NJ Financial Advisor Kenneth Welsh Accused of Fleecing Clients of $2.86M

Last Updated: October 28, 2021

INVESTORS: The U.S. Attorney’s Office for New Jersey claims that advisor Kenneth Welsh stole $2.86M from his investment clients and used the ill-gotten funds to gamble and buy luxury items, including precious metals and gold coins. If you have invested with New Jersey broker Kenneth Welsh you may have options for financial recovery.

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Kenneth Welsh: Allegations Made in the DOJ Complaint

Counts One through Four

(Wire Fraud)

From in or around April 2018 through in or around December 2018, in the District of New Jersey and elsewhere, defendant

KENNETH A. WELSH

knowingly and intentionally devised and intended to devise a scheme and artifice to defraud victim investors, including Victim 1, Victim 2, Victim 3, Victim 4, and Victim 5, and to obtain money and property from victim investors by means of materially false and fraudulent pretenses, representations, and promises, and, for the purpose of executing this scheme and artifice to defraud, did knowingly and intentionally transmit and cause to be transmitted by means of wire communications in interstate and foreign commerce, certain writings, signs, signals, pictures, and sounds, specifically those referenced below, each constituting a separate count of this Complaint.

CountApproximate DateWire
1April 2, 2018Causing the transmission of
approximately $32,707 fraudulently
obtained from Victim 1, by an interstate
wire that traveled through New Jersey.
2June 4, 2018Causing the transmission of
approximately $45,202 fraudulently
obtained from Victim 2, by an interstate
wire that traveled through New Jersey.
3July 2, 2018Causing the transmission of
approximately $45,655 fraudulently
obtained from Victim 3 and Victim 4, by
an interstate wire that traveled through
New Jersey.
4December 13, 2018Causing the transmission of
approximately $61,744 fraudulently
obtained from Victim 5, by an interstate
wire that traveled through New Jersey.

In violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1343 and 2.

Count 5

(Investment Advisor Fraud)

From in or around July 2017 through in or around March 2021, in the District of New Jersey, and elsewhere, defendant

KENNETH A. WELSH

knowingly and willfully used instrumentalities of interstate commerce and other means, directly and indirectly: (a) to employ a device, scheme, and artifice to defraud clients and prospective clients; (b) to engage in a transaction, practice, and course of business which operated as a fraud or deceit upon clients and prospective clients; and (c) to engage in an act, practice, and course of business which was fraudulent, deceptive, and manipulative, namely, that WELSH, an investment adviser, fraudulently obtained money and property from Victim 1, Victim 2, Victim 3, Victim 4, and Victim 5 by falsely claiming that the funds were used or would be used for investments on behalf of the respective victims, but that were not actually used for investments and instead were diverted into accounts controlled by WELSH and spent on his personal expenditures.

In violation of Title 15, United States Code, Sections 80b-6 and 80b-17; and Title 18, United States Code, Section 2.

ATTACHMENT B

I, Anna Szawara, am a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. I have conducted an investigation and discussed this matter with other law enforcement officers who have participated in this investigation and have knowledge of the following facts. Because this affidavit is being submitted for the limited purpose of establishing probable cause, I have not included each and every fact known to me concerning this investigation. I have set forth only the facts which I believe are necessary to establish probable cause. Unless specifically indicated, all dates described in this affidavit are approximate and all conversations and statements described in this affidavit are related in substance and in part.

Introduction

1. From in or around July 2017 through in or around March 2021, defendant KENNETH A. WELSH (“WELSH”), an investment advisor, fraudulently obtained at least approximately $2,865,134 from five clients of his brokerage firm. These funds were initially invested in brokerage accounts that defendant WELSH managed on behalf of his clients. Despite his obligation to manage his clients’ accounts responsibly and without their authorization, WELSH diverted the funds from the clients’ brokerage accounts through a series of Automated Clearing House (“ACH”) transfers and cashier’s checks. WELSH caused the fraudulently-obtained funds to be directed into accounts that were held in his family members’ names, but over which he had control (the “Welsh Family Accounts”) WELSH then used the Victims’ money to fund his extravagant personal expenses.

Background

2. At all times relevant to this Complaint:

a. WELSH resided in the District of New Jersey, and was a

registered broker employed by a brokerage firm (“Brokerage Firm 1″) with a branch location in Fairfield, New Jersey.

b. Victim 1 was a resident of Morganville, New Jersey.

c. Victim 2 was a resident of Fairfield, New Jersey.

d. Victim 3 and Victim 4 were married and were residents of North Caldwell, New Jersey.

e. Victim 5 was a resident of Whitehouse Station, New Jersey.

8. From in or around January 2018 through in or around January 2021, WELSH caused approximately thirty-two (32) ACH transactions, whereby approximately $398,779 was transferred from Victim 2’s brokerage account to the Welsh Family Accounts. WELSH ultimately withdrew, redirected, or transferred the money from the Welsh Family Accounts for his own use.

9. In addition, WELSH submitted forms authorizing fund transfers that caused approximately four (4) cashier’s checks totaling approximately $84,000 to be drawn on Victim 2’s brokerage account. The cashier’s checks were made out to the Coin and Gold Business. Victim 2 did not recall ever authorizing the purchase of gold or coins, did not authorize these transactions, and did not recall signing the above-referenced authorization forms.

Victim 3 and Victim 4

10. Victim 3 and Victim 4 opened a jointly-held brokerage account at Brokerage Firm 1 in or around 2014. WELSH served as their investment advisor and managed Victim 3 and Victim 4’s joint brokerage account.

11. From in or around July 2018 through in or around December 2018, WELSH caused approximately twelve (12) ACH transactions, whereby approximately $334,401 was transferred from Victim 3 and Victim 4’s brokerage account to the Welsh Family Accounts. WELSH ultimately withdrew, redirected, or transferred the money from the Welsh Family Accounts for his own use.

Victim 5

12. Victim 5 initially established a brokerage account with WELSH when he was employed by a different brokerage firm, but followed WELSH to Brokerage Firm 1 in or around 2012. WELSH served as Victim 5’s investment advisor and managed Victim 5’s brokerage account.

13. WELSH caused approximately seventy-four (74) ACH transactions, whereby approximately $1,815,800 was transferred from Victim 5’s brokerage account to the Welsh Family Accounts. WELSH ultimately withdrew, redirected, or transferred the money from the Welsh Family Accounts for his own use.

14. In addition, WELSH submitted forms authorizing fund transfers that caused approximately two (2) cashier’s checks totaling approximately $41,201 to be drawn on Victim 5’s brokerage account. Victim 5 did not authorize the purchase of gold or coins, did not authorize these transactions, and did not recall signing the above-referenced authorization forms.