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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...

SEC Litigation Releases: Week in Review - July 6th, 2012

SEC Freezes Assets of Missing Georgia-Based Investment Adviser
July 3, 2012, (Litigation Release No. 22409)
According to the complaint (opens to PDF), Aubrey Lee Price has gone into hiding after allegedly "orchestrating a $40 million investment fraud." Price, who started his scam in 2008, not only raised money from more than 100 investors by "selling shares in an unregistered investment fund" but also made illiquid investments in South American real estate and a failing bank. Price then...

SEC Litigation Releases: Week in Review - June 29th, 2012

SEC Shuts Down Mortgage Fund Ponzi-like Scheme
June 28, 2012, (Litigation Release No. 22406)
According to the complaint (opens to PDF), Small Business Capital Corp. ("SB Capital") and Mark Feathers ("Feathers"), its principal, are operating an "alleged Ponzi-like scheme." $42 million have been raised by SB Capital and Feathers through selling securities issued by their mortgage investment funds, Investors Prime Fund, LLC and SBC Portfolio Fund, LLC ("Funds"). The Funds attracted more than 400...

SEC Litigation Releases: Week in Review - June 22nd, 2012

SEC Charges Massachusetts Investment Adviser with Fraud and Obtains Asset Freeze
June 20, 2012, (Litigation Release No. 22396)
Earlier this week, the SEC charged Gary J. Martel with defrauding investors through his companies Martel Financial Group and MFG Funding. According to the complaint), Martel defrauded at least a dozen investors of millions of dollars. Martel allegedly told his clientele (including retirees) that he would invest in fixed-income securities. Martel allegedly composed...

SEC Litigation Releases: Week in Review - June 15th, 2012

Promoters of Convicted Ponzi Scheme Operator Jeffrey L. Mowen Ordered to Pay Over $20 Million in Disgorgement and Civil Penalties
June 13, 2012, (Litigation Release No. 22393)
The US District Court for the District of Utah granted the SEC's motion for entry of final judgment against Defendants Michael W. Averett, Michael G. Butcher, Thomas R. Fry, Gary W. Hansen, James B. Mooring, and Bevan J. Wilde, who allegedly "acted as promoters...through the unregistered offer and sale of high-yield...

SEC Litigation Releases: Week in Review - June 8th, 2012

Court Enters Final Judgments, Including Indemnity Bars, Against Rajnish K. Das and Stormy L. Dean, Former CFOs of infoUSA, Inc.
June 1, 2012, (Litigation Release No. 22388)
As a result of the SEC complaint against Rajnish K. Das and Stormy L. Dean, the US District Court for the District of Nebraska barred the pair from serving as an officer or director of a public company for three years and levied a civil penalty of $50,000 against each of them. In the complaint, the SEC alleged Das and Dean...

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