December 2016 Archives - Going Public Lawyers

Blackbird Capital Partners LLC and Owners Charged in Ponzi Scheme

On November 28, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) obtained a temporary restraining order and an emergency asset freeze in a $3 million offering fraud and Ponzi scheme orchestrated by Andrew Kelley, Paul Shumway and their company… Read More

Matthew and William Griffin Charged with Fraud

On November 23, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filed a civil action charging brothers Matthew Griffin and William Griffin with fraudulently offering interests in two Texas partnerships. The SEC alleges that, between November 2013 and July… Read More

CEO of Warrior Girl Corp. Jason Kumpf Charged with Fraud

On November 21, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) charged Jason William Kumpf, the former CEO and president of microcap issuer Warrior Girl Corp. and a resident of San Francisco, California, with fraud based on his involvement in… Read More

FBI Informant Guy Gentile Pushes Back

In September, we wrote about Guy Gentile, the owner of two successful stock brokerages, and his troubles with the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”).  According to the DOJ, back in 2007-2008, Guy Gentile had become involved in the… Read More

William Allen and Susan Daub Plead Guilty to Wire Fraud

On November 14, 2016 and November 21, 2016, William Allen and Susan Daub pled guilty in federal court to criminal wire fraud and other charges in connection with an investment scheme involving fraudulent loans to professional athletes. The… Read More

Stanley Fortenberry Pleads Guilty to $900,000 Fraud

On November 18, 2016, Stanley Jonathan Fortenberry (a/k/a S.J., John, or Johnny Fortenberry) of San Angelo, Texas, pleaded guilty to an indictment charging him with obstruction of justice and other charges in connection with two investment companies he ran that… Read More

Former KIT Digital Inc. President Gavin Campion Charged with Securities Fraud

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) charged Gavin Campion, the former president of KIT Digital Inc., with securities fraud. The SEC’s complaint, filed in federal court in New York on November 15, alleges that over a one-year period… Read More

Francisco Martin Charged with Defrauding Investors in Native American Tribal Bonds

On November 14, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) added Francisco Martin of Woodland Hills, California to a civil injunctive action currently pending in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, charging him with defrauding… Read More

Beware of Lawyers Bearing Gifts – Custodianship Shells and Reverse Mergers

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) says it doesn’t like over-the-counter shell companies especially when reverse mergers are involved, and would like to see them gone from the marketplace.  To that end, its Enforcement Division cooked up an… Read More

Government Official Gordon Johnson Reaches Settlement for Insider Trading

On November 14, 2016 the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced that it entered into a settlement agreement with Gordon Johnston, a former official at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Generic Drugs (OGD) who allegedly participated… Read More