Remember Andrey Hicks? To recap, he’s the guy who was arrested last year (trying to make a run for Switzerland) and had his assets frozen by the Securities and Exchange Commission, which took issue with the fact that, in addition to stealing a couple million from investors in his Locust Offshore Management fund, he’d fed them a “brazen web of lies” that included: the claim he received a Ph.D in Applied Mathematics from Harvard in two years (he neither earned his doctorate from Harvard nor his undergraduate degree and in fact only lasted three semesters in Cambridge, taking a single math course, in which he got a D-); the claim that while working at Barclays Capital, he increased his group’s assets under management to $16 billion, despite BarCap having no record of his employment; the claim that at Locust, he applied “quantitative strategies based on mathematical models he developed at Harvard”; the claim that Ernst & Young was the fund’s auditor, Credit Suisse its prime broker and custodian, even though the SEC report was the first either had heard of the guy. Anyway, he’s probably going to spend some time in jail.

Andrey Hicks pleaded guilty to five counts of wire fraud before U.S. Federal Judge Patti Saris in Boston, admitting that he had stolen $2.3 million from 10 people who believed he was investing the money into his firm, Locust Offshore Management. He was arrested last year while trying to flee to Switzerland. An attorney for Hicks could not immediately be reached for comment. Hicks is scheduled to be sentenced on March 6, 2013 and faces up to 20 years in prison. In March, a federal judge ordered him and Locust Offshore to pay back $2.5 million with interest plus pay more than $5 million in penalties. Hicks’ story garnered media attention partly because National Basketball Association player Kris Humphries, the former husband of reality TV star Kim Kardashian, had invested money with Hicks, a government source familiar with the matter said at the time.

U.S. man pleads guilty to wire fraud in hedge fund scheme [Reuters]
Earlier: Securities And Exchange Commission Not Amused By Hedge Fund Manager’s “Web Of Lies”

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  1. Posted by Kris Humphries | December 13, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    I have a pattern of making bad decisions.

  2. Posted by guest | December 13, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    Said every athlete/celeb everywhere

    – 30 for 30 'Broke'

  3. Posted by Quant me maybe | December 13, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    Finally, the Bonobos guy is getting what he deserves.

  4. Posted by c'mon, man! | December 13, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    not for nothing, but wasnt locust fund the name of josh brolin's offshore fund in that horrendous remake of wall treet.

  5. Posted by c'mon, man! | December 13, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    i wish i knew what a wall treet was

  6. Posted by ray j | December 13, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    my sweat for the herp, son.

  7. Posted by Guest | December 13, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    I dunno, sounds like his shorts are a little tight in the seat…

  8. Posted by milli vanilli | December 13, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    so what?

  9. Posted by Andrey Hicks | December 13, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    This wall treet you speak of sounds promising. Do you have a patent? Can we mass produce it? Call me crazy but I must have it.

  10. Posted by guest | December 13, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    3 semesters vs PhD. What's the difference?

    – UBS Equivalency Quant

  11. Posted by GFD Water Gap | December 13, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    Guy looks like A-Rod, no?

  12. Posted by Guest | December 13, 2012 at 3:36 PM


  13. Posted by Guest | December 13, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    Rule 17: never invest money with a person whose parents confused y for w on his birth certificate.

  14. Posted by Sleeper | December 13, 2012 at 3:54 PM


    – Helen Keller

  15. Posted by NBA REF | December 13, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    Even I wanted to hit you

  16. Posted by Grindr | December 13, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    that's not what I hear from your boyfriend

  17. Posted by anne frank | December 13, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    That's my bit!

  18. Posted by MF Global HR MD | December 13, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    The latter guy wasted a bunch more time and money and probably doesn't know jack shit more than the first guy about real trading.

  19. Posted by Slugsy | December 13, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    He looks like John Tesh, no?

  20. Posted by Mexi_Cant | December 13, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    Could have made a much worst decision that having that in your bed…

  21. Posted by Loaded | December 13, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    Actually looks like Barak

  22. Posted by Guest | December 13, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    I can spell

  23. Posted by Longun | December 14, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    He must have 3 names..