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SEC Charges Emil Botvinnik & Jovannie Aquino With Defrauding Customers

The Securities and Exchange Commission charged two brokers for recommending excessive levels of trading that were costly for retail customers but lucrative for the brokers.   In separate complaints filed in federal court in Manhattan, the SEC alleges that… Read More

SEC Adopts Amendments to Simplify and Update Disclosure Requirements

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it has voted to adopt amendments to certain disclosure requirements that have become duplicative, overlapping, or outdated in light of other Commission disclosure requirements, U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), or changes… Read More

Use of Proceeds In Form S-1 Registration Statements – Form S-1

Companies going public with Form S-1 have several options in how to structure their transaction when registering securities with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”).  Form S-1 enables issuers to raise capital using the registration statement or register… Read More

SEC Charges Amrit Chahal with Fraud

On April 16, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged Amrit Chahal with orchestrating an investment scheme over several years. The SEC’s complaint alleges that, from at least February 2015, Amrit Chahal, of Fairfax, Va., used his company,… Read More

SEC Charges Marc Tager and Jersey Consulting with Defrauding Investors in “Soil Remediation” Scam

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced charges against Marc Andrew Tager and Jersey Consulting LLC, a Utah-based company and several solicitors of the company’s securities in an ongoing offering fraud that has already targeted more than 80 individual… Read More

Americrude Charged by SEC – Posted by Brenda Hamilton, Securities Attorney

On March 8, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged Americrude, Inc. a Dallas-based oil-and-gas company and two of its executives with defrauding investors out of at least $950,000 through a string of fraudulent oil-and-gas securities offerings. The… Read More

SEC Charges Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos Inc – Securities Lawyers

On March 14, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged Elizabeth Holmes and  Silicon Valley-based private company Theranos Inc., with raising more than $700 million from investors through an elaborate, years-long fraud scheme in which they exaggerated or made… Read More

SEC Charges Jon E. Montroll and Bitfunder with Bitcoin Fraud

On February 21, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged a former bitcoin-denominated platform known as BitFunder and its operator with operating an unregistered securities exchange and defrauding users of that Bitcoin exchange. The SEC also charged the… Read More

SEC Charges Niket Shah and Spark Trading for Targeting Retail Investors

On March 23rd the Securities and Exchange Commission announced charges and a preliminary injunction and asset freeze against Niket Shah, a New Jersey resident who it alleges stole more than $250,000 in a Ponzi scheme in which his… Read More

EDGAR Filer, Robert W. Murray Sentenced to Two Years in Fitbit Stock Manipulation Scheme

On March 9, 2018,  Robert W. Murray was sentenced to two years imprisonment in connection with a scheme to manipulate Fitbit securities through false filings on the SEC’s EDGAR system. Murray pled guilty on November 7, 2017. The criminal charges… Read More