Category Archive: Fraud

May 22

SEC Announces trading suspension of Eco Science Solutions $ESSI

This morning prior to the market open the SEC issued a trading suspension for Eco Science Solutions (ESSI), which has a market cap of $107 million. SEC trading suspension release (PDF) SEC trading suspension order (PDF) The reason given for the trading suspension: concerns regarding the accuracy and adequacy of publicly disseminated information concerning, among …

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May 12

Pump & dump Global Quest Limited $GLBB receives SEC trading suspension

This morning prior to the market open the SEC issued a trading suspension for Global Quest Limited (GLBB), which has been promoted over the last few weeks and which has risen from $1 to $5.65 to give it a market cap of $56 million market capitalization. SEC trading suspension release (PDF) SEC trading suspension order …

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Apr 28

Broker and OTC market maker Wilson-Davis Co. fined by SEC for Reg SHO violations

In an administrative proceeding released on April 26, 2017, the SEC issued a cease and desist order (PDF) to brokerage and notorious OTC market maker Wilson Davis (Market maker ID: WDCO) for violations of Regulation SHO and ordered the company to pay $235,714.50 in disgorgement of profits and interest thereon and a $75,000 civil penalty. But the headline …

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Apr 17

FINRA fines Scottsdale Capital Advisors $1.5 million

If you have followed penny stocks and pump and dumps for a few years then you know Scottsdale Capital Advisors (hereafter referred to as Scottsdale Capital). They are one of the few brokers left that have continued to allow the deposit and sale of shares in illiquid penny stocks. Larger brokers and discount brokers stopped …

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Apr 17

Ciaran Thornton of BuySellShort.net fined by SEC

One of the more venerable online trading newsletters is BuySellShort.net, run by Ciaran Thornton (@buysellshort on Twitter). I’ve been aware of him for over a decade (though I never subscribed). He has 60,000 followers on Twitter (compared to my 30,000) and has written for TheStreet.com (although his last article was in 2014). He also wrote …

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Apr 13

Recent SEC Trading suspensions of pump & dumps

I have been remiss in not posting much over the last months (and years!). While in 2016 I traded almost no pump and dumps because so few were successful and so few even had decent volume, 2017 has had several successful pumps and now several high-profile SEC trading suspensions of stocks in mid-pump. I look …

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Dec 02

Dan & Carol Get busted!

Here is a nice investigation into the former stock promoters Dan Ryan, Carol McKeown, Eric Van Nguyen, and money man Tony Papa. Keep in mind that Dan and Carol, while coming off as sympathetic figures, ran a stock promotion business and are alleged to have violated US laws. Before the SEC sued them I alleged …

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Sep 06

Trading in promoted stock Preston Corp $PSNP suspended by SEC

Friday morning the SEC suspended trading in Preston Corporation (PSNP) which had just been promoted by OTCMagic.com the prior evening. The reason given by the SEC: The Commission temporarily suspended trading in the securities of PSNP because of questions regarding the adequacy and accuracy of available information about Preston Corp. in light of a false statement about …

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Aug 26

Trading in promoted stock MarilynJean Interactive $MJMI suspended by SEC

This morning the SEC suspended trading in MarilynJean Interactive (MJMI), which had recently been promoted by websites connected to the former Awesomepennystocks.com. The reason for the suspension was: The Commission temporarily suspended trading in the securities of MJMI because of recent, unusual and unexplained market activity in the company’s stock taking place during a suspicious …

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Jul 09

Samuel DelPresto and how to run big pumps and dumps

I never got around to blogging about this but did follow the case closely and had uploaded the plea agreement and indictment in this case. A good summary of the case is here. So here are the links: Samuel DelPresto guilty plea agreement (PDF) From the plea agreement: If DELPRESTO enters a guilty plea and …

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