SEC Charges Four With Securities Fraud

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On December 21, 2012, securities fraud charges were announced against Danny Garber, Michael Mannis, Kenneth Yellin and Jordan Feinstein as well as 12 corporate egos with conducting a fraudulent penny stock scheme.  The SEC alleges that from the years 2007 through 2010, the defendants acquired more than a billion shares of unregistered stock in multiple microcap issuers at huge discounts, and then dumped the shares into the public markets receiving approximately $17 million in profits.

In the securities fraud complaint, the SEC alleges that the defendants acquired unregistered shares at about 30 to 60 percent less than the market price by misrepresenting to the penny stock companies that they intended to hold the shares for investment purpose.  According to the SEC, the defendants immediately sold the shares publicly while falsely claiming they were able to rely on state law exemptions from registration. To create the appearance that the purported exemptions were available, the defendants created virtual corporate presences in Minnesota, Texas, and Delaware.  It is common in penny stock securities fraud schemes for the participant to mislead or locate a corrupt or incompetent securities attorney to render baseless legal opinions that cause the issuers transfer agents to issue improperly free trading shares.

In selling the unregistered shares to the public, the SEC alleges that the defendants committed securities fraud by offering and selling their shares to unsuspecting investors.  The SEC’s securities fraud action was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, alleging violations by Garber, Manis, Yellin, Feinstein and the named entities of Sections 5(a), 5(c), and 17(a) of the Securities Act of 1933; Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 10b-5. The SEC’s securities fraud complaint seeks a final judgment, among other things, ordering all of the defendants to pay disgorgement, prejudgment interest and financial penalties; permanently enjoining all the defendants from future violations of the securities laws; and permanently enjoining all the defendants from participating in penny stock offerings.

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