

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