For Immediate Release - November 05, 2009

Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office Announces Arraignment of Former Securities Broker Charged with Allegedly Stealing Nearly $350,000 From Former Clients

BARNSTABLE - Today, Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office announces that a former financial broker was arraigned in Barnstable Superior Court in connection with the alleged theft of hundreds of thousands of dollars from his former clients. Shane Selewach, age 46, of Hyannis, is charged with Larceny Over $250 (6 counts), Securities Fraud (6 counts) and Transacting Business as an Unregistered Broker/Dealer.

In 2007, the Attorney General's Office began an investigation after Selewach's alleged activities had been referred by the Massachusetts Securities Division (MSD) in the Secretary of State's Office. The MSD's investigation concluded that while working as a securities broker-dealer agent for a major financial company, Selewach had misappropriated client funds he had been entrusted to invest. As a result, Selewach was fired from his former employer and his registration was terminated in April 2006. The MSD subsequently suspended Selewach for three years, beginning in May 2006.

Investigators from the Attorney General's Office discovered that from July 2005 through November 2008, Selewach allegedly solicited investors for funds for proposed investments such as a commodities hedge fund or real estate. Selewach allegedly deposited these funds in various personal and business accounts, withdrawing these funds for personal uses such as paying his mortgage and international travel. Selewach allegedly failed to tell these investors, some of whom were his old clients, that he was not registered as a securities broker. Authorities allege that as a result of this scheme, Selewach stole nearly $350,000 from six investors.

On September 24, 2009, Selewach was arrested and subsequently arraigned in Barnstable District Court where he entered a plea of not guilty and was released on $20,000 bail. On October 20, 2009, a Barnstable County Grand Jury returned indictments against Selewach. Today, he was arraigned in Barnstable Superior Court where he entered a plea of not guilty and released on the same bail. He is scheduled to appear in court on February 2, 2010, for a pre-trial conference.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Michael Pine, of Attorney General Coakley's Corruption and Fraud Division, and was investigated by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General's Office and Jennifer Chaves of the Financial Investigations Division of the Attorney General's Office.