Investment Advisor Charged With Numerous Counts Of Fraud
Defendant allegedly used victims’ funds to buy a South Street bar
PHILADELPHIA - William Joseph Boyle, 53, of Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, was charged by indictment yesterday with five counts of mail fraud, three counts of wire fraud, one count of securities fraud, and one count of investment adviser fraud, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger.
The indictment alleges that Boyle, a Bala Cynwyd-based stockbroker and investment adviser, defrauded clients, most of whom were elderly, out of over $400,000, convincing them to invest with him and utilize his services as a financial adviser by holding himself out as an investment adviser and promising to invest their money in stocks, Pennsylvania municipal bonds, interest bearing investments, and real estate, while in reality Boyle spent almost all of their money on himself, including giving client money to his wife and ex-wife, paying his children’s Catholic school tuition; and purchasing a liquor license for, and purchasing, renovating, and operate a bar called “The Blarney South Bar and Grille,” which Boyle renamed “The Boyler Room,” located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The indictment also alleges that Boyle used some of the client funds to make payments to earlier clients who had invested, thereby inducing those earlier clients to believe that their investments were safe and profitable.
The indictment further alleges that Boyle continued to hold himself out as a stock broker and investment adviser and defraud clients even after his licenses were suspended and after he was permanently barred by FINRA from working as a stock broker or otherwise associating with a firm that sold securities to the public, and failed to disclosing to his clients that he had been barred and his licenses suspended.
Boyle faces a possible advisory sentencing guideline range of 57 to 71 months in prison, restitution, a period of supervised release, a possible fine, and a $1,000 special assessment.
The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael S. Lowe.
An Indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.