SEC Files Action Against Ariel Quiros & Jay Peak Resort

According to an SEC complaint filed in 2016 in federal court in Miami, Ariel Quiros allegedly misused more than $50 million in investor funds to purchase a different ski resort and to fund personal expenses such as income taxes and… Read More

SEC Suspends Penny Stock Issuers-Posted by Brenda Hamilton

On January 9, 2018, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced the temporary suspension of trading in the securities of three penny stock issuers: Blacksands Petroleum, Inc. (BSPE), China Education Alliance, Inc. (CEAI), DoMark International, Inc. (DOMK), and… Read More

SEC Charges Operators of $1.2 Billion Ponzi Scheme Targeting Main Street Investors

Last month, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced charges and an asset freeze involving a Boca Raton Ponzi Scheme.  The SEC alleges that the operators  of the fund bilked thousands of retail investors, many of them seniors, in a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme. SEC… Read More

Calissio Resources – A Special Dividend by Any Other Name

More than two years ago, we published the first in a series of articles about problems surrounding the declaration and payment of a special dividend by penny stock issuer, Calissio Resources Group, Inc. (CRGP).  We followed up with… Read More

Ibrahim Almagarby and Microcap Equity Group LLC Charged by SEC

The Securities and Exchange Commission charged Ibrahim Almagarby and his company with acting as unregistered dealers in the sale of billions of shares of numerous penny stock issuers. The SEC’s complaint, filed in federal district court in south… Read More

John Venditto and Oyster Bay Charged by SEC

On November 21, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced Oyster Bay, New York, and its former top elected official with defrauding investors in the town’s municipal securities offerings by hiding the existence and potential financial impact… Read More

SEC Announces Agenda and Panelists for Small Business Forum

On November 20, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced the agenda and panelists for the 36th Annual Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation. The November 30 Small Business event will begin at 9 a.m. Central… Read More

SEC Names Paul Cellupica as Deputy Director

On November 20, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced that Paul G. Cellupica has been named Deputy Director of the agency’s Division of Investment Management.  Mr. Cellupica will oversee a number of the division’s strategic, rulemaking,… Read More

Randall James Settles Fraud Charges

On October 27, 2017, Randall James, Nashville, Tennessee resident, who isn’t registered to sell investments, has agreed to settle charges that he defrauded investors in his company Global Maximus Productions, which purportedly produced pay-per-view entertainment and concerts. The SEC… Read More

Osiris Therapeutics Charged With Accounting Fraud

On November 2, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) charged Osiris Therapeutics, a Maryland-based biotech company, and four former top executives with prioritizing revenue growth over lawful accounting and misleading investors in the process. The SEC alleges… Read More