SEC Rule 10b-5 l Securities Lawyer 101

SEC Rule 10b-5 is the primary anti-fraud provision of the federal securities laws. It was adopted pursuant to Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“1934 Act”), as amended and is the primary rule used in securities… Read More

The Securities Laws That Apply to Crowdfunding – Rules and Regulations

If you intend to raise money using the regulations for crowdfunding or take your company public, you will need to understand how the SEC’s registration statement requirements work, and how you may be able to raise money from the correct application of federal and state exemptions from registration. Crowdfunding is the solution…

Short Sale – Q & A – Short Seller Rules – Regulation SHO Lawyers

A short sale transaction can be part of a legitimate trading strategy if done legally. Illegal  Short selling… 

When Private Placements Go Public – Rule 506-c Attorneys

Rule 506 of Regulation D of the Securities Act of 1933 provides a private placement exemption from federal securities registration which is increasingly being used by companies seeking to raise capital prior to going public. 

SEC Settles with Three Defendants in Boiler Room Scheme

The SEC announced that it has obtained final judgments by consent against Ronald Hardy, Anthony Vassallo, and Sergio Ramirez charged for their roles in a $10 million boiler room scheme.

SEC Reaches Settlements with Traders in Newswire Hacking and Trading Scheme

The SEC announced  that it has obtained court approval of settlements with eight defendants: Arkadiy Dubovoy, Igor Dubovoy, Southeastern Holding and Investment Company LLC, APD Developers, Inc., Leonid Momotok, Aleksandr Garkusha, Vladislav Khalupsky, and Memelland Investments Ltd, charged in connection with an international scheme to trade on hacked news releases.

SEC Charges Jason C. Nielsen in Manipulative Trading Scheme Involving Covid-19 Claims

The SEC charged Jason C. Nielsen, a penny stock trader in Santa Cruz, California, with conducting a fraudulent pump-and-dump scheme in the stock of a biotechnology company by making hundreds of misleading statements in an online investment forum, including a false assertion that the company had developed an “approved” COVID-19 blood test.

SEC Obtains Preliminary Injunction Against Paul Horton Smith, Sr., Northstar Communications, LLC, Planning Services, Inc. and eGate

The United States District Court for the Central District of California entered a preliminary injunction and orders freezing assets and imposing other relief against California-registered investment adviser Paul Horton Smith, Sr. and his entities in connection with a Ponzi scheme targeting senior citizens.

SEC Obtains Judgements Against Stiefel Laboratories and Charles Stiefel

The SEC announced that it has obtained final judgments that will require a former privately held dermatology products manufacturer, Stiefel Laboratories, and its former chairman and CEO, Charles Stiefel to pay $37 million for the benefit of shareholders whom they defrauded through share buybacks that were improperly undervalued.

SEC Freezes Assets Against Daniel Putnam, Jean Paul Rico, and Angel Rodriguez

On June 5, 2020, the SEC announced an asset freeze against Daniel F. Putnam, of Utah, Jean Paul Ramirez Rico, of Colombia, and Angel A. Rodriguez, of Utah, who allegedly defrauded investors in two cryptocurrency-related schemes.

Diane Dalmy and Michael Woodford Charged for False Legal Opinions

On March 13, 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged attorney Diane Dalmy with fraud for “for concealing from transfer agents and brokerage firms her involvement in preparing legal opinion letters concerning the sale of certain microcap… Read More

OTC Markets Policies on Section 17(b) and Stock Promotion

The SEC and Section 17(b) Stock Promotion In the over-the-counter equities market, paid stock promotion has long been of concern to the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and to responsible market participants.  Recently the OTC Markets has taken… Read More

Form 10-Q Quarterly Reports, Filing Requirements l Going Public Lawyer

Publicly traded companies with a class of securities registered under Section 12 or subject to Section 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (“Exchange Act”), are subject to the SEC’s periodic and current reporting requirements… Read More

SEC Charges Lloyd Schuman with Repeated Insider Trading

The SEC charged on May 9, 2019, Lloyd Schuman and Dane Janes for insider trading and for repeatedly traded and tipped on confidential information that they obtained through their respective employers. The SEC’s complaint, filed in the U.S…. Read More

SEC Charges Danny Williams Former Executive of a Truckload Freight Company with Accounting Fraud

On May 9,2019, the SEC charged Danny Williams, the former President of Quality Companies, LLC, a former subsidiary of Indianapolis-based Celadon Group Inc., with an accounting fraud that allowed Celadon to avoid disclosing substantial losses and misrepresent its… Read More

SEC Obtains Final Judgment Against Rocco Roveccio for Defrauding Customers

On May 3, 2019, a federal district court entered a final consent judgment against Rocco Roveccio, a broker who was charged with defrauding customers by making unsuitable and unauthorized trades and churning customers’ accounts, which enriched the broker… Read More

SEC Obtains Asset Freeze in Connection with Alleged Insider Trading

The SEC announced on April 29,2019, the entry of an emergency court order freezing assets related to alleged insider trading that yielded approximately $2.5 million in profits in connection with the April 12, 2019 announcement that oil-and-gas conglomerate… Read More

SEC Charges Christopher Dougherty, an Investment Adviser with Running a Ponzi Scheme

On April 26, 2019, the SEC charged Christopher Dougherty and several entities he controlled, with operating a Ponzi scheme that defrauded his investment advisory clients out of $7 million. The San Diego District Attorney’s Office separately announced criminal… Read More

Former Broker Zachary Berkey Ordered to Pay SEC Disgorgement and Penalties

On April 18, 2019, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, ordered a former broker, Zachary Berkey, to pay $106,000 in disgorgement, plus prejudgment interest, and $71,000 in civil penalties. The SEC charged… Read More

SEC Charges Eric Lyons For Misappropriation and Fraudulent Securities Offering

On April 23, 2019, the SEC obtained an emergency asset freeze and temporary restraining order to halt an ongoing fraudulent securities offering by Eric Lyons, a Massachusetts resident, in an attempt to conceal his misappropriation from certain hedge… Read More

SEC Charges David Loflin in Greenway Design Pump-and-Dump

The SEC charged David Loflin on April 22,2019, for his role in a pump-and-dump scheme in the stock of Greenway Design Group, Inc., a Phoenix, Arizona company that was secretly controlled by David Loflin’s now-deceased business partner. According to… Read More

SEC Charges Kimberly Sredich with Misappropriation Scheme

On April 18, 2019, the SEC charged Kimberly Sredich, a Michigan resident, with misappropriating funds from brokerage customers of a registered broker-dealer with which she was associated. The SEC’s complaint alleges that between 2014 and 2018, Kimberly Sredich… Read More

SEC Charges Yuh-Yue Chen, a California Engineer with Insider Trading

The SEC announced  on April 18,2019, the filing of insider trading charges against Yuh-Yue Chen, a former engineer at Skyworks Solutions, Inc., a Massachusetts-based company with executive offices and a design center in Irvine, California that designs, manufactures… Read More

SEC Obtains Final Judgments Against Joseph Meli and Parties involved in Ticket Resale Scams

On April 11, 2019, two federal court judges entered final judgments against Joseph Meli, a New York City man, and six of his companies, in connection with two SEC cases that charged Joseph Meli with operating multi-million dollar… Read More

SEC Charges Woodbridge Directors, Ivan Acevedo and Dane Roseman with Fraud

On April 11, 2019, the SEC charged two former directors of investments at Woodbridge Group of Companies LLC for their roles in its massive Ponzi scheme. The defendants, California-based Ivan Acevedo and Dane Roseman, were separately arrested and… Read More

SEC Charges Investment Adviser, Gonzalo Ortiz with Securities Fraud

The SEC filed a civil injunctive action on April 10,2019, charging a New Jersey resident, Gonzalo Ortiz with defrauding an investor by lying about his trading success, concealing trading losses, and misappropriating funds. The SEC’s complaint, filed in… Read More

SEC Charges Former Seaworld Associate General Counsel, Paul Powers with Insider Trading

On April 10, 2019, the SEC charged Paul Powers, a former senior lawyer at SeaWorld Entertainment Inc with insider trading based on nonpublic information that the company’s revenue would be better than anticipated for the second quarter of… Read More

Final Judgment Against Robert DePalo, a Broker Charged with Stealing from Investors

On February 5, 2019, the SEC obtained a final judgment against a New York-based broker, Robert DePalo who was charged with orchestrating a $6.5 million offering fraud. In May 2015, the SEC charged Robert DePalo with defrauding over twenty investors… Read More

SEC Charges College Official for Fraudulently Concealing Financial Troubles from Investors

On March 28, 2019, the SEC charged Keith Borge, the former controller of a New York-based not-for-profit college with defrauding municipal securities investors by fraudulently concealing the college’s deteriorating finances. According to the SEC’s complaint, in recent years,… Read More

SEC Shuts Down Fraudulent Investment Advisor Who Was Targeting the Israeli-American Community

The SE announced on April 1, 2019 that it had halted an ongoing investment fraud by Investment Advisor Motty Mizrahi targeting members of the Jewish community, primarily in the Los Angeles, California region. The SEC filed an emergency… Read More