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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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MicroCap CEO Sentenced To 9 Months In Prison for Stock Manipulation Scheme

On Tuesday, the CEO of a microcap company that claimed to own valuable patented drug delivery technology was sentenced in federal court in Boston in connection with a scheme to manipulate the market for his company’s publicly traded stock. Learned Jeremiah Hand, 59, of Durham, N.C., was sentenced by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Patti B. Saris to nine months

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SEC Charges Microcap Fraudsters And Billionaire for Roles in $27 Million Market Manipulation Schemes

Last Friday, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged a group of 10 individuals and 10 associated entities for their participation in long-running fraudulent schemes that generated over $27 million from unlawful stock sales and caused significant harm to retail investors who were left holding virtually worthless stock. According to the SEC’s complaint, from 2013 to 2018, a group of prolific

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SEC Charges Repeat Offender in MicroCap Stock Manipulation Scheme

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged Howard M. Appel with manipulating the stocks of three microcap companies while on supervised release following his criminal conviction for a prior securities fraud. According to the SEC’s complaint, Appel orchestrated multiple schemes to manipulate the market for trading in shares of Virtual Piggy Inc., (VPIG), Red Mountain Resources Inc. (RDMP), and

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SEC Files Charges in International MicroCap Manipulation Scheme

This week, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged four individuals for their roles in a fraudulent scheme that generated nearly $34 million from unlawful stock sales and caused significant harm to retail investors. According to the SEC’s complaint, the defendants manipulated the market for and illegally sold the stock of microcap issuer Biozoom Inc. As part of the alleged scheme,

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SEC Charges U.K. Brokerage Firm and Others for Manipulative Trading in U.S. MicroCap Stocks

On Friday, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced securities fraud charges against a U.K.-based broker-dealer and its investment manager in connection with manipulative trading in the securities of HD View 360 Inc. (OTC: HDVW), a U.S.-based microcap issuer. The SEC further announced the institution of an order suspending trading in the securities of HD View. The SEC also announced charges against

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Court Enters Consent Judgment In Penny Stock Manipulation Case

Yesterday, the SEC announced that the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware entered a consent judgment in a penny stock manipulation case brought by the SEC against Richard A. Bailey, a former officer of GH3 International, Inc. The SEC’s complaint alleges that Bailey participated in a pump-and-dump scheme involving GH3’s common stock, generating more than $700,000 of illicit

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Former Stock Broker Sentenced for Microcap Stock Manipulation Scheme

Last week, a former New Hampshire stockbroker was sentenced for his role in a market manipulation scheme which was actually part of an undercover operation. Robert Raffa, 57, of Penacook, N.H., was sentenced by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Patti B. Saris to two years in prison and two years of supervised release. In September 2017, he pleaded guilty to one

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SEC Obtains Final Judgment Against Former Boiler Room Operator

Yesterday, the SEC announced that is has obtained a final judgment against a former boiler room operator charged with participating in a fraudulent scheme to artificially inflate the per share price of penny stocks. The SEC’s complaint alleged that in 2010, an owner of penny stocks, James Price, proposed to a stock promoter, Brian Kingsfield, that they engage others to

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