September 2015 Archives - Going Public Lawyers

SEC Obtains Final Judgement Against Julio Cruz for Targeting Latino Communities with Pyramid Scheme

On September 17, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that on September 16, 2015, the federal court in Boston, Massachusetts, entered a final judgment against defendant Julio Cruz of Duluth, Georgia, a defendant in a previously-filed… Read More

James Meagher Enjoined in Penny Stock Case

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced on September 16, 2015 that Chief Judge Gregory M. Sleet of the United States District Court for the District of Delaware entered a final default judgment against Defendant James Meagher on… Read More

SEC Charges Robert Milligan With Securities Fraud

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced on September 18, 2015 charges against Robert DeWayne Milligan, who was president of a California-based business known as America’s Natural Energy (“ANE”), for engaging in the fraudulent offering of unregistered securities…. Read More

Eric McPhail Sentenced in Insider Trading Action

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that, on September 18, 2015, Eric McPhail was sentenced to 18 months in prison and two years of supervised release for his role in an insider trading ring that traded inside information… Read More

SEC Order Imposes Fine On Ditto Holdings For $3.7 Million Unlawful Offering

On September 8, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) initiated public cease-and-desist proceedings pursuant to Section 8A of the Securities Act of 1933 (“Securities Act”) against Ditto Holdings, Inc. (“Ditto Holdings”). In anticipation of the institution of… Read More

SEC Charges Florida Based CPA For Bogus Audit Opinions

  On September 17, 2015 the SEC imposed sanctions against a Florida based CPA for producing deficient and fraudulent audits and quarterly reviews for eight publicly traded companies, issuing false and misleading audit opinions on the companies’ annual… Read More

U3 Halt of SWK Holdings Explained by FINRA, and Lifted Quickly

We recently wrote about a bungled dividend distribution made by Calissio Resources Group, Inc. (CRGP) that resulted in the imposition of a U3 “extraordinary event” trading halt by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”).  The halt was lifted… Read More

What is FINRA Rule 6490? Going Public Lawyers

Though FINRA’s principal mandate is to regulate broker-dealers, historically it has always exercised some oversight of the over-the-counter markets.  Part of that oversight involves processing corporate action requests from issuers of equity and debt securities not listed on national… Read More

FINRA’s Disclosure Requirements In EB-5 Offerings

FINRA Rule 2040 became effective late last month and has the potential to provide increased transparency in EB-5 Offerings. Rule 2040 requires broker-dealers who sell securities in EB-5 offerings to disclose finder’s fees paid to non-registered foreign persons and receive… Read More

Investor Alert – Messaging Apps & Pump and Dump Scams

On September 2, 2015, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) issued an investor alert warning about investor relations activity and stock promotions sent through popular messaging applications (Apps) such as WhatsApp. These messaging Apps allow users to almost… Read More