American Infrastructure Funds LLC (AIM), a registered investment adviser based in Foster City, California, has agreed to a settlement with the SEC, in which AIM will pay over $1.6 million to resolve charges brought against the firm. These charges stem from several alleged breaches of its duties as an investment […]
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SEC Charges Mexico-based Company and CEO in $15 Million Ponzi Scheme Targeting Spanish-Speaking U.S. Investors
Sept. 21, 2023 — The SEC has taken action against Aras Investment Business Group S.A.P.I. de C.V., a Mexico-based company, along with its CEO Armando Gutierrez Rosas and four other individuals. These charges stem from their involvement in a fraudulent scheme that siphoned over $15 million from more than 450 […]
Facing a subpoena can be a daunting experience for individuals and businesses involved in securities-related matters. The SEC wields substantial authority to investigate potential violations of securities laws, and responding to a subpoena demands a keen understanding of the legal process and regulations. To navigate this complex terrain successfully, it’s […]
In the appropriate case in our securities defense practice, we sometimes advise clients to self-report a violation and the client’s efforts to correct the violation. The rationale is that the SEC views self-reporting in a positive light when determining sanctions, and the reporting can avoid lengthy and costly investigations and […]
We continue to see investigations of advisory firms for violations of the Custody Rule, which has specific requirements for the handling and reporting for firms that hold customer funds. The SEC has an extensive FAQ regarding the rule and the requirements for compliance. As always we are available to assist […]
The SEC has taken action against Prime Group Holdings LLC, a private equity firm specializing in alternative real estate assets. The SEC’s charges revolve around the firm’s failure to provide adequate disclosure concerning substantial real estate brokerage fees paid to an affiliate, owned by Prime Group’s CEO.
The SEC has taken action against an ETF Manager, alleging misconduct in the management of an exchange-traded fund (ETF). This scheme involved misleading the ETF’s trustees and securing a whopping $20 million in rescue financing to avert potential bankruptcy. As a result, Masucci and his entities have agreed to a substantial settlement of $4.4 million.
The SEC has secured temporary asset freezing, restraining orders, and other emergency measures against Digital Licensing Inc., operating under the name “DEBT Box,” a Draper, Utah-based entity. The action also involves the company’s four principals: Jason Anderson, Jacob Anderson, Schad Brannon, and Roydon Nelson, along with 13 other defendants. This […]
Introduction In a groundbreaking development, the SEC has made history by awarding over $104 million to seven whistleblowers. This announcement, which took place on August 4, 2023, marks the fourth largest award ever granted under the SEC’s whistleblower program. These individuals played a pivotal role in facilitating a successful SEC […]
The SEC has taken action against Theorem Fund Services LLC (TFS), a Boca Raton-based fund administrator. The charges revolve around TFS’s failure to respond to red flags related to a fraudulent scheme targeting a private fund and its investors. The Background TFS found itself entangled in a web of deception […]