$683,000 Gone, Fifth Third Bank Investment Advisor Indicted

From the U.S. Attorney:

Chicago Investment Advisor Indicted on Federal Fraud Charges for Allegedly Swindling Clients Out of $683,000 

CHICAGO — A Chicago investment advisor has been indicted on federal fraud charges for allegedly swindling three clients out of approximately $683,000.

DAVID SHELDON WELLS, 32, of Chicago, was charged with three counts of wire fraud in an indictment returned in U.S. District Court in Chicago.  Arraignment is set for today at 2:00 p.m. before U.S. Magistrate Judge Heather K. McShain.

The indictment was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; and Douglas Zloto, Special Agent-in-Charge of the U.S. Secret Service Chicago Field Office.  Valuable assistance was provided by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Havey.

According to the indictment, Wells worked as an investment advisor in the Chicago branch of a subsidiary of a Midwestern bank

In 2020 and 2021, Wells falsely represented to three clients, including two elderly men suffering from dementia, that he would invest their money in publicly traded companies. 

Based on the false representations, the clients sent him checks made payable to “Wayne and Stark,” which Wells claimed was a publicly traded company. 

In reality, Wayne and Stark was a shell company set up and solely controlled by Wells, the indictment states. 

Wells used the clients’ funds for his personal use, including rent and unauthorized trading in high-risk options contracts, the indictment states. 

Wells lost or otherwise spent all of the clients’ funds, the indictment states.

The public is reminded that an indictment is not evidence of guilt.  The defendant is presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  Each count of wire fraud is punishable by up to 20 years in federal prison.  If convicted, the Court must impose a reasonable sentence under federal statutes and the advisory U.S. Sentencing Guidelines.


$683,000 Gone, Fifth Third Bank Investment Advisor Indicted — 4 Comments

  1. sounds like he took his fifth from the third…

    ah yes chi town … f

    ull of criminals just like the ones who run it…..

    cause this is what we churn out of the toilet bowl…

  2. David Sheldon Wells should give Lakewood’s very own Steve Wilson a call.

    Steve’s VERY familiar with these types of situations and with writing letters to the editor.

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