Brenda Hamilton Attorney - Securities l Corporate l Business Law

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

SEC Charges Investment Adviser with Long-Running Fraud

On March 22, 2019, the SEC charged registered investment adviser Direct Lending Investments, LLC with a multi-year fraud that resulted in approximately $11 million in over-charges of management and performance fees to its private funds, as well as… Read More

SEC Settles with Unregistered Public Shell Company Broker

On March 26, 2019 the SEC filed settled charges against recidivist James K. McKillop for acting as an unregistered broker and for failing to timely file required beneficial ownership forms in connection with his position at Tiber Creek… Read More

Former COO Fraudulently Caused Advisory Firm to Overbill Clients

The SEC filed on March 28, 2019 charges against the former Chief Operating Officer (COO), Richard Diver of a Commission-registered investment adviser for aiding and abetting the advisory firm’s actions to overbill its clients as part of a… Read More

SEC Halts Ponzi Scheme Targeting Vietnamese Investors

The SEC announced fraud charges and an asset freeze on March 18, 2019, against the operators of a $25 million Ponzi scheme falsely promising high annual returns with minimal to no risk to investors in the Vietnamese community of Orange… Read More

SEC Obtains Final Judgments Against Investment Adviser, Goldsky Asset Management

On January 2, 2019, a federal district court entered final consent judgments against an Australia-based investment adviser, Goldsky Asset Management, LLC, and its owner, Kenneth Grace, for making false and misleading statements about its business in filings with… Read More

SEC Charges Texas Radio Host for Ponzi Scheme Targeting Elderly Investors

The SEC announced on March 12, 2019 that it has charged Texas resident William Neil “Doc” Gallagher-the self-styled “Money Doctor” featured on three Dallas-area radio stations-in an emergency action to shut down a $19.6 million Ponzi scheme targeting… Read More

SEC Settles with Biotech Insider Trader

The SEC charged  on February 21, 2019, Joseph Frank Vacante, a former employee of a biotech company with insider trading on confidential information regarding the company’s withdrawal of certain products from consideration by the U.S. FDA. Joseph Frank… Read More

SEC Obtains Final Judgment Against Former Broker for Defrauding Customers

On March 1, 2019, a federal district court entered a final consent judgment against broker, William Gennity who was charged with defrauding customers by making unsuitable and unauthorized trades and churning customers’ accounts that enriched the broker at… Read More