Billionaire Settles MicroCap Fraud Case With SEC


Billionaire Settles Microcap Fraud Case With SEC

Last week, Dr. Philip Frost, a biotech billionaire, agreed to a proposed settlement with the SEC related to what the SEC called “lucrative market manipulation schemes” worth $27 million.

According to a press release from OPKO Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: OPK), a public company that Dr. Frost serves as Chairman and CEO;

Dr. Frost agreed, without admitting or denying the SEC’s allegations, to injunctions from certain violations of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Exchange Act; approximately $5.5 million in penalty, disgorgement, and prejudgment interest; and a prohibition, with certain exceptions, from trading in penny stocks.

We have reached agreement with the SEC that will end a potentially expensive, contentious and time-consuming litigation and I am happy that we can focus on an exciting and productive 2019 for OPKO Health,” said Dr. Frost said in the press release.

According to the SEC complaint from September, from 2013 to 2018, a group of prolific South Florida-based microcap fraudsters led by Barry Honig manipulated the share price of the stock of three companies in classic pump-and-dump schemes. Dr. Frost allegedly participated in two of these three schemes.


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