SEC charges Massachusetts RIA with fraud

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged registered investment adviser Richard G. Duncan, of East Longmeadow, Mass., with defrauding two retail clients by persuading them to invest over $300,000 in an apparent scam originating in Turkey.

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According to a Commission enforcement action filed in federal court in Springfield, Mass., Mr. Duncan violated his fiduciary duty as an investment adviser by ignoring and failing to disclose warnings from two banks that the Turkish investment opportunity was probably a scam. He also made materially false and misleading statements to at least one client, the SEC charged, promising as much as a 100% return on the Turkish investment.

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