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Selected Press Releases

SEC Charges Bahamas-Based Brokerage Firm and President With Facilitating Fraudulent Scheme by Hedge Fund Manager

08/08/2014

The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged a Bahamas-based brokerage firm and its president for enabling a fraud that was halted when the SEC charged the hedge fund manager at the center of the scheme.Read more

SEC Charges Four Promoters with Manipulating Marijuana-Related Stocks and Other Microcap Companies

08/05/2014

The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged four promoters with ties to the Pacific Northwest for manipulating the securities of several microcap companies, including marijuana-related stocks that the agency has warned investors about in recent weeks.Read more

SEC Announces Oil-and-Gas Fraud Charges Against Houston-Based Company and CEO

08/04/2014

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced charges against a Houston-based oil-and-gas exploration and production company and its CEO for making fraudulent claims about the company’s oil reserves.Read more

SEC Obtains Nearly $70 Million Judgment Against Richmond, Va.-Based Firms and CEO Found Liable for Defrauding Investors

08/01/2014

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that it has obtained a final judgment in federal court in Tennessee requiring a Richmond, Va.-based financial services holding company, a subsidiary brokerage firm, and their CEO to pay nearly $70 million as the outcome of a trial that found them liable for fraud.Read more

Architect of Variable Annuities Scheme Agrees to Pay $850,000, Admit Wrongdoing, and Be Barred From Securities Industry

07/31/2014

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that the architect of a variable annuities scheme designed to profit from the imminent deaths of the terminally ill has agreed to settle charges brought against him earlier this year by paying more than $850,000, admitting wrongdoing, and being barred from the securities industry.Read more