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Union County Investment Advisor Sentenced to 42 Months in Prison for Stealing Client Money

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Jersey

NEWARK, N.J. – A former investment advisor who stole over $600,000 from his clients to fund his gambling and personal expenses was sentenced today to 42 months in prison, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced today.

Mario E. Rivero Jr., 39, of Elizabeth, New Jersey, pleaded guilty on Feb. 2, 2023, before U.S. District Judge Madeline Cox Arleo in Newark federal court to an information charging him with one count each of wire fraud and securities fraud. Judge Arleo imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

From April 2018 through November 2020, Rivero, while serving in his capacity as an investment advisor employed by a large brokerage firm, misappropriated $626,478 from five clients. Rivero, who had been entrusted to manage client funds responsibly, instead perpetrated a scheme to defraud multiple clients. He obtained his clients’ money under the fraudulent pretense that he would invest the funds, but instead, Rivero unlawfully diverted the funds to enrich himself and others.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Arleo sentenced Rivero to three years of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James E. Dennehy in Newark, and postal inspectors of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in Newark, under the direction of Inspector in Charge Christopher A. Nielsen, Philadelphia Division, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn Barnes, Chief of the OCDETF/Narcotics Unit in Newark.

Updated August 24, 2023

Securities, Commodities, & Investment Fraud
Press Release Number: 23-241