Former Ladue Financial Adviser Pleads Guilty to Federal Fraud Charges
|U.S. Attorney’s Office June 07, 2013|
ST. LOUIS, MO—Greg J. Campbell pled guilty to diverting over $1.8 million from client retirement accounts to finance his luxury home, cars, and lifestyle.
According to court documents, from June 2006 until October 2011, Campbell was employed as a financial adviser at Merrill Lynch. Campbell managed clients’ Loan Management Accounts (LMAs), which were lines of credit collateralized by securities. Beginning in September 2007 and continuing until the end of his employment in October 2011, Campbell fraudulently diverted more than $1.4 million from LMAs to his own personal accounts and the accounts of others and for his own personal use. He used the money for a down payment on a personal residence, mortgage payments, lease payments on luxury vehicles, and living expenses.
In November 2011, Campbell began working as a senior wealth manager for Four Seasons Wealth Management (Four Seasons) in Clayton. Four Seasons was a company that offered securities and advisory services to clients through LPL Financial LLC (LPL), a securities broker-dealer. Campbell was employed at Four Seasons until October 2012 and managed clients’ individual retirement accounts (IRAs). Between November 2011 and October 2012, Campbell diverted funds from his clients’ IRAs to his own personal accounts. Campbell took various steps to conceal his fraud. He changed the mailing addresses on clients’ accounts, without their knowledge, to an address to which he had access so that clients would not receive account statements. In at least one instance, Campbell falsely stated on distribution documents that he was the client’s grandson, when he was not related to the client. During his tenure at Four Seasons, Campbell fraudulently diverted more than $360,000 from client accounts.
Campbell used fraudulently diverted funds to pay for personal expenses, including renovations to his personal residence, mortgage payments, vehicle lease payments, and living expenses.
Greg J. Campbell, Ladue, Missouri, pled guilty to two felony counts of wire fraud before United States District Judge Audrey G. Fleissig. Sentencing has been set for September 10, 2013.
Each count of wire fraud carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and/or fines up to $250,000. In determining the actual sentences, a judge is required to consider the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide recommended sentencing ranges.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Reginald Harris is handling the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.