SEC Charges Jerry Miller in Petrotech Oil Fraud
On March 13, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged Jerry Miller in connection with Petrotech Oil and Gas, Inc.. According to the SEC allegations, Miller is the principal of a Florida-based consulting firm to several microcap issuers. Miller has been charged with fraud for falsely claiming that one of his microcap issuer clients, had obtained a marijuana license in connection with its purported marijuana business.
The SEC’s complaint, filed in federal court in Miami, Florida, alleges that on February 26, 2014, Petrotech falsely announced in a press release that it had secured a medical and recreational marijuana license from Colorado in conjunction with Petrotech’s newly-founded marijuana business. The release also included marijuana production capacity projections based, in part, on Petrotech purportedly having secured the license. In reality, as alleged in the SEC’s complaint, Petrotech had not received a license to conduct a marijuana business in Colorado. Miller allegedly wrote the press release and was responsible for publishing it.
The SEC’s complaint charges Miller with violating Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 10b-5 thereunder, and Section 20(b) of the Exchange Act, and seeks permanent injunctions, disgorgement of ill-gotten gains with prejudgment interest, a penalty, an officer and director bar, and a penny stock bar against Miller.
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