A New York hedge fund manager who was running an alleged fraud went to great lengths to avoid giving investors their money back, including telling an investor he had died of a heart attack, the authorities said on Friday.

Moazzam “Mark” Malik, 33, stole close to $850,000 dollars from 16 foreign and domestic investors starting in 2011, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission complaint released Friday.

Malik, a former New York Police Department traffic agent and security guard, was also criminally charged by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who accused Malik of stealing $250,000 from five investors.

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