The US Securities and Exchange Commission has filed civil charges against Train Babcock Advisors LLC, lawyer Robert Gaughran, and accountant Kevin Clune related to an over $9M institutional fraud targeting a charitable foundation set up by an elderly widow in 1991. The organization, which focuses on improving healthcare and education, was set up using assets from her estate after she died in 2001.
To resolve the civil charges, Train Babcock Advisors will pay over $1.7M in disgorgement plus interest and penalties. It also has consented to withdrawing its SEC registration as an investment adviser. The firm is in the process of shutting down operations.
The $9M fraud was masterminded by former Train Babcock Advisors John Rogicki, who pleaded guilty to criminal charges in October. Earlier this month, he was sentenced to 30 to 90 months behind bars. Rogicki was also ordered to pay the foundation over $6.7M.