Cygnus Capital Management and Late CEO Richard Ventrilla Charged by SEC with Fraud

The company and Ventrilla’s estate are accused of defrauding at least 22 investors out of almost $1 million.

The Sonn Law Group is investigating allegations that Cygnus Capital Management and Richard Ventrilla committed fraud. If you or a family member has suffered losses investing, we want to discuss your case. Please contact us today for a free review of your case.

cygnus-capital-management-fraudCygnus Capital Management, LLC and the Estate of Richard Ventrilla, Cygnus’s former owner who passed away on September 2, 2020, were charged by the SEC with fraud for defrauding at least 22 investors who invested almost $1 million. 

According to the SEC’s complaint, from at least September 2015 through March 2020, Cygnus and Ventrilla, who previously convicted of extortion in 1999, made false and misleading statements to investors and misappropriated assets from investment advisory clients. The complaint alleges that Ventrilla told investors that he would invest their funds in publicly traded securities and repay them with trading profits, promising a guaranteed rate of return between 7% and 8%. 

In reality, Ventrilla allegedly had no basis for these statements and used only approximately ten percent of total investor funds to trade securities, spending the majority of investor funds to support his lifestyle or to repay other investors. Additionally, Ventrilla allegedly led at least sixteen investors who had become investment advisory clients to believe that he would manage their assets using separately managed accounts and pay himself a reasonable investment advisory fee. Instead, Ventrilla allegedly misappropriated a significant amount of their funds to support his lifestyle and lied to the clients about their purported portfolio holdings.

The SEC’s complaint, filed in federal district court in Buffalo, New York, charges Cygnus and, for Ventrilla’s misconduct, the Estate of Ventrilla, with violations of the antifraud provisions of Section 17(a) of the Securities Act of 1933, Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 10b-5 thereunder, and Sections 206(1) and 206(2) of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. The SEC is seeking against Ventrilla’s estate disgorgement plus prejudgment interest thereon, and against Cygnus, permanent injunctive relief, civil penalties, and disgorgement plus prejudgment interest.

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The Sonn Law Group is currently investigating allegations that Cygnus Capital Management and Richard Ventrilla committed fraud. We represent investors in claims against negligent brokers and brokerage firms. If you or your loved one experienced investment losses, we are here to help. For a free consultation, please call us now at 866-827-3202 or complete our contact form.