Philip Horn, a Los Angeles-based advisor at Wells Fargo who managed assets for ultra-high-net worth individuals is the subject of a story on the front page of today’s New York Times in a story about a fraud by financial advisors.
“While Mr. Horn is a relatively minor player in the pantheon of financial fraud, his actions highlight the persistent problems with policing the industry, even after the wave of rules enacted since the collapse of Bernard L. Madoff’s giant Ponzi scheme in 2008,” says the Times.
The story is a little strange because Horn’s fraud is not widespread and less than a $1 million in vestors funds are missing. Why cover this fraud, when others of a similar magnitude are occurring?
“Every month, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, a Wall Street watchdog, penalizes more than 100 brokers for various actions, including unauthorized trading and fraudulent activities, as well as smaller violations,” says the Times. But the story makes no serious effort at providing an understanding of the regulatory debate that’s been raging in Washington over how to regulate financial advisors.