UPDATE! Michael Giokas ARRESTED for FRAUD – Trinity Council and Fortune Financial
Michael Giokas of Williamsville, New York Pleads Guilty to Fraud
Have you lost money with financial advisor Michael Giokas of Williamsville, New York? We are continuing our investigation into allegations made against Michael Giokas. According to the Buffalo News, Giokas pleaded guilty to wire fraud on April 16, 2018. Giokas admitted to running a $1.4 million scheme, and admitted that he spent the money on golf, entertainment, and other personal expenses. Giokas used a fake company called Trinity Council to solicit fake investments from 20 investors.
Michael Giokas was arrested on October 11, 2017. According to InsuranceNewsNet, Williams was arrested and charged with fraud, regarding allegations that he stole $200,000 from a customer.
Giokas’ sentencing hearing is set for July 30, 2018.
Michael Giokas was a financial advisor and registered representative of Fortune Financial Services from February 2013 to October 2017. He also worked with Comprehensive Asset Management and Servicing between 2002 and February 2013. He at a branch office in Williamsville, New York. Giokas’s BrokerCheck report discloses that he was previously the subject of four customer disputes and was also previously terminated by FSC Securities in 1991.
Brokerage firms like Fortune Financial Services have a responsibility to adequately supervise all representatives who are registered through their firm. Brokerage firms also must take steps to ensure that their financial advisors follow all securities rules and regulations, as well as internal firm policies. When brokerage firms fail to adequately supervise their registered representatives, they may be liable for investment losses sustained by customers.
Israels & Neuman PLC is a securities and investment fraud law firm with offices in Denver, Colorado, the Seattle area, Chicago, and Ann Arbor, Michigan. We represent investors in FINRA arbitration proceedings in all 50 states, including numerous investors in New York in the past, including former clients of Michael Giokas. Our attorneys have represented over one thousand investors against many brokerage firms in the past.
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