A recent Medical Capital win by an investor over soured private placement deals is an encouraging sign for other investors with similar losses. The $400,000 award, which was issued May 10 and reported June 1 by Investment News, appears to be the first successful claim against a broker/dealer for selling Medical Capital investments.
The investor in the case was Marilyn Hazell, who filed her complaint against broker/dealer Peak Securities of Largo, Florida. In the complaint, Hazell cited breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence and fraud.
Private placements in Medical Capital are at the center of a July 2009 fraud complaint by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). In its complaint, the SEC charged Medical Capital Holdings with fraud in the sale of $77 million in notes. According to the SEC, Medical Capital told investors that any funds raised from its private placement deals would be invested in medical receivables. Instead, the SEC alleges that the company took $25 million in administrative fees for one fund, Medical Provider VI.
Federal prosecutors also have opened a criminal investigation of Medical Capital’s officers: Sidney M. Field and Joey Lampariello. In late May, U.S. District Judge David O. Carter agreed to let them tap more than $100,000 in previously frozen assets so they could hire criminal defense attorneys.
As reported in the June 1 Investment News article, Medical Provider Funding VI is the last in a series of offerings that raised $2.2 billion from investors. About $1 billion in investors’ money has reportedly been wiped out.
Since then, many investors have filed arbitration claims against the broker/dealers that sold them Medical Capital notes.
Peak Securities lost its registration with FINRA in November.
Maddox Hargett & Caruso P.C. continues to file arbitration claims with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) on behalf of investors who suffered investment losses in Medical Capital. If you purchased Medical Capital Notes from a broker/dealer and wish to discuss your potential rights for recovery, us.