SEC Suspends Trading in MicroCap Purporting Involvement in Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts
Last Friday, the Securities and Exchange Commission suspended trading in a company amid questions surrounding its statements about sending response teams and equipment to help with Hurricane Harvey disaster recovery efforts in Houston and surrounding areas.
The SEC’s trading suspension order says that a recent press release issued by Texas-based Grupo Resilient International claimed that the company added a “FEMA approved contractor” to the board of its subsidiary and was deploying workers and preparing to deploy a network of mobile broadband trailers to assist in relief efforts.
The SEC’s order also says there are questions regarding the adequacy and accuracy of statements made by the company on other matters in prior press releases. Grupo was previously known as Paradise Ridge Hydrocarbons and trades under the ticker symbol OTC: GRUI.
Earlier this month, the SEC issued an alert that warned investors to be vigilant for investment scams related to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, noting that scam artists often exploit the latest crisis in the news cycle to lure investors into supposedly promising investment opportunities.
“This is further reminder of the need for vigilance when investing in penny stock companies, especially when they are being touted in connection with humanitarian aid during a natural disaster such as Hurricane Harvey. Investors are reminded to keep on the lookout for schemes that seek to attract people who are eager to invest with companies that genuinely provide assistance to those in need,” said Stephanie Avakian, Co-Director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement.
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