SEC charges 3 advisory firm employees with concealing fraud

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged three former employees of VisionQuest Wealth Management, a defunct Raleigh, N.C.-based investment advisory firm, of abetting a fraudulent offering of more than $10 million in promissory notes.

According to the SEC’s complaint, Stacey Beane, of Florida, Justin Deckert, of Virginia, and Travis Laska, of North Carolina, helped conceal the offering byfalsifying and withholding documents that were requested by the commission during an examination and ensuing enforcement investigation. VisionQuest had its registration suspended by theSEC in December 2017.

In June, following a jury trial, Stephen C. Peters, the owner and principal of the firm, was convicted on 20 counts of fraud in a criminal case that paralleled a civil case brought by the SEC. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said that Mr. Peters’ offering and associated fraudulent activity constituted a Ponzi scheme.

In a consent agreement with the commission, Mr. Deckert agreed to pay a $30,000 penalty and to being barred from the securities industry, according to a release.

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