Category Archives: Public Company Compliance

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

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SEC Files Subpoena Enforcement in Possible MicroCap Market Manipulation Scheme

The Securities and Exchange Commission filed a subpoena enforcement action against three penny-stock companies and their CEO – Cherubim Interests, Inc. (CHIT), PDX Partners, Inc. (PDXP), Victura Construction Group, Inc. (VICT), and Patrick Jevon Johnson – seeking an order directing them to comply with investigative subpoenas for documents. According to the SEC’s application, filed on December 21, 2018 in U.S.

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SEC Charges Three with Orchestrating a Fraudulent Public Shell Company Scheme

This week, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced fraud charges against a Florida-based CPA, a former broker, and his spouse, for their roles in a fraudulent scheme involving the creation and sale of a public shell company and false regulatory filings to facilitate the sale. According to the SEC, David Dreslin and Michael Toups created a shell company, Anglesea Enterprises,

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SEC Charges Four in Fraudulent Microcap Manipulation Scheme Orchestrated Through International Accounts

Last week, The Securities and Exchange Commission charged four individuals for their roles in a scheme to profit from the manipulation and illegal sale of stock of two publicly traded companies, Environmental Packaging Technologies Holdings, Inc. and CURE Pharmaceutical Holding Corp. According to the SEC’s complaint, Morrie Tobin, a California resident, worked with co-defendants Milan Patel, Matthew Ledvina, and Daniel

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Floyd Mayweather And DJ Khaled Charged With Unlawfully Touting Coin Offerings

Yesterday, The Securities and Exchange Commission announced settled charges against professional boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and music producer Khaled Khaled, known as DJ Khaled, for failing to disclose payments they received for promoting investments in Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). These are the SEC’s first cases to charge touting violations involving ICOs. The SEC’s orders found that Mayweather failed to disclose

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SEC Charges Self-Described Stock Promoter With Microcap Market Manipulation Scheme

Yesterday, The Securities and Exchange Commission charged a self-described penny stock promoter and an entity he controlled with orchestrating a scheme to manipulate trading in at least 97 microcap stocks. According to the SEC’s complaint, Eric Landis of Charlottesville, Virginia, falsely claimed to third-party media buyers for microcap companies that he would distribute promotional materials for the stocks via email

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SEC Brings Charges in New York Boiler Room Scheme

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission brought additional charges against a Long Island, New York-based boiler room previously sued for defrauding elderly and unsophisticated investors. The latest charges allege that First Choice Healthcare Solutions Inc. CEO Christian Romandetti, the boiler room, and four others, manipulated the company’s shares generating more than $3.3 million of illegal profits and more than

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SEC Charges SeeThruEquity With Deceiving Investors in Supposedly Unbiased MicroCap Reports

Yesterday, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged a small and micro-cap stock research firm and its co-founders with defrauding investors by issuing reports purportedly based on “unbiased” and “not paid for” research when in reality they received thousands of dollars from issuers as a condition to providing each report. According to the SEC’s complaint, SeeThruEquity LLC and brothers Ajay and

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Former CEO Barred From Penny Stock Offerings For Stock Manipulation In Attempt To Uplist To Nasdaq

A federal district court in Jacksonville, Florida has barred the former CEO of a Florida-based franchisor of children’s educational programs from serving as an officer or director of a public company and from participating in penny stock offerings. The Securities and Exchange Commission charged Brian Pappas, the former CEO of Creative Learning Corp., in August 2017 with fraud for making

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