As set out in this Washington Post article, federal prosecutors in Virginia have set up the Virginia Financial and Securities Fraud Task Force. This task force is comprised of members of the FBI, the Postal Inspection Service, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodities Futures Trading Commission and the Virginia State Corporation Commission.
As set out in the story, the task force’s efforts have already resulted in multiple criminal convictions. A criminal conviction, however, does not always recoup losses for investors wronged by financial fraud. If you are the victim of a financial crime in which the salesperson or others involved in the scheme were registered to sell securities through a FINRA brokerage firm, you may be able to seek recovery of your losses through FINRA’s arbitration system.