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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Philadelphia Bar Owner And Former Investment Advisor Plead Guilty To Defrauding Clients Of Over $400,000 In Order To Purchase A South Street Bar

William Joseph Boyle, 53, of Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, pled guilty today to 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.

As part of his guilty plea, Boyle admitted that he 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.

Boyle admitted that he 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.

Sentencing has been set for November 30, 2016. Boyle faces a maximum sentence of 185 years’ imprisonment, a five-year period of supervised release, a $7,010,000 fine, and a $1,000 special assessment, and a likely advisory sentencing guideline range of 41 – 51 months’ imprisonment.

The case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security Investigations, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael S. Lowe.

Financial Fraud
Updated August 30, 2016