According to the Complaint, the Information that was filed today in Manhattan federal court, and other statements made in open court:
From 2007 through 2014, TREBITSCH engaged in a multimillion-dollar fraudulent investment scheme, during which he solicited money from investors based on materially false and misleading representations. Specifically, TREBITSCH told the investors that he, through an investment fund he created called Allese Capital LLC, would (a) create and perfect public shell companies to sell to private companies; (b) execute specific trades at the direction of an investor; and (c) purchase and sell stocks on a daily basis, with little or no funds remaining invested in the market at the end of each trading day. In some cases, TREBITSCH told the investors that they would receive double digit returns with minimal risk of loss. In fact, TREBITSCH did not invest the money as he said he would, and instead principally used the investors’ money for his own personal benefit, including to repay other investors.
With respect to the portion of investor funds that he did use to purchase securities, TREBITSCH suffered net trading losses, which he did not disclose to the investors. Rather, TREBITSCH sent the investors false and misleading monthly account statements and tax forms, which purported to show positive annual returns.
During the course of the fraudulent scheme, TREBITSCH solicited more than $8 million from four investors.
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TREBITSCH, 37, of Brooklyn, New York, pled guilty to one count of securities fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a maximum fine of $5 million, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense. The maximum potential sentence in this case is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the judge. As part of the plea agreement, TREBITSCH agreed to pay forfeiture and restitution to the victims of the offense in the amount of $5,905,949. TREBITSCH is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Broderick on November 2, 2015, at 10:00 a.m.