SEC Charges Individual in Fraudulent Investment Scheme Targeting the Haitian-American Community

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that it filed charges against Marc Henry Menard in the Eastern District of New York for allegedly defrauding more than fifty individuals, many from the Haitian-American community, of at least $1.65 million.

According to the SEC’s complaint, from approximately July 2021 through September 2023, Menard solicited investments by misrepresenting his past investment success, how he would use investor funds, and the returns investors would receive. The complaint alleges that Menard told a number of investors that their funds would be used to trade in stocks and options, and that Menard purportedly guaranteed interest payments of 10 to 20 percent per month.  As alleged in the complaint, Menard was not the successful investor he claimed to be, losing nearly $700,000 trading securities, primarily using investors’ funds.  As further alleged in the complaint, Menard misappropriated a significant amount of investor money for his personal use by spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on luxury vehicles, international travel, gifts, rent, and other personal expenses, as well as to make payments to prior investors in a Ponzi-like manner. In addition, as alleged in the complaint, Menard diverted significant amounts of investor money to Laesha Jean-Louis, with whom he had a romantic relationship. Finally, the complaint alleges that when Menard could no longer make promised interest payments to investors or repay the principal on their investments, Menard resorted to additional falsehoods to conceal his scheme.

Source: SEC Charges Individual in Fraudulent Investment Scheme Targeting the Haitian-American Community