Professional Investment Management and Douglas Cowgill Accused of Playing a Shell Game with Investors’ Funds
Professional Investment Management (“PIM”) and its president, Douglas Cowgill, are accused of committing fraud by the Securities and Exchange Commission. (“SEC”).
The SEC conducted an examination of PIM to verify the existence of client assets and discovered a shortfall in a money market fund account managed by PIM, according to the complaint filed by the SEC. According to account statements sent to clients, PIM stated that it held a total of approximately $7.7 million in a certain money market fund, however, the account actually held less than $7 million, according to the complaint.
The SEC claims that Cowgill tried to disguise the shortfall from SEC examiners by entering a false trade in PIM’s account records, according to the complaint. The alleged fake trade was later reversed, according to the SEC.
Cowgill purportedly provided the SEC investigative staff more false reports, and he later transferred funds from a cash account to another financial institution to eliminate the discrepancy in the money market account, according to the SEC. Essentially, Cowgill shuffled money from one asset to another in order to avoid being detected by the SEC investigators, according to the complaint.
The SEC started to examine PIM after discovering that the firm had failed to arrange for independent verification of client assets as required by law and had filed a notice withdrawing its registration with the SEC, according to the complaint.
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Investors who believe they lost money as a result of investment fraud or misconduct may contact the securities lawyers at Peiffer Wolf, Jason Kane or Joe Peiffer, for a free, no-obligation evaluation of their recovery options, at 585-310-5140.