SEC Charges Former Executives of Lucent Polymers, a Plastics Manufacturer with Fraud

On February 12, 2019, the SEC charged two former high-ranking executives,  of an Indiana-based plastics manufacturer with concealing from potential buyers of the manufacturer the fact that the company’s core business model was a sham. According to the… Read More

Court Imposes Lifetime Officer-And-Director Bars On Two Corporate Officers

A federal district court has permanently barred two former corporate officers of a North Carolina-based hygiene and sanitation company from serving as officers or directors of public companies. The SEC charged the two officers of Swisher Hygiene, Inc., Michael J…. Read More

SEC Obtains Final Judgment Against Ponzi Scheme Targeting Retail Investors

The SEC obtained a final judgment on February 8, 2018, against Niket Shah, a New Jersey resident who was charged last year by the agency with stealing more than $250,000 in a Ponzi scheme in which his friends… Read More

SEC Charges Robert Alexander, Founder of Online Gaming Company for Defrauding Investors

On February 7,2019, the SEC charged Robert Alexander with fraudulently raising approximately $9 million from more than 50 individuals by selling investments in Kizzang LLC, a purported online gaming business. According to the SEC’s complaint, among other misrepresentations,… Read More

Due Diligence in Accredited Crowdfunding Offerings – Securities Lawyer 101

Even though Accredited Crowdfunding Offerings are exempt under Rule 506(c) and no specific disclosure requirements apply, under most circumstances, the anti-fraud provisions mandate disclosure of certain information to investors

SEC Charges Taiwan-Based Insurance, China United with Fraudulent Market Manipulation Scheme

A Taiwan-based insurance company, China United Insurance Service, Inc. and one of its former managers have agreed to settle fraud charges brought by the SEC relating to a scheme to manipulate the company’s trading volume. The complaint alleges that,… Read More

SEC Obtains Judgment Against Former CEO John Place

On November 9, 2018, the SEC obtained a judgment against John Place, a former CEO of a brokerage consulting business who was charged by the SEC in August for his role in a multimillion dollar transition management fraud…. Read More

SEC Obtains Asset Freeze Against Former CEO Charged with Misappropriating Investor Funds

The SEC announced on December 14, 2018 charges against Thomas Laws, the former CEO of Santa Fe Gold Corporation, for the misappropriation of investor funds. The SEC also obtained an asset freeze against Thomas Laws. The SEC’s complaint, unsealed… Read More

SEC Sues Orange County Investment Adviser, Craig Arsenault for Defrauding Clients

On December 14, 2018 the SEC charged Craig Arsenault, a California investment adviser with misappropriating client funds and misleading his clients about how their money was invested and how their investments were performing. The SEC is seeking an… Read More

SEC Obtains Final Judgment Against Gregory Webb, a Chicago Tech Executive

The SEC has obtained a final judgment against Gregory Webb, the former Chairman and CEO of a company purportedly in the homeland security business. In October 2011, the SEC charged  Gregory E. Webb, the Chairman and CEO of InfrAegis,… Read More

Court Enters Final Judgments in Eb-5 Scheme, Ordering Return of $25.8 Million to Defrauded Chinese Investors

On November 19, 2018, a U.S. District Court for the Central District of California entered final judgments on consent against defendants Edward and Jean Chen, husband and wife, and five entity defendants who had been charged with defrauding… Read More

Owner of Options Trading Website, Mark Suleymanoy Charged for Defrauding Retail Investors

On December 3,2018 the SEC charged Mark Suleymanov of Glen Cove, New York with engaging in an online binary options scheme that defrauded retail investors out of approximately $4 million. The SEC’s complaint alleges that from at least… Read More

Three Florida Residents charged with Orchestrating a Fraudulent Public Shell Company Scheme

The SEC announced on December 3,2018 fraud charges against a Florida-based CPA, a former broker, and his spouse, for their roles in a fraudulent scheme involving the creation and sale of a public shell company and false regulatory… Read More

A Kentucky Man, Jared Forrester charged for Role in Nationwide Oil Investment Scheme

The Securities and Exchange Commission charged a 35-year-old Jared Forrester for his role in a scheme that resulted in the fraudulent offering and sale of at least $15 million of securities to more than 150 investors. The SEC’s… Read More

SEC Charges Network Marketer with Masterminding a Multimillion Dollar Ponzi and Pyramid Scheme

The SEC has charged Eric “EJ” Dalius and seven corporate entities that he controlled with defrauding investors through the promotion and operation of a multimillion dollar Ponzi and pyramid scheme. The SEC alleges that Eric “EJ” Dalius, who… Read More

SEC Charges Self-Described Promoter with Microcap Market Manipulation Scheme

On November 29, 2018, the SEC charged Eric Landis, a self-described penny stock promoter and an entity he controlled with orchestrating a scheme to manipulate trading in at least 97 microcap stocks. According to the SEC’s complaint, Eric… Read More

SEC Accepts Settlement Offer Against Ricardo Goldman

On November 29, 2018, the SEC determined to accept the Offer of Settlement which was submitted by Ricardo Goldman. A resident of Miami, Florida,Ricardo Goldman was a broker with an unregistered broker-dealer, American Capital Group. From at least… Read More

SEC Obtains Final Judgement Against Steven Newman

On November 9, 2018, the Honorable Nicholas G. Garaufis of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York entered a final judgment against defendant Steven Newman. The final judgment imposes on Newman a permanent… Read More

Hurricane Restoration Company and Executives Settle SEC Accounting Fraud Charges

The former CEO and CFO of a now-defunct Dallas and New Orleans-based disaster remediation and construction business, Home Solutions of America, Inc have agreed to pay disgorgement and penalties to settle accounting fraud charges brought by the SEC…. Read More

SEC Announces Settlement in Fraud Case Against Cornelius Peterson

On January 31, 2018, the Commission filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts charging Cornelius Peterson and his former colleague, James Polese, with securities fraud for engaging in various schemes to… Read More

SEC Charges U.S. Congressman Christopher Collins and Others With Insider Trading

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced on Aug. 8, 2018  the filing of insider trading charges against Congressman Christopher Collins, the U.S. Representative for New York’s 27th Congressional District, his son, Cameron Collins, and a third individual, Stephen Zarsky…. Read More

Yao Li Settles Insider Trading Charges

On July 24, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that Yao Li, a senior executive at a Silicon Valley fiber optics company agreed to settle charges that he made nearly $200,000 in illicit profits by trading on… Read More

SEC Charges John Paulsen for Aiding & Abetting Pay-To-Play Scheme

On July 26, 2018, the Securities & Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filed a civil injunctive action against John A. Paulsen, a former managing director and fixed income research analyst at a registered broker-dealer, for aiding and abetting a pay-to-play… Read More

OTC Markets OTCQB, OTCQX, OTC Pink Quotation, Listing and Disclosure

Public companies with shares traded on OTC Markets OTC Link® ATS are organized into three unique market places. In part, the trading market depends upon whether the issuer is required to comply with the SEC Reporting Requirements. The… Read More

What Is a Private Placement Offering? Securities Lawyer 101

Securities Lawyer 101 Blog The Securities Act of 1933 (the “Securities Act”) provides for a private offering or private placement exemption from federal securities registration which is increasingly being used by companies seeking to raise capital during market downturns and… Read More

SEC Charges Andrew Kandelapas in Penny Stock Fraud Scheme

On April 13, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged Andrew Kandelapas with making false and misleading statements in the company’s SEC filings and press releases and with manipulating the company’s stock. The SEC’s complaint against Andrew Kandalepas,… Read More

SEC Charges Clifton Stanley in Multimillion Dollar Ponzi Scheme Targeting Seniors

On April 6, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged Clifton Stanley in a $2.4 million Ponzi scheme and in a related, $1.4 million offering fraud targeting retirees. The SEC’s complaint alleges that, from 2010 to 2017, Clifton… Read More

Capital Cove Bancorp LLC and Christopher Lee aka Rashid Khalfani Charged with Defrauding Investors to Pay Over $3.8 Million

On April 11, 2018, a federal district court has ordered Christopher Lee aka Rashid Khalfani, whom the Securities and Exchange Commission charged in 2015 with pocketing money raised from investors, to pay over $3.8 million in disgorgement and… Read More

SEC Charges Saverio Barbera with Insider Trading

On April 5, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged Saverio Barbera with tipping his brother and father with material nonpublic information about an upcoming corporate acquisition. The SEC’s complaint, filed in the United States District Court for… Read More

SEC Obtains Final Judgment Against Merrill Robertson Charged With Running $10 Million Fraud

On April 5, 2018, a federal district court in Richmond, Virginia has entered a final judgment against Merrill Robertson, Jr., a former football player charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission with defrauding investors, including coaches he knew from his… Read More