MusclePharm Charged In SEC Investigation

On September 8, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged a sports supplements and nutrition company with committing a series of accounting and disclosure violations, including the failure to properly report perks provided to its executives as… Read More

Illinois Court Orders Production of Documents By Navistar in SEC Investigation

  On June 30, 2015, United States Magistrate Judge Sidney I. Schenkier issued an order requiring production of certain documents that Navistar International Corporation (Navistar) claimed to be privileged in response to investigative subpoenas issued by the Securities… Read More

Medbox, Inc. Announces SEC Investigation

Securities Lawyer 101 Blog On November 12, 2014, Medbox, Inc. (MDBX) put an end to nearly two weeks of speculation by acknowledging in its 10-Q for the period ended September 30 that the company has received a formal… Read More

Crucible Capital and Chuck Moore Indicted for Obstructing SEC Investigation

On August 9, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) announced charges against Chuck Moore and Crucible Capital Group, a New York-based brokerage firm for allegedly violating net capital requirements and falsifying books and records to conceal… Read More

What Causes An SEC Investigation? Securities Lawyer 101

Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) investigations can result from a variety of factors.  SEC investigations can be triggered in ways, including during the SEC’s routine review of SEC reports and schedules, routine inspections by FINRA of clearing houses and/or brokerage firms, reports… Read More

SEC Inquiries and Investigations

The SEC’s Enforcement Division conducts investigations pursuant to formal Orders of Investigation that authorize the staff of the Enforcement Division to seek the production of relevant information, either in the form of documents or witness testimony.  Although the SEC… Read More

Federal Jury Convicts Defendants In NuTech Energy Resources Securities Fraud

On Wednesday, October 13, 2021, a federal jury in Cheyenne returned guilty verdicts against a Pennsylvania man and two Florida men related to a stock fraud involving NuTech Energy Resources Inc., a company that claimed to operate coalbed-methane… Read More

SEC Sues Carebourn Capital, L.P. and Its Managing Partner Chip Rice for Acting as an Unregistered Securities Dealer

On September 24, 2021, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) charged Carebourn Capital, L.P. and its managing partner Chip Rice of Maple Grove, Minnesota, with acting as unregistered securities dealers in connection with their buying and selling of… Read More

SEC Surpasses $1 Billion in Total Whistleblower Awards

On September 15, 2021, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) awarded approximately $110 million to a whistleblower whose information and assistance led to successful SEC and related actions. With the award, the SEC’s whistleblower program has now… Read More

SEC Files Subpoena Enforcement Action Against Alexander Kon

On September 1, 2021, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it filed an action against Alexander Kon, a penny stock promoter and resident of Overland Park, Kansas, seeking an order directing him to comply with investigative subpoenas… Read More

A Tale of Two Unregistered Dealers – Toxic Convertible Note Lenders Under SEC Scrutiny

In 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) stepped up its efforts to reel in “toxic lenders”: individuals who profit enormously by buying convertible securities in penny stock companies and selling the shares they obtain upon conversion of… Read More

SEC Obtains Default Judgment in Edgar Hacking Case

On July 29, 2021, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey entered a default judgment against Oleksandr Ieremenko and Andrey Sarafanov, who were charged in connection with a scheme to trade on nonpublic earnings… Read More

SEC Charges Charlie Abujudeh in Microcap Fraud Scheme Targeting Retail Investors

On July 22, 2021, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) filed an emergency action charging California resident Charlie Abujudeh with running microcap fraud schemes targeting retail investors. According to the SEC’s complaint, filed in the U.S. District… Read More

SEC charges former CEO and CFO of FTE Networks, Inc with accounting fraud

Today, July 15, 2021, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) charged the former CEO and CFO of FTE Networks, Inc. (“FTE”), a network infrastructure company formerly based in Naples, Florida, with conducting a multi-year accounting fraud. The… Read More

The SEC just suspended my stock! Now what?

It can be the worst feeling in the world. You wake up, get your trading station all ready for a new day of profitable trading, but then the unthinkable happens. The market opens, but not that volatile issuer that had been running big, making your trading account look so good.

SEC Charges Healthcare Company and Its Founder with Multimillion Dollar Fraud

On May 19, 2021, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged a New Jersey-based healthcare company and its founder, Josiah David (formerly known as Dennis Lee), with fraudulently raising nearly $4 million from over 130 investors nationwide through the sale of membership units in the company.

David C. Coggins Sentenced for $1.3 Million Securities Fraud Scheme

On Friday, May 14, 2021, David C Coggins, 42, of Miami, was sentenced to 51 months in prison, followed by 36 months of supervised release, and ordered to pay $1,305,000 in restitution for operating an investment scheme in which he used investor funds to repay other investors and misappropriated funds for himself, including to pay for personal use, a vehicle and travel.

TD Ameritrade to restrict orders in Caveat Emptor designated OTC securities to liquidating trades only

According to a statement posted on the TD Ameritrade website, the popular trading platform will restrict orders in Caveat Emptor designated OTC securities to liquidating trades only starting May 25, 2021.

SEC Enforcement Actions Decline in 2020

According to the annual report published by the Division of Enforcement of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), there were 715 overall enforcement actions in fiscal 2020, down 17% from the previous year.

Despite the slow down, financial remedies ordered “set a new high,” according to Stephanie Avakian, the agency’s enforcement chief. The Commission obtained judgments and orders totaling approximately $4.68 billion in disgorgement and penalties – the highest amount on record.

Caveat Emptor Securities Hit with a Big Setback

Last week, E*TRADE, a subsidiary of Morgan Stanley, which offers an electronic trading platform to trade financial assets including common stocks, announced that effective November 21, 2020, customers will no longer be able to open positions in Caveat Emptor securities due to the risks associated with trading shares in these companies.

SEC Awards Two Unique Whistleblower Awards

On November 13, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) announced an award of over $1.1 million to a whistleblower whose independent analysis led the staff to look at new conduct during an ongoing investigation. 

Do Blue Sky Laws Apply to Regulation A Resales and Secondary Trading?

A sometimes overlooked aspect of Regulation A+ is the impact of state blue sky laws on liquidity and resales also known as secondary sales. State blue sky laws are applicable to resales by purchasers in Regulation A Offerings and vary… Read More

Is My Toxic Lender and Dilution Funder a Dealer? – SEC Toxic Financing Actions

Dilution Funders have been charged by the SEC as unregistered dealers in violation of the Securities Exchange Act. Justin Keener and his company, JMJ Financial and John Fierro and his company, JDF Capital, Inc. are…

What is a SEC Trading Suspension? Securities Lawyer 101

SEC trading suspensions often leave investors in the dark. While SEC trading suspensions may be intended to prevent investor losses, the opposite is true.

The Section 4(a)(2) Exemption – Exempt Offerings

Section 4(a)(2) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”) provides an exemption from the SEC’s registration statement requirements for transactions by an issuer and do not involve a public offering of securities. Section 4(a)(2) is the most widely used exemption for securities offerings in the U.S. Shares sold in reliance upon Section 4(a)(2) are restricted securities and may not be resold absent SEC registration or an exemption therefrom.

Is Regulation A the Same as Regulation A+ ? Securities and Crowdfunding Lawyers

1. Overview of the Regulation A+ Exemption On March 25, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) created Regulation A+ by adopting final rules to implement Section 401 of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act by… Read More

The Securities Act of 1933 – Liability Provisions

The Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”) is often referred to as the “truth in securities” law. The Securities Act requires disclosure of financial and other material information about securities that are being offered for… Read More

SEC Awards Whistleblowers For Reporting Securities Fraud

On January 22, 2020, the  Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”)  announced two whistleblower awards in connection with two separate SEC  enforcement actions.  Both whistleblowers provided significant information that helped the SEC shut down two separate fraudulent schemes involving… Read More

Blockchain of Things Inc. (BCOT) Charged by SEC for Unregistered ICO

Blockchain technology company Blockchain of Things Inc. (BCOT) settled charges brought against them by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on December 18, 2019, for conducting an unregistered initial coin offering (ICO). The New York-based startup Blockchain of… Read More

Ulrick Debo and Kenneth Ciapala Charged By DOJ and SEC

The Boston and New York SEC and DOJ Charge Ulrik Debo and Kenneth Ciapal and Others The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ} charged Ulrik Debo, Kenneth Ciapala, Kenneth Ciapala, and a number… Read More