The SEC barred from the industry the principal of a registered investment adviser for falsely claiming SEC registration eligibility. In his initial Form ADV filing, the respondent claimed over $500 Million in assets under management, but the SEC asserts the firm managed no assets. A year later, the respondent claimed a Wyoming principal place of business and assets under management in excess of $25 Million. The SEC maintains that the firm operated from New York and had assets less than $5.4 Million. In both years, the respondent electronically signed the Form ADV “under penalty of perjury.”
The SEC does not look kindly on advisers that lie on Form ADV to claim registration eligibility. The regulator already supervises over 13,000 advisers that legally qualify for federal registration.