March 2018 Archives - Going Public Lawyers

SEC Charges Jon E. Montroll and Bitfunder with Bitcoin Fraud

On February 21, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged a former bitcoin-denominated platform known as BitFunder and its operator with operating an unregistered securities exchange and defrauding users of that Bitcoin exchange. The SEC also charged the… Read More

SEC Charges Niket Shah and Spark Trading for Targeting Retail Investors

On March 23rd the Securities and Exchange Commission announced charges and a preliminary injunction and asset freeze against Niket Shah, a New Jersey resident who it alleges stole more than $250,000 in a Ponzi scheme in which his… Read More

EDGAR Filer, Robert W. Murray Sentenced to Two Years in Fitbit Stock Manipulation Scheme

On March 9, 2018,  Robert W. Murray was sentenced to two years imprisonment in connection with a scheme to manipulate Fitbit securities through false filings on the SEC’s EDGAR system. Murray pled guilty on November 7, 2017. The criminal charges… Read More

SEC Charges McKinley Mortgage with Scheme to Defraud – Posted by Brenda Hamilton

One March 22nd the Securities and Exchange Commission announced settled charges against McKinley Mortgage, the operators of a real estate investment business who engaged in a years-long scheme to bilk hundreds of investors – including many retail investors… Read More

Court Orders Former F-Squared CEO to Pay Over $13 Million

A federal judge has ordered the co-founder and former CEO of investment management firm F-Squared Investments to pay over $13 million after a federal jury found him liable for making false and misleading statements to investors as the public face… Read More

SEC Charges Robert Ritch in Penny Stock Plan to Pump Stock

On March 9th the Securities and Exchange Commission barred Tobert Ritch, the president of a penny stock company from ever again serving as a public company officer or director after he was caught making false and misleading statements… Read More

SEC Charges Brian Sodi, the Penny Stock “Mailman” With Scalping Investors In Gold Mining Stocks

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged Brian Sodi, a penny stock promoter based in Florida with defrauding investors in a pair of gold mining stocks by secretly amassing shares before touting the companies publicly.  He allegedly sold… Read More

Electronic Transaction Clearing -ETC- Charged With Repeatedly Putting Customer Assets At Risk

On March 19th the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that Electronic Transaction Clearing (ETC), a registered broker-dealer headquartered in Los Angeles, has agreed to settle charges that it illegally placed more than $25 million of customers’ securities at risk… Read More

Foreign Affiliates of KPMG, Deloitte, BDO Charged in Improper Audits

On March 13th the Securities and Exchange Commission charged foreign affiliates of KPMG, Deloitte & Touche, and BDO for their involvement in audit work that circumvented the full oversight of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB). The… Read More

Former Equifax Executive, Jun Ying Charged With Insider Trading

On March 14th the Securities and Exchange Commission charged Jun Ying, a former chief information officer of a U.S. business unit of Equifax with insider trading in advance of the company’s September 2017 announcement about a massive data… Read More