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SEC Litigation Releases: Weekly Review

SEC Charges a Solar Panel Manufacturer and Three of its Former Executives with Defrauding Investors
September 6, 2012, (Litigation Release No. 22475)
The SEC charged Worldwide Energy and Manufacturing USA Inc. (WEMU), a San Francisco based solar panel manufacturer, and WEMU executives Jimmy Wang, Mindy Wang, and Jeffrey Watson with "concealing the transfer of nearly half of the ownership stake in its Chinese subsidiary to three individuals in China who manage the subsidiary." According to the ...

SEC Litigation Releases: Week in Review - September 7th, 2012

SEC Files Settled Insider Trading Action Against Pharmaceutical Company Executive and His Father-In-Law
September 6, 2012, (Litigation Release No. 22474)
On September 6, 2012, the SEC filed a civil injunctive action against APP Pharmaceuticals, Inc.'s former Director of Contract Marketing, Arthur H. Reed, as well as Reed's father-in-law, Allan F. Derusha. According to the complaint (opens to PDF),the pair engaged in "insider trading and/or tipping in advance of APP's July 7, 2008 public...

SEC Litigation Releases: Week in Review - August 31st, 2012

SEC Charges Brokers for Defrauding Brazilian Public Pension Funds in Markup Scheme
August 29, 2012, (Litigation Release No. 22462)
According to the complaint (opens to PDF), Fabrizio Neves conducted a markup scheme while working at LatAm Investments LLC. The complaint alleges that from 2006 to 2009 Neves, with the assistance of Jose Luna, overcharged customers around $36 million "by using hidden markup fees on structured note transactions." Neves allegedly made millions in inflated sales...

SEC Litigation Releases: Week in Review - August 24th, 2012

SEC Charges New York-Based Firm and Owner in Penny Stock Scheme
August 23, 2012,(Litigation Release No. 22457)
Edward Bronson and his company, E-Lionheart Associates LLC (which also conducts business under the name Fairhills Capital Inc.), have been charged by the SEC with conducting a penny stock scheme in which they allegedly reaped over $10 million in illegal profits. The alleged scheme involved buying shares at deep discounts from over 100 penny stock companies and then selling them...

SEC Litigation Releases: Week in Review - August 17th, 2012

SEC Charges Oracle Corporation with FCPA Violations Related to Secret Side Funds in India
August 16, 2012, (Litigation Release No. 22450)
According to the complaint (opens to PDF), the Indian subsidiary of Oracle Corporation, Oracle India Private Limited, "structured transactions with India's a way that enabled Oracle India's distributors to hold approximately $2.2 million of the proceeds in unauthorized side funds." Oracle India's alleged misconduct occurred from 2005 to 2007,...

SEC Litigation Releases: Week in Review - August 10th, 2012

SEC Charges Participants in $5 Million Boiler Room Scheme
August 10, 2012, (Litigation Release No. 22444)
The SEC charged Edward M. Laborio, Jonathan Fraiman, Matthew K. Lazar, and seven entities controlled by Laborio for their alleged roles in a boiler scheme that ran from December 2006 to August 2009. The seven entities include Envit Capital Group, Inc., Envit Capital, LLC, Envit Capital Holdings, Inc., Envit Capital Private Wealth Management, LLC, Envit Capital Multi Strategy Mixed...

SEC Litigation Releases: Week in Review - August 3rd, 2012

SEC Settles Litigation with Former Veritas Software Corporation Chief Financial Officer
August 2, 2012, (Litigation Release No. 22432)
On July 20, 2012, a final judgment was entered against Kenneth E. Lonchar in the case SEC v. Mark Leslie, Kenneth E. Lonchar, Paul A. Sallaberry, Michael M. Cully, and Douglas S. Newton. Lonchar, the former Chief Financial Officer of Veritas Software Corporation, had been charged with inflating Veritas' reported revenues "by approximately $20 million in...

SEC Litigation Releases: Week in Review - July 27th, 2012

SEC Charges Aider and Abettor of Penny Stock Company's Disclosure of Fake Investment
July 25, 2012, (Litigation Release No. 22424)
The SEC lodged a complaint against Ronald Feldstein who allegedly filed a false press release announcing a "fictitious $6 million investment in a penny stock company, Interlink-US Network, Ltd." Feldstein was paid by Interlink's management to play the role of a prospective investor. Feldstein, posing as President of LED Capital Corp., entered into a phony...

SEC Litigation Releases: Week in Review - July 20th, 2012

SEC Obtains Final Judgment in Case Involving Ponzi Scheme and Promotion of China Voice Holding Corp.
July 19, 2012, (Litigation Release No. 22418)
A final judgment was entered against Ilya Drapkin on July 6, 2012, which permanently enjoins him from violating various sections of the Securities Act and ordered Drapkin, along with his companies, MG TK Corp. and SMI Chips, to pay over $5.8 million in disgorgement and penalties. This amount represents "profits gained by Drapkin, MG TK, and SMI...

SEC Litigation Releases: Week in Review - July 13th, 2012

Court Issues Final Judgment Enforcing Prior Order of the Commission Against Rodney R. Schoemann
July 12, 2012, (Litigation Release No. 22414)
On July 11, 2012, the District Court ordered Rodney R. Schoemann to pay over $1.3 million in disgorgement and pre-judgment interest. Rodney R. Schoemann had violated "the registration provisions of the federal securities laws in connection with his sales of stock in Stinger Systems, Inc. in November 2004" and had been ordered to pay disgorgement and...

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