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Twitter for Stock Manipulation

Twitter is stream of random thoughts, news, insightful commentary, boring stories, humor, sadness, food pictures, hate, love, and cat pictures. The internet as a whole. At least a few traders have used Twitter as stock pricing indicator. Theoretically, that means stories could be planted that would move the stock price of a company. One trader […]

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Failing the Family

Some Securities and Exchange Commission cases catch my attention because of their headlines or their focus on a real estate investments. The case against Lee Dana Weiss caught my attention because it was from my home town. The story is one of alleged self-dealing and failure to disclose conflicts. In a complaint filed in U.S. […]

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False Credentials, Fraud and Fund-Raising

With graduation season upon us we are lauding those students who have excelled in academic achievement, or at least did just enough to earn their degrees. It is all too easy for a fraudster to concoct false degrees, titles and awards to lure in unwary investors. With two recent fraud cases, the Securities and Exchange […]

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Sure Fire Way To Spot a Fraud: Look for the SEC Seal

The Securities and Exchange Commission does not “approve” or “endorse” any particular securities, issuers, products, loans, services, professional credentials, firms or individuals. The SEC does not allow private entities to use its government seal. Yes, the staff of the SEC regularly meets with public companies, regulated entities, and others. Some of these investments and entities […]

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Train Fares, Integrity, and Financial Services

On Monday Britain’s financial regulator banned a senior financial services professional from the industry for life. His transgression was the failure to pay his train fare. BlackRock director Jonathan Paul Burrows was caught by inspectors at Cannon Street station last year. Mr Burrows has admitted that, on a number of occasions, he deliberately and knowingly […]

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When Fundraising Becomes More Lucrative Than Running the Business

Erick Mathe had a vision of creating a media empire. Well, maybe not an empire, more of a small keep. His plan was to broadcast over Low Power Television Service. Those are locally-oriented television broadcasts in small communities. Mr. Mathe had a line up of streaming music and infomercials. He just needed capital to get […]

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Not Securities Fraud By Reason of Insanity

Some investment fraud schemes sound crazy, but leave just a enough truthful-sounding bits to catch people. But Thomas Lawler’s scheme sounds completely bonkers. He established the Freedom Foundation to offer investors the chance to erase their debts and collect lucrative profits through the purchase of “administrative remedies”. Never heard of profit-making “administrative remedies”? Lawler can […]

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The SEC is Late to a Real Estate Fraud

The Securities and Exchange Commission charged M. “Shi” Shailendra with making false representations to investors, misappropriating money, and acting as an unregistered broker. Shailendra was selling interests in his Interstate North 5 Acres fund known as Shi Six. He was purportedly using the money to acquire distressed real estate. Instead, he was pocketing most of […]

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How Do You Exit a Ponzi Scheme?

It looks like Bernie Madoff was $45 billion short of funds in his “investment strategy.” How was he ever going to get out of this? The original Ponzi schemer, Charles Ponzi, seems to think he could get out of his situation, at least according to Mitchell Zukoff, author of Ponzi’s Scheme: The True Story of […]

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Lawyers and Prime Bank Investments

If someone approaches you about investing in a Prime Bank investment program, walk away. Do not give them your time or money. It’s a scam. The Securities and Exchange Commission shut down another one of these scams. Unfortunately, the investors lost at least $1.2 million before the SEC could step in. According to the complaint, […]

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