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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
Fredrick Douglas Scott was named one of Ebony magazine’s “Top 30 under 30”, claiming to be the youngest African-American to found a hedge fund. In April 23, 2012, his company, ACI Capital Group, filed a Form ADV showing $3.7 billion in assets under management. It was a lie and Mr. Scott is a thief. Perhaps […]
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