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Stoltmann Law Offices is investigating allegations in a grand jury indictment in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, levied against Keith Todd Ashley, of Collin County, Texas.  According to the indictment, which was filed on November 13, 2020, Ashley ran a Ponzi scheme while a registered representative for Parkland Securities, formally known Sammons Securities Company, and Midland National, a life insurance and annuity company. According to the indictment, Ashley recommended investors purchase UITs (Unit Investment Trusts) through Parkland and another entity called SmartTrust, which was an investment offered by another brokerage firm, Hennion & Walsh. The indictment alleges that Ashley made representations via email to clients that these investments offered returns of anywhere between 3% and 9% per year, with no risk to the investor’s principal, and that the securities were offered through Parkland and SmartTrust.  The indictment further alleges that instead of investing the money as represented, Ashley converted a substantial amount of it – more than $1 million – for his own use.

If you invested with Keith Ashley and believe you have suffered losses in connection with his alleged Ponzi scheme, please contact Stoltmann Law Offices, at 312-332-4200 for a free, no obligation consultation with a securities attorney.  

The news in connection with Mr. Ashley and his scheme turned quite dark just this afternoon when the publication Investment News ran a story indicating that Ashley was arrested in Carrolton,Texas on suspicion of committing murder. The story reports that Ashley is accused of murdering an investor-client in February 2020, staging the murder as a suicide, in some attempt to gain access to the victim’s money. Ashley was discharged from Parkland Securities in October suggesting he was fired for failing to disclose outside business activities.  This is a common response by brokerage firms when it turns out that one of their registered representatives has been running a Ponzi scheme.

Stoltmann Law Offices is investigating Parkland Securities (formerly Sammons Securities) broker Steven Love. He allegedly failed to follow instructions in the portfolio of an 81 year-old widow from Terre Haute, Indiana. He was supposed to put her retirement funds in safe, suitable investments, and he did not. An arbitration claim filed with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) claimed that Parkland Securities failed to supervise Love and allowed him to invest a large percentage of the client’s retirement funds in high commission, illiquid, risky and non-publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REITs), and other alternative investments. These were highly unsuitable for the client, based on her age, net worth, investment objectives and investment risk tolerance. Parkland Securities may be liable for money losses because the firm allowed Steven Love to do this, which is against securities laws and internal firm rules.
According to FINRA’s BrokerCheck, Steven Eugene Love was previously registered with Pruco Securities in Newark, New Jersey from January 1984 until December 1994 and Alanar Inc. in Sullivan, Indiana from December 1994 until August 2003. He is currently registered with Parkland Securities in Terre Haute, Indiana, and has been since August 2003. He has two customer disputes against him and one regulatory matter.

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