Financial Advisor and Army Major Caz Craffy Reportedly Charged with Defrauding Clients
Several news outlets this week have reported that broker Caz Craffy, a major in the Army Reserve who also worked as a financial advisor, was indicted this week on charges he defrauded two dozen Gold Star families over five years.
Caz Craffy, also known as Carz Craffey, of Colts Neck, New Jersey is charged with six counts of wire fraud and one count each of securities fraud, making false statements in a loan application, committing acts furthering a personal financial interest and making false statements to a federal agency, according to the US attorneys office.
From May 2018 to November 2022, Craffy allegedly obtained more than $9.9 million in death benefits from the survivors of active-duty, military service members, according to federal authorities. The complaint alleges that Craffy convinced the military families to invest the insurance money in accounts he managed in his other life as a financial advisor in the private sector.
He purportedly repeatedly executed trades, often without a family’s knowledge or authorization, earning high commissions for the trades. While Craffy profited by more than $1.4 million for himself, the families allegedly lost a total of more than $3.4 million, according to the US attorney’s complaint.
In December 2022, we reported that the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) barred Craffy (CRD#: 5222223) from associating with any FINRA member at any time. FINRA is the self-regulator that oversees brokers and brokerage firms.
FINRA was reportedly investigating Craffy’s potential conversion of customer money, loans or gifts from customers, active trading in customer accounts, and failure to fully disclose certain Outside Business Activites (OBAs).
Caz Craffy – FINRA BrokerCheck Profile
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According to his FINRA Broker Report, Caz Craffy (Craz Caffrey) (CRD#: 5222223) was affiliated with the following firms during his career,
04/26/2021 – 11/11/2022, MONMOUTH CAPITAL MANAGEMENT LLC (CRD#:290248), POINT PLEASANT BEACH, NJ,
B, 05/02/2017 – 03/05/2021, NEWBRIDGE SECURITIES CORPORATION (CRD#:104065), MORRISTOWN, NJ
B, 10/01/2012 – 04/13/2017, NATIONAL SECURITIES CORPORATION (CRD#:7569), MORRISTOWN, NJ
According to news reports this week, FINRA has expelled on of Craffy’s former employers, Monmouth Capital for Regulation Best Interest violations.
According to his broker report, Craffy was affiliated with the following businesses, SLUSA Productions and Overwatch Global Strategies, among others. Craffy reportedly has one complaint pending on his record for allegations of” Negligence, Common Law Fraud, Breach of Contract, Breach of Fiduciary Duty, Unjust Enrichment.”
Recovery of Investment Losses
The White Law Group is investigating potential securities claims involving Caz Craffy and the liability his employers may have for failure to supervise him. Brokerage firms that fail to monitor the business activities of their employees may be liable for investment losses due to negligent supervision for the misconduct of their employees.
The White Law Group is a national securities fraud, securities arbitration, and investor protection law firm with offices in Chicago, Illinois and Seattle, Washington. We represent investors in all 50 states including New Jersey. Our attorneys have recovered millions of dollars from many brokerage firms in the past.
If you are concerned about your investments with Caz Craffy, please call the securities fraud attorneys at The White Law Group at 888-637-5510 for a free consultation. For more information on The White Law Group, and its representation of investors, please visit WhiteSecuritiesLaw.com.
Tags: broker investigation, Caz Craffy, FINRA bar, Newbridge Last modified: July 11, 2023