Jacob Wohl, The Teenage-Hedge Fund Manager, Ordered To Cease And Desist

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect that Jacob Wohl and now-defunct Nex Capital were banned by the National Futures Association and to clarify the status of an administrative action brought by the Arizona Securities Commission.

Jacob Wohl, the 19-year-old “Wohl Of Wall Street” hedge fund manager, faces a pending action by the Arizona Securities Commission that accuses Wohl’s companies of violating the state’s securities laws.

The commission cites a number instances of alleged fraudulent activities by Wohl and his companies Wohl Capital Investment Group (WCIG), Nex Capital Management, LLC (NEX) and Montgomery Assets, Inc. (MAI) in the September 27, 2016, order. A hearing is scheduled for August 7, 2017, at the regulatory agency’s Phoenix office. Update: On August 4, this hearing was vacated.

In response to the action from the Arizona Commission, Wohl told Benzinga in an emailed statement, "All of the allegations made by the Arizona Corporation Commission are based on false statements made by the disgruntled former investor to the commission, and are not supported by any of the documentary evidence in the case. The investor was a well heeled, accredited investor, and was provided with and signed all of the necessary risk disclosures."

Contents Of The Order

Among the 14 alleged counts of fraud in connection with the offer or sale of securities included in the cease and desist order are the following:

  • Wohl and WCIG falsely represented to Investor 1 that only 20 percent of his investment would be at risk, yet lost approximately 50 percent of his Investor 1's account value between December 2015 and January 2016, according to the securities commission.
  • Wohl and WCIG falsely represented to Investor 1 that WCIG managed between $9 million and $10 million in assets, but actually managed less than $500,000, the order said.
  • Wohl and WCIG misled Investor 1 regarding the risk associated with the investment by representing that a textbook trade for WCIG had a 99.5 percent probability of profit, according to the commission.
  • Wohl, Johnson, and MAl falsely represented to potential investors that MAl had 35 years of experience flipping single-family residential real estate, but MAl had existed for less than six months, the order said.

"Despite the recent indictments resulting from criminal investigations into [bribery] and corruption by members of the Arizona Corporation Commission, we expect a full and fair hearing," Wohl's statement concluded.

Wohl, who has received significant media attention in recent years, and his company Nex Capital were banned for life March 2 by the National Futures Association for failure to cooperate with the organization.

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