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Insider Trading Defense
Help from a Insider Trading Defense Lawyer The Securities and Exchange Commission recently filed insider trading charges against a pair from New York for their alleged illegal tipping and trading in a drug company stock in advance of its public release of negative trial results. Per the SEC’s court allegations, Holly Hand held the position...
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The Securities and Exchange Commission has brought civil charges against Matthew J. Skinner and several entities he owns and controls for allegedly orchestrating multiple fraudulent and unregistered real estate offerings over a five-year period, in which he raised in excess of $9 million from more than one-hundred investors. In its civil enforcement action, the SEC alleged that Skinner,...
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Unregistered Digital Asset Offerings
Continuing its aggressive crack down in the crypto space, the Securities and Exchange Commission filed yet another civil enforcement action involving the promotion and sale of a global unregistered digital asset securities offering that raised in excess of $2 billion from the investing public. The SEC’s lawsuit alleges that from around January 2017 to January...
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SEC defense
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) just filed an emergency enforcement action seeking an asset freeze and other immediate relief against Zachary Horwitz, an actor based out of Los Angeles, California, and his company, 1inMM (one in a million) Capital, LLC.  In its lawsuit, the SEC alleged that Horwitz and his company were engaged in...
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Social Media Stock Fraud
The Securities and Exchange Commission continues its prosecution of social media stock fraud. Yesterday, the SEC filed fraud charges against a trader who allegedly utilized social media to spread false and misleading information about a defunct company, while secretly dumping his holdings and profiting in the process.  Per the SEC Complaint, Andrew Fassari used a...
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FINRA recently hit Interactive Brokers LLC with a $15 million penalty for alleged wide-reaching deficiencies in its anti-money laundering (AML) program, which spanned in excess of five years.   As a condition of the settlement, in which Interactive Brokers neither admitted nor denied the allegations, FINRA obligated the firm to put in place a third-party consultant’s...
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The US Securities and Exchange Commission has brought civil enforcement charges against Amir Bruno Elmaani, also known by his online moniker “Bruno Block.”  The SEC charges two categories of securities violations: (1) an illegal securities distribution of digital tokens, and (2) a scheme to enrich by minting unauthorized tokens at no cost and dumping them...
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The Securities and Exchange Commission recently filed charges against an individual for acting as an unregistered investment adviser and defrauding a Puerto Rico Municipality to the tune of $7.1 million in taxpayer dollars. The SEC alleges in its enforcement action that Eugenio Garcia Jimenez, Jr., in 2016, represented to municipal officials that he could invest...
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In its continuous efforts to identify and prosecute EB-5 investment fraud, the Securities and Exchange Commission recently announced that it settled securities fraud charges against three Houston-area real estate developers alleging misuse of investor capital raised from approximately ninety Chinese investors under the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. Under the terms of the SEC settlement, the real estate developers agreed to repay the $49.5 million they...
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The Securities and Exchange Commission recently filed securities fraud charges against a self-styled penny stock promoter for conducting a manipulative trading scheme involving over ninety microcap stocks. The SEC’s complaint names Eric Landis of Virginia, and alleges he falsely represented to media buyers for microcap stocks that he would disseminate marketing materials for the securities through email lists with thousands of subscribers.  In truth, the SEC claims, his distribution lists...
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