SEC Charges Florida Firm With Acting As Unregistered Dealer In Sale of 7.4 Billion MicroCap Shares
Yesterday, the SEC charged a Florida-based individual and his company with acting as unregistered dealers in the sale of billions of shares of numerous penny stock issuers.
The SEC’s complaint, filed in federal district court in south Florida, alleges that, beginning in January 2013, Ibrahim Almagarby and his company, Microcap Equity Group LLC (MEG), engaged in a business that purchased aged penny stock issuer debts. After converting the debts into equity, they sold the resultant shares into the market. At the time of this conduct, the complaint alleges that neither Almagarby nor MEG were registered with the SEC as a dealer and Almagarby was not associated with a registered broker or dealer. Through these activities, Almagarby and MEG purchased over $1.1 million of aged debts of 39 microcap issuers and sold into the market over 7.4 billion shares generating over $1.4 million in ill-gotten gains.
The SEC’s complaint charges both Almagarby and MEG with violating Section 15(a)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Almagarby as a control person under Section 20(a) of the Exchange Act for MEG’s registration violations. The SEC seeks permanent injunctions, disgorgement of ill-gotten gains plus prejudgment interest, civil penalties, surrender for cancellation of MEG’s remaining shares in the penny stock issuers that are the subject of this action and surrender of any conversion rights in its remaining holdings of issuer debts, and penny stock bars.
The complaint orders Microcap Equity Group LLC to surrender for cancellation its
remaining shares of stock of, and surrender its remaining conversion rights under the convertible securities issued by the following issuers:
Aluf Holdings, Inc.,
Axxess Pharma, Inc.,
Bulova Technologies Group, Inc.,
CD International Enterprises, Inc.,
CUBA Beverage Company,
Daniels Corporate Advisory Company, Inc.,
Dewmar International BMC, Inc.,
East Coast Diversified Corp.,
Elray Resources, Inc.,
Energy Revenue America, Inc.,
Eyes on the Go, Inc.,
Gold & Silver Mining of Nevada, Inc.,
Gold and GemStone Mining Inc.,
Green Energy Enterprises, Inc.,
Greenfield Farms Food, Inc.,
Grid Petroleum Corp./ Simlatus Corporation,
Healthy & Tasty Brands Corporation (a/k/a GRILLiT, Inc.),
Hybrid Coating Technologies, Inc.,
In Ovations Holdings, Inc.,
Indo Global Exchange(s) Pte, Ltd.,
InoLife Technologies, Inc.,
Las Vegas Railway Express, Inc.,
LIG Assets, Inc.,
Medical Care Technologies Inc.,
Mining Global, Inc.,
Next Galaxy Corp.,
North American Cannabis Holdings, Inc.,
PotNetwork Holdings Inc.,
PPJ Healthcare Enterprises, Inc.,
Quasar Aerospace Industries, Inc.,
Seven Arts Entertainment, Inc.,
Urban Ag Corp.
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