Accounting firm Grant Thornton and law firms Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, and Greene Espel have agreed to pay a combined $849,243 to settle claims that they aided and abetted a $150 million investment fraud perpetrated by the Providence Financial Group, which was based in Guernsey, Miami, and Brazil.
Accountants Grant Thornton and law firms Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft and Greene Espel are being sued for allegedly aiding and abetting a $150 million fraud perpetrated by the Providence Financial Group, which was primarily based in Guernsey, Miami, and Brazil.
Texas broker John Abio, who was allegedly known as "our sales star" by the U. S. arm of the fraudulent Guernsey-based Providence Financial group, is being sued for the return of $3.1 million in commissions.
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Amended Complaint in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Providence Financial Investments, Inc., Providence Fixed Income Fund, LLC, Jeffory Churchfield, Jack Jarrell, and Antonio Buzaneli at the U. S. District Court for the District of Minnesota.