Current and former tenants
Aegis Capital was fined $950,000 by financial regulators in 2015 for helping unload unregistered shares of penny stocks. The company didn’t admit any wrongdoing.
Bond-trading firm Direct Access Partners closed after a scheme to bribe a Venezuelan bank official surfaced in 2013. The former CEO is serving a four-year prison sentence.
Luis Ferreira was on supervised release from prison after serving time for a telemarketing scam when his firm leased this space. He was arrested for violating parole in 2010 and later fled; he’s now on the FBI’S most-wanted list.
Mark Malik is in prison after being convicted of swindling investors out of more than $800,000. The 34-year-old pretended to have died of a heart attack when investors tried to withdraw their cash from his fake fund, Wolf Hedge.
Investment manager John Bivona was sued in March by the SEC, which said he funneled investor cash to relatives, including nephew Frank Mazzola, and used the money to pay for a Jersey Shore vacation home. Both have denied wrongdoing in court filings.
Florida-based brokerage Gunnallen Financial closed in 2010 after regulators said it didn’t have sufficient capital; it was overwhelmed by legal costs after some brokers were involved in Ponzi schemes.
Ronen Zakai, a partner of the heads of First Merger Capital, spent most of 2015 in prison after being convicted of stealing $705,000 raised from investors who were told they were buying into Facebook’s IPO. Zakai didn’t respond to a Facebook message.
Lawyer Matthew Bennett Greene of Stilas International Law was banned from practicing in Virginia for failing to deliver services and fined in 2013 by Connecticut’s banking commissioner over a movie investment scheme that promised 1,000 percent returns. He didn’t respond to messages.
Day traders at A.B. Watley Group were found guilty in 2009 of a scheme to bribe brokers at Merrill Lynch and Citigroup to let them listen in on internal “squawk box” calls. The convictions were overturned in 2012, because prosecutors withheld evidence.
Mazzola of Felix Investments paid $500,000 to settle an SEC fraud case in 2014.