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Advisor Charged With Homicide in Colombia Faces Fallout

Advisor Charged With Homicide in Colombia Faces Fallout


John Poulos, a former monetary advisor primarily based in Milwaukee, Wisc., was arrested and charged with murdering his girlfriend, a well-liked DJ, in Bogota, Colombia earlier this month. Within the wake of the costs, he was fired from his newest job with Vanguard Advisors and stripped of his Licensed Monetary Planning designation. 

Colombian authorities claimed Poulos strangled his girlfriend Valentina Trespalacios, then stuffed her physique in a suitcase and dumped it in a trash can close to El Dorado Worldwide Airport in Bogota on Jan. 22, in accordance with a report by USA As we speak. The couple had purportedly met on-line and had been relationship for about 10 months.

In response to printed reviews, prosecutors declare Poulos flew to Colombia on Jan. 19, and rented a spot with Trespalacios, and the 2 had been planning on getting married. Her physique was later found within the trash can, authorities figuring out she had been overwhelmed and strangled to dying, in accordance with reviews. 

In video footage proven in courtroom, Poulos was seen leaving the couple’s house the morning of the homicide with a big suitcase, and had issue lifting it into the trunk of a rental automobile. Road digicam footage later confirmed a person believed to be Poulos eradicating one thing from a automobile and placing it within the trash can the place Trespalacios’ physique was later discovered, in accordance with printed reviews.

The identical automobile was later seen arriving on the airport, in accordance with USA As we speak. Poulos was arrested after flying to Panama. Colombian prosecutors stated he was heading to Istanbul, Turkey earlier than planning to fly to Montenegro within the Balkans.

Poulos, who was a monetary advisor for over a decade, beforehand lived in Milwaukee, Wisc. He left his spouse and youngsters there in 2021, in accordance Ashley Poulos, who filed for divorce from her husband, describing the connection as “abusive,” in accordance with a press release by she gave to The Metropolis Paper in Bogota. She stated that shortly earlier than their divorce, Poulos had transferred their complete property to an offshore belief, “leaving the household with nothing,” she stated. He has not seen his youngsters since 2021, she wrote.

“John has represented himself as a ‘sovereign citizen’ all through the divorce course of incurring no authorized charges himself however inflicting me to incur hundreds of {dollars} in lawyer and guardian advert litem charges,” she stated, including that he’s refused to pay little one assist main a decide to order a bench warrant for his arrest. Within the letter, she stated she was “deeply saddened” for Trespalacios’ household.

In Colombia, he’s charged with “femicide,” a legally outlined crime in Colombia meant to intensify punishment of males who goal and hurt girls. 

Poulos’ monetary providers profession started in 2009, as a FINRA-registered rep with Northwestern Mutual Funding Providers, primarily based out of Milwaukee after which Franklin, Wisc., in accordance with his BrokerCheck profile. In April 2022, he joined Vanguard, earlier than he was fired in late January after being charged with Trespalacios’ homicide, in accordance with his IAPD report.

The CFP Board introduced this week that it suspended Poulos on Jan. 27, a day after his arrest. The Board deemed that Poulos’ conduct posed “a major menace to the general public or that his conduct considerably impinges upon the status of the career and upon the CFP certification marks,” in accordance with the Board. This implies Poulos can’t use the certification for so long as the suspension holds.

Poulos denies any involvement within the killing and is going through about 50 years in a Colombian jail if discovered responsible, in accordance with printed reviews.



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