Washington State Department of Financial Institutions

Consumer Alert:
FBI & DFI Seeking Victims In Stanford Financial Group Case

March 11, 2009

Have you invested in the Stanford Financial Group or its affiliated companies in recent years? If so, you may be a victim of a multi-billion dollar investment fraud.

The Stanford Financial Group, which provides wealth management services to customers in some 140 countries, is under FBI investigation. On February 26, its Chief Investment Officer was charged with obstructing a separate investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

The case is ongoing, and while the FBI can’t provide any additional information on the investigation at this time, the FBI does need to hear from you to identify victims and to determine the extent of the potential fraud.

In addition, the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) Securities Division is asking Washington residents who invested with Stanford Financial Group or any of its affiliated companies to file a complaint with DFI.

Investors may also call (713) 693-5699 for recorded information on the victim assistance program. At this time the FBI is unable to accept messages on this line because of expected call volume.


Before You Contact the FBI or DFI, Gather These Documents


How to Provide Information to the FBI

Submit via a dedicated e-mail address: stanford.group@ic.fbi.gov

If you have investigative information that might help the case, please use the FBI's electronic public leads and tips form.

Please send copies of any hard copy documentation to:

FBI Victim Assistance Program
Post Office Box 924427
Houston, TX 77292-4427

If the FBI determines that you are a victim, they will be in touch with you. Please note: due to the number of expected responses, you may not hear back from the FBI for several weeks.


How to File a Complaint with DFI

DFI's Securities Division is also asking Washington residents who invested with Stanford Financial Group or any of its affiliated companies to file a complaint with DFI.

There are 4 ways you can file a complaint with DFI.

  1. File a complaint online
  2. File a complaint via mail or fax (PDF)*
  3. Call us: 360-902-8760 or 1-877-RING DFI (1-877-746-4334)
  4. Email us your complaint

* This document is a PDF file, and you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view it. If you don't already have Acrobat Reader installed on your computer, you may download it for free from Adobe.

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